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Nonprofit Policy Priorities for the New Administration

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. Center for Civil Society Studies

Author(s): Stephanie Lessans Geller; Lester M. Salamon

Topic: Banking and finance (Philanthropy and nonprofit sector)

Keywords: Non-profit growth; Presidential transition; Non-profit policy

Coverage: United States


With a major economic crisis pressing in on families throughout the country, America needs its nonprofit organizations like never before. But a just-completed poll finds the vast majority of nonprofit executives reporting little improvement in government policy toward their organizations over the recent past, and pinning high hopes on a new national administration to establish a more supportive policy environment for their work at this crucial juncture of our national life.

Heading the list of priority measures identified by these executives were four specific measures: restoration and/or growth of funds for their field in the federal budget; reinstatement and expansion of tax incentives for individual charitable giving; federal grant support for nonprofit training and capacity-building; and reform of reimbursements under Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs to ensure that they cover the real cost of services.


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