Nonprofit Leaders Respond to White House Spending Plan

Published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 17th, 2017: 



Nonprofit leaders nationwide are reacting to the outline of the administration’s proposed budget. The Boston Globe  and The Wall Street Journal (subscription) each published lists of programs that would lose all their funding.

Arts: The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) reports that the proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities “may not translate into any policy change,” as many members of Congress are balking. In The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal (subscription), Patricia Harrison, president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, predicted “the collapse of the public media system itself” if her agency’s budget is zeroed out. NPR and Public Broadcasting System affiliates in small markets rely heavily on federal funding.

Education: Conservatives are hailing the proposed downsizing of the U.S. Department of Education and the shift of funds to charter schools, private-school vouchers, and other forms of school choice, according to The Washington Post. A big fight could loom over the proposal to eliminate $1.2 billion in grants to after-school and summer programs run by churches, nonprofits, and schools; the programs serve 1.6 million children, but the administration says there’s no evidence they are effective.


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