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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.

NJ Statehouse Special Web Briefing:
The State of New Jersey's Non-Profit Community: 2020 Trends and Outlook Report
Join us for a briefing on the state of New Jersey’s non-profit community, featuring the release of the Center’s annual survey report, New Jersey Non-Profits 2020: Trends and Outlook. The survey tracks prior year funding and expenses, non-profits' outlook for the coming year and actions taken by non-profits to address trends.

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. We'll also cover other trends facing the non-profit community. There will be time for Q&A following the presentation.


Census 2020
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The data collected as part of Census 2020 will be invaluable and have real impact on New Jersey and the non-profit community. It is critical that we have an accurate count of individuals in the United States. Learn more about what you and your organization can do to ensure a complete count.

2019 Non-Profit Diversity Report Cover Available Now:
New Jersey Non-Profit Diversity Report

The Center recently released and hosted a web briefing on the New Jersey Non-Profit Diversity Report, highlighting in stark terms the racial and gender bias in New Jersey non-profits and the challenges that need to be addressed. This report is one step in our broader commitment to promote and support diversity, equity and inclusion in the non-profit community.

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NJ Non-Profit Issues and Trends Survey
Survey Icon Our annual New Jersey Non-Profits Issues and Trends Survey tracks financial and other trends as well as your organization’s needs and plans for the future. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's survey. We are working on compiling the results and the report will be released soon. In the meantime, you can view previous year's reports.

New Jersey Nonprofits Should Not be Held Hostage in Budget Dispute

Read the full op-ed from Center for Non-Profits president and CEO, Linda Czipo and Council of New Jersey Grantmakers president and CEO Maria Vizcarrondo. (NJ Spotlight, 9/27/2019)

Excerpt: ...nonprofits are facing a comparable situation as a result of an executive order enacted by Gov. Murphy in July, which places $235 million of appropriated funds to 64 government and private entities in reserve due to a dispute with the Legislature regarding budget projections.

By our review, more than $13 million on the reserve list is directly allocated to 13 nonprofit organizations for programs such as prisoner re-entry, human services for adolescents, AIDS services, educational programs and more. Many millions more are allocated to health and educational initiatives by public universities and hospitals, many of which are conducted in partnership with nonprofits. These funds are critical, and allow these groups to provide much-needed services to New Jersey residents....

Update: On October 17, 2019, the Murphy Administration announced that it had released $114 million of the $235 million in previously frozen funds, including $13.85 million for non-profits. This left more than $9 million for 11 non-profit organizations among the funds still held in reserve. The remaining funds for all parties were finally released on January 16, 2020.


2019 New Jersey Non-Profit Compensation & Benefits Report

2019 New Jersey Non-Propfit Compensation and Beneits Report CoverThe Center for Non-Profits has released the results of its survey of New Jersey non-profits. This comprehensive report is the only one focusing exclusively on the compensation of New Jersey non-profit employees. It includes a deep look into the salaries, health and other insurance coverages, paid time off, and other benefits in addition to characteristics and demographics of non-profit staffs and boards.

Data was collected from 204 respondent organizations of varying sizes and missions, exclusively from New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profits, and cover 4,007 employees (2,918 full-time) in 71 staff positions. Findings for each position are also broken out by organizational budget size, ranging from under $200,000 a year to over $20 million.

 Compensation Report Pricing:
$95 for Center for Non-Profits members
$175 for nonmembers.



Also available (FREE): The New Jersey Non-Profit Diversity Report


Image of Tax Papers and Calculator Op-Ed: July 2, 2019
New Jerseyans should be able to deduct charitable giving from their state taxes

Read the full op-ed from Center for Non-Profits president and CEO, Linda Czipo; Community Foundation of New Jersey president Hans Dekker; and Princeton Area Community Foundation president and CEO, Jeffrey M. Vega.

Excerpt: A New Jersey charitable deduction would be good for our state, good for our state’s charities, and good for everyone who relies on them. New Jersey’s charitable non-profit community touches all of us. Whether providing disaster relief, education, foreclosure assistance, artistic and cultural enrichment, or preserving our natural resources, non-profits fulfill a vital public function that would leave a gaping void were they not present. When the government shut down for a month this past January, wreaking havoc on government workers and other individuals alike, charities stepped up.

The State of New Jersey Non-Profits
A conversation with Steve Adubato and Linda Czipo
May 28, 2019

State Charitable Giving Incentive Advances Through the New Jersey Senate

Legislation that would create a state-level income tax deduction for charitable donations is advancing in the Legislature. On March 25, 2019, the New Jersey Senate passed by a 39-0 vote bipartisan legislation that would allow New Jersey taxpayers to deduct charitable contributions from their state income taxes. The Center for Non-Profits strongly supports this bill and has made a priority of promoting its passage.

The bill, S-2179 (Kean/Singleton), is awaiting consideration in the Assembly Budget Committee, where we are working vigorously to get it on the agenda. Watch your email, our website and social media pages for updates and calls to action.

Want to become more involved now?  Email us and we'll share more information about the efforts to advance this important bill.

Read the Center's formal position statement on S-2179.

Many changes affecting New Jersey non-profits have recently passed or are in the works in Trenton or Washington, DC. Check out our current public policy tracker or select any specific issue listed below.
Nationwide New Jersey
Universal  Federal Charitable Deduction Legislation State Charitable Deduction Legislation Advances
Nonprofit Nonpartisanship Employment Law Changes
Non-Profit Transportation Taxes Bill Would Fix Unintended Impact of NJ Transportation Benefit Mandate
Universal Charitable Deduction Legislation IRS' Final Rules Prohibit NJ's SALT Workaround Framework
2020 Census   NJ "Dark Money" Bill and Charitable Non-Profits (analysis coming soon)

2019 Annual Survey Trends and Outlook Report The State of New Jersey's Non-Profit Community

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 2019 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.

Full Report      Webinar Overview     ROI's Press Coverage  

Our Recent Blog Post

Front and Center: Trends for New Jersey Non-Profits to Watch in 2019

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How will tax reform affect charitable giving?

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.


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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