National Council for Nonprofits is asking the nonprofit sector to take action to bring the workforce shortage to the forefront by pushing President Biden and congressional leaders to enact policy changes that would provide necessary relief.
Due to the pandemic charitable organizations are facing detrimental financial challenges and chronic staffing shortages that impair the ability of nonprofits to serve their communities
On Monday, more than 60 national charitable nonprofit organizations sent a letter to President Biden and congressional leaders calling for “urgently needed pandemic and workforce shortage relief that will enable charitable organizations to fulfill their roles in our nation’s relief, recovery, and rebuilding.” The letter identifies nonprofit-specific policy solutions that would provide disaster relief, address nonprofit workforce shortages, and promote volunteerism to aid our communities.
Take action to help end workforce shortage in nonprofit sector!
There are a few ways charitable organizations can help end workforce shortage in Nonprofit sector:
- Pandemic and Workforce Shortage Relief for Charitable Nonprofits Letter
First, Read the Letter
Second, Sign onto the Letter
Third, Share the Letter with your networks and encourage colleague organizations to sign on as well.
- Contact your Representative and Senators
Email your two Senators and Representative, sending them the new Nonprofit Community Letter.
- Tweet your Senators and Representative (names and handles here)
[Senator/Representative #handle] the pandemic continues to hurt the ability of charitable nonprofits to meet community needs. Enact #Relief4Charities to address financial, workforce, and volunteer shortages. https://bit.ly/3gUi5gF
What Are Nonprofits Seeking?
As the pandemic has dragged on beyond all expectations, charitable nonprofits of all types report at least three areas of challenges that policymakers must address.
Generating Resources to Meet the Needs of Relief and Recovery
To deliver relief and recovery in their communities, nonprofits need resources; yet charitable giving is down and giving incentives enacted by Congress have expired. Nonprofits are calling on Congress and the Administration to restore and expand the universal charitable (non-itemizer) deduction, and extend the 100% AGI cap on individual donations and the 25% income tax cap on corporate donations through the end of the year.
Addressing Critical Staffing Shortages
Charitable organizations are also calling for action to help remedy the devastating and well-documented nonprofit workforce shortage. Solutions include extending and improving the Employee Retention Tax Credit, investing significantly in high-quality, affordable, and available child care options, enacting the WORK NOW Act nonprofit grants and jobs program, and making essential reforms to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to make it more accessible for nonprofit employees.
Promoting the Return of Volunteers to Nonprofits
Finally, lawmakers must help address the precipitous decline in volunteerism, both to ensure organizations can continue to provide pandemic relief and recovery to communities and to promote civic engagement and healing. Specifically, nonprofits are seeking capacity building grants to assist in volunteer generation and management and relief for volunteer drivers.
The nonprofit community letter urges Congress and the Administration to advance these policy priorities to help overcome the unique challenges charitable organizations are facing as they struggle to serve our communities through and out of the worst public-health and economic crises of our lifetimes.