Nonprofit New York Policy Platform

2022 POLICY AGENDA

Promoting Nonprofit Advocacy and Strengthening Public Trust

Effective, equitable public policy requires nonprofit engagement and input from the communities nonprofits serve, but fewer than 3% of nonprofits engage in lobbying. Advocacy rules are complicated, burdensome, and reporting lobbying activity can be resource intensive, particularly for small grassroots and BIPOC organizations. The publicʼs trust in nonprofits to appropriately use resources is also paramount. Nonprofit New York supports fair and transparent advocacy policies that promote public trust in nonprofits and relieve unnecessary administrative burdens on small and grassroots nonprofits.

Legislative and policy priorities:

  • A Place at the Table - legislation to raise the “lobbying threshold” to $10,000 (A6943/S6398)
  • Support for reporting and transparency policies that maintain public trust for nonpartisan organizations
  • Working with the State to ensure a new ethics entity recognizes and includes nonprofitsʼunique contributions and needs.

Sustainable Financial Resources and Economic Relief

Nonprofits need the resources to fulfill our missions and responsibly serve our communities. Nonprofits have experienced significant revenue losses and funding challenges since the COVID-19 pandemic, and ofen struggled to be included in relief programs. Even before the pandemic, a majority of nonprofits were in a vulnerable financial position due to restrictive funding practices. BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) nonprofits are particularly under-resourced.

Legislative and policy priorities:

  • Nonprofit inclusion in all corporate economic relief programs
  • Extension of the Employee Resource Tax Credit (ERTC)
  • Commercial rent relief and nonprofit rent stabilization
  • Passage of the Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Act
  • Passage of the Universal Charitable Giving Act (H.R. 1704)
  • Support for efforts to reform funding models to provide the full cost of nonprofit operations; improved contracting practices to pay nonprofits on time for work they do on behalf of government
  • Support philanthropic reform that advances equity and aligns the timing of private and public benefits

Championing Equity

Nonprofits employ over 662,000 people in NYC, the majority of whom are women and BIPOC. Government contracts restrict funding for front-line workers, requiring many employees to depend on safety net programs. Nonprofit racial leadership, salary, and benefits gaps have led to low wages and poor health and retirement benefits falling disproportionately on BIPOC, women, disabled, and immigrant workers and created less access to resources for BIPOC-led nonprofits.

Legislative and policy priorities:

  • Increased research on nonprofit leadership demographics and needs of the workforce
  • Promote equitable contracting; Certification of BIPOC-led nonprofits similar to MWBEs for designated contracting targets
  • Living wages for the full nonprofit workforce (support for #JustPay and other nonprofit wage workforce campaigns)
  • Support for just retirement and healthcare benefits for all nonprofit workers
  • Support for student debt relief and reforms to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Amend the City Charter to measure the true cost of living, as proposed by the NYC Racial Justice Commission

Improved Oversight and Governance Compliance

Nonprofits should be governed by statutes that reflect current conditions, serve specific public interest purposes, and allow organizations to operate flexibly and focus on their missions.

Legislative and policy priorities:

  • Reforms to New York Stateʼs Not-for-Profit Corporation Law that provide technical fixes, efficiencies, and modernization
  • Support for fair, accountable, efficient, and straightforward registration and reporting requirements