Public Policy Updates

Our Nonprofit Policy Update newsletter is a service for current Members of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. We track state and federal policy issues that affect all 501(c)(3) nonprofits. (We are temporarily providing Nonprofit Policy Update to all NC nonprofits to help the sector respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

 

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Recent Issues

February 19, 2021

  1. U.S. House to Vote Next Week on COVID Relief Package
  2. Reminder: Join National Letter in Support of COVID Relief for Nonprofits
  3. Take Action: Let Your State Legislators Know What COVID Relief Would Help Your Community
  4. Take Action: Share Updated and Accurate Information about Vaccines with Your Community
  5. New State Legislation Would Prevent Unemployment Insurance Increases for Nonprofits
  6. NC General Assembly Could Consider Nonprofit Issues This Year
  7. NC General Assembly Dissolves Nonpartisan Program Evaluation Division
  8. President Biden Re-Establishes White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  9. New Report Estimates a Two-Year Recovery Period for Nonprofit Jobs Lost Due to COVID
  10. New State Legislation Would Help Businesses and Nonprofits Keep Full Amounts of PPP Loans
  11. Spread the Word!

 

February 12, 2021

  1. U.S. House Committees Approve COVID Relief Package
  2. Reminder: Join National Letter in Support of COVID Relief for Nonprofits
  3. Take Action: Let Your State Legislators Know What COVID Relief Would Help Your Community
  4. Governor Cooper Signs COVID Relief Legislation into Law
  5. Take Action: Share Updated and Accurate Information about Vaccines with Your Community
  6. Take More Action: Share Latest CDC Guidance on Best Ways to Wear Masks
  7. Improved State Revenue Projections Could Benefit Nonprofits
  8. NC General Assembly Could Consider Nonprofit Issues This Year

 

February 5, 2021

  1. Congress Begins Process to Approve Additional COVID Relief
  2. Reminder: Take 1 Minute to Join National Letter in Support of COVID Relief for Nonprofits
  3. State Legislators Unanimously Approve COVID Relief Legislation
  4. NC General Assembly Could Consider Nonprofit Issues This Year
  5. Take 1 Minute to Support a Safe, Transparent, and Equitable Legislative Process
  6. Take Action: Share Accurate Information about Vaccines with Your Community
  7. Join a 5-Part Series to Strengthen Your Nonprofit’s Management

 

January 29, 2021

  1. Take 1 Minute to Join National Letter in Support of COVID Relief for Nonprofits
  2. Federal COVID Relief Plans Vague on Nonprofit Issues
  3. NC General Assembly Could Consider Nonprofit Issues This Year
  4. Governor Cooper Extends Phase 3 of Reopening Through February 28

 

January 22, 2021

  1. Nonprofits Play Important Role in New National Strategy to Combat COVID-19 
  2. President Biden Proposes $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Response Plan
  3. President Biden Revokes Executive Order Limiting Race and Gender Equity Trainings
  4. NC General Assembly Could Consider Nonprofit Issues When Legislators Return Next Week
  5. New Report Highlights Nonprofit Job Losses in December
  6. SBA Accepting Applications for First-Draw and Second-Draw PPP Loans
  7. Nonprofits Using Contractors Must File New IRS Form 1099-NEC by February 1
  8. Final 2020 Lobbying Reports Due by Next Monday
  9. Executive Order Ensures Full Census Data Will Be Used for Congressional Apportionment

 

January 15, 2021

  1. President-Elect Biden Releases COVID-19 Response Proposal
  2. SBA Re-Opens PPP Application Process and Begins Receiving Second Draw PPP Applications
  3. Take Action: Your Nonprofit Can Help Minimize the Spread of COVID-19
  4. Spread the Word: North Carolina Ready to Vaccinate Health Care Workers and Adults 65 and Older
  5. Spread the Word: Know the Basics about Distancing and Wearing Masks 
  6. Federal Court Stops Executive Order Limiting Race and Gender Equity Trainings
  7. State Legislature Officially Begins its 2021 Session
  8. Learn More About Nonprofit Sector Public Policy Issues
  9. Nonprofits Using Contractors Must File New IRS Form 1099-NEC by February 1
  10. U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Donor Disclosure Cases
  11. Reminder: Nonprofits Can Still Offer Paid Leave to Workers Out Due to COVID-19
  12. DOL Issues Two Opinion Letters on FLSA Exemptions
  13. Final 2020 Lobbying Reports Due by January 25

