Int.2148-2020, sponsored by Councilmember Cabrera, would raise the City's "lobbying threshold” to $10,000. Nonprofit New York and coalition partners have been advocating to raise the threshold as a part of the A Place at the Table campaign. The campaign seeks to reduce barriers for nonprofits to engage in legislative advocacy. We thank Councilmember Cabrera for introducing this critical legislation!
Nonprofits often represent the needs of our communities, but many nonprofits do not do legislative advocacy. Fewer than 3% of nonprofits engage in legislative advocacy, which can create the change we want to see. In a time when New Yorkers and nonprofits face economic uncertainty, record unemployment, racial injustice, a looming eviction crisis, affordability, and other challenges, policymakers need to hear more from you, not less. Nonprofit advocacy brings more voices into the policymaking process. Sign on to support our campaign today.
New York City’s “lobbying threshold” is $5,000. This means if an organization spends $5,000 in a year doing legislative advocacy, they must register as a lobbyist. We want to create more space for nonprofits to have a place at the public policy table, by raising the lobbying threshold from $5,000 to $10,000. Raising the threshold will encourage more nonprofit advocacy and alleviate the administrative burden placed on grassroots organizations’ advocacy.
Legislative advocacy rules are complicated and burdensome, and nonprofits are the most tightly regulated of all sectors that lobby. An organization that plans to spend $5,000 in a year doing legislative advocacy must: register as a lobbyist and submit bi-monthly reports on their activities to the city (and state), file a minimum of 6 reports each year, and risk paying late filing fees ranging from $75 to $2,000 per filing. This causes many nonprofits to decide not to lobby at all - taking their voices, and the voices of their communities, out of the conversation.
Reporting lobbying activity can be expensive - big lobbyists spend upwards of $500 a month on reporting alone. Small nonprofits simply can’t afford that.
Contact: Nonprofit New York Policy Director Chai Jindasurat ([email protected])
Signatories as of November 25, 2020:
Asian American Arts Alliance
Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, Inc.
Astor Services for Children & Families
Boys Club of New York (BCNY)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival
American Ballet Theatre
Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
Citymeals on Wheels
Dejus Center, Inc.
Eduacacion Para Mi Pueblo, Inc.
Fourth Arts Block
Girls for Gender Equity
Gay Mens Health Crisis (GMHC)
Good Shepherd Services
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Valley Stream New York
Human Services Council
International Senior Lawyers Project
Kehila Kedosha Janina
King Manor Museum
Lawyers Alliance for New York
Literacy Assistance Center
New Destiny Housing
New York Council Navy League
New York Immigration Coalition
New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE)
New Yorkers for Culture & Arts
Nonprofit Finance Fund
NonProfit New York
Princess Janae Place, Inc.
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
RiseBoro Community Partnership
South Asian Fund For Education,Scholarship and Training (SAFEST)
Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC)
Teens for Food Justice
The Climate Museum
The Laundromat Project
The New York City LGBT Center
Theater Et Al, Inc.
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
United Neighborhood Houses
United Way of New York City
Urban Green Council
Violence Intervention Program