Public Policy Update - February 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Join the CT Coalition: Foundations on the Hill - April 12-13 >>

Nationwide Debate: Nonprofit and Foundation Advocacy Needs >>

Proposed New Rules: Supporting Organizations >>


HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships >>

Governor's State Budget Revisions >>

Pay for Success in CT >>

Multistate Registration and Filing Portal RFI >>



Join the CT Coalition: Foundations on the Hill

April 12-13, Washington DC

David Davison, trustee of the American Savings Foundation and former president, is the co-captain for the 2016 Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) Connecticut Coalition with CCP President Maggie Osborn. Joining the coalition are Jim Williamson, president of the Community Foundation of New Britain and Juanita James, president & CEO of Fairfield County's Community Foundation.

Dave will help organize participants and stay current on the policy portfolio through participation on planning calls and reading materials from our partners, The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Council of Foundations and The Philanthropy Roundtable.

Are you iterested in participating? You can find details and registration information at

For more information: Maggie Osborn, President, 860-525-5585.

Nationwide Debate: Nonprofit and Foundation Advocacy Needs

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published National Council of Nonprofits CEO Tim Delaney's letter to the editor, "Why We Must Improve Nonprofit Advocacy," in which he calls for “robust discussions about the urgent need to re-examine the alignment of policy resources in the charitable and foundation communities.”

In his related blog post, “Be Heard in the Robust Debate on Our Sector’s Advocacy Needs,” Tim Delaney gives ideas on how to spark discussions:

“The discussion must be engaged far and wide, because the threats to those we serve are increasing. Some key questions: For nonprofits, are you alone, or joining with others through your state association of nonprofits to lift more voices collectively? For funders, are you investing as much or more in your state association of nonprofits and your regional association of grantmakers to fight the more frequent and steady policy battles that your grantees and colleagues face in your home state as you send off to multiple groups in DC?”

The conversation has begun. Stay tuned for CCP conversations on this long-overdue discussion.

HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

Apply or nominate a worthy organization by March 7 for the HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, which recognizes excellence in partnerships between philanthropy and government that have transformed communities.

This award emphasizes cross-sector partnerships between the philanthropic and public sectors. The goal is to recognize the partnership process and its impact as a community strategy to increase the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents across all American geographies — urban, suburban, and rural.

New Rules Proposed on Supporting Organization

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has outlined additional requirements for an increased specificity about the operations of supporting organizations. The new regulations, which build on similar rules issued in 2012 and 2015, would require a Type III supporting organization to be responsive to and significantly involved in each of its supported organizations.

The proposed regulations prohibit affected organizations from accepting gifts or contributions from certain persons, and clarify notice, payout, and other requirements for Type III supporting organizations. See the summary prepared by the Council on Foundations. The proposed rules may affect the operations of charitable nonprofits and community foundations serving as supporting organizations, as well as private foundations and supporting organizations of donor advised funds making grants to Type I and Type III supporting organizations.

Public comments on the rule are being accepted through May 19, 2016 >>

Source: National Council of Nonprofits


Governor's State Budget Revisions

The Governor's State Budget revisions include major policy changes to State agency budgets. The Governor proposes to move from a list of individual line items toward a “single block grant account,” now called “Agency Operations” or “Agency Operating Fund” Account. This proposed change would give each state agency the authority to move money which was previously appropriated by the legislature line-by-line and/or to reduce spending at will across agency programs. Read CT Community Nonprofit Alliance's summary on the Governor's State Budget Revisions >>

Pay for Success in CT

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, White House National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli, Commissioner on Children, Youth and Families Rafael López, Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Joette Katz, and other federal and local officials announced an innovative new strategy, Pay for Success (Social Impact Bonds) to be launched in Connecticut to better serve hundreds of families struggling with the effects of substance use.

The Pay for Success project will support new treatment teams delivering Family-Based Recovery (FBR) to families in need.  Each treatment team will regularly visit a client's home several times per week to promote positive parent-child interactions, increase parental awareness and understanding of child development, and help parents on their path to substance use recovery.  The new project is designed to help ensure family stability and keep children with their parents - a policy priority for Governor Malloy and DCF Commissioner Katz.

