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Special Note From Jim Russell- Executive VP
Jim Russell, Executive VP

Fraternities and sororities provide affordable housing for more than 370,000 college students across the U.S. On many campuses, this housing provides a home away from home for members, fostering brotherhood, community, and academic development. Unfortunately, your donations made locally or nationally for Delta Tau Delta housing are generally not tax-deductible except for very specific educational purposes as monitored by the Internal Revenue Service.

The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) would allow for charitable funds to be given to existing foundations. Those donations could be earmarked for housing and facility purposes to allow for safer, more modern and affordable fraternity and sorority housing. Originally introduced more than 10 years ago, CHIA has enjoyed a strong history of bipartisan support because it would make higher education more affordable with a minimal cost to taxpayers by offering a less expensive housing alternative.

The 115th Congress is beginning to consider comprehensive tax reform. We want to ensure CHIA (H.R. 1200/S. 736) is included in that conversation. We need your help!

Click here to contact your representatives and senators to ask them to co-sponsor CHIA and support its inclusion in the tax code. Our web tools will quickly — in five minutes or less — enable you to make this outreach.

The best way to move CHIA forward is to encourage lawmakers through grassroots efforts. Please share this link on your social media channels and encourage your Delt brothers to contact their legislators.

Thank you for your quick action and support of our efforts. We are at a critical time for CHIA and tax reform as the work of the new Congress takes shape. Your outreach can make a real difference in our opportunity for success.

For more information on the North-American Interfraternity Conference’s legislative priorities, click here. If you have any questions about our government relations efforts, reach out to NIC Chief Legislative Officer Julie Burkhard.

Fraternally,

Jim Russell, Executive Vice President

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