 

January 8, 2021

  1. A Call to Action for Nonprofits in Response to Events at U.S. Capitol
  2. Join a Free Nonprofit Town Hall to Learn More about New COVID Relief for Nonprofits
  3. SBA Releases Guidance on Second Draw PPP Loans
  4. Nonprofits Now Have the Option of Offering Paid Leave to Workers Out Due to COVID-19
  5. Take Action: Your Nonprofit Can Help Minimize Spread of COVID-19
  6. DOL Issues Final Regulations on Worker Classification
  7. Center Releases 2021 Public Policy Agenda for North Carolina’s Nonprofit Sector
  8. Governor Cooper (Again) Extends Executive Order on Nonprofit Membership Meetings
  9. Governor Cooper Extends Phase 3 of Reopening by Three Weeks
  10. Final 2020 Lobbying Reports Due by January 25

 

December 31, 2020

  1. COVID-19 Relief Legislation Signed into Law
  2. Paid Leave Mandates Expire Today, But Nonprofits Can Still Get Tax Credits through March 31
  3. Take Action: Your Nonprofit Can Help Minimize the Spread of COVID-19
  4. IRS Decreases Standard Business Mileage Rate for 2021

 

December 22, 2020

  1. Congress Approves COVID-19 Package with Significant Relief for Nonprofits
  2. Legislation Funds Federal Government through September 30, 2021
  3. Take Action: Your Nonprofit Can Help Minimize the Spread of COVID-19
  4. Center Releases 2021 Public Policy Agenda for North Carolina’s Nonprofit Sector

 

December 18, 2020

  1. Congress Reaches Agreement on COVID-19 Legislation with Some Relief for Nonprofits
  2. Federal Government Could Have Brief Shutdown this Weekend
  3. Take Action: Your Nonprofit Can Help Minimize the Spread of COVID-19
  4. Center Releases 2021 Public Policy Agenda for North Carolina’s Nonprofit Sector
  5. Let Us Know: Is Your Nonprofit Being Asked to Spend CRF Funds Early?
  6. Legislators Seeks Solutions for Government-Nonprofit Cooperation on Disaster Recovery
  7. Judge Expresses Concerns about Executive Order Limiting Race and Gender Equity Trainings
  8. Be Alert for Unemployment Fraud Involving Your Nonprofit’s Account
  9. Reminder: CARES Act Provisions May Affect Year-End Giving

 

December 11, 2020

  1. U.S. House of Representatives Approves One-Week Extension of Spending Bill
  2. Congressional Leaders Continue Negotiations on Additional COVID-19 Relief 
  3. New Executive Order Creates Modified Stay-at-Home Requirement in North Carolina
  4. CARES Act Provisions May Affect Year-End Giving 
  5. Holiday Season Advocacy Tip: Introduce Your Nonprofit to Newly-Elected Officials

 

December 4, 2020

  1. Contact Your Members of Congress Today to Demand COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofits
  2. Congress May Consider Including COVID-19 Relief in Year-End Spending Bill
  3. Spread the Word: Low-Income Families Can Still Apply for Extra Credit Grants through Monday
  4. Learn the Latest on Legal Compliance for Nonprofits Next Tuesday
  5. Be Alert for Unemployment Fraud Involving Your Nonprofit’s Account
  6. CARES Act Provisions May Affect Year-End Giving 
  7. Holiday Season Advocacy Tip: Introduce Your Nonprofit to Newly-Elected Officials 
  8. Take 2 Minutes to Share Your Nonprofit’s Role in the Historic Election Turnout
  9. Annual Legal Compliance Checklist is Now Available

