The Power of the Protest Donation

‘Tis the season for holiday giving. Whether you are stuffing stockings, wrapping presents, or generally enjoying December’s gaiety, please consider donating to a nonprofit organization during this festive time.

Donald Trump’s looming presidency, promises to usher in dark days for nonprofits. According to Tax Policy Center’s analysis, Trump’s tax plan will “reduce the tax incentive to donate to charity” by raising the standard deduction, while lowering marginal tax rates and dropping the number of “itemizers.” They estimate that the plan will “reduce individual giving by 4.5 percent to 9 percent, or between $13.5 billion and $26.1 billion in 2017.”

The potential lack of funds presents nonprofits with quite the quandary. The ACLU, for example, has vowed to “defend the constitution” against President-elect Trump. According to Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU, “a Trump administration would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth amendments if it tried to implement his most controversial plans.” The sheer volume of infractions that Trump has highlighted would “require all hands on deck at the ACLU” and the funds to support the effort.

Trump’s campaign was rife with racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, and sexism. The hateful rhetoric emboldened his supporters to continue and expand the dialogue. The motto “Make America Great Again” became synonymous with pulling America backwards. There are obvious ramifications from the maelstrom Trump created, the most apparent being that marginalized Americans will continue to be maligned and need more support than ever. What happens then, when this type of support is most likely to come from nonprofits that face dire circumstances under the Trump administration?

After Trump earned enough electoral votes to be considered the President-elect, many Americans felt helpless, wondering what they could do to show that Trump’s America was not the country they love and respect. Donating to nonprofits is something that sends this important message in a meaningful way. Many nonprofits have reported that they have been receiving an influx of donations in Trump or Pence’s names. Benefactors are using their hard earned dollars as a form of protest to show that they will not stand down while hatred runs rampant. More often than not, it isn’t just money that these organizations need. If money is tight, spread the word or volunteer. Let’s make a difference.

For your consideration:


Planned Parenthood


The Trevor Project

Human Rights Campaign




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