RIGHT NOW: Ask Congress to support charities in the coronavirus stimulus bill!

2020-03-24T11:26:19-06:00March 24th, 2020|URGENT Action|0 Comments

Nonprofits are being left out of the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill – being negotiated RIGHT NOW!

ACT NOW: Tell your U.S. Senators and Representatives that the COVID-19 stimulus bill must provide meaningful support to nonprofits. That can include temporarily removing or raising the cap on charitable donations to nonprofits that are deductible by tax law, infusing the sector with loans just like the bill currently does for businesses and clarifying that nonprofits are able to participate in the Small Business Loan Program .

The work of nonprofits is essential to the well-being of our communities, but nonprofits are receiving minimal support in the current versions of Congress’s coronavirus stimulus bill. Final details are being worked out NOW, with a possible vote THIS AFTERNOON!

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Email and tweet your U.S. Senators and Representative asking them to include nonprofits in the coronavirus stimulus package so they can survive the pandemic and continue to serve our communities! (No need to call – offices are closed due to coronavirus.)

Contact Information

Sen. Mitt Romney: Email // Twitter: @senatorromney // Facebook: @mittromney

Sen. Mike Lee: Email // Twitter: @SenMikeLee // Facebook: @senatormikelee

Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): Email
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): Email
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): Email //
Rep. Ben McAdams (Congressional District 4): Email

Tweeting is easy too. Go here to find your Senator’s or Representatives Twitter handle.

More Information

The next stimulus bill from Congress may be enacted as soon as this THIS AFTERNOON. A recent draft from Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) provides minimal support for charitable organizations, but certainly not enough to help nonprofits, which serve, rather than profit from, their communities.

Earlier this week, the charitable nonprofit community sent a very strong package of policy solutions to address the immediate needs of organizations and the people they serve. Read the letter here. A small measure of these details appear in the McConnell bill and other draft bills. But the importance of the charitable community is not receiving the support it needs and deserves.

As soon as possible, deliver these “asks” to your Senators and Representatives:

1)    Expressly include charitable nonprofits in the $200 Billion loan fund for businesses, including airlines. The charitable sector needs an immediate infusion of $60 billion and the loan program is a fast way to get cash in the hands of organizations serving immediate needs in communities, yet facing lost and declining revenue due to the pandemic.

2)    Improve the above-the-line charitable deduction by raising the cap to $2,000 and allowing all taxpayers to immediately claim the deduction on their 2019 taxes (due on July 15), and afterwards through 2021.

3)    Clarify that charitable nonprofits of all sizes are able to participate in the emergency Small Business Loan Program by using the tax-law definition of charitable organizations (Sec. 501(c)(3) public charities) and removing the language that excludes nonprofits that are eligible to receive Medicaid reimbursements.

[Adapted from Utah Nonprofits Association]

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