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Policy Analysis

It’s final! Citizenship Question will not be on the 2020 Census and what that means for now.

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
After over a year of deliberation and much handwringing on all sides, the Trump administration finally abandoned their desire to have a citizenship question on next year’s census. Instead, they intend to use other “administrative” means to find this data. This is good news for now as the census numbers are used to determine federal dollar amounts […]

Proposed changes to federal poverty line could hurt many

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
A study released last week by the Center for Budget Policy and Priorities (CBPP)  shows how the Trump administration’s proposal to change the way the federal government measures poverty could cause millions of people to lose health and food benefits. The federal poverty line is used to determine who’s eligible for benefits like SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid […]

Charitable Giving and Tax Incentives Estimating changes in charitable dollars and number of donors resulting from five policy proposals

by Sarah Skillin Woodard
The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy conducted research and released a report, Charitable Giving and Tax Incentives, analyzing the potential impact of five distinct federal policy ideas meant to increase charitable giving. The potential approaches included caps and floors on giving and tax credits. The report, commissioned byIndependent Sector, found that the proposals […]

Joint Policy Institute

by Mary Erin Casale
Building Relationships, Enhancing Capacity and Taking Action Together A little over two weeks ago, nearly 100 nonprofit professionals gathered for a conference hosted by our partners at the National Council of Nonprofits and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. This first-ever Joint Policy Institute was designed to strengthen relationships between nonprofit and grant-maker associations, to expand […]

Action Alert: National Survey Regarding Overtime and Overhead

by Mary Erin Casale
From our partners at the National Council on Nonprofits: Inviting Nonprofits with Government Grants and Contracts to Participate in a National Survey Nonprofits in our state and across the country will soon be dealing with changes to federal rules governing employment and contracting practices that have the potential to affect the costs and operations of […]

Before you celebrate, ADVOCATE!

by Mary Erin Casale
UPDATE : Thanks to your hard work, the IRS the Treasury Department and IRS announced that it is withdrawing the proposed Gift Substantiation regulation. The withdrawal of the flawed regulatory proposal is very good news for the public, for donors, and for the nonprofit community. The government was convinced that its proposal would have contributed to identity […]

State House 2015: What We’re Watching

by Lori Gramlich
The 127th Legislature has been busy preparing for the start of the long session in their two-year term, which begins today. Legislative Leadership Legislative leadership elections occurred last month, with Senator Michael Thibodeau elected as Senate President, Senator Garrett Mason as Majority Leader and Senator Andre Cushing as Assistant Leader. The Democrats have chosen Senator […]

LD 1664: An Act To Encourage Charitable Contributions to Nonprofit Organizations

by Brenda Peluso
The Biennial Budget passed by the 126th Maine Legislature late this past spring contained a $27,500 cap on itemized deductions including the charitable giving deduction.  LD 1664 would carve the charitable giving deduction out of the overall cap, preserving a tax deduction that benefits the greater good much more than it benefits the tax-payer. While […]

Nonprofits Hit Hard by Economic Crisis Assessment

by Brenda Peluso
Last Friday, the Republican Caucus introduced a new tax on nonprofits to offset the cost of partially restoring municipal revenue-sharing to the budget. They are calling it the “Economic Crisis Assessment” which would apply to a broad swath of nonprofits and is designed to raise $100,000,000 per year for at least two years. Here is […]