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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:
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Center for Non-Profits 2014 Annual Conference
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Imperia, Somerset, NJ
Thanks to all for making the conference such an amazing event! Check back for more details, photos and next steps!
Updated December 17, 2014 - On December 16, the Senate passed H.R. 5771, which provides a (very) temporary restoration – expiring December 31, 2014 – of several charitable giving incentives, including the IRA charitable rollover; enhanced deduction for donations of food inventory; and deductions for conservation easements. It now awaits action by President Obama, who is expected to sign it. Unfortunately, efforts to enact H.R. 5806 (The “Supporting America’s Charities Act”), legislation that would have made these incentives permanent, fell short last week by eight votes when the House failed to approve a procedural vote by the 2/3 majority needed. More information
On July 1, 2014, the IRS announced the release of a new, shorter application for eligible small organizations seeking recognition of tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3). Form 1023-EZ is the Service’s effort to simplify the application process for smaller organizations, and to reduce its existing backlog of exempt organization applications. Although the new form may save some time up front, we believe that newly forming organizations should exercise caution when considering whether to use the new form. More information
The State of New Jersey has launched a new e-procurement portal, NJSTART.gov, which is designed to simplify the procurement process for suppliers doing business with New Jersey. All organizations, including non-profit third-party contractors, that do (or want to do) business with the State will need to utilize NJSTART.gov, launched in May as part of the State's efforts to reduce red tape. more information
On June 11, 2014, on behalf of a coalition of non-profits and provider organizations across the state, the Center for Non-Profits presented a joint statement and recommendations to a hearing of the Red Tape Review Commission held at Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Guadagno. Advocacy efforts on this issue are ongoing. more information
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.
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.
March 17, 2014 - New Jersey non-profits reported some modest signs of improvement in their
circumstances compared with one year ago, but rising demand for services and flat or uncertain funding
streams continue to create a cautious outlook for 2014, according to a new report released by the Center
Our deep thanks to all who participated in the survey.
Center Executive Director Named One of 50 NJBIZ’ 2014 “Best 50 Women in Business!”
Linda Czipo has been named by NJBIZ as one of New Jersey’s 2014 "Best 50 Women in Business." For more information see full press release. Congratulations to all the winners!
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT:
Non-profits should become aware of a key notification requirement in the Affordable Care Act, as well as some other important milestones.
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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!
Non-profits and governments can reduce their own costs, improve services provided to constituents, and return greater value to taxpayers by creating government-non-profit task forces to develop and implement recommendations to reform contracting practices and procedures. That is the key finding of Partnering for Impact: Government-Nonprofit Contracting Task Forces Produce Results for Taxpayers, a report from the National Council of Nonprofits.