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Center Open House June 5

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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.


May 22 Trainings

Tax Reform and Non-Profits

SALT Workaround Legislation Signed into Law

Updated May 4, 2018 - Legislation designed to mitigate the impact of the federal tax law on New Jersey property owners by providing a mechanism to exceed the new deductibility limit on state and local taxes (SALT) was signed into law today by Governor Murphy (P.L. 2018, c. 11).  [Read the final text of S-1893 (Sarlo/Sweeney) / A-3499 (McKeon)]  The new law, which could also have broader implications for New Jersey charities, will allow taxpayers to offset their property tax bills by "donating" to specific funds that may be created by municipalities or school districts.  more information

Tax Reform and Non-Profits

New Taxes Loom for Non-Profits Under Federal Tax Law - ACTION ALERT

May 3, 2018 - As non-profit managers, tax professionals, policy makers and others continue to dissect the provisions in the new federal tax law, they have discovered new developments that would impose new or increased taxes on hundreds of thousands of non-profit organizations. The latest surprise relates to important changes to the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) – a tax normally imposed on certain commercial activities of non-profits under specific circumstances. The new law and recent IRS guidance threaten to wreak havoc on non-profit budgets – even for organizations that engage in no unrelated business activities. 

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS haven’t yet issued regulations to implement the new law. Meanwhile, numerous questions regarding the scope and implementation of these provisions remain unanswered, and key filing or tax deadlines have already passed or are fast approaching. Learn more and take action.

Center Open House Tuesday June 5

The State of New Jersey's Non-Profit Community
Out Now!

Gain new insights about how non-profits are faring and the implications of these trends on the ability of organizations to provide needed programs and services. This information can aid in your planning efforts and your communications with funders, policy makers and the media.

The survey results presented in the 2018 Trends and Outlook Report strengthen and shape the Center's advocacy and programmatic priorities, and will be shared broadly with the non-profit community, funders, government and business leaders, media and the public. These findings can also help you in your own planning and advocacy efforts.

View the Report          View the Web Briefing

Johnson Amendment
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ACTION - Latest Threat to Non-Profit Non-Partisanship Defeated

Thanks to the advocacy of the non-profit and larger communities, the latest federal omnibus spending bill does not include language to dismantle the Johnson Amendment, the 60+-year-old law that allows 501(c)(3) organizations to work in communities free from partisan pressures, divisions, and interference.

Thank you for your calls to representatives, tweets, signing the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship, and other advocacy efforts to prevent this change by those who seek to politicize 501(c)(3) organizations. While this is a victorious outcome, there is no reason to believe this will be the last attempt to eliminate or alter the Johnson Amendment.

As Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits states in a recent news release, in 2017 "prominent politicians and well-funded lobbyists tried to gut the Johnson Amendment through an executive order and five separate bills. Their zeal last year suggests they likely will continue their push to hijack charitable goodwill for their own political ambitions while rewarding their supporters with charitable tax deductions for partisan donations. If that comes to pass, charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations will once again rise in force to defend this vital, longstanding law."  The Center will continue to keep you up to date on this and other advocacy issues.

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How will tax reform affect charitable giving?


Sweeping Federal
Tax Overhaul Enacted

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law sweeping tax legislation that will have significant, long-term ramifications for New Jersey, for charities, and the people and communities who need them. Many provisions take effect on January 1, 2018, though taxpayers won't see the full impact of many provisions until they file their 2018 tax returns in 2019. 

Despite an important -- but possibly fleeting -- victory in removing House language that would have gutted the Johnson Amendment (the law preserving 501(c)(3) nonpartisanship), the new law will likely precipitate steep drops in charitable giving, harm large proportions of New Jerseyans across income levels, impose immense fiscal pressures on state and local governments, and decimate charities when demand for services is already outpacing needed resources to
fill community needs. 

Read more

Summary of the Tax Law

Blog: The New Federal Tax Law and New Jersey Non-Profits

Our Op-Ed in NJSpotlight:
For NJ Charities, Tax-Reform Bills Offer Little to Be Thankful For
(commentary regarding an earlier version of the tax bill)

Webinar Icon New member? Thinking about joining the Center?
Check out our recent webinar (it's only 30-minutes) reviewing the benefits of membership with the Center for Non-Profits.

Property Tax Challenges

Legislation to Protect Non-Profits from Arbitrary Tax Exemption Challenges by Third Parties Reintroduced

Updated February 16, 2018 - Legislation that would help curtail arbitrary challenges to non-profits' property tax exemptions by limiting the ability of third parties to appeal the property tax exempt status of other entities has been reintroduced in the New Jersey Legislature. The Center for Non-Profits strongly supports these bills. 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

 Red Tape

Organizations Seek Relief from Contracting Burdens

Read the 2015 report from an alliance of non-profit and provider organizations outlining  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.  Since this report's release, the Center has continued to push for the recommendations.

Press Release   Full Report


Celebrate Non-Profits!

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

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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