State Legislation & Issues
LEGISLATIVE DAY AT THE CAPITOL
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mackinac Room – 5th floor, House Office Building, 124 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, Michigan
Michigan Nonprofit Association, Habitat for Humanity Michigan, Michigan Community Action, and CEDAM (Community Economic Development Association of Michigan) and Michigan Community Action invite you to join us for our annual Legislative Day Event at the State Capitol. During this one-day event you will hear from public policy experts on state and federal issues, learn how to effectively advocate for your issues, and network with policymakers.
Guests include Lt. Governor Brian Calley, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh, and David Thompson, VP of Public Policy, the National Council of Nonprofits.
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Federal Legislation & Issues
National Council of Nonprofits Opposes Latest Efforts to Politicize Charitable Nonprofits and Foundations
02 February 2017
The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) has expressed strong opposition to the latest attempts to politicize charities and foundations, including legislation reintroduced by Rep. Walter Jones (H.R. 172), and proposed by Sen. James Lankford (S.264) and Reps. Steve Scalise and Jody Hice (H.R. 781), that would alter longstanding federal law that protects charitable nonprofits and foundations – and the donating public – by preventing them from engaging in partisan, election-related activities.
Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, released the following statement:
"Nonpartisanship is vital to the work of charitable nonprofits. It enables organizations to address community challenges, and invites the problem-solving skills of all residents, without the distractions of party labels and the caustic partisanship that is bedeviling our country. Indeed, current law is the reason that charitable nonprofits are safe havens from politics, a place where people can come together to actually solve community problems rather than just posture and remain torn apart.
"Although all of these latest proposals are couched in terms relating to churches, in truth the underlying law is Section 501(c)(3) in the Tax Code, which relates to all charitable nonprofits and foundations. For more than six decades, the law now being attacked has protected charitable nonprofits and foundations from being pressured by politicians and paid political operatives to divert their time and resources away from advancing their missions in local communities. That law has a proven track record of working well to protect against politicization.
"Nonprofits are already free to exercise their First Amendment rights to advocate for their missions. Allowing political operatives to push for endorsements would put nonprofits in a position where they become known as Democratic charities or Republican charities and put missions at risk.
"Furthermore, those who donate to nonprofits want those contributions to go toward advancing the mission, not toward advancing the careers of politicians or lining the pockets of political consultants. Getting involved in supporting or opposing candidates will have a chilling effect on contributions on which many nonprofits rely.
"While we appreciate the concern for the nonprofit sector expressed by sponsors of the bills, more productive outlets for their concern would be:
Guaranteeing a seat at the table in upcoming policy discussions for a sector that employs more than 10 percent of the American workforce;
Preserving and expanding charitable giving incentives in any tax reform measure that is considered; and
Considering the ramifications of domestic spending cuts on organizations that serve as the backbone of our communities and are already heavily subsidizing governments at all levels.
"Nonprofits across our country look forward to continuing their vital work caring for returning soldiers, educating children, rebuilding cities, training the workforce, nursing the sick, supporting our elders, elevating the arts, mentoring our youth, protecting natural resources, nurturing our souls, and much more, but on a nonpartisan basis."
The 2016 Elections: Impact on the Work of Charitable Nonprofits
The first 100 days of a new Administration are often marked by a flurry of activity. With one party in control of the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the House of Representatives, significant legislative and regulatory changes are a near certainty.
Many of these changes will affect nonprofits, either directly or indirectly.
Our national network, the National Council of Nonprofits, just published a look at six federal issues that will likely be taken up this year and what they mean for your nonprofit.
We encourage you to read the article “Nonprofits Need to Stand Together to Push for Smart Public Policies,” share it with your board and other stakeholders, and be ready to stand up to defend nonprofit missions.
Nonprofit Advocacy Matters
The National Council of Nonprofits provides MNA's members access to public policy, training, and education resources at the national level. Nonprofit Advocacy Matters is a bi-weekly newsletter on policy issues affecting the nonprofit sector.Click here to access the most recent issue of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters.