Museums’ Effort for Federal Stimulus Dollars Ends with Modest Results

Museums’ Effort for Federal Stimulus Dollars Ends with Modest Results

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As for the sector as a whole, the stimulus bill did not contain a specific funding amount targeted for nonprofit organizations. However, very critically, as Tim Delaney outlined for NPQ, the bill did ensure that nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees were eligible for the same funding pool to cover payroll as all other “small businesses.” The bill also includes a provision that allows for all taxpayers in 2020, no matter whether they itemize deductions or not, to claim up to $300 off their taxes, a modest form of the “universal charitable deduction” policy that NPQ has championed.

As this bill is finalized, and after it is passed, it will remain critical for the nonprofit sector to raise its voice. Delaney himself has noted, for example, that advocacy at the state level will be critical in the implementation phase. And, of course, no one expects the current round of stimulus—enormous though it is—to be the final federal word on the pandemic-induced economic freefall.

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