Tell Congress Not to Make Nonprofits Political Tools
Congress is finally getting serious about federal tax reform – the #1 priority of the majority in Congress – and the ability of charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations to stay out of partisan politics is under attack.
Join us on Monday, October 30, as we call and tweet Idaho's representatives and ask them to keep politics away from all nonprofit missions.
Call Congressmen Labrador and Simpson
Please take three minutes on Monday, Oct. 30, to call your U.S. Representative and deliver this simple message:
Tweet it Out
Copy and paste into Twitter on Monday, Oct. 30:
Click here to learn more about the Johnson Amendment, why it matters, and the Idaho Nonprofit Center's policy to the legislation.
Quarter Four and presenting next year’s budget to your board can be stressful. The Center is in the process of compiling our program budgets this month and it is all hands on deck.
Here are some tips and tricks for organizing your budget process:
Also, don’t forget to include staff development when allocating funds! When your team is stronger, your organization grows. The Center has a fantastic line up of training for 2018 designed to help you fulfill your missions:
“Talent development should not be seen solely as an expense, but also an investment.” - Nonprofit HR
In Idaho Falls, the Museum of Idaho (MOI) has been in operation for 14 years and has educated countless individuals. “MOI serves an average of just under 100,000 patrons annually, including almost 18,000 school children on organized school field trips (US museums in the same budget category average only 59,312 patrons and 6,160 students annually).”
Karen Baker, Director of MOI, says “Collaboration is a key to success for MOI. As a regional museum, it is our mission is to reach underserved students through our educational outreach program. Working with local and state partners we are bringing informal STEM education to life for students…”
After a successful capital campaign, MOI is now in the designing process to expand their facilities. “Despite our history of success, the limited space available in our current facility to accommodate exhibits and storage has taken its toll.” Baker continues.
If you have ever heard me speak you likely heard me say something along the lines of “nonprofits are kind of a big deal.” And I mean it, we are.
Read our 2017 Economic Impact Report and you will soon learn that the nonprofit sector is responsible for nearly 56,000 jobs in Idaho.
Nonprofits generate over $3 billion in total compensation.
Nonprofits are the 6th largest employment sector. In fact, we are larger than construction, professional/technical services, wholesale trade, crop & animal production, finance & accounting, and transportation & warehouse.
Nonprofits generate an additional $5.19 billion in sales transactions, almost $3 billion in gross state product, and an additional $2.27 billion in total compensation. These are NOT jobs in the sector, these are created as a RESULT of nonprofits.
Nonprofits rely on volunteers to fulfill their mission. Over 34% of Idaho’s labor force volunteers. If nonprofits could compensate these volunteer positions it would create another nearly 26,000 jobs and an additional $1.3 billion in total compensation.
When I say we’re a big deal, I’ve got the data to back it up. But I want to go beyond the numbers and share some potentially controversial thoughts with you. I mean this column to be a bolster, not a debate.
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