Secular, Religious Nonprofits Petition To Save Johnson Amendment

Secular, Religious Nonprofits Petition To Save Johnson Amendment

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The Community Letter is an effort by broad coalition of 10 national nonprofit and foundation networks to protect existing law that has come under consideration for repeal or modification. The provision, often referred to as the “Johnson Amendment,” prohibits charities and foundations from engaging in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office.

The collaborative initiative is a project of the National Council of NonprofitsAlliance for Strong Families and CommunitiesBoardSourceCouncil on FoundationsForum of Regional Associations of GrantmakersHabitat for Humanity InternationalIndependent SectorJewish Federations of North AmericaNational Human Services Assembly, and Volunteers of America.

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“Nonpartisanship is vital to the work of charitable nonprofits,” said Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits. “It enables organizations to address community challenges, and invites the problem-solving skills of all residents, without the distractions of party labels and the divisive partisan politics that currently bedevils our country,” he said.

Current law is the reason that charities are “trusted safe havens from partisanship,” Delaney said, “a place where people can come together to actually solve community problems rather than just posture and remain torn apart.”

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