 

November 25, 2020

  1. New Executive Order Tightens Face Covering Requirements in North Carolina
  2. Expiration of Unemployment Benefits Could Hurt Nonprofits and the Economy in 2021
  3. Spread the Word: Low-Income Families Can Still Apply for Extra Credit Grants
  4. Learn the Latest on Legal Compliance for Nonprofits on December 8
  5. Take 2 Minutes to Share Your Nonprofit’s Role in the Historic Election Turnout
  6. Congress Reaches Agreement on Federal Spending Levels
  7. What Does the 2020 Election Mean for Nonprofits?
  8. Funding Runs Out for MURR Grants 
  9. Annual Legal Compliance Checklist is Now Available

 

November 20, 2020

  1. Take 5 Minutes Today to Tell Congress to Enact COVID Relief with Nonprofit Priorities
  2. New Tool Can Help Your Nonprofit Take the Lead in Minimizing the Spread of COVID-19
  3. Annual Legal Compliance Checklist is Now Available
  4. What Does the 2020 Election Mean for Nonprofits?
  5. Federal Judge Orders Disclosure of Smaller Paycheck Protection Program Loans
  6. IRS Issues Final Rule on Siloing of UBIT

 

November 13, 2020

  1. 2020 Legal Compliance Checklist Now Available!
  2. What Does the 2020 Election Mean for Nonprofits?
  3. Governor Cooper Extends Phase 3 of North Carolina’s COVID-19 Reopening 
  4. Nonprofits Continue to Advocate for Congress to Approve Additional COVID-19 Relief
  5. Executive Order Limiting Race and Gender Equity Trainings Scheduled to Take Effect on November 21
  6. Congress Aims to Approve Federal Appropriations by December 11
  7. Reminder: Many Nonprofits Eligible for MURR Grants 
  8. New OMB Guidance Now in Effect

 

November 6, 2020

  1. What Does the 2020 Election Mean for Nonprofits?
  2. Nonprofits Help Get Record Turnout in the 2020 Election in North Carolina
  3. Many Nonprofits Now Eligible for State Grant Program for Businesses Closed Due to COVID-19
  4. Learn More About MURR Grants from the Center’s Free Webinar Recording 
  5. Governor Cooper Extends Executive Order on Nonprofit Membership Meetings
  6. SBA Announces New PPP Loan Forgiveness Requirements for Certain Nonprofits
  7. New OMB Guidance Takes Effect Next Week

 

October 30, 2020

  1. Many Nonprofits Now Eligible for State Grant Program for Businesses Closed Due to COVID-19
  2. Voting Tip of the Week: Make a Plan to Vote Today, Tomorrow, or Tuesday
  3. Make Sure that Your Nonprofit’s Staff Vote
  4. State of North Carolina Clarifies that Nonprofits Are Not Liable for COVID-Related UI Benefits
  5. Congress Gives Up on Additional COVID-19 Relief Until Next Month
  6. Let the Center Know How We Can Help Your Nonprofit Next Year
     

October 23, 2020

  1. US Labor Department Seeks Input on Executive Order to Limit Race and Gender Equity Trainings 
  2. State of North Carolina Clarifies that Nonprofits Are Not Liable for COVID-Related UI Benefits
  3. Voting Tip of the Week: Early Voting Continues Through October 31
  4. Make Sure that Your Nonprofit’s Staff Vote
  5. Additional COVID-19 Relief Could Still Be Approved Before Election Day
  6. Governor Cooper Extends Phase 3 of North Carolina’s COVID-19 Reopening 
  7. Congressional Subcommittee Seeks Information on Erroneous Revocation of Tax-Exemptions
  8. Let the Center Know How We Can Help Nonprofits Next Year

 

