National Resources

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

National Council of Nonprofits Releases Report on New Overtime Rule

In a new report, The Nonprofit Overtime Implementation Conundrum, the National Council of Nonprofits presents the findings from a national survey of nonprofits with government grants and contracts regarding the challenges of compliance with the new overtime regulations.
Posted on: July 7, 2016

Two New Reports on Government-Nonprofit Contracting

The National Council of Nonprofits and The Urban Institute both released reports today on government-nonprofit contracting: one highlighting problem areas and possible solutions, and the other providing state and national data on contracting practices.
Posted on: May 15, 2014

OMB Webcast on Grant Reform Recordings and Slides

Late in 2013 we shared the announcement that the OMB had released new federal guidance that addresses the problem of governments not paying charitable nonprofit contractors and grantees for reasonable indirect costs. Recordings of a recent OMB webcast on this subject are now available to those who are interested in learning more.
Posted on: February 5, 2014

For Community-based Nonprofits: Local Government Politics is a Must Do

A Nonprofit Quarterly article highlighting the importance of the relationship between local goverment leaders and nonprofits, as well as a review of trends in local nonprofit politics from 2013.
Posted on: January 15, 2014

A Working Model of Nonprofit and Government Collaboration

Governments depend on nonprofits to supply public services while nonprofit providers rely on government funding. This arrangement manifests itself through contracting and grants processes which are laden with problems that affect both nonprofits and governments, and ultimately, impact people being served. A number of state governments and their nonprofit partners have begun to address issues through initiatives such as streamlining task forces, online procurement systems, and document repositories. This case study documents the efforts of nonprofit leaders, government agencies, and elected officials in the State of Maryland to address problems and streamline a disjointed and complicated contracting and grants system.
Posted on: December 2, 2013

Investing for Impact: Indirect Costs Are Essential for Success

Charitable nonprofits are less efficient and effective than they can be due to government policies and practices regarding payment for indirect costs, a new report from the National Council of Nonprofits finds.
Posted on: October 8, 2013

Tools for E-Advocacy: Resources for Cause Campaigns

Sharing your message over email, telephone and social media has become a powerful way to share your message to the public. Get tips on how to use some of the tools available to maximize your message.
Posted on: July 8, 2013

Election Related Activities

All nonprofits can provide important information that voters need as they elect their representatives.  A 501(c)(3) organization may not engage in partisan political activity.  In other words, the organization cannot do anything that supports or opposes a candidate for office.  501(c)(3)s can, however, engage in a variety of nonpartisan election-related activities. 
IRS Fact Sheet 
On-Line Educational Resources  
Permissible 501(c)(3) election-related activities
Voter education 
Video Interview with Isaiah Castillo of AFJ - INTERNAL
501(c)(3)s and Campaign Activity - Added 9/23/2013
Posted on: March 5, 2013

Federal Lobbying Rules

Congress has adopted the Lobbying Disclosure Act, which defines lobbying and reporting requirements for registered lobbyists differently from the IRS regulations for charitable organizations.
Posted on: March 5, 2013
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