Pittsburgh Nonprofit Summit - Our Voice in Setting Good Public Policies


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What is happening with the trillion dollar national debt and what does that mean for federal and state funding for your organization? How do government decisions impact your organization? How can you and your constituents engage in the public policy process and to help structure and pass good public policy that will make our communities a better place to love, work, and play? Learn about local and national efforts your organization can engage with.

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Pittsburgh Nonprofit Summit - Our Voice in Setting Good Public Policies

  1. 1. Our Voice in Setting Good Public Policies What’s the Relationship Between Government & Nonprofits? 11:30am – 12:45pm Facilitator: Gregg B h Th G bl F d ti F ilit t G Behr, The Grable FoundationSpeakers: Jon Pratt, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits / Jane Werner, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh / Andrew Yarrow, Independent Sector
  2. 2. Share your thoughts!• Text “Summit” to 57682 with your Summitfeedback and thoughts on today’sevent!• Share your thoughts on Twitterby adding #GPNPSummit to yourtweets!
  3. 3. Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal: How $3.7 Trillion isSpentS thttp://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/newsgraphics/2011/ 0119-budget/index.html
  4. 4. The Federal Fiscal Outlook and the N th Nonprofit Sector fit S t 2011 Nonprofit Summit Pittsburgh, May 12, 2011 Andrew L Yarrow L.
  5. 5. At the end of April 2011
  6. 6. Why is Debt Rising?• Revenues declining, spending increasing• In downturns, revenues down, spending up• Rapidly rising health care costs y g• Aging population• Political polarization
  7. 7. Federal Revenues andExpenditures (Obama’s FY (Obama s 2011Budget Proposal)
  8. 8. Rising Debt is Dangerous• Reduces savings• Crowds out private and p p public investments• Reduces growth, income, jobs• Makes us more dependent on foreign investors• C ld cause i Could investors to “ “run f the exits” for h i ”• Reduces “fiscal democracy”—fewer choices for spending y p g
  9. 9. The Deficit Reduction Debate, 2011
  10. 10. Proposed Elements of a Budget Compromise C iSpending RevenuesLimit spending Raise some tax ratesReform entitlements Reduce tax expendituresBudget rules New taxes (e g (e.g., consumption)
  11. 11. Nonprofit Sector Affected by Budget P li B d Policy• Government grants, contracts and grants contracts, fees for service• Charitable deduction• Tax exemption
  12. 12. Why the Nonprofit Sector is Important to a Strong Economy I S E• 1.6 million nonprofits employ 13.5 million Americans, 10% of work force• Pay $650 billion in wages and salaries in the U.S.• Annual charitable giving is $303.8 billion g g• Generate $1.4 trillion in revenues and spend $1.3 trillion• Fo ndations contribute over $42.9 billion ann all Foundations contrib te o er $42 9 annually• Seven out of 10 households give to charitable causes
  13. 13. The Nonprofit Sector at Risk• Federal spending cuts• Tax reform• Challenges to gthe exemption
  14. 14. Spending Cuts and the Nonprofit S N fi Sector• F d l spending cuts reduce nonprofits’ Federal di t d fit ’ revenues• States’ fiscal crises reduce spending, raise calls for taxes, PILOTs on nonprofits ll f t PILOT fit• 32 percent of nonprofit sector’s $1.4 trillion in revenues come from government
  15. 15. Proposals to Reduce Tax Expenditures E di• Tax reform proposals focus on cutting tax expenditures• President Obama: Cap charitable and other deductions at 28 percent• President’s proposed cap could cost charities up President s to $7 billion a year in giving
  16. 16. Challenges to the Exemption• Calls to quantify the value of the nonprofit tax exemption p p•E Examining which charities d i i hi h h iti deserve exemption • Tiers of charitableness? • Nonprofits’ commercial revenues • S i l enterprises bl i li Social t i blurring lines with nonprofits ith fit
  17. 17. Tax Policy and Charitable Giving• Americans give for many reasons• Tax policy affects size, number, and timing p y g of charitable donations• With no d d ti f charitable gifts, deduction for h it bl ift giving would drop by 25 to 36 percent
  18. 18. Incentivizing Generosity• Unlike other tax deductions that subsidize personal expenditures, the charitable l dit th h it bl deduction provides an incentive for people to give money to benefit others others.• The charitable deduction is a way to enrich communities, not individual taxpayers.
  19. 19. • The power of the tax incentive can be seen in the timing of charitable gifts.• Charitable gifts spike at the end of the year.• In fact, more than 20 percent of annual online giving occurs on December 30 and 31 .[1][1] “Online Giving Study: Donations Driven by Donor Experience Year-End Gifts and Large-Scale Disasters.” Online Experience, Disasters Network for Good and True Sense Marketing, Dec. 2010, reported in Philanthropy News Digest, Dec. 15, 2010.
  20. 20. • Preserve and expand policies that helpAmericans give back to their communities• Ensure that all Americans’ choices toparticipate in and support nonprofits aretreatedt t d equitably it bl• Defend government spending for p g p g public needs• More clearly define charity and the bases for tax exemption
  21. 21. To help protect y our priv acy , PowerPoint prev ented this external picture from being automatically downloaded. To download and display this picture, click Options in the Message Bar, and then click Enable external content. These Challenges Go Beyond Numbers and Dollars It’s About Dollars— It s
  22. 22. Three Pittsburgh Stories of Advocacy Ad• Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh• Pittsburgh is Art• Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children.
  23. 23. IdeaId
  24. 24. Advocate/Champion
  25. 25. Visit your legislators in Harrisburg and in the community.
  26. 26. So e eetSore feet
  27. 27. Patience P ti++ =
  28. 28. Yippee!
  29. 29. Idea + People + Sore Feet + Patience = AN New Child ’ M Children’s Museum! !
  30. 30. Impetus p
  31. 31. More impetus- research p
  32. 32. Creativity
  33. 33. Impetus + Research + Creativity + Sore Feet =Advocates for the arts.
  34. 34. Research- Message g • Children are important • Parents are important • Teachers are important • Quality is important
  35. 35. Methods of Delivering the Message g