Read the press release>>

New Haven Register: Connecticut 1 of 3 States to Seek Private Help with Social Problems >>

Washington Post: ‘Government only pays for the positive outcomes.’ A strikingly new approach to social problems. >>

Multistate Registration and Filing Portal RFI

Karen Gano, CT's Assistant Attorney General and a member of the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) has shared the following information with CCP:

The Multistate Registration and Filing Portal, Inc. (MRFP), a nonprofit working with NASCO, and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), posted a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input for development and launch of an online platform that will enable compliance with all state charities registration and annual filing requirements. The information gathered will contribute to a decision making process that will lead to implementation of a working multistate charities registration and filing system in 2016 or the near future. Connecticut is one of twelve pilot states.

The RFI will remain open until April 1, 2016; there will be an information call on March 15, 2016 at 3 pm; and all RFI respondents will be notified on or before June 1, 2016 as to whether or not they will be invited to submit a proposal.


Multistate Registration and Filing Portal RFI >>

One Page Summary: Single Portal Multistate Charities' Registration: A NAAG/NASCO Initiative for Information Sharing and Data Transparency >>

National Council of Nonprofits Blog: New developments in the Single Portal Multi-State Charitable Registration project >>

For more information contact: Karen Gano, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Attorney General George Jepsen, State of Connecticut; 860-808-5020;


Policy Webinars

CCP, in partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, is offering the following policy webinars on pressing issues facing nonprofits and philanthropy. Webinars take place from 2:00 - 3:15 pm.

Tuesday, March 15: Our Roles in State Budget Debates >>
Three-quarters of the states are focused on budget matters; many are facing deficits and considering spending cuts and reconsidering giving incentives. Illinois and Pennsylvania still have not finalized the budget process from last summer and several states are seeing revenue shortfalls force immediate spending cuts that affect programs performed and/or supported by nonprofits and foundations. During this webinar, we will discuss state budget trends, explore why foundations and nonprofits have shown they care about this fundamental issue, and what solutions our colleagues are developing to prevent budget crises and government shutdowns in the future. Guest Speaker: Nick Johnson, State Priorities Partnership.

Tuesday, April 26: Nonpartisan Election-Related Activities: Roles for Nonprofits and Foundations >>
With the presidential primaries driving interest in elections, this webinar will review the do’s and don’ts of engaging in election-related activities, from the absolute ban on participating in partisan electioneering, to ballot measures, voter registration, and get out the vote. During this webinar, we will also hear about examples of Regional Association and State Association nonpartisan voter engagement efforts.

Tuesday, May 24: Threats to Tax Exemptions >>
Tax exemptions are under attack by legislatures, tax assessors, and the courts. During the webinar we will explore the rationale for exemption of nonprofits and foundations, review current threats to tax exemption including challenges to property tax exemption and payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTS), and explore what state associations and regional associations can do to protect exemptions.


Study Finds Tax Incentives Influence Giving
The Charities Aid Foundation's new study, Gross Domestic Philanthropy, an International Analysis of GDP, Tax and Giving, finds that tax incentives, not tax rate influence charitable giving. According to the research, the amount that people give to charity is not related to whether they live in a country with a high rate of overall taxation or a low rate. The organization analyzed giving data and tax rates from 24 countries representing 75 percent of the global gross domestic product and found no correlation between the two metrics. The foundation has determined other factors specific to each country play a part in influencing levels of giving, including religion, the state of the individual countries’ charitable sectors, and specific incentives in the tax system for making donations. An earlier report from the foundation found that countries with larger tax incentives saw correspondingly greater levels of donations.

Policies to Narrow the Wealth Gap
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's issue brief, Investing in Tomorrow: Helping Families Build Savings and Assets, presents four federal policy recommendations that could narrow the wealth gap, as well as suggestions for how states can enhance these policies.




Equitable Government Contracting Practices
The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) joined forces with the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and author Tim Lohrentz to produce a hands-on issue paper, Contracting for Racial Equity: Best Local Government Practices that Advance Racial Equity in Government Contracting and Procurement, that provides a common approach to the practice of equitable government contracting to benefit communities in proportion to their demographic makeup.

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