North Carolina nonprofits gather in Raleigh to advocate on legislation affecting community services

Press release
from NC Center for Nonprofits

North Carolina Nonprofits Gather in Raleigh to Advocate on Legislation
Affecting Community Services

Who: The N.C. Center for Nonprofits, founded in 1990, serves as the leading voice for the thousands of nonprofit organizations that operate in the state.

What: The Center will bring together more than 200 North Carolina nonprofit leaders from across the state for a two-day conference on legislative issues affecting nonprofit services in local communities.

Day 1: Public Policy Forum – Leading state lawmakers and government officials will present and discuss their views, including tax reform and the future of the nonprofit sector in North Carolina.

Day 2: NC Nonprofits Day at the Legislature – The N.C. Center for Nonprofits and individual nonprofit organizations will spend the day at the Capitol, educating lawmakers about their work and advocating for policies that help further nonprofits’ vital missions.

When: Monday, February 25, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm (lunch included); Tuesday, February 26, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (news media can accompany advocates)

Where: The Public Policy Forum will be held at the McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC. NC Nonprofits Day will be at the N.C. General Assembly (Legislative Auditorium, Third Floor) on Jones Street.

Background:
The tax reform debate and other legislative initiatives have the potential to reduce significantly the ability of nonprofits to serve the people of North Carolina.

Issues expected to be covered in the policy forum and discussed in the halls of the General Assembly include proposals that would: (1) go against the overwhelming will of taxpayers by forcing nonprofits to pay sales tax on their purchases; (2) remove state tax incentives for individuals and businesses that contribute to nonprofits; (3) tax some or all services provided by nonprofits, such as child care, museum admissions, and healthcare; and (4) force nonprofits with state grants to pay a fee to state agencies to fund government oversight.


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