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Two recently released reports highlight the need to address the nature of how some governments interact with nonprofits through contracts and grants.

Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem), featured speaker at the Nonprofit Capitol Exchange on December 3, discussed a variety of issues with a gathering of nonprofit, business and government leaders.

A draft proposal released by the Treasury Department yesterday would target the political spending of so-called social welfare organizations that receive 501(c)(4) tax exemptions. Treasury is taking aim at whether these groups do too much political activity and too little social welfare programming. Although it has been reported in the press as an Obama administration crackdown, at this stage it is only a proposed statement of guidance around which the IRS (which is part of Treasury) is soliciting reactions and feedback.

The Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was part of the Federal government’s response to the recession. Because people often turn to nonprofit organizations for assistance in difficult financial times, SCF was designed to build organizational capacity of faith-based and community organizations so they could better serve people in need and contribute to the economic recovery. This research brief highlights the interplay between the recession and SCF capacity-building efforts.

A top House Republican has decided to move forward next year with legislation that would seek to end the exemption from New Hampshire’s Business Enterprise Tax now enjoyed by nonprofit hospitals, colleges and universities.

At the end of this year, the City of Pittsburgh’s accord with a coalition known as the Pittsburgh Public Service Fund will end, and it’s already caused friction between local nonprofits and the city’s newly elected mayor, Bill Peduto.

A panel working on regulations for a future casino in New Hampshire also wants to make changes to existing laws governing charity gambling.

The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority decided Wednesday to draft legislation that looks at the state’s existing rules separately from those it is writing to regulate a casino if one is approved.

As communities grapple with funding deficits and policy makers push to squeeze money from any source possible, once again taxing nonprofit institutions is being proposed.

The tax exempt status of nonprofits is time-honored agreement between society and nonprofits, but current thinking on the issue is vastly divided. 

One NH lawmaker is proposing a bill aimed at nonprofit hospitals and universities.  Since the implications of this proposal impacts the entire sector, NH Center for Nonprofits will closely monitor the bill, provide timely updates and information from around the country. Look for a future convening on this topic.
Read more about this from the Concord Monitor

Big swaths of the federal government closed shop at midnight Monday (9/30) after Congress failed to reach a deal to keep the money flowing. What does the shutdown mean for nonprofits?
The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Quarterly have both weighed in with their thoughts.

The nation is getting ready for the next round of last-minute battles to reach a decision on a Fiscal Year 2014 budget (all but impossible), a continuing resolution to keep the government running (more like), or a government shutdown (please, no!). Oddly, the sequestration part of the budget battle is not being addressed, at least for the pieces of concern to nonprofits, partly because the public is growing to like the cuts, partly because President Obama has taken credit for their deficit reduction impacts, and partly because elements looking to be protected from sequestration are the military and the FAA, not the social safety net.
Read more from the Nonprofit Quarterly


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