Nonprofit Sector Unites for Tax Policies That Don’t Harm Our Communities

The nonprofit sector is coming together with a strong and unified voice. We are united around our shared concern for our future – and our ability to serve our communities – as a result of tax plans under consideration in the General Assembly.  Tax policies that limit nonprofit tax exemption or incentives for charitable giving would hurt nonprofits at a time when most are already severely overstressed.


This week, a broad cross-section of the nonprofit sector held a news conference to warn lawmakers about the potential harm of the Senate tax plan, which limits nonprofit sales tax refunds and eliminates the charitable deduction.  I was proud to be a part of this important event, which featured:

  • Leo Lambert, Ph.D., President, Elon University, who warned lawmakers that placing taxes on North Carolina’s 36 independent colleges and universities would drive up the cost of tuition.
  • Nido R. Qubein, President, High Point University, who shared the story of how nonprofits have shaped his life and urged lawmakers to recognize how the nonprofit helps contribute to corporate success.  
  • Tom Akins, President and CEO, LeadingAge North Carolina, who discussed the impact tax reform could have on nonprofit retirement communities.
  • Susan Lassiter, FACHE, President, Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, who spoke of possible reductions in medical services and charity care that could result from tax reform.
  • John Thoma, Executive Director, Hospice of Wake County,who warned of a decrease in access to hospice care across North Carolina.
  • Joe Mann, Adjunct Professor of Parish Work, Duke Divinity School (and former board chair of the Center),who highlighted how the proposed tax plan could hamper nonprofits’ ability to serve their communities and create holes in the safety net that they have built across the state.

I was honored to work alongside individuals with such a deep commitment to the work we do on behalf of all North Carolinians. 

I’d especially like to thank Representative Edgar Starnes for hosting and participating in the press conference at the General Assembly.  Representative Starnes and other House leaders like Representative David Lewis and Representative Julia Howard have been outspoken advocates for treating nonprofits fairly in tax reform. 

I encourage you to check out the Center’s comparison chart to see how the House and Senate tax plans differ on key nonprofit issues.

Read more about this week’s press conference:

David Heinen is director of public policy and advocacy at the N.C. Center forNonprofits.


Senate tax planner should reconsider their plan to tax non profit organizations who help the communities in big way there are many other ways to collect tax like increase tax burden on those rich people and big business houses who make billions in a financial year that would be more appropriate way and won't effect common people life but you keep increasing tx on these non profit organizations that will affect hospice and other such social communities in a big way. hospice centers support and improve the lives of people who are at the end of their life and if our affords can make any difference in their remaining life that is the least we can do. We need to appreciate and encourage people in a big way who want to Start a hospice or want to volunteer in it not increase their burden with more taxes. 

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