Jeff Puhlmann-Becker knew changes in tax law had the potential of impacting donations to the Ripon United Way campaign.

   “Earlier this year, there was a significant tax law change, and ... people don’t really understand how it’s going to impact their taxes,” he said, “but the one thing people seem to know is that many of the deductions have been eliminated in the new tax law.

   “The question all year long for all the nonprofits has been, ‘How is this going to impact our giving? Do people give out of the kindness of their heart, or is it just a tax deduction?’”

   That uncertainty seems to have translated into even less giving than people suspected.

   The Ripon United Way board typically aims — optimistically — to have received 100 percent of its goal for any given year by Christmas.

   “Normally, we’re in the 80-percent range give or take, by the end of December,” Puhlmann-Becker said.

   This year? It’s at $40,000 of a $90,000 goal, with more on the way.

Read the full story in the Dec. 27, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth press.