Council of Nonprofits in the News


Legal experts: Greitens not entitled to charity donor list

"For large organizations, the donor list is something that's constantly cultivated and jealously protected," said David L. Thompson, an attorney who is vice president of public policy at the Washington-based National Council of Nonprofits.

Tags: Fundraising, Donors, Nonpartisanship

Foundations Gear Up to Influence 2018 Elections

David Thompson, vice president for public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits, noted that some states, like Minnesota, have a “universal deduction” that allows all taxpayers to deduct charitable giving from their state taxes regardless...

Tags: Federal Policy, Johnson Amendment

Greitens scandal casts shadow on Mission Continues veterans charity

The charity now faces the worst-nightmare Catch-22 for nonprofits: Trying to remain out front and transparent while not adding to media hype that could harm donations.


Nonprofit Group Says IRS Reform Bill Should Revoke Form 1023-EZ

The Taxpayer First Act should add a provision revoking Form 1023-EZ and require the IRS to replace it with a streamlined form that gathers the necessary information to ensure tax exemptions are only given to eligible organizations, the National...

Tags: 1023-EZ, Tax Exemption

Advocating for Racial Equity: The Long Journey Continues

For multiple reasons, everyone in America needs to read the powerful op-ed that Tamara Copeland, President of the Washington [D.C.] Regional Association of Grantmakers, recently wrote in The Chronicle of Philanthropy: “...

Tags: Racial Equity, DI&E

Political Law Potpourri—The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018

Equally interesting is what political law provisions were omitted from the Act.   For example, the bill did not include a repeal of the so-called Johnson Amendment, which prohibits 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from engaging in partisan...

Tags: Johnson Amendment, Nonpartisanship, Omnibus

Combat These 5 Major Causes of Donor Fatigue

According to Rick Cohen, chief communications officer and chief operating officer of the National Council of Nonprofits, “People give because they believe in the work and the...

Tags: Fundraising, Donor Relations

Affirmative Action Plans for Nonprofits

Diversity, equity and inclusion issues are vitally important for all organizations — and frequent changes to legislation mean nonprofits must continually keep up.

Tags: DI&E, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Johnson Amendment Unchanged in Federal Spending Bill

Despite reports that Republicans may use omnibus legislation to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment prohibiting 501c3 groups, including religious congregations, from participating in election campaigns, no such change was included in the bill...

Tags: Johnson Amendment, Nonpartisanship, Omnibus, Federal, Budget

Another Effort To Get Rid Of The 'Johnson Amendment' Fails

The campaign has never gained much momentum, however, perhaps because relatively few pastors appear to feel constrained by the Johnson Amendment, and...

Tags: Johnson Amendment, Nonpartisanship, Omnibus


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