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Charities fight changes on tax deductions

WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans who file income tax returns won't be affected by proposed changes in how charitable contributions are deducted, but that hasn't stopped charitable groups from lobbying Congress to fight any change in deductions as part of the “fiscal cliff'' negotiations. By Jackie Kucinich / USA Today.

‘#GivingTuesday’ event aims to boost charities

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (RNS) In the days following Thanksgiving, there's already Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday shopping season. Now, a group of charities and corporate sponsors is urging Americans to make the Tuesday after Thanksgiving just as powerful a day of giving to those in need. By John Ostendorff / USA Today.

COMMENTARY: Getting back on the path to decency

(RNS) Nothing will get better in our troubled and divided nation until we take to heart three lessons about what it means to be a decent person. First, give back to God. Second, help the unfortunate. Third, tell the truth. By Tom Ehrich.

COMMENTARY: Being pushy is OK when you’re pushing back

(RNS) “Speaking truth to power” sounds like a noble calling until power pushes back. When big givers say “Jump!” it is the rare leader who says anything other than “How high?” It's time for that to change. What a noble service to America it would be if faith communities led the way. By Tom Ehrich.