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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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Non-Profit Issues and Trends Survey
Survey Icon Our annual New Jersey Non-Profits Issues and Trends Survey tracks financial and other trends as well as your organization’s needs and plans for the future. The final report is free and is vital for promoting and advocating for the entire New Jersey non-profit community. Make sure your voice is included! Deadline has been extended to January 19.
 Take the survey.    View previous reports.

How will tax reform affect charitable giving?


Sweeping Tax Reform
Legislation Signed

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law sweeping tax legislation that will have significant, long-term ramifications for New Jersey, for charities, and the people and communities who need them. Many provisions take effect on January 1, 2018, though taxpayers won't see the full impact of many provisions until they file their 2018 tax returns in 2019. 

Despite an important -- but possibly fleeting -- victory in removing House language that would have gutted the Johnson Amendment (the law preserving 501(c)(3) nonpartisanship), the final  bill  will precipitate steep drops in charitable giving, harm large proportions of New Jerseyans across income levels, impose immense fiscal pressures on state and local governments, and decimate charities when demand for services is already outpacing needed resources to fill community needs. 

Read more

Updated bill summary

Our Op-Ed in NJSpotlight:
For NJ Charities, Tax-Reform Bills Offer Little to Be Thankful For

We asked New Jersey candidates about their views of the non-profit community. View how they responded.


Much like Hurricane Sandy 5 years ago, the effects of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria will be felt long past the initial cleanup of these disasters.

Our thoughts are with those affected and we thank the many
non-profits helping communities now and preparing for what's next.

Below are some charities assisting in the recovery from these storms.
PRAB's Disaster Relief Fund All Hands Volunteers
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Center for Disaster Philanthropy
United Way Houston
Global Giving United Way Irma Recovery Fund
More ways you can help.

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...   View the Center's Full Response (Blog)

2017 Issues & Trends Cover

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

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

Webinar Icon New member? Thinking about joining the Center?
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.

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.   

more information

 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


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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