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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:
YOUR Input Needed! Deadline February 8, 2016
As part of our ongoing work to serve and advocate for the non-profit community, the Center for Non-Profits is conducting our annual New Jersey Non-Profit Issues and Trends Survey.
Your input will help us provide vital information to policy makers, philanthropic leaders, the media and the public about how New Jersey non-profits fared in 2015; their outlook for 2016; and other trends, challenges and achievements. These results will be shared broadly, and can also aid in your planning and advocacy efforts. (For an idea of what we cover, see the 2015 report.) We're also gathering information about property taxes and other issues so that we can serve you better in the months ahead.
Our deep thanks to Sobel & Co., LLC, for generously supporting this year's survey.
Please spread the word to your colleagues in NJ 501(c)(3) organizations!
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!
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. More information
Updated January 19, 2016 - In a closely watched property tax case with significant financial and policy implications for hospitals and possibly the broader non-profit community statewide, the Tax Court of New Jersey on June 25, 2015, ruled that Morristown Medical Center is not entitled to tax exemption on nearly all of its property in Morristown. Legislation that would have reaffirmed the hospitals' property tax exemptions while providing for community service contributions has been pocket vetoed by the Governor. more information
Read the Center's analysis of the property tax legislation passed by the Legislature on January 11, 2016, and
pocket vetoed by the Governor on January 19, 2016.
Red TapeOrganizations 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 to 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.
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March 31, 2015 - New Jersey non-profits continued to show incremental improvements in their circumstances compared with one year ago, but rising demand for services and limited funding continue to pose challenges to their ability to provide needed programs and services, according to a new report released by the Center for Non-Profits.
Our deep thanks to all who participated in the survey.
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
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.
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!