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Policy

Prosperity Grants

In order to foster investment in the community, the federal government should give each working-age American $100 per year to donate to a 501(c)3 non-profit. This would funnel approx. $20 billion to local non-profits, and it can easily be paid for by reducing the tax credit for itemized donations to a maximum of 22% with a floor of $500 for itemized deductions.

Problems to be Solved

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    People feel less invested in the goals of their local community
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    Philanthropy is regarded as the province of the wealthy
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    Causes that the wealthy prefer get more donations
  • Philanthropy right now favors interest areas that the wealthy like to support, and the itemized charitable deduction is enjoyed almost entirely by the richest Americans. Making every American a philanthropist would facilitate new interactions in the community and diversify the organizations that are supported. It would also make sure that non-profits could be rewarded more by the people that they serve, increasing their efficiency.

Goals

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    Get people to donate money locally
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    Make non-profits more responsive to constituent needs
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    Increase civic engagement
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    Shift non-profit interests toward broader goals

As President I will...

  • Direct the IRS to create a Prosperity Grant program.
  • Each year at the beginning of the year Americans would receive $100 that could only be donated to a 501c3 institution through the same mechanism that they receive the Freedom Dividend/Universal Basic Income. 
  • Work with Congress to change the tax code to account for Prosperity Grants.

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