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The Center for Non-Profits is the only umbrella organization for all New Jersey 501(c)(3)s. Since 1982, the Center has provided advocacy, resources, training and information to strengthen non-profits and help them thrive. Learn more about how the Center:

  • Saves non-profits time and money.
  • Provides timely resources and training.
  • Promotes and protects the non-profit community.

The Center's Response to Governor Christie's Funding Freeze

On June 30, Governor Christie issued Executive Order 209, freezing approximately $100 million in funds, including $45.3 million for social programs and $53.8 million in transitional aid to municipalities, until the Legislature and public employee unions can achieve $250 million in health benefits cuts to public employees.

 Now, non-profits have been unwittingly placed in the middle of a dispute about healthcare benefits for government employees, with which they are not involved and the outcome of which they cannot control.  New Jersey's non-profits report that the current and potential consequences could be devastating if the funds are not released soon.

     Read the full Op-Ed.

2016 New Jersey Non-Profit Conference
The Center for Non-Profits is soliciting presentations for this year's Non-Profit Conference. The conference will cover a wide range of topics that non-profit organizations face individually, organizationally, and as part of the larger community, in order to proactively prepare for the future. If you are interested in presenting an educational breakout session, view the application details and submit your proposal no later than Friday, August 5, 2016. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Rules – Additional information; upcoming webinar

As we reported previously, on May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final overtime regulations that will make mandatory overtime requirements applicable to most employees earning less than $47,500/year, including employees of non-profits. The new salary level threshold will apply to any employee who works more than 40 hours in a week, regardless of whether individual employees are considered salaried or hourly. The rules take effect December 1, 2016.       more information      webinar (from Pro Bono Partnership)

NJ Charitable Giving Incentive

Charitable giving deduction legislation clears NJ Senate and Assembly Budget Committees, awaits vote by full Senate and Assembly

Legislation to establish a New Jersey income tax deduction for contributions to certain charities was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee on June 23, 2016. The charitable deduction is part of a larger deal, cosponsored by Senators Paul Sarlo (D-36) and Steven Oroho (R-24) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), which would increase gasoline taxes to fund the Transportation Trust Fund, phase out the estate tax, and increase the earned income tax credit, among other provisions. The bills move next to the floor of the Senate and Assembly.   more information

Blog: Why New Jersey Needs a Charitable Giving Deduction

2016 Issues & Trends Cover

New Jersey Non-Profits 2016: Trends and Outlook Survey Results

View the full report on New Jersey's non-profits' 2015 funding and expenses, outlook for the coming year, and actions taken by non-profits to address trends. Read Linda's recent blog post for a detailed explanation on what these findings mean for the non-profit community. You can also view last year's report and browse all of the Center's publications.

Property Tax Challenges

Tax Court Rules Against Hospital in Morristown Property Tax Case; Legislation, Moratorium Proposed

Updated April 17, 2016 - In June 2015, in a property tax case with significant financial and policy implications for hospitals and possibly the broader non-profit community statewide, a Tax Court of New Jersey judge ruled that Morristown Medical Center is not entitled to tax exemption on nearly all of its property in Morristown. Legislation to reaffirm the hospitals' property tax exemption while providing for community service contributions to municipalities has been re-introduced in the legislature, and Governor Christie has proposed a two-year moratorium on property tax challenges and the creation of a study commission to examine the issue.  more information

"Is Non-Profit Property Tax Exemption Sound Public Policy?"  Presentation slides of Center executive director Linda Czipo to 4/15/2016 Seton Hall University School of Law conference

Center Files Second Amicus Brief in Princeton Property Tax Exemption Case

Updated January 12, 2016 - On December 7, 2015, in the Fields vs. Trustees of Princeton University property tax exemption case, the Center for Non-Profits, represented by pro bono counsel Lowenstein Sandler LLP and joined by five other organizations, filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of a motion filed by Princeton University in the challenge to its property tax exemption, a case now making its way through the courts that could have implications for many non-profits in New Jersey.The University's most recent appeal was filed in response to Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco’s November 5, 2015, ruling that the University has the burden of re-proving its property tax exemption in response to the residents’ challenge, even if it has been deemed by the municipal tax assessor to be tax exempt.  more information

VICTORY! IRS Withdraws Gift Substantiation Proposal

January 7, 2016 - The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it is withdrawing its proposed gift substantiation regulations that would have called for the collection and reporting by charities of donors’ Social Security numbers.  As reported in previous communications, the proposed regulations would have given non-profits the option of filing a separate new information return with the IRS and individual donors by February 28 every year to substantiate contributions of more than $250.  The proposed rule would have encouraged (but not required) non-profits to collect donors’ Social Security numbers and file a report with the IRS including the Social Security numbers and the amount of the gift.

According to the National Council of Nonprofits, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS received 37,977 comments during the rulemaking period that ended on December 16, 2015, virtually all of them hostile to the proposal (view the Center’s comments here). The Center for Non-Profits also joined with the Council of Nonprofits and other national groups in submitting comments on behalf of the nonprofit community to stress that collection of Social Security numbers would “expose the public to increased risk from identity theft, impose significant costs and burdens on nonprofit organizations, and create public confusion and disincentives for donors to support the work of nonprofits.”

Our deep thanks to the National Council of Nonprofits and other national advocates for leading the charge against this proposal, and especially to all of YOU who commented against it.  This significant victory is proof that non-profit advocacy works!

 Red Tape

Organizations Seek Relief from Contracting Burdens

September 10, 2015 - An alliance of representing non-profit and provider organizations today asked the Red Tape Review Commission, chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, to assist with developing and implementing reforms to help ease the “stranglehold” of burdensome government contracting procedures that threaten their ability to2015 Recommendations to the Red Tape Review Commission provide services in their communities.

Represented by the Center for Non-Profits, an umbrella organization serving New Jersey’s charitable community, the organizations endorsed comprehensive recommendations to streamline and improve the rules and procedures by which government contracts for services with non-profit organizations.

Press Release   Full Report

Celebrate Non-Profits!

How is YOUR life better because of a non-profit?

The OMB Uniform Guidance: What Non-Profits Should Know

In late December 2014, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published final guidance governing government grants and contracts that means good news for non-profits that receive federal grant funds, either directly or passed through state and local entities.  More information

Report: New Jersey “Worst” at Paying Non-Profits Full Cost of Services

May 15, 2014 - Although some progress has been made in the past several years, the system of contracting between governments and non-profit organizations remains rife with problems that threaten the ability of non-profits to provide services across the country, according to new data released by the National Council of Nonprofits and the Urban Institute.National_Council_Report

The National Council of Nonprofits report, Toward Common Sense Contracting: What Taxpayers Deserve, examines the causes and consequences of five recurring problem areas that involve billions of dollars. The report connects new data from the Urban Institute with the experiences of front-line non-profits that are delivering services on behalf of governments at all levels, and then outlines sixteen proven and often readily available solutions to these problems, including many proposed by New Jersey advocates.
Press Release

Help END the Overhead Myth!
The Center for Non-Profits and the Council of NJ Grantmakers are joining forces to ask you to support a nationwide campaign to help end the overhead myth - the misguided notion that the percentage of expenses spent on administration and overhead should be the sole criterion for judging the merits of a charity.
Learn more and spread the word!

Tips for Making Informed Giving Decisions

An overview of some of the factors to consider when considering giving to charity.  Feel free to share with your board members, donors and others.  Read the article.

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