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Posted By: Madeleine McGee Speaking Together,
Ask Federal Leaders to Provide COVID Stimulus and Relief Tailored to Nonprofits

As a leader in the nonprofit sector, you know how hard our organizations have been hit by the pandemic – and how hard we’re all working to continue serving our communities through this crisis.

The next federal COVID relief legislation could make it all less hard.

But for that to happen, we need organizations like yours to join a national effort to persuade President Biden and leaders in Congress to include four key nonprofit provisions in the next COVID relief legislation:

  • Provide financial relief that is available to all nonprofits;
  • Strengthen incentives for charitable giving;
  • Hold nonprofits harmless for unemployment claims during the pandemic; and
  • Provide additional support to state and local governments.

Will you join us right now by adding your nonprofit’s name to this national sign-on letter urging federal policymakers to include these provisions in the next COVID relief legislation?

We know from experience that policy proposals like these have a much greater chance of adoption when the constituents they’re meant to help show their support by contacting their lawmakers. With your help, we can show every member of South Carolina’s congressional delegation that nonprofits in their districts want these measures.

So please: Take one minute today to add your nonprofit’s name to this letter. (If you want to do more, please forward this entire message to people you know at other nonprofits!)

You can find more background information about these nonprofit priorities below.

We’ll be sure to let you know when your further action can help to move these proposals along, so thank you in advance for keeping your eyes out for future action alerts – and thank you for the important work your nonprofit does in your community!

Sign On Now

Background Information
President Biden released his framework for a $1.9 trillion plan last week, and Congress is beginning to work on the details of the legislation. The President’s framework does not make clear whether his plan would address four issues that would help ensure nonprofits have the resources needed to continue to provide essential services in our communities during and after the pandemic. The nonprofit coalition is asking the White House and leadership in Congress to focus on nonprofits’ needs by ensuring the next COVID bill will:

  • Provide Nonprofit-Specific Grants, Forgivable Loans, and Refundable Tax Credits for All Nonprofits. Some nonprofits are unable to take advantage of the second-draw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans because they have more than 500 employees and/or they did not experience a 25% decline in revenue during any quarter of 2020. Nonprofits are seeking a special version of the PPP that is more closely tailored to nonprofits’ finances and operations, as well as passage of the updated WORK NOW Act (to provide grants to help frontline nonprofit service providers maintain and expand their work forces) and other emergency grants.
  • Strengthen Charitable Giving Incentives by increasing and extending the above-the-line deduction while preserving the itemized charitable contribution deduction, to ensure nonprofits have the resources to serve their communities. Currently, the universal charitable deduction expires after 2021 and is capped at $300 for individuals and $600 for married couples.
  • Provide 100% Unemployment Benefit Reimbursement to nonprofits that self-insure these benefits, both retroactively to 2020 and extended through the first three quarters of 2021. Currently, the federal government is covering 50% of these costs, and North Carolina is covering the other 50%. Federal legislation holding nonprofits harmless for these costs would provide certainty that organizations will not face an additional wave of financial hardship later in 2021.
  • Provide Substantial Financial Aid to State and Local Governments to avoid layoffs and cuts to essential programs and services, and to prevent governments from imposing new costs and burdens on their nonprofit partners.