Charitable donations in question after tax plan takes effect

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Charities throughout the country are looking for new ways to get donations. This comes after many say the Republican tax plan could keep fewer people from donating.

Included in the new tax plan is a standard deduction that is doubled for individuals to $12,000 and $24,000 for couples. The change in deductions has many non-profits worried the lower tax incentives will lead less people to donate.

The United Way expects it will lose up to $450 million a year under the new plan. United Way CEO Brian Gallagher estimates charitable donations will go down about $13 billion each year, costing ten million people services provided by non-profits.

Paul Logli, the President and CEO for the United Way of Rock River Valley says he doesn't believe the tax plan could have a major impact on local donors.

"The average gift is between $200 and $400", said Logli. "I don't think that level of giver is, right now, probably taking a charitable deduction and they're likely not going to take a charitable deduction under the new plan".

The new tax law took effect on New Year's Day.