Welcome to the AdMat Minute, your rundown of public policy issues affecting nonprofits at the local, state, and federal levels. The AdMat Minute is a preview of the stories you can read more about in the full-length Nonprofit Advocacy Matters newsletter.
The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Connecting the policy dots across all levels and branches of governments, the Council of Nonprofits keeps nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best supports nonprofits in advancing their missions. Working with and through the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – with 25,000-plus organizational members - we identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.
AdMat Minute | October 21, 2019
The networks of the National Council of Nonprofits are hosting a national webinar early next month to help nonprofits understand the new Department of Labor Final Overtime Rule. Check our website for date, time, and to register.
The federal agenda is packed with everything from impeachment to a continuing resolution. To stay on the radar - nonprofits are continuing to fight for a repeal of the tax on nonprofit transportation benefits.
And we commend the Missouri News Tribune, which won a most honorable mention for an editorial in support of preserving the Johnson Amendment.
Charitable giving incentives continue to be a trend in the states with Arizona enacting a nonitemizer deduction this year and North Carolina and New Jersey lawmakers still moving legislation to encourage more charitable giving.
Attorneys General in New York and California both made moves to protect nonprofits against bad actors and deceptive practices in the sector.
Finally, in Advocacy in Action, we review the basics. They're as simple as: Who can I talk to today to advance our mission?
AdMat Minute | October 7, 2019
The Labor Department issued its final overtime rule, increasing the salary threshold for overtime pay and the threshold for highly compensated workers. Please join us for the Nonprofit Overtime Webinar on November 5 to learn more.
State legislatures also prioritized employment law this year with adjustments on everything from noncompete agreements to healthcare to discrimination and sexual harassment protections.
The Supreme Court is back in session today – October 7th. Abortion, environmental protection, gun safety, immigration, discrimination, and employment protections are all on the docket.
Federal judges in New York and New Jersey have struck down state mandates on donor disclosures. By doing so, they protected the constitutional rights of nonprofit speech and assembly. Their decisions affect nonprofit rights in other states as well.
If this isn’t enough to prove how proposals at all levels of government affect nonprofits, then check out today’s Advocacy in Action article.
And then learn more in the full Nonprofit Advocacy Matters.
AdMat Minute | September 23, 2019
We begin by introducing you to our new report Nonprofit Impact Matters – your new go to resource on the latest national and state-by-state data on the scope and impact of charitable nonprofits. It’s written from the nonprofit perspective for staff, board members, volunteers, donors, and clients of nonprofits. We encourage you to check out the report, explore the corresponding microsite at www.nonprofitimpactmatters.org, and share the infographic with your colleagues and networks. And check back regularly! This is only the beginning.
In the states, census funding is finally starting to flow. And Arizona and Washington State are taking action on labor standards and costs. Kansas Governor Kelly has created a new tax review panel. And New York City is implementing an initiative to fund the indirect costs of human service nonprofits.
Finally, National Voter Registration Day is tomorrow – Tuesday, September 24. We encourage you all to get involved and help get people to register. In law and fact nonprofits are nonpartisan. We transcend party and support voting as a core component of democracy.
AdMat Minute | September 9, 2019
Congress is back and the race to appropriate is on. While the House had already passed most of its spending bills and the Senate seems to have clear targets, negotiations and spending shifts are expected to be tense with only 21 days left before we face the start of a new fiscal year.
Georgia is considering entering the fray to allow pass-through entities to act as workarounds for the SALT cap. This is just the latest attempt to avoid the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions.
This year thousands of seats are up for elections on November 5. Time to get registered to vote and join National Voter Registration Day on September 24.
And while you are becoming civically engaged, the 2020 Census is right around the corner. Get Out the Count activities are shaping up with some southern states appropriating funds. Nonprofits are leading complete count commissions and stepping in to make sure everyone gets counted.
And messaging matters when advocating for missions. The Seattle Human Services Coalition used researched-based messaging to win big for nonprofit grants and contracts.
AdMat Minute | August 26, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a proposed rule to expand the existing religious exemption to federal contractors, including both for-profits and nonprofits. Government contractors are currently prohibited from discriminating against potential employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Many nonprofits think this expansion would allow discrimination against certain groups.
Some states are looking at budget surpluses because of the 2017 federal tax law. Others still need to approve a budget for the year.
And the Illinois Governor enacted a bill to decouple a tax on nonprofit transportation benefits from federal law, saving nonprofits from an unfair, illogical state tax that was automatically triggered.
Now is your chance to become a National Voter Registration Day partner with Nonprofit Vote. National Voter Registration Day is on September 24. Sign up now and also catch their Voter Engagement Crash Course.
And, finally, defense is the best offense. In sports and in nonprofit advocacy. Learn why it’s so important in Advocacy in Action and learn more in today’s Nonprofit Advocacy Matters.
AdMat Minute | August 12, 2019
Turns out, making a federal budget deal is easy but deciding how to spend it is hard. Congress only has until the end of September to decide on border spending, the public charge doctrine, and more or face another government shutdown.
Can nonprofits promote census engagement? Yes -- so long as they remain nonpartisan so help get out the count in your communities to ensure a fair, accurate, and complete count.
State lawmakers are still busy with taxes. Forty states have imposed remote sales tax under Wayfair and Kansas is applying it to all businesses outside the state – regardless of how much is purchased. New Hampshire, on the other hand, is prohibiting other states from imposing sales tax on its residents without notice. Both are expected to be challenged in court.
And Oregon and Utah are looking into tax reform for next session already, so there’s no sleep for the weary when it comes to taxes.
Today’s Advocacy in Action highlights Habitat for Humanity’s Cost of Home Campaign and how they are using advocacy to secure affordable housing for 10 million individuals.
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