Washington, DC – The Center for Non-Profits, the New Jersey member of the National Council of Nonprofits (National Council), yesterday announced that the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI), a recognized leader in nonprofit advocacy training, joined forces with the National Council. CLPI has transferred its training materials, curriculum, and other program content to the National Council. Having access to CLPI’s proven nonprofit advocacy and lobbying resources further strengthens the Center as the leading resource for nonprofits in New Jersey engaged in public policy matters that impact nonprofits and the communities they serve.
“Over the years CLPI and the National Council of Nonprofits have enjoyed a special relationship, based in part on the firmly shared view that nonprofit advocacy training can be both nonpartisan and non-ideological,” said Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council. “Policymakers need to be informed by the voices of those whose lives will be affected. With the nonprofit sector employing almost 10 percent of our nation’s workforce and nonprofits on the front lines of the most challenging issues facing every community in America, policymakers need to hear from nonprofits,” added Delaney.
“Advocacy needs to be a core part of every nonprofit’s work,” said Linda Czipo, Executive Director of the Center for Non-Profits. “We are excited to bring these quality resources to New Jersey to help build nonprofits’ capacity to advocate.”The Center for Non-Profits and the National Council’s network have been leaders innonprofit advocacy: protecting the charitable giving incentive that helps local nonprofits meet community needs, working with state governments to improve the government-nonprofit contracting system, demonstrating the value of nonprofit tax exemptions, battling unfair new fees and overly-burdensome regulations, and educating nonprofits and those they serve. Blending the CLPI training materials into the ongoing work of the National Council’s network in the field will strengthen the ability of the nonprofit community to exercise its voice and promote the interests of the people we serve.
In New Jersey, the Center has been active most recently in efforts to reduce red tape and streamlining contracting for non-profits; protecting non-profit advocacy rights; promoting fair and reasonable fund raising laws, and combatting unnecessary restrictions on charitable solicitations; and many other issues. A core part of the Center’s activities has focused on encouraging non-profits to more fully engage in public policy to further their missions.
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Founded in 1982, the Center for Non-Profits is a charitable umbrella organization serving New Jersey's non-profit community. The Center's mission is to build the power of New Jersey's non-profit community by serving as the premier voice and comprehensive resource for and about our sector. Center programs include public education, legal and management assistance, publications, workshops, and member services. For more information, visit the Center’s Web site, www.njnonprofits.org , or call (732) 227-0800.
The National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest network of nonprofit organizations with more than 25,000 member nonprofit organizations, works through its member State Associations to amplify the voices of America’s local community-based nonprofit organizations, help them engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector, manage and lead more effectively, collaborate and exchange solutions, and achieve greater impact in their communities.