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GCN Policy Platform

GCN’s top priority as an advocate is to identify and promote policies that support and advance the nonprofit sector, including:

  • Maintaining and strengthening state tax policies that support a positive charitable giving climate and enhance the nonprofit sector’s ability to maximize service to the community, including tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations and tax incentives for charitable contributions.

  • Protecting the decision-making and self-governance authority of nonprofit organizations.

  • Opposing the implementation of nonprofit fees and assessments by local governments, and systematically reviewing any new fees or fee increases proposed by state government.

  • Affirming nonprofits as an important employer segment, and promoting employment policies that take into consideration the unique interests of nonprofit organizations.

  • Promoting policies that encourage citizens to actively engage in civic pursuits.

  • Opposing any rules that would dampen the nonpartisan activities and civic engagement efforts of nonprofit organizations.

Our work in 2017

An immediate concern as the 115th Congress convenes in January is the use of a budget reconciliation maneuver to change or repeal the Affordable Care Act and to enact comprehensive tax reform. While the exact schedule is still speculative, we expect the House Ways and Means Committee to introduce a bill as early as March, followed by a quick progression of this legislation through both houses of Congress.

Specifically, The Senate will attempt to pass a comprehensive tax overhaul using the budget reconciliation process, which will insulate the legislation from the need for 60 votes to break a potential filibuster. Read more here and here.

What GCN is doing:

1. Representing the views of Georgia’s nonprofit industry to our elected officials proactively, on our own and through the national organizations with which we affiliate.

2. Telling the story of our sector’s value to society, and the common good spurred by the charitable tax deduction, focusing not simply for the field of philanthropy, but on the good that nonprofits do, the innovation that nonprofits produce, and the communities and populations that charities support.

3. Educating members and the public about tax reform issues impacting the causes they care about.

4. Leading the mobilization of our state’s sector.