Charities worry donations will drop off with fiscal cliff - WFLA News Channel 8

Charities worry donations will drop off with fiscal cliff

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

A steady flow of drivers lined up at the Goodwill donation drop off drive thru in Oldsmar Monday. The last day of the year is typically the busiest day of the year, according to Suncoast Goodwill's Marketing and Communications Coordinator Jennifer Fleming Lugo. Many people donating Monday said they wanted to take advantage of one last charitable deduction on their 2012 taxes.

"We did a big cleaning over the break and we got to get our tax write off," said Michael Levin as he dropped off bags of clothes and kitchen items.

The donations piled up inside the warehouse and so did concern over the fiscal cliff.

"We face a double threat," said Lugo. "The first is cuts to spending, which could cut funding to some of our human services program. The second is the possible elimination of tax write offs for charitable donations."

Charities could lose a lot. The uncertainty over next year, though, prompted some extra donations at the end of the year at Metropolitan Ministries.

"Many of our donors who have pledged three to five year commitments are paying a bit more aggressively this year because they know what the tax rules are in 2012, versus the uncertainty," said Metropolitan Ministries Director of Advancement Mandelyn Cloninger.

As they close 2012 with extra clothes and cash for their organizations, Lugo and Cloninger said they wonder if people will be as willing to give in 2013.

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