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.Sign up to receive updates.)

 

Become A Member

Already a member? Log In.

 

Recent Issues

May 7, 2021

  1. NC Senate Approves Amendment to Protect Local Grants to Nonprofits
  2. NC Senate Passes Bill to Begin Process of Allocating American Rescue Plan Funds
  3. What Type of COVID Recovery Fund Would Help Your Nonprofit?
  4. NC Senate Committee Approves Donor Privacy Bill That Could Be Burdensome for Nonprofits
  5. NC Senate Approves Bill to Allow Employers to Offer Exclusive Provider Benefit Plans
  6. Ask Your Members of Congress to Support WORK NOW Act
  7. NC House Bill Would Prohibit Employers from Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations
  8. U.S. Department of Labor Withdraws Employer-Friendly Worker Classification Rule
  9. New State Legislation Would Allow Employers to Classify More Workers as Independent Contractors
  10. New Grant Program Helps Nonprofits Ensure Equitable Access to Vaccines
  11. NC House Bill Would Increase Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour
  12. Take 5 Minutes to Help the Center Advocate for Policies that Will Benefit Your Nonprofit

 

April 30, 2021

  1. NC Senate Bill Would Modernize North Carolina’s Nonprofit Laws
  2. NC Senate Committees Approve Bill that Could Limit Local Grants to Nonprofits
  3. Take 5 Minutes to Help the Center Advocate for Policies that Will Benefit Your Nonprofit
  4. NC General Assembly Begins Process of Allocating American Rescue Plan Funds
  5. Let Us Know: What Type of Nonprofit COVID Recovery Fund Would Help Your Nonprofit?
  6. New NC House Bill Would Amend State Constitution to Limit Size of Government
  7. NC Senate Committees Approve Bill to Allow Employers to Offer Exclusive Provider Benefit Plans
  8. New Grant Program Would Help Nonprofits Ensure Equitable Access to Vaccines
  9. President Biden Release American Families Plan
  10. U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Donor Privacy Case
  11. Governor Cooper Eases COVID-19 Restrictions
  12. Your Census Engagement Made a Difference – North Carolina Gains 14th Congressional Seat
  13. NC Finance Committee Approves Bill that Would Increase State Tax Benefits for Charitable Contributions in 2021
  14. NC House Approves Bill to Enhance Nonpartisan Voter Education
  15. NC House Bill Would End At-Will Employment in North Carolina

 

April 23, 2021

  1. Take 5 Minutes to Help the Center Advocate for Policies That Will Benefit Your Nonprofit
  2. Let Us Know: What Type of Nonprofit COVID Relief Fund Would Help Your Nonprofit?
  3. Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Help Nonprofits Operate Remotely
  4. IRS Explains That Nonprofits Can Get Tax Credit for Providing Paid Time Off for Vaccinations
  5. Funding for PPP Loans Is Running Low
  6. NC House Approves Bill to Help Businesses and Nonprofits Keep Full Amounts of PPP Loans
  7. NC Senate Bill Would Amend State Constitution to Limit Size of Government
  8. New Grant Program Would Help Nonprofits Ensure Equitable Access to Vaccines
  9. New Legislation Would Enhance Nonpartisan Voter Education
  10. NC House Bill Would Create Grant Program for Clean Energy Programs

 

April 16, 2021

  1. Let Us Know: What Type of Nonprofit COVID Relief Fund Would Help Your Nonprofit?
  2. Six State Bills Would Improve Nonprofits’ Operations
  3. NC Senate Bill Would Amend State Constitution to Limit Size of Government
  4. IRS Issues Guidance on Expanded Employee Retention Tax Credit
  5. NC House Approves Bill to Help Businesses and Nonprofits Keep Full Amounts of PPP Loans
  6. Remind Your Community: People Experiencing Homelessness Can Get Stimulus Payments
  7. New Legislation Would Strengthen State Election and Ethics Laws
  8. First Quarter Lobbying Reports Due by April 21

 

April 9, 2021

  1. NC Senate Bill Would Modernize North Carolina’s Nonprofit Laws
  2. New Legislation Would Create State Tax Credit for Charitable Contributions
  3. NC Senate Bill Would Improve Charitable Solicitation Laws
  4. Let Us Know: What Type of Nonprofit COVID Relief Fund Would Help Your Nonprofit?
  5. Three Senate Bills Filed Last Week Would Improve Nonprofits’ Operations
  6. NC Senate Bill Would Prohibit Self-Dealing Between Nonprofits and Local Officials Who Serve on Nonprofit Boards
  7. Legislative Proposals Would Prohibit Disclosure of Nonprofit Donor Information
  8. Hundreds of New Bills Introduced in NC Senate
  9. IRS Issues Guidance on Expanded Employee Retention Tax Credit
  10. President Biden Promotes Infrastructure Plan
  11. National Council of Nonprofits Weighs in on U.S. Supreme Court Donor Secrecy Cases 
  12. Reminder: PPP Loan Application Deadline Extended through May 31
     

