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The Center for Non-Profits is the only umbrella organization for all New Jersey 501(c)(3)s. Since 1982, the Center has provided advocacy, resources, training and information to strengthen non-profits and help them thrive. Learn more about how the Center:

  • Saves non-profits time and money.
  • Provides timely resources and training.
  • Promotes and protects the non-profit community.



In the aftermath of Charlottesville
Like the rest of the country, we have been horrified at the events in Charlottesville, VA, and their aftermath, and we are alarmed at the emboldening, both explicit and subtle, of rhetoric and actions of hate that have no place in our society.

We join in the call for our elected leaders to voice their condemnation for hate and racism and to act boldly and swiftly in taking affirmative measures to combat it.

As non-profits, we all have a special responsibility to promote and live up to the ideals of a fair, just and equitable society, not only in our words and external actions, but also in our internal practices. This means not only calling out hatred and injustice, holding our leaders accountable, and engaging communities in honest dialogue, but also taking a frank look within our own organizations and sector and taking steps to identify and remove the barriers to opportunity, access, and leadership.

At the Center, we have been laying the groundwork for a number of initiatives that we will be sharing publicly in the near future. 

We stand in support of all who are striving to make the ideals of our society a reality for all, and we will redouble our efforts to advance those ideals. 



ALERT

House of Representatives Bill Threatens Non-Profit Nonpartisanship

Contact your Congressional Representative to Urge Church Electioneering Provision be Removed from Appropriations Bill


July 14, 2017 -
Despite considerable opposition from non-profit, philanthropic and religious organizations, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on July 13 advanced an appropriations package that includes a rider that would severely undermine the nonpartisanship of the 501(c)(3) community by making it much harder for the IRS to enforce laws prohibiting electioneering by houses of worship.  

An effort to strike the rider from the bill failed by a 24-28 vote. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), the Appropriations Committee chairperson and its only New Jersey member, voted against the effort to delete the rider from the bill.

The measure now moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration, which could happen as early as the week of July 24. 

ACTION NEEDED:

1.   Contact your Congressional Representative and urge them to preserve the nonpartisanship of the entire charitable, religious and philanthropic community and to strip the Johnson Amendment rider (Section 116) from the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill.

2.  Join with more than 4,800 organizations nationwide in signing the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship. The letter has been re-opened for additional signatures, so if you didn't sign before, now's your chance!

3. Share this alert with your colleagues and encourage them to act as well.  
      
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May 4, 2017 U.S. Executive Order - On May 4, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order aimed at loosening the restrictions on partisan political activities by religious organizations. The Order raises fundamental questions and concerns for the non-profit community; however, the federal statute that prohibits electioneering and partisan political activities for 501(c)(3)s is unchanged and remains in effect. More.

  The Center's Full Recap and Response ((Blog)


2017 Issues & Trends Cover

New Jersey Non-Profits 2017: Trends and Outlook Survey Results/strong>

View the full report on New Jersey's non-profits' funding and expenses, outlook for 2017, and actions taken by non-profits to address trends. You can also view the 2016 report and browse all of the Center's publications


CENTER ORIENTATION WEBINAR
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Check out our recent webinar (it's only 30-minutes) reviewing the benefits of membership with the Center for Non-Profits.


Property Tax Challenges

Legislation to Protect Non-Profits from Arbitrary Tax Exemption Challenges by Third Parties Advances

Updated February 27, 2017 - Legislation that would help curtail arbitrary challenges to non-profits' property tax exemptions by limiting the ability of third parties to appeal the property tax exempt status of other entities has been advancing in the New Jersey Legislature. The Center for Non-Profits strongly supports these bills. more information

"Is Non-Profit Property Tax Exemption Sound Public Policy?"  Presentation slides of Center executive director Linda Czipo to 4/15/2016 Seton Hall University School of Law conference



Capital Building

Possible Changes to Charitable Giving Incentives

On February 16, 2017, Linda Czipo, the Center's President & CEO, traveled to Washington, DC, to discuss the importance of preserving and enhancing federal charitable giving incentives with our Congressional delegation. Over the past century, the federal charitable tax-deduction has served as incentive that has generated critical resources to further the work of charitable non-profits for our communities.

Learn more about possible changes and implications to the tax code and how you can take part in the conversation.


Don’t Weaken the Existing Ban on Electioneering by 501(c)(3) Organizations
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At the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, 2017, President Trump renewed his calls for a repeal of the 1954 Johnson Amendment which bars 501(c)(3) organizations from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The Center for Non-Profits OPPOSES repeal of the Johnson Amendment and supports retaining the current ban. Read why in our latest blog.

THANK YOU!
2016 NP Conference Thank you for making our December 2016 conference the biggest and most successful yet!

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Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule

Salary threshold declared invalid; “white collar duties tests” under existing law remain unaffected

On November 22, 2016, a federal district judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Overtime Final Rule, ruling that the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority in raising the salary levels below which employees must be eligible for overtime.

Non-profits need to be aware that even under the old salary threshold, employees must still satisfy other criteria, particularly the administrative, executive or professional "duties tests," in order to be exempt from overtime requirements. The recording from the Center's November 9, 2016, webinar about the duties tests is available for Center members.   

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 Red Tape

Organizations Seek Relief from Contracting Burdens

September 10, 2015 - An alliance of representing non-profit and provider organizations today asked the Red Tape Review Commission, chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, to assist with developing and implementing reforms to help ease the “stranglehold” of burdensome government contracting procedures that threaten their ability to2015 Recommendations to the Red Tape Review Commission provide services in their communities.

Represented by the Center for Non-Profits, an umbrella organization serving New Jersey’s charitable community, the organizations endorsed comprehensive recommendations to streamline and improve the rules and procedures by which government contracts for services with non-profit organizations.  Since this report's release, the Center has continued to push for the recommendations.

Press Release   Full Report

 


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Help END the Overhead Myth!
The Center for Non-Profits and the Council of NJ Grantmakers are joining forces to ask you to support a nationwide campaign to help end the overhead myth - the misguided notion that the percentage of expenses spent on administration and overhead should be the sole criterion for judging the merits of a charity.
Learn more and spread the word!


Tips for Making Informed Giving Decisions

An overview of some of the factors to consider when considering giving to charity.  Feel free to share with your board members, donors and others.  Read the article.


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