October 16, 2020

  1. Voting Tip of the Week: Follow an Easy Seven-Step Plan for Your Nonprofit to Get-out-the-vote
  2. Bonus Voting Tip of the Week: Make Sure Your Nonprofit's Staff Votes
  3. Nonprofits and Businesses Call for White House to Revoke Executive Order to Limit Race and Gender Equity Trainings
  4. Congress Remains at Impasse over Additional COVID-19 Relief
  5. New Streamlined PPP Loan Forgiveness Application May Help Many Nonprofits
  6. Census Count Has Ended 
  7. Let the Center Know How We Can Help Nonprofits Next Year
  8. Third Quarter Lobbying Reports Due October 21
  9. Survey Highlights Challenges COVID-19 Has Created for North Carolina Nonprofits

 

October 9, 2020

  1. Voting Tip of the Week: There Are Three Ways to Vote in NC – Make Your Plan Today!
  2. Nonprofits Express Outrage Over Executive Order to Limit Race and Gender Equity Trainings
  3. President Sends Mixed Messages on Additional COVID-19 Relief
  4. U.S. Supreme Court to Decide on Census Extension
  5. Spread the Word: Many North Carolinians Need to Apply for Tax Relief by Next Thursday
  6. Survey Highlights Challenges COVID-19 Has Created for North Carolina Nonprofits
  7. New Bill Would Create Uncapped Charitable Deduction and Funding for Some Nonprofits

 

October 2, 2020

  1. U.S. House Approves Additional COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofits
  2. Join a Free Webinar to Ensure Your Nonprofit is Prepared for the 2020 Election
  3. Census Bureau Intends to End Enumeration Next Monday
  4. Spread the Word: Many North Carolinians Need to Apply for Tax Relief by October 15
  5. Voting Tip of the Week: Next Week is National Voter Education Week
  6. Don’t Delay: Request Your Absentee Ballot Today
  7. North Carolina Moves to Phase 3 of COVID-19 Reopening This Evening
  8. U.S. Senate Passes Continuing Resolution to Try to Avert Government Shutdown

 

September 25, 2020

  1. Census End Date in Question after Court Extends Enumeration through October 31
  2. Executive Order Could Limit Race and Gender Equity Trainings at Some Nonprofits
  3. Spread the Word: Many Low-Income North Carolinians Need to Apply for Tax Relief 
  4. Congress Continues to Struggle to Provide Additional COVID-19 Relief
  5. Join a Free Webinar to Ensure Your Nonprofit is Prepared for the 2020 Election
  6. Do You Have Questions about Nonprofits and the 2020 Election? We Have Answers!
  7. Voting Tip of the Week: Consider Giving Your Employees Paid Time Off to Vote
  8. Bonus Voting Tip of the Week: Request Your Absentee Ballot Today
  9. DOL Issues Proposed Regulations on Worker Classification
  10. Nonprofits Excluded from New State Grant Program for Businesses Closed Due to COVID-19
  11. DOL Addresses Nonprofits’ Questions about FFCRA Paid Leave
  12. U.S. House Passes Continuing Resolution to Try to Avert Government Shutdown
  13. Center Offers Updated Resources on Nonprofit Advocacy

 

September 18, 2020

  1. North Carolina Nonprofits Make the Case for More Federal COVID-19 Relief
  2. Congress and White House Consider Additional COVID-19 Relief Legislation
  3. Center Endorses New U.S. Senate Bill to Extend Census Enumeration through October 31
  4. Act Now: Be certain Everyone You Know Completes the Census Questionnaire
  5. Do You Have Questions about Nonprofits and the 2020 Election? We Have Answers!
  6. Reminder: Request Your Absentee Ballot Today
  7. National Voter Registration Day is Next Week
  8. Webinar Highlights Basics of 2020 Election for Nonprofits
  9. Center Offers Updated Resources on Nonprofit Advocacy
  10. DOL Issues Clarifying Regulations on FFCRA Leave
  11. Join a Free Webinar to Learn More about FFCRA Paid Leave and Nonprofits
     

September 11, 2020

  1. U.S. Senate Unable to Pass Scaled-Down COVID-19 Relief Legislation
  2. Governor Signs COVID-19 Relief Legislation with Significant Nonprofit Funding
  3. U.S. House Committee Examines Impact of Early End to Census Enumeration
  4. Act Now: Be Certain Everyone You Know Completes the Census Questionnaire  
  5. Absentee Ballot Requests Now Available Online
  6. National Voter Registration Day is Just 11 Days Away
  7. Get Free Resources and Support for Nonpartisan Voter Registration and Voter Education

 

September 4, 2020

  1. General Assembly Approves More than $145 Million in New COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofits
  2. North Carolina Moves to “Phase 2.5” of COVID-19 Reopening This Evening
  3. Governor Cooper Extends Executive Order on Nonprofit Membership Meetings
  4. Act Now: Be Certain Everyone You Know Completes the Census Questionnaire  
  5. Funding Available for Nonprofits to Make a Last-Minute Get-Out-the-Count Push
  6. Absentee Ballot Requests Now Available Online
  7. National Voter Registration Day is Just Over Two Weeks Away
  8. Free Resources and Support for Nonpartisan Voter Registration and Voter Education
  9. Updated DOL Guidance Explains Availability of Emergency Leave for Nonprofit Employees with Children in Remote Learning
  10. Treasury Department Issues Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferrals

 

August 28, 2020

  1. General Assembly Could Approve Additional COVID-19 Relief Next Week
  2. Governor Cooper Proposes Medicaid Expansion and Additional COVID-19 Relief in State Budget
  3. Reminder: Emergency Federal Leave Programs Available to Nonprofit Employees
  4. Act Now: Be Certain Everyone You Know Completes the Census Questionnaire  
  5. NC Job Retention Grants Application Deadline is Next Tuesday (September 1)
  6. Local Governments May Have Resources for COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofits
  7. National Voter Registration Day is Just Over Three Weeks Away
  8. Free Resources and Support for Nonpartisan Voter Registration and Voter Education

 

August 21, 2020

  1. U.S. Senate Considers Scaled-Down COVID-19 Relief 
  2. Act Now: Be Certain Everyone You Know Completes the Census Questionnaire  
  3. U.S. Senate Proposal Would Simplify PPP Loan Forgiveness for Many Nonprofits
  4. U.S. Postal Service Delays Controversial Operational Changes
  5. Business Leaders Raise Concerns about President Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral
  6. NC Job Retention Grants Application Open for Nonprofits through September 1
  7. Local Governments May Have Resources for COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofits
  8. National Voter Registration Day Is a Month Away
  9. Get Free Resources and Support for Nonpartisan Voter Registration and Voter Education

 

August 14, 2020

  1. Executive Actions Provide No COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofits 
  2. Competing Proposals for PPP Extension Are Mixed News for Nonprofits
  3. Census Undercount Could Cost North Carolina Funding and Congressional Representation  
  4. NC Job Retention Grants Application Open for Nonprofits through September 1
  5. U.S. Labor Department Issues Guidance on Charging UI Costs to Self-Insured Nonprofits 
  6. Free Resources and Support for Nonpartisan Voter Registration and Voter Education
  7. Help Identify Legal Needs for the Community Your Nonprofit Serves

 

August 7, 2020

  1. Census Bureau Plans to End to the Census Count a Month Early
  2. President Signs Law to Improve UI Process for Self-Insured Nonprofits
  3. NC Job Retention Grants Application Now Open for Nonprofits
  4. White House and Congress Continue Negotiations Over Additional COVID-19 Relief 
  5. North Carolina Extends Phase 2 of COVID-19 Reopening Through September 11
  6. Get Free Resources and Support for Nonpartisan Voter Registration and Voter Education
  7. Help Identify Legal Needs for the Community Your Nonprofit Serves
  8. United Way of North Carolina Survey Will Assess Impact of Pandemic on North Carolinians
  9. Join a Free Webinar on Nonpartisan Candidate Engagement as Events Move Online