Organizations Call on Federal Leaders to Provide More COVID-19 Relief to Nonprofits
In a letter to the President and congressional leaders, a coalition of nonprofit organizations is urging Congress and the President to include relief tailored specifically for nonprofits in the next stimulus package, according to the National Council of Nonprofits. The letter explains the critical role nonprofits have played — how charitable organizations have provided pandemic relief and economic recovery in this particularly difficult time.
The letter is asking for the following provisions be added to the next stimulus package:
- Provide nonprofit-specific grants, forgivable loans and refundable tax credits for all nonprofits.
- Strengthen charitable giving incentives.
- Provide 100% unemployment benefit reimbursement.
- Provide substantial financial aid to state and local governments.
Now the coalition is asking for all nonprofits to sign onto the letter to encourage their representatives and senators to take action.
This letter comes as President Biden recently released his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, "American Rescue Plan." While the plan intends to provide additional checks of $1,400 for eligible Americans, reimburse employers with less than 500 employees for the cost of paid sick and family and medical leave, and include nonprofits in the $3 billion grant program through the Economic Development Administration, it falls short on providing adequate relief for nonprofits to help them continue the life-changing work that this country needs.