Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Could the income tax deductions you get for giving to charity be reduced or even go away completely?
Lawmakers are considering substantial changes to the charitable giving tax rules.
The leader of one of South Georgia's largest non-profit groups returned to Albany, Friday night, after lobbying members of Congress in Washington.
Officials from dozens of non-profit organizations met with lawmakers in DC Thursday to ask them not to reduce the tax breaks Americans get for donations.
United Way of Southwest Georgia President and CEO LaKiesha Bryant says if those breaks are altered, many organizations could suffer.
"It is going to cause some people to think twice about what they give to an organization and for a community like ours in Southwest Georgia, that can be detrimental. It can actually force some non-profits to close because they really depend on that Philanthropic dollar," said Bryant.
The United Way of Southwest Georgia serves 13 counties, some with a poverty rate over 30%.
Bryant says those people are most vulnerable if tax changes occur.
"These are the people who need our services the most and when non-profits are forced to make decisions about operational dollars or service dollar because they're not giving charitable contributions, that means our community suffers," said Bryant.
Bryant encouraged Congressional leaders to expand tax breaks for charitable giving to encourage people to donate more.
"For donors who give that $25 or $100 gift, it means just as much as that $10,000 or a $25,000 gift, so what we would like congress to do is expand the code to foster more giving because our non-profits need it the most," said Bryant.
After the meetings, Bryant says she feels optimistic congress will do right by the people of America.
"I think it was a great opportunity and I think they really listened to us," said Bryant.
She hopes Congress will make it easier for you to give to charities such as hers.
Tax Policy Center experts predict charitable giving could fall as much as 4.8% if a cap is put on deductions.