State Agency Sponsorship Bill Passes the House
Why this matters: This would prohibit state agencies from sponsoring non-governmental organizations (i.e., nonprofits) without permission from the governor and would add a misdemeanor charge of misusing public funds for those who don’t abide by the new criteria.
HB170, the bill that would prohibit Idaho’s 20 state agencies from sponsoring events, has passed the House and was sent to the Senate. We count on our state agency partners to expand our reach and amplify our missions. Adding extra layers of bureaucracy for state agencies to work with nonprofits would be detrimental to the work we do.
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Emergency Rental Assistance Approved
Why this matters: Housing instability greatly affects income limited Idahoans who often rely on nonprofits to secure services for affordable housing or to prevent eviction.
JFAC approved $32 million in supplemental funding to assist with emergency rental assistance for Idahoans who live outside of Ada County. The action is a continuation of ARPA funding approved last session that ran out faster than expected.
The Idaho Housing and Finance Association had to pause applications for emergency assistance back in December due to lack of funding.
With this renewed support, individuals who need help with rent or utilities as a result of the pandemic can apply for up to 18 months of assistance.
Federal News: Changes to Charitable Donations
Why this matters: Nonprofits need more resources as the demand for their services continues to rise; inflation erased more than 13 percent of nonprofits’ resources; competition for labor has produced a nationwide nonprofit workforce shortage; and charitable giving by people who donate to the work of small and midsize nonprofits has declined.
On March 1, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced the Charitable Act(S.566) that would create a non-itemizer, universal charitable deduction.
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