National Issues

Latest Coronavirus Economic Relief Package Passed

On Friday, the President signed Congress' latest coronavirus economic relief package, which includes additional aid to small businesses - including nonprofits - and hospitals. Read the article on NHPR
Posted on: April 27, 2020

Economic Injury Disaster Loan program falls short in New Hampshire

Some 126 New Hampshire businesses – less than one in 200 – have received emergency loans directly from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to figures released by the agency earlier this week on its website.
Posted on: April 22, 2020

IRS Extends Tax Day for Nonprofits

The Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday it would give nonprofits more time to file their informational tax returns due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, nonprofits facing tax deadlines of April 1 to July 14 now have until July 15.
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act CARES Act (Pub. L. 116-136) defined a number of programs that charitable nonprofits will be eligible to apply for. The National Council of Nonprofits outlines the characteristics of each type of loan available through this act.
Posted on: April 5, 2020

How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19

Nonprofit Quarterly asked Tim Delaney, president & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, to share insights about how nonprofits might utilize the new federal legislation relating to coronavirus to advance their missions. 
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Impact of Five Charitable Giving Policy Proposals

Independent Sector has released an analysis of the potential impact of five distinct federal policy ideas meant to increase charitable giving. 
Posted on: June 18, 2019

Resources on How the New Federal Tax Law Impacts Charitable Nonprofits

This collection of resources on how the new federal tax law - the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - affects charitable nonprofits will be updated as additional information and guidance becomes available.
Posted on: January 18, 2018

Tax Reform Bills Have Nonprofit Sector on High Alert

After months of anticipation about the specifics of federal tax reform proposals, national nonprofit sector policy leaders expressed grave concerns about both House and Senate bills.
Posted on: November 13, 2017

Nonprofits should be free of partisan politics

Center CEO Kathleen Reardon shared her thoughts on President Trump's exective order targeting the Johnson Amendment for the Concord Monitor.
Posted on: May 30, 2017

NH Center for Nonprofits Policy Framework

The nonprofit sector plays an essential role in enhancing the economic, social, environmental, and cultural well-being of the people of New Hampshire. The NH Center for Nonprofits advocates for public policies that advance, improve, and protect the ability of New Hampshire's nonprofits to achieve their missions and effectively serve their communities. The following policy framework provides the context to guide advocacy, education, and the development of specific policy agendas and strategic engagement.
Posted on: December 13, 2016

Turbulence Ahead: 10 Questions for Nonprofit Boards to Urgently Ask and Answer

In this timely article from the Nonprofit Quarterly, Editor-in-Chief Ruth McCambridge takes a pragmatic look at what nonprofit boards can do right now as news reports predict an impending period of instability that may or may not come to fruition. She posits that in times like these, “Good governance and effective, efficient management are never more important.”
Posted on: November 16, 2016

“Who Has the Time” and Other Questions on Nonprofit Advocacy

Earlier this summer, a nationally prominent nonprofit leader said this to an audience of people from public charities and private foundations: “Nonprofits have a duty to advocate on behalf of the people who have no voice, to demand social justice.” Many in the audience nodded in agreement; others waited politely for him to get past his warm-up comments to get to something they hadn’t heard before. One audience member was heard muttering under her breath, “yeah, but who has the time?”
Posted on: October 14, 2014

Problems Persist in IRS Handling of Earned Income Tax Credit Payments

At least $11 billion of the almost $62 billion of Earned Income Tax Credit funds received each year are distributed in error, and it doesn't look as if the problem will be fixed any time soon.
Posted on: October 28, 2013

Washington Post Investigates “Significant Diversions” of Nonprofit Funds as Reported to IRS

The Washington Post investigated nonprofits that reported a "significant diversion of funds" (more than $250,000 or 5% of the organization's gross receipts or net assets) on their Form 990. Millions of dollars is reported to be "missing", and many of these cases of fraud were never reported in the news.
Posted on: October 28, 2013

Future of Campaign Finance Reform

This is a fluid time in campaign finance, with the potential for lots of money to shift around in the wake of some very unpopular political actions in Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court is about to rule on another campaign finance reform case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. If the court rules against the FEC, it will be another step toward the domination of federal elections by big-money people and institutions. This article from the Nonprofit Quarterly explores this issue.
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Posted on: October 17, 2013

Gov't Shutdown: Impact for Nonprofits?

Big swaths of the federal government closed shop at midnight Monday (9/30) after Congress failed to reach a deal to keep the money flowing. What does the shutdown mean for nonprofits?
The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Quarterly have both weighed in with their thoughts.
Posted on: October 1, 2013

Budget Battles: Sequestration Cuts More Popular than Ever

The nation is getting ready for the next round of last-minute battles to reach a decision on a Fiscal Year 2014 budget (all but impossible), a continuing resolution to keep the government running (more like), or a government shutdown (please, no!). Oddly, the sequestration part of the budget battle is not being addressed, at least for the pieces of concern to nonprofits, partly because the public is growing to like the cuts, partly because President Obama has taken credit for their deficit reduction impacts, and partly because elements looking to be protected from sequestration are the military and the FAA, not the social safety net.
Read more from the Nonprofit Quarterly
Posted on: September 23, 2013

IRS Scandal Update

The IRS on Monday issued a report entitled Charting the Path Forward at the IRS: An Initial Assessment and Plan of Action. The report outlines new actions and next steps planned to fix problems uncovered with the IRS' review of applications for tax exempt status and improve wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.
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Posted on: June 25, 2013

Sequestration Apathy

It seems like the public at large, and perhaps much of the nonprofit sector as well, doesn’t find the sequestration budget cuts much to worry about. A fix for air traffic controllers, another one for USDA meat inspectors, and somehow the public seems willing to let the rest of the sequester’s blunt-axe approach to budget-making slide. This aricle from Nonprofit Quarterly explores a new bill being proposed.
Posted on: June 17, 2013

Sequestration Articles

What are Nonprofit Leaders and Media Outlets Saying?
Read articles by National Council Leader, Tim Delaney and see what major nonprofit publications are saying.
Posted on: March 14, 2013


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