HARTFORD, CT -- The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy's public policy update from July 19, 2017 includes information from the National Council of Nonprofits' "Nonprofit Advocay Matters" on "Congress Increasing Efforts to Politicize Nonprofits."
Congress Increases Efforts to Politicize Nonprofits
Nonprofits Need to Act Now to Protect Their Way of Life
Last week, a majority of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee - relying on misleading information, and ignoring express warnings - voted to advance an unconstitutional and unworkable provision that would forever taint all charitable nonprofits with the rancor of partisan politics, dividing boards, destroying the public's trust in 501(c)(3) organizations, and making it far more difficult to raise funds to advance missions. Unless charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations immediately engage to protect their way of life in serving the public free from causic partisanship, they will be tarnished by special interests seeking to manipulate and polarize the 501(c)(3) community for their own narrow purposes.
There is real urgency, because the full House could vote on the disputed appropriations bill as early as next week. Even if they vote later, your voice is needed to inform Representatives and Senators now to block other bad legislation. This Special Edition of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters is designed to highlight the immediate threats to the nonprofit community, provide background and context to the benefits of nonprofit nonpartisanship, and lay out immediate action steps all readers can take to strengthen our collective advocacy position in support of nonpartisanship. Learn more by going to www.GiveVoice.org.
- Immediate Threats to Nonpartisanship
- Background and Public Support for Nonpartisanship
- Take Action Steps
- Examples of Advocacy in Action