Many members of our organization and other sororities and fraternities would like to donate money to improve our houses. There’s only one problem: such contributions aren’t tax-deductible under current law.
Right now, contributions to our educational and philanthropic initiatives are deductible within IRS limits. So are contributions to capital projects for colleges, universities and other nonprofit organizations. But the way the current tax code is written, you can’t deduct contributions for sorority and fraternity housing projects—even those that make our houses safer or more accessible. The only exceptions are certain homes owned by universities and leased to Greek organizations.
For more than a decade, fraternities and sororities—including Alpha Chi Omega—have worked together to explain this need, disparity and charitable gift opportunity to members of Congress. But so far, those advocacy efforts have not been successful.
The legislation we need passed is called the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act, or CHIA. If you’d like to help advocate its passage by informing your Senator or Representative about the issue, please visit Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee