In general, contributions to charitable organizations may be deducted up to 50% of adjusted gross income computed without regard to net operating loss carrybacks. Contributions to certain private foundations, veterans organizations, fraternal societies, and cemetery organizations are limited to 30% of adjusted gross income.
As far as home improvements, the only time these might be partially deductible, is if they were made for medical reasons -- example would be remodeling your bath to accomodate handicapped person, widening hallways for wheelchair access, etc. Those types of improvements would be deductible as a medical expense, but only to the extent that the cost of those improvements exceeded the increase in market value of the home.
There are also some deductions
being allowed in 2009 for certain energy
improvements made to your home.
All other home improvements are not deductible. They simply add to your basis in the home.
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