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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.

Johnson Amendment Threatened Again
ACTION ALERT - CALL TODAY! Tell Congress: Oppose any Attempts to Weaken Non-Profit Nonpartisanship in Appropriations Process

Your voice is needed again – now – to protect 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. Those who seek to politicize 501(c)(3) organizations are back, vowing to have their way on the "must-pass" federal spending being deliberated in Congress NOW. The ability of charities, foundations and faith organizations to operate as "safe spaces" for problem-solving and vital programs and services, is again under threat.

Take action TODAY to protect the Johnson Amendment and tell Congress not to change this vital and longstanding law. more information

Tax Reform and Non-Profits

SALT Workaround Legislation Advancing in Trenton

Updated March 18, 2018 - Read our take on fast-moving state legislation, intended to mitigate the impact of the new federal tax law's cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions, which could also have broader implications for New Jersey charities. S-1893 (Sarlo/Sweeney) would allow taxpayers to offset their property tax bills by "donating" to specific charitable funds created by municipalities or school districts. The bill passed the state Senate on February 26 and, with its Assembly counterpart, A-3499 (McKeon), passed the Assembly State and Local Government Committee on March 12. It is now awaiting a vote in the full Assembly. more information

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)


Much like Hurricane Sandy 5 years ago, the effects of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria will be felt long past the initial cleanup of these disasters.

Our thoughts are with those affected and we thank the many non-profits helping communities now and for the long term.

Below are some charities and other entities assisting in the recovery from these storms.
PRAB's Disaster Relief Fund All Hands Volunteers
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Center for Disaster Philanthropy
United Way Houston
Global Giving United Way Irma Recovery Fund
NJ211: Hurricane Maria Relief  Hurricane Irma Relief  Hurricane Harvey Relief

Governor Murphy Executive Order Creating Commission on Puerto Rico Relief

In the aftermath of Charlottesville - Like the rest of the country, we have been horrified at the events in Charlottesville, VA, and their aftermath, and we are alarmed at the emboldening, both explicit and subtle, of rhetoric and actions of hate that have no place in our society...   View the Center's Full Response (Blog)

2017 Issues & Trends Cover

New Jersey Non-Profits 2017: Trends and Outlook Survey Results

View the full report on New Jersey's non-profits' funding and expenses, outlook for 2017, and actions taken by non-profits to address trends. You can also view the 2016 report and browse all of the Center's publications

2018 results coming soon!

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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

Don’t Weaken the Existing Ban on Electioneering by 501(c)(3) Organizations
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At the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, 2017, President Trump renewed his calls for a repeal of the 1954 Johnson Amendment which bars 501(c)(3) organizations from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The Center for Non-Profits OPPOSES repeal of the Johnson Amendment and supports retaining the current ban. Read why in our blog.

 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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