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Make a sound investment in New Jersey's non-profits


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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.

Rapid Response Survey - Your input needed by Sept. 3!

The Center is seeking updated information regarding red tape issues and grant and contracting relationships between non-profits and the State of New Jersey, and we need your insights.

If your organization receives grant or contract funds from the State of New Jersey, either directly or as pass-through dollars – or if you have other concerns about other government policies that affect your organization’s ability to pursue its mission – please take a few moments to complete a brief survey regarding your recent experiences.

Your input will help us to update our recommendations for the upcoming hearing of the Red Tape Review Commission, and will also be used in our broader efforts to improve government grant and contracting, including implementation of the OMB Uniform Guidance in New Jersey.   

Please take the survey before September 3, 2015, and spread the word to your New Jersey non-profit colleagues!  

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FREE Hands-On Workshop this September

Benefitting from Government Grant Reforms

Good news came to non-profits in December 2014, when the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published final guidance governing government grants and contracts for non-profits that receive federal grant funds, either directly or passed through state and local entities. Among many sweeping changes in the new rules, governments are now required to reimburse non-profits for reasonable indirect (also called “overhead”) grant and contract costs when federal dollars are part of the funding stream. Learn more and register.

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Opportunities from the FDU Center for Excellence

Nominate a "Rising Star" for the 2015 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award!

The Fairleigh Dickinson University Center for Excellence: Leadership, Governance, Philanthropy, in partnership with the Center for Non-Profits, is pleased to announce that applications for the 2015 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award are now available. Deadline for submissions is October 2, 2015. The Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award is designed to promote excellence in the field by recognizing and calling attention to the promise and impact of talented non-profit leaders. Winners will be announced at the Center for Non-Profits' annual conference on December 2, 2015, in Somerset. More information.

Special Discounts for Center Members!

Want to elevate your leadership skills to better serve your organization’s mission?

The Center for Non-Profits is delighted to announce a special tuition discount for select certificate programs of the Center for Excellence: Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Through an affiliation relationship, Center for Non-Profits members are eligible to receive $500 off the Executive Nonprofit Leadership Certificate or the Executive Philanthropy and Resource Development Certificate. Fall class cycle starts September 29. More information.

Property Tax Challenges

Tax Court Rules Against Hospital in Morristown Property Tax Case

June 29, 2015 - In a closely watched property tax case with significant financial and policy implications for hospitals and possibly the broader non-profit community statewide, the Tax Court of New Jersey on June 25, 2015, ruled that Morristown Medical Center is not entitled to tax exemption on nearly all of its property in Morristown.  More information.

Center Files Amicus Brief in Princeton Property Tax Exemption Case

March 19, 2015 - On March 16, 2015, the Center for Non-Profits, represented by pro bono counsel Lowenstein Sandler LLP and joined by six organizations as co-signatories, filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in a property tax case now making its way through the courts that could have implications for many non-profits in New Jersey. More information.

Celebrate Non-Profits!

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

NJ Non-Profit Survey: Slow Gains Tempered by Rising Demand, Funding Uncertainties

2015 NJ Non-Profit Trends and Outlook Report

March 31, 2015 - New Jersey non-profits continued to show incremental improvements in their circumstances compared with one year ago, but rising demand for services and limited funding continue to pose challenges to their ability to provide needed programs and services, according to a new report released by the Center for Non-Profits.

Our deep thanks to all who participated in the survey.

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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.

State Launches E-Procurement Portal

The State of New Jersey has launched a new e-procurement portal,, which is designed to simplify the procurement process for suppliers doing business with New Jersey. All organizations, including non-profit third-party contractors, that do (or want to do) business with the State will need to utilize, launched in May as part of the State's efforts to reduce red tape. More information.

Non-Profit Working Group Details Red Tape Concerns

On June 11, 2014, on behalf of a coalition of non-profits and provider organizations across the state, the Center for Non-Profits presented a joint statement and recommendations to a hearing of the Red Tape Review Commission held at Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Guadagno. Advocacy efforts on this issue are ongoing. More information.

Report: New Jersey “Worst” at Paying Non-Profits Full Cost of Services

May 15, 2014 - Although some progress has been made in the past several years, the system of contracting between governments and non-profit organizations remains rife with problems that threaten the ability of non-profits to provide services across the country, according to new data released by the National Council of Nonprofits and the Urban Institute.National_Council_Report

The National Council of Nonprofits report, Toward Common Sense Contracting: What Taxpayers Deserve, examines the causes and consequences of five recurring problem areas that involve billions of dollars. The report connects new data from the Urban Institute with the experiences of front-line non-profits that are delivering services on behalf of governments at all levels, and then outlines sixteen proven and often readily available solutions to these problems, including many proposed by New Jersey advocates.
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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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