Resources for Nonprofit Sector Advocacy
- The Nonprofit Sector in Indiana (Independent Sector)
- Fast Facts About the Nonprofit Sector (National Council of Nonprofits)
- How Indiana Foundations Create Impact
- Nonprofit Works
Key Issues Discussed at Foundations On The Hill 2019
Make the charitable deduction available to all.
IPA urges congress to make the charitable deduction available to all taxpayers—regardless of their tax rate or whether they itemize—to incentivize and recognize the giving of all Americans.
Support the availability of donor advised funds (DAFs) as viable charitable giving vehicles.
IPA supports legislative reforms for DAFs that promote ethical and accountable management of the charitable resources in these funds without compromising privacy of the donor. We oppose reforms that inhibit or diminish the reasonable growth and effectiveness of DAFs. IPA supports the expansion of the IRA charitable rollover by allowing gifts to donor advised funds.
Simplify the excise tax on private foundations.
IPA urges Congress to support simplifying the private foundation excise tax on net investment income to a flat 1% rate and dedicate use of revenue raised for its original purpose—to provide funds for the IRS to regulate the nonprofit sector.
Repeal the Unrelated Business Tax (UBIT) on nonprofits.
The new requirement in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act hurts nonprofits by subjecting certain employer-provided fringe benefits (such as transportation and parking benefits) to a 21% UBIT.
Support a fully funded, accurate, and cost effective census.
The federal decennial census assures a fair, proportionate representation in Congress. It helps community and business leaders plan to address emerging social service, business, and infrastructure needs. In Indiana, dollars received as a result of the 2010 census are estimated at approximately $1,600 per person, or $11 billion total.
Allow foundations to administer post-graduation scholarships.
The Workforce Development Through Post-Graduation Scholarships Act (H.R. 6486) would allow charitable foundations to administer post-graduation scholarship grant programs, combatting “brain drain,” stimulating regional economic growth, and addressing the growing student debt crisis.
- Advocacy Funder Collaboratives
- Alliance for Charitable Reform
- Alliance for Justice
- Bolder Advocacy
- Council on Foundations
- Independent Sector
- Nonprofit Works (data on nonprofit employment)
- Stand For Your Mission
- United Philanthropy Forum
These resources provide information to you about the do's and don'ts of foundation and nonprofit lobbying. For more information, search public policy topics in our Resource Library.
- Investing in Change: Foundation Support for Lobbying and Other Advocacy
- A Primer on Lobbying for Public Charities and Private Foundations, Attorney Joseph E. Miller, Jr., Faegre Baker & Daniels, LLP
- Memo Regarding Exempt Organizations and Political Campaigns, Heather Willey, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
- Bolder Advocacy