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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.

Image of Tax Papers and Calculator New Op-Ed: July 2, 2019
New Jerseyans should be able to deduct charitable giving from their state taxes

Read the full op-ed from Center for Non-Profits president and CEO, Linda Czipo; Community Foundation of New Jersey president Hans Dekker; and Princeton Area Community Foundation president and CEO, Jeffrey M. Vega.

Excerpt: A New Jersey charitable deduction would be good for our state, good for our state’s charities, and good for everyone who relies on them. New Jersey’s charitable non-profit community touches all of us. Whether providing disaster relief, education, foreclosure assistance, artistic and cultural enrichment, or preserving our natural resources, non-profits fulfill a vital public function that would leave a gaping void were they not present. When the government shut down for a month this past January, wreaking havoc on government workers and other individuals alike, charities stepped up.

The State of New Jersey Non-Profits
A conversation with Steve Adubato and Linda Czipo
May 28, 2019

Help the Effort to Repeal the Transportation Tax on Non-Profits
Share your experiences in a SHORT survey

On May 15, 2019 – the first “Non-Profit Tax Day” for many non-profits – organizations with a January-December fiscal year had to pay a 21% unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on the expenses they incurred in 2018 for providing their employees with transportation benefits such as parking or transit passes. The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that this tax on tax-exempts will divert more than $200 million from non-profit missions in 2019 alone.

In New Jersey, the issue has taken on an added urgency because of a new state law which will require employers of 20 or more to provide pre-tax transportation benefits, thereby unintentionally subjecting them to the federal tax.

Members of Congress need to see real-world examples of the harm the law is causing. Please answer this quick survey about how much your non-profit paid in transportation taxes, what it cost your non-profit to estimate its tax bill using the IRS’s complicated four-step calculus, and how that money could have been better spent advancing your mission.

Although members of Congress have broadly acknowledged that this tax was a bad idea, your information can help spur them to action. Thanks in advance for participating.


Additional updates, background and action steps can be found HERE.

State Charitable Giving Incentive Advances Through the New Jersey Senate

Legislation that would create a state-level income tax deduction for charitable donations is advancing in the Legislature. On March 25, 2019, the New Jersey Senate passed by a 39-0 vote bipartisan legislation that would allow New Jersey taxpayers to deduct charitable contributions from their state income taxes. The Center for Non-Profits strongly supports this bill and has made a priority of promoting its passage.

The bill, S-2179 (Kean/Singleton), is awaiting consideration in the Assembly Budget Committee, where we are working vigorously to get it on the agenda. Watch your email, our website and social media pages for updates and calls to action.

Want to become more involved now?  Email us and we'll share more information about the efforts to advance this important bill.

Read the Center's formal position statement on S-2179.

Many changes affecting New Jersey non-profits have recently passed or are in the works in Trenton or Washington, DC. Check out our current public policy tracker or select any specific issue listed below.
Nationwide New Jersey
Universal  Federal Charitable Deduction Legislation State Charitable Deduction Legislation Advances
Nonprofit Nonpartisanship Employment Law Changes
Non-Profit Transportation Taxes Bill Would Fix Unintended Impact of NJ Transportation Benefit Mandate
Universal Charitable Deduction Legislation IRS' Final Rules Prohibit NJ's SALT Workaround Framework
2020 Census   NJ "Dark Money" Bill and Charitable Non-Profits (analysis coming soon)

2019 Annual Survey Trends and Outlook Report The State of New Jersey's Non-Profit Community

Gain new insights about how non-profits are faring and the implications of these trends on the ability of organizations to provide needed programs and services. This information can aid in your planning efforts and your communications with funders, policy makers and the media.

The survey results presented in the 2019 Trends and Outlook Report strengthen and shape the Center's advocacy and programmatic priorities, and will be shared broadly with the non-profit community, funders, government and business leaders, media and the public. These findings can also help you in your own planning and advocacy efforts.

Full Report      Webinar Overview     ROI's Press Coverage  

Our Recent Blog Post

Front and Center: Trends for New Jersey Non-Profits to Watch in 2019

"With uncertainty now the norm on many levels, another wild roller coaster ride is in the offing, so buckle up." read more


How will tax reform affect charitable giving?

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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.


Celebrate Non-Profits!

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

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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