Federal Policy

NDANO works with the National Council of Nonprofits and its state association network to monitor federal legislative issues and distributes bi-monthly newsletters to members.

Federal Tax Reform

The House and Senate have passed separate versions of tax reform. Each bill contains multiple provisions that would harm the ability of charitable nonprofits to advance our missions. The most damaging is Section 5201 of the House-passed bill; it would radically change the longstanding, vital protection in law for nonpartisanship of charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations, known as the Johnson Amendment.

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Staying Nonpartisan Key to Nonprofit Impact

Federal legislation has been introduced to repeal the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charitable nonprofits, including churches, from endorsing or opposing candidates for elective office. NDANO believes current law requiring charitable nonprofits to remain nonpartisan is the best way to advance missions and work as partners with all levels of government. NDANO opposes the repeal because existing law protects both nonprofits and the public.

Nonprofits are safe spaces in our communities, designed to be above the political fray. Preventing the application of party labels allows us to focus on solving problems, helping our neighbors and enriching our communities. Nonpartisan credibility is critical to the ability of 501(c)(3) organizations to work with elected officials of all parties at the local, state and federal levels to address community needs. Keeping this protection in place is essential to nonprofit missions.

Learn more about this campaign to protect nonprofit nonpartisanship and sign the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship.

Protect the Charitable Giving Incentive

NDANO supports continuation of the federal charitable deduction. We are concerned about reports that the 115th Congress could limit, alter or diminish the impact of the current itemized deduction for charitable donations. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the charitable deduction, an incentive that encourages individuals to give to charitable organizations whose missions they support.  

Learn more about this issue and what actions you can take.

Federal Policy Resources