Nonprofit New York’s public policy agenda is based on our Declaration of Nonprofit Rights. In order to ensure the nonprofit sector’s continued vibrancy, strength and capacity, Nonprofit New York will protect, uphold and sustain the following four principles:
New York developed a City Platform in partnership with over 50 coalitions. Read our City Nonprofit Policy Platform.
Nonprofit New York’s ongoing city-focused campaign is our “A Place at the Table” campaign. The campaign seeks to reduce barriers for nonprofits to engage in legislative advocacy. Raising the City lobbying threshold would reduce the administrative barrier for many grassroots nonprofits to engage in legislative advocacy.
New York faces one of the most significant financial challenges in its history. With a $13 billion deficit and Congress’s failure to pass a stimulus package that provides aid to states and localities, New York must consider all options to prevent austerity cuts that will devastate New York communities and cause lasting harm to the nonprofits that serve them. Nonprofit New York supports the following revenue generating legislative options for the State:
Nonprofit New York supports both residential and commercial rent relief efforts. As the state considers rent and occupancy relief bills during the COVID-19 crisis and other public emergencies, we as nonprofits recommend rent and occupancy relief include:
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Nonprofit New York supports the Save Our Storefronts bill, and recommends nonprofits be exempt from the 25 employee threshold; all nonprofits should be eligible for rent relief.
Nonprofit New York supports A10387 (Epstein)/S8473 (Hoylman), and recommends nonprofits be exempt from the 100 staff threshold; all nonprofits should be eligible for eviction protections within this bill.
Nonprofits have experienced significant revenue losses, layoffs, and closures due to COVID-19, particularly nonprofits heavily reliant on revenue-generating events and fundraisers, nonprofits with fee-for-service contracts reimbursed for the number of people or units served, and community development corporations who generate revenue from rent. Most nonprofits with general liability or commercial property insurance have very limited business interruption coverage. Unlike for-profit entities, most nonprofits are not well-versed in insurance coverage negotiations and do not have weighty insurance brokers advocating for our interests.
Accordingly, without specific legislative intervention, nonprofits are unlikely to receive coverage under business interruption insurance for any COVID-19 related losses. Nonprofit New York supports state legislation that would allow business interruption claims to be filed for losses sustained as a result of COVID-19 and future pandemics. Sign on to our letter to support this campaign!
In 2020, New York State became the only state to require 501(c)(3)s to file their 990 tax filings with both the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau and the Department of State.
In response, Nonprofit New York championed S4817-A (Krueger)/A1141-A (Paulin) which removed the double-reporting obligation the the Department of State of organizations registered with the Charities Bureau and ensure the constitutionally protected personal and private data such as names, addresses and telephone numbers of those who contribute to 501(c)(3) nonprofits are protected from unnecessary disclosure.
COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus
Throughout 2020 Nonprofit New York worked closely with the New York Congressional Delegation and advocated for nonprofit inclusion in federal COVID-19 relief efforts. Our recommendations for nonprofit inclusion in COVID-19 federal relief included:
Pandemic Risk Insurance Act
The nonprofit sector supports a federal solution to COVID-19 and future pandemics. The fragmented and inefficient approach the United States has taken to COVID-19 has been incredibly detrimental to our sector. We emphatically support a centralized solution, just like the risk of terrorism. Nonprofit New York, strongly supports H.R. 7011, the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020 (PRIA), which would create the Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program, a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses resulting from pandemics, including COVID-19, or public health emergencies.