Policy News

Monday, December 15, 2014
Nonprofits Across CT Have Economic and Jobs Impact, New Database Shows

HARTFORD, CT -- The CT Nonprofit Maps interactive webpage was constructed and database developed prior to Election Day as a means of providing information about nonprofit organizations that their supporters could use to reach out to legislative candidates to advocate for the many charitable organizations in their local districts. With the winning candidates now determined, the database may prove even more helpful in advocating for nonprofit organizations in what promises to be a tight state budget in 2015. The database, developed by Connecticut-based Blueprint for Impact, is an “advocacy tool” providing a range of data and information, broken down on interactive maps by Senate district and by House district. Nonprofit organizations provide a wide variety of services throughout local communities, including some supported with state funds.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
National Council of Nonprofits Calls on Congress to Not Give Up on Supporting America’s Charities

WASHINGTON, DC -- The following statement is attributable to Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits "For as long as the lights are still on for the 113th Congress, Senators and Representatives have the duty to stand up for their communities. There is no better way to ensure that important charitable work in those communities gets done seamlessly into the next year than to permanently extend the charitable giving incentives. We call on the House and Senate to shake off the setback of today’s vote on H.R.5806 and find a way to make these incentives permanent before they leave town so that charitable nonprofits can continue addressing the needs of our citizens.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Deadline looms for Congress to extend popular tax breaks

WASHINGTON, DC – Unless Congress acts soon, Connecticut commuters, students, homeowners and businesses will lose a number of valuable tax credits and deductions. These credits and deductions, known as “extenders,” aren’t a permanent part of the tax code and must be renewed by Congress from time to time. Collectively, they are worth an estimated $94 billion over two years. About 55 extenders, including the deduction for mortgage premiums, the tuition tax credit and the tax break commuters receive on mass transit and parking expenses, expire on Dec. 31 because Congress could not agree on a way to renew them.

Monday, September 15, 2014
Protect giving: A chance for real bipartisanship

WASHINGTON, DC -- Vikki Spruill Execitive Director of Council om Foundations Blogs: In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719) with a bipartisan vote of 277 to 130. Now it needs to pass the Senate. I signed 100 letters to the members of the U.S. Senate urging them to act quickly and pass the America Gives More Act, because it will give individuals and private foundations the certainty that allows for more charitable giving...It is time for the Senate to act. I strongly encourage Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and their colleagues to bring H.R. 4719 to a floor vote in September.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
CCP Public Policy Update - September 10, 2014

HARTFORD, CT -- The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's public policy update in the September 10, 2014 Member eBrief includes information about Government-Nonprofit Contracting Reform and the America Gives More Act.