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Support Nonprofits on Lobby Day

May 19, 2011

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Capital Building Washington D.C.

New York Council of Nonprofits to Participate in

"Nonprofit Lobby Day"

If you can’t be there you can
add your voice to support
nonprofits in New York State!

Next Wednesday staff members from the New York Council of Nonprofits will be meeting with representatives from:

*Meeting tentatively scheduled with the Congressman.

We need you to be there in spirit. Help us show that the voice of the nonprofit community is united and strong by signing on to this letter.

Let our representatives know that nonprofits play a vital role in their communities by improving quality of life for their constituents as well as being an economic engine, producing jobs and purchasing goods and services from local business.

Nonprofits must have a seat at the table and a voice in:

  1. Job Creation: Nonprofits employ more than 13 million individuals nationally, pay over $500 billion in wages annually, and contribute more than five percent to the Gross Domestic Product of the United States. It is estimated that in New York State nonprofit employment is 17% of the workforce. As proven job creators, nonprofits can and should participate in the development of job growth policies at the state and local levels. NYCON and the National Council of Nonprofits strongly endorse policies that promote job creation in all sectors of the economy, and insist that incentives apply equally to nonprofit employers.
  2. Empowering Community Solutions through Nonprofits: Consistent tax policies at the federal level are critical to the success of nonprofits in pioneering and implementing solutions to community problems and aspirations. NYCON and the National Council of Nonprofits are committed to preserving the tax-exempt status of organizations contributing to the well-being of their communities and strengthening and expanding incentives for individuals to give their time and money to the organizations whose missions they support.
  3. Improving Collaboration to Enhance Efficiencies: The federal government and nonprofit organizations share a commitment to improving lives and communities throughout the country. Government agencies at all levels have increasingly turned to nonprofit organizations to deliver programs and services, but government partners at all levels have been making it harder for their nonprofit partners to succeed, much less expand to meet growing community needs. The New York Council of Nonprofits and the National Council of Nonprofits are dedicated to strengthening the public-private partnership through collaboration and direct engagement.

We need everyone to sign on, and we especially need nonprofits located in the districts represented by the Congressmen and women noted above to participate.

Yes, I’d like to sign on now!

As always, thank you for all you do for nonprofits and communities in New York State. We look forward to working on your behalf in Washington D.C. next week and beyond.

Sincerely,

Doug Sauer, CEO, NYCON, Inc.

Doug Sauer, CEO

New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.

More Information & National Policy Agenda
The National Council of Nonprofit’s

Board of Directors unanimously adopted the 2011 Public Policy Agenda that we believe is the first comprehensive policy agenda that successfully blends guiding principles for nonprofits at both the federal and state policy levels. Structured in six broad categories through which to educate policymakers and others about the work and impact of nonprofits, the agenda fits specific policy goals into a consistent broader

context.

2011 Public Policy Agenda

Tax Policy: Empowering Community Solutions Through Nonprofits

Budget & Spending: Addressing Community Needs

The Economy: Strengthening Communities through Job Creation and Economic Development

Public-Private Partnership: Improving Collaboration for the Public Good

Advocacy Rights: Promoting Civic Engagement

Public Accountability: Ensuring Public Trust

You Can Use the Public Policy Agenda:

Nonprofit organizations are invited to use this Public Policy Agenda to inform and expand their own public policy work. Here are a few suggestions:

Share it with members of your Board and Public Policy Committee.

If your organization already has its own public policy agenda for the year, feel free to augment yours with anything in the six categories.

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