Council of Nonprofits in the News

Charitable nonprofits: A little take, a lot of give

January 26, 2014

Charitable nonprofits raise property values, increase the quality of life and generally take up 5 to 10 percent of a tax base, a relatively small amount, said David Thompson, National Council of Nonprofits vice president of public policy.

They also often are contracted to provide services the government cannot.

"Our strong view is that cities do better because of nonprofits, not despite nonprofits," Thompson said. "In many ways we reduce the burden on the government."

New nonprofit alliance will have big impact in Florida

January 25, 2014

There are 36 other states that already have a statewide organization recognized by the National Council of Nonprofits and Florida is finally getting our own. It’s ridiculous we haven’t been one of the national leaders.

This statewide alliance is going to have a huge impact on all nonprofits in Florida and I strongly urge you to check them out at www.flnonprofits.org and follow what they are doing. Better yet, get involved and make it all happen.

Health Groups Get Paid On Time

January 20, 2014

Nonprofits were owed, on average, more than $200,000 for services provided to state governments in 2012 and nearly a third of nonprofits reported receiving late payments from governments.

The results are from the “Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants: Findings of the 2013 Survey,” a collaborative project of The Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the National Council of Nonprofits, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Included were nonprofits that are required to file a Form 990 and have more than $100,000 in expenditures, with more than 4,000 organizations completing the survey. Results were weighted to represent all nonprofits that had contracts and grants with government agencies in 2012.

5 reasons candidates should listen to nonprofits

January 15, 2014

Did you know that nonprofit workers represent 10 percent of the work force? That’s a whole lot of voters who care about a whole lot of causes. According to the National Council of Nonprofits, “In 2010, nonprofits employed 13.7 million Americans, or about 10% of the work force. In fact, if the nonprofit sector were a country, it would have the seventh largest economy in the world. In 2010, 9.2% of all wages and salaries paid in the U.S. were from nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector represented 5.5% of the GDP in 2012.”

And just in case there is any remaining doubt, nonprofits can engage in advocacy and getting out the vote—for many nonprofits, it is part of their mission.

Federal Grantees to Get Help With Overhead Costs

January 9, 2014

The Office of Management and Budget said it considered higher rates, but that it picked a “conservative” amount “to protect the federal government from excessive over reimbursement.”

Before the new budget office rule, charities were “getting bupkis” for their overhead costs from the government, said David Thompson, vice president of public policy at the National Council of Nonprofits, an umbrella group for charities.

Mr. Thompson said that while he thinks the change is needed, the 10-percent rate is still well below the overhead rate at many nonprofits. A more “rational” level, he said, would be between 20 and 40 percent.


Donors ForumMs. Hughes is in what Delia Coleman called a “double vise,” struggling to serve the needy with fewer federal dollars while facing debilitating “overhead constraints.” But Ms. Coleman, director of public policy at Donors Forum, an Illinois nonprofit advocacy group, added that the new rule “eases the strain somewhat” on nonprofits.

Peduto: Continue state oversight of Pittsburgh

January 8, 2014

A loosely-formed consortium of nonprofits has contributed to public services since 2005, when over 100 tax-exempt property owners contributed about $14 million. But the total fell to about $2.6 million in 2011 before the last agreement expired. The last group to contribute to what’s been called the Pittsburgh Public Service Fund included 41 members, including the University of Pittsburgh and other schools, health insurer Highmark Inc., and the city’s major churches, according to the National Council of Nonprofits.

Fed. Contracting Case Bad News for Nonprofits

January 6, 2014

Although the National Council of Nonprofits and the Urban Institute released powerful reports on challenges of contracting and payments for nonprofit recipients of governmental grants and contracts, no one should be surprised that the revelations didn’t lead to epiphanies in attitudes and behavior on the parts of federal agencies.

Running the gamut of federal courts right now is a case pitting the federal government against the Shoshone-Paiute tribes living on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation that covers parts of Nevada and Idaho. The federal government had agreed to compensate the tribes for running a hospital on the reservation, but reneged. The tribes sued, won twice in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the federal government is still fighting not to pay. In fact, the Obama administration has asked Congress to approve a plan for permanently limiting how much Native American tribes could be compensated for specific costs associated with government contracts.

This is no isolated issue. The precedential implications are obvious to the federal contractors and other tribes that have joined with the Shoshone-Paiutes to press the federal government to pay up rather than negotiating partial payments. According to the Washington Post, hundreds of tribes say that they are owed some $2 billion collectively. Representing 229 tribes with more than $350 million in unpaid claims, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) warns that the federal government’s attitude “should put some fear into the small, medium and large contractors.”

Five Predictions for 2014

January 2, 2014

The last few years have been tough for nonprofits, and some are predicting more of the same as they struggle to get back to pre-recession funding levels. There are a few factors to blame, including decreased government funding. The shutdown and sequestration didn't help. (Just under one-third of nonprofit funding comes from government grants and contracts.) National Council of Nonprofits VP Jennifer Chandler says it's going to be more of the same in terms of fewer resources on top of increasing demand for their services.

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