March 31, 2021

  1. NC Senate Bill Would Exempt Most 501(c)(3) Nonprofits from Paying Sales Tax
  2. NC Senate Bill Would Exempt Nonprofit Fundraising Events from Sales Tax 
  3. PPP Loan Application Deadline Extended through May 31
  4. New Law Prevents Increase in Unemployment Costs for Some Nonprofits 
  5. NC Senate Bill Would Modernize Nonprofit Remote Meeting Laws
  6. Join Two Free Webinars on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Returning to In-Person Operations
  7. Reminder: Many Nonprofits Eligible for Employee Retention Tax Credit
  8. American Rescue Plan Includes COBRA Subsidies for Nonprofits that Lay Off Staff Due to COVID
  9. New State Legislation Would Close North Carolina’s Healthcare Coverage Gap
  10. New State Legislation Could Strengthen Association Health Plans in North Carolina
  11. NC General Assembly Considers Election Law Changes
  12. NC Senate Bill Would Set Good Precedent on Nonprofit Independence

 

March 26, 2021

  1. NC House Passes Legislation to Modernize Nonprofit Remote Meeting Laws
  2. U.S. Senate Approves Bill to Extend PPP Loan Applications through May 31
  3. Governor Cooper Releases Budget Proposal
  4. Many Nonprofits Eligible for Employee Retention Tax Credit
  5. American Rescue Plan Includes Significant Funding that Could Assist Nonprofits
  6. Take Action: Help Eligible Community Members Get Vaccinated 
  7. NC House Approves Improvements to Unemployment Laws
  8. NC House Bill Would Amend State Constitution to Create Independent Redistricting Process
  9. Remind Your Community: Don’t Miss Out on Federal Stimulus Payments 
  10. Governor Cooper Eases Some COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses and Nonprofits
  11. New NC House Bill Would Allow Employers to Offer Exclusive Provider Benefit Plans

 

March 19, 2021

  1. NC House Legislation Would Modernize Nonprofit Remote Meeting Laws
  2. Register for Policy Briefing for Latest on State Legislation Affecting Nonprofits
  3. American Rescue Plan Includes Significant Funding that Could Assist Nonprofits
  4. U.S. House Approves Bill to Extend PPP Loan Applications through May 31
  5. Many Nonprofits Now Eligible for Employee Retention Tax Credit 
  6. Take Action: Help Eligible Community Members Get Vaccinated 
  7. Legislators and Governor Cooper Make Improvements to Unemployment Laws
  8. State Legislation Would Expand UI Benefits
  9. Remind Your Community: Don’t Miss Out on Federal Stimulus Payments 
  10. NC Senate Bill Would Increase State Tax Benefits for Charitable Contributions in 2021

 

March 12, 2021

  1. American Rescue Plan Act Provides Significant Relief to Nonprofits and Communities
  2. New Bills in Congress Would Improve Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving
  3. Register for Policy Briefings for Latest on Legislation Affecting Nonprofits
  4. Congress and Nonprofits Seek Extension and Improvements to PPP Loan Application Process
  5. New U.S. Senate Bill Would Provide $50 Billion in Grants for New Nonprofit Jobs
  6. Take Action: Help Eligible Community Members Get Vaccinated
  7. NC Senate Unanimously Approves Bill that Would Prevent UI Cost Increases for Nonprofits
  8. New NC Senate Bill Would Allow Employers to Offer Exclusive Provider Benefit Plans
  9. NC House Bill Would Increase State Tax Benefits for Charitable Contributions in 2021
  10. Free Webinar on Transition to Medicaid Managed Care
  11. Remind Your Community: Don’t Miss Out on Federal Stimulus Payments
  12. Federal Executive Order Would Begin to Improve Access to Voting

 

March 5, 2021

  1. U.S. Senate to Vote on COVID Relief Package
  2. Reminder: SBA Limiting PPP Loan Applications to Very Small Employers through March 9 
  3. IRS Issues Guidance on Employee Retention Tax Credit That May Benefit More Nonprofits
  4. NC General Assembly Approves Additional COVID Relief
  5. Spread the Word: Don’t Miss Out on Federal Stimulus Payments 
  6. Take Action: Your Nonprofit Can Help Eligible Members of Your Community Get Vaccinated 
  7. NC House Bill Would Create Grant Program to Address Vaccine Hesitancy
  8. New Analysis Debunks Misleading Claims about Pending Donor Disclosure Supreme Court Case
  9. U.S. House of Representatives Approves For the People Act
  10. NC House Committee Approves Bill that Would Prevent UI Cost Increases for Nonprofits
  11. Center to Offer Nonprofit Policy Briefings Later this Month

 

February 26, 2021

  1. U.S. House to Vote on COVID Relief Package
  2. SBA Limiting PPP Loan Applications to Very Small Employers through March 4 
  3. Take 3 Minutes to Tell Us Whether a Sales Tax Exemption for Fundraising Events would Help Your Nonprofit 
  4. Spread the Word: Some North Carolinians Need to Use IRS Form 1040 for Stimulus Payments 
  5. NC House Committee Approves Bill that Would Prevent UI Cost Increases for Nonprofits
  6. Governor Cooper Eases Some COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses and Nonprofits
  7. Census Bureau Data Delay Could Cause Problems with NC Elections and Redistricting
  8. Take Action: Let Your State Legislators Know What COVID Relief Would Help Your Community
  9. Take Action: Share Accurate Information about Vaccines with Your Community
  10. NC General Assembly Could Consider Nonprofit Issues This Year
  11. Center Offers Nonprofit Policy Briefings Next Month

 

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

 

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