Common Good Vermont Joins the National Council of Nonprofits

Common Good Vermont is pleased to announce that we have been accepted as a Nonprofit Ally by the National Council of Nonprofits. This relationship will connect us with important state level advocacy work being done to support our sector.  Here’s a quick look at how they can support us.

The National Council of Nonprofits, the largest network of nonprofit organizations in the country, helps nonprofits proactively shape the public policy environment in which they operate. The National Council developed and freely shares with other nonprofits a public policy agenda that provides clear principles common to all nonprofits regarding policy priorities at the federal, state, and local levels. State and local nonprofits may adopt the policy agenda it in its entirety or use it as a starting point for their own policy agendas.

Setting the Agenda

The National Council of Nonprofits, the largest network of nonprofit organizations in the country, helps nonprofits proactively shape the public policy environment in which they operate. The National Council developed and freely shares with other nonprofits a public policy agenda that provides clear principles common to all nonprofits regarding policy priorities at the federal, state, and local levels. State and local nonprofits may adopt the policy agenda it in its entirety or use it as a starting point for their own policy agendas.

Defending the Social Compact

The National Council actively mobilizes its network to resist efforts by states and localities seeking to take money away from nonprofit missions through new taxes, fees, and payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTS). By sharing information across its network, the National Council helps nonprofits educate policy makers across the country about the value of tax-exempt nonprofits to their communities and demonstrating the benefits that nonprofits provide every day.

Moving the Policy Needle

Deploying new data about the broken government contracting system gathered in partnership with the Urban Institute, we issued a Special Report identifying solutions to repair and update that antiquated system. We then mobilized our network to be a resource for policy makers, producing positive outcomes in more than a dozen states. The National Council continues to monitor and champion promising practices that save taxpayers money and ensure that those needing services get served.

Protecting The Charitable Giving Incentive

In late 2011, the National Council’s network mobilized a grassroots campaign to oppose a threat that could have substantially reduced and effectively eliminated the federal charitable tax deduction. Nearly 4,500 nonprofits of all sizes and from all 50 states signed a joint nonprofit community letter that was delivered to Congress, sending a powerful message that nonprofits will unite to be heard on issues that affect their ability to serve their communities.

Collaborating with Government in New Ways

After the National Council and coalition partners successfully advocated for inclusion of nonprofits in the Small Employer Tax Credit, the GAO asked the National Council to gather information about the effectiveness of the program so that it can be adapted to address the needs of small nonprofits. Meanwhile, State Associations are sitting down with state and local governments in Connecticut, Hawai’i, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and other states to develop community-based solutions to fiscal and programmatic barriers to service delivery.

Leading the Conversation

The National Council communicates the vital role of nonprofits in society by publishing thought pieces in the national media, responding to media requests, and addressing groups of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. In recent months our articles appeared in the Nonprofit Quarterly, Huffington Post, and the Boston Globe; we were interviewed on C-SPAN, NPR, and the Kojo Nnamdi Show; we were cited or quoted in the New York Times, International Business Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and CNN Money; and we gave presentations or led workshops for the BoardSource Leadership Forum, Hudson Institute, State Bar Associations of Montana and Texas, and at State Association annual meetings and other gatherings in more than a dozen states.

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