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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.

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Governor Releases Remainder of Funds Frozen on June 30, 2016

December 11, 2016 - On December 9, 2016, Governor Christie announced the release of the remaining $12.8 million in budgeted funds previously frozen under Executive Order 209. This final release includes $5 million for vocational rehabilitation, $2 million for the New Jersey Re-Entry Corporation, and funds for the Elder Care Index, certain higher education programs, and the Legislature, and comes more than 5 months after the Governor's original executive order freezing the funds.

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Post-Election Thoughts: Looking Back and Moving Forward
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"We’ll know more in the coming weeks as appointments and proposed policies take shape, but one thing is certain: the people that rely on us need our voices, our advocacy, our programs and our protection. This was the case before November 8, and it’s just as true now."
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Breaking News

Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule

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

Late on Tuesday, November 22, 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. Barring a last-minute appeal, the overtime rule will not go into effect as scheduled on December 1 because of this decision.

Non-profits need to be aware that even if the salary threshold is overturned, 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 webinar about the duties tests is available for Center members.   

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Property Tax Challenges

Princeton University Settles Property Tax Lawsuit

October 17, 2016 - On Friday, October 14, 2016, Princeton University announced that it had reached a settlement with a group of Princeton residents that had filed lawsuit challenging the property tax exemption of the university. The trial in the Fields vs. Trustees of Princeton University case had been set to begin October 17. The Center for Non-Profits, joined by several other organizations, had previously filed two amicus (friend of the court) briefs in support of the University in the case.  The agreement brings this litigation to an end, but for non-profits, additional questions and vulnerabilities remain.
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Legislation to Protect Non-Profits from Arbitrary Tax Exemption Challenges by Third Parties Advances

Updated October 17, 2016 - Legislation that would help curtail arbitrarily 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. 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

NJ Charitable Giving Incentive

Charitable giving deduction dropped from Transportation Trust Fund package

The Transportation Trust Fund package negotiated by Governor Christie and Senate and Assembly Leaders and signed into law October 14, 2016, does not include a New Jersey income tax deduction for contributions to charity.  more information

Blog: Why New Jersey Needs a Charitable Giving Deduction

2016 Issues & Trends Cover

New Jersey Non-Profits 2016: Trends and Outlook Survey Results

View the full report on New Jersey's non-profits' 2015 funding and expenses, outlook for the coming year, and actions taken by non-profits to address trends. Read Linda's recent blog post for a detailed explanation on what these findings mean for the non-profit community. You can also view last year's report and browse all of the Center's publications.

 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.

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Celebrate Non-Profits!

How is YOUR life better because of a non-profit?

The OMB Uniform Guidance: What Non-Profits Should Know

In late December 2014, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published final guidance governing government grants and contracts that means good news for non-profits that receive federal grant funds, either directly or passed through state and local entities.  More information

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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