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NYCON ACTION ALERT: Sign On to Support National Service

February 11, 2011

Action Alert: Sign On to Support National Service

TO: Members of the Nonprofit Community, Friends and Supporters…

In the coming days, the U.S. Congress is deciding on a series of budget cuts that directly affect the work of nonprofits in New York and elsewhere. One issue that we believe affects all sectors of the nonprofit community is support for National Service programs, such as AmeriCorps and VISTA.

Funding for national service programs at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) are reportedly under the budget axe. The Republican Study Committee report and legislation released last month called for the elimination of these programs to promote volunteerism and community solutions, and Voices for National Service, the coalition of national service groups, is reporting that the forthcoming appropriations bill will include cuts.

Voices for National Service is circulating a letter to Congress making the case for these programs and is inviting all nonprofits to sign, and not just those who participate in programs funded through CNCS.

In critical part, the letter states: "we believe the national service, community volunteers, and private investments stimulated by the Corporation for National and Community Service are vital. They are vital in helping to create jobs, provide crucial services to the most vulnerable, assist those out of work develop skills, and implement local solutions to most pressing challenges."

We believe that statement is one that all nonprofits can support, so we urge you to help strengthen the nonprofit sector in our state by signing onto the letter by Noon, Monday, February 14.

Thank you for your dedication to New York’s nonprofits and communities.

-The New York Council of Nonprofits

An Uncomfortable – But Necessary – Conversation

[From the National Council of Nonprofits and the Nonprofit Quarterly]

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Three dangerous policy trends threaten the missions of nonprofits across the nation. Part I of our mini-series published by NPQ explains how state and local governments are shifting their fiscal burdens onto nonprofits and foundations. Part II covers why there is a lack of understanding about nonprofits. The series ends with a call to action and an request for you to tell us your ideas.
Learn more about how to get involved in this important conversation here.


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