By awarding control of Congress and the White House to one party, voters acted to repeal federal government gridlock. A surge of activity has already started and will accelerate once the new president is sworn in later this week. Significant executive and legislative changes are a near certainty. Some changes will affect nonprofits and foundations directly. Other changes—whether viewed as gentle ripples or violent tsunamis—will be felt when the federal changes hit the state and local levels for implementation.
Many changes will affect different types of organizations more than others, but changes in six core issue areas will affect almost all charitable nonprofits and foundations. While it may be tempting for some to focus only of the mission of their own individual organization or subsector, it’s important for nonprofits and foundations to stand together on these six issues—both challenges and opportunities—to protect their ability to advance their missions and serve their communities:
- Significant cuts to domestic spending;
- Tax reforms (including threats to remove/limit charitable giving incentives);
- Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act;
- Invading the legal independence of nonprofits, such as mandates on endowments;
- Preserving nonprofit nonpartisanship; and
- Possible positive reforms to certain regulations and federal grantmaking rules.
This article, originally published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, aims to help people make sense of these six sector-wide federal issues that can affect the work of your nonprofit or foundation. For more frequent updates on public policy issues at the federal, state, and local levels, please subscribe to our free bi-weekly policy update—Nonprofit Advocacy Matters—at https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/connect.
The preceding is a guest post by Tim Delaney, president and
CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, which—through its network of state associations and 25,000-plus members—connects the nation's largest network of nonprofits to identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and those they serve across the country.