Nonprofits Band Together to Get a Piece of the Surplus

Nonprofits Band Together to Get a Piece of the Surplus

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Spurred by last week’s announcement that Maryland is looking at a $430 million budget surplus for the upcoming fiscal year, several nonprofit groups are teaming up to urge lawmakers and Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) to invest more in programs that boost economic opportunity, promote equity and inclusion and improve Marylanders’ quality of life.

The group Maryland Nonprofits is spearheading the campaign, which it is calling ACTivate Maryland. Advocates say state resources are particularly critical at a time when federal funding for programs related to health, transit, environmental protection and community development is in jeopardy.

“While Maryland is one of the nation’s most affluent states, many individuals, families and communities are locked out of that prosperity,” said Heather Iliff, executive director of Maryland Nonprofits, the statewide association of nonprofit organizations. “When Maryland invests in its communities, everybody wins. ACTivate Maryland will encourage Marylanders across the state to be more vocal about supporting state investment in critical programs.”

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