Letter to the editor – Tax-code change needed

To the editor,

If they were really serious about increasing the effectiveness of nonprofits [Nonprofit sector a success, Philanthropy Journal, 11/19/03], they would lobby to change the federal income tax code to allow volunteers to write off their volunteer time at a “pay rate” equal to that which a federal employee would be paid to complete the same task.

Nonprofit execs don’t ask for this because they don’t want to give up paid positions and they know if more people volunteer they will become aware of the massive redundancy and antiquated technologies used to deliver services.

Politicians of either major party don’t promote this approach because they don’t want to relinquish the tax funds that would not be collected by those volunteers itemizing their service.

Ed Dodds, consultant, Nashville, Tenn.

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