Ask Congress to support nonprofits in the CARES Act!

April 17th, 2020|Action of the Day|0 Comments

Ask Congress to clear the path so nonprofits can receive the support they need from the CARES Act!

Last month, we asked you to contact Congress to ensure that the CARES Act would provide support to nonprofits. They heard you and included nonprofits in emergency loan programs, extended unemployment benefits to many nonprofit employees, and provided a small tax incentive for charitable giving. However, while we are grateful for that support, not all of the solutions are working as planned. There is more to be done to ensure the CARES Act provides its intended relief to nonprofits.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Contact your two Utah Senators and one US Representative and ask them to create a Nonprofit Track in the CARES Act to ensure that nonprofits receive the resources needed to continue to do good work and maintain payrolls – nonprofits, after all, are the third largest employer in the US economy.

Specifically, please ask Congress to include the following clarifications and provisions:

1. Designate funding exclusively for nonprofit loans within the CARES Act.
Provide lenders with incentives to prioritize small nonprofits in the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and to expand or modify the Program to include nonprofits with 500 or more employees. We also need Washington to adjust the CARES Act to provide loan forgiveness and other support to nonprofit employers of up to 10,000 employees.

2. Strengthen Charitable Giving Incentives by allowing taxpayers to deduct donations made on or after March 15 on their 2019 tax filings and increasing the $300/person cap on the Above-the-Line Deduction in CARES Act and extending its effective date.

3. Provide funding to cover 100% of the costs of unemployment claims for self-insured nonprofits. Without this change, many nonprofits that provide health care, food assistance, affordable housing, childcare, and other critical services will have to end or curtail services later this year.

4. Increase emergency funding so that nonprofits can work with state and local governments to provide essential services to vulnerable families and front-line responders to the COVID-19 crisis.

Contact your Senators and Congressman TODAY! 

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Sen. Mitt Romney 202-224-5251 (DC) // 801-524-4380 Twitter: @senatorromney // Facebook: @mittromney
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden) // Email // Twitter: @SenMikeLee // Facebook: @senatormikelee
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden) // Email // Twitter: @RepRobBishop Facebook: @RepRobBishop
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George) // Email // Twitter: @RepChrisStewart // Facebook: @RepChrisStewart
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): 202-225-7751 (DC) // 801-851-2500 (Provo) // Email // Twitter: @RepJohnCurtis // Facebook: @RepJohnCurtis
Rep. Ben McAdams (Congressional District 4): 202-225-3011 (DC) // 801-999-9801 (West Jordan) // Email // Twitter: @RepBenMcAdams // Facebook: @RepBenMcAdams

US Capitol switchboard: (202)-225-3121

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Check here.

[Adapted from Utah Nonprofits Association]

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