Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on tax reform and charitable contributions. I, along with thirteen state and local United Way CEOS, joined United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher in providing testimony on the charitable tax deduction and to state the essential role charitable giving has in improving and strengthening communities. During the testimonies, each CEO spoke about their local United Way and how important the charitable deduction is to their individual communities. As the CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area, we serve the District of Columbia and the surrounding suburban communities in Maryland and Virginia. I testified on the social and economic needs occurring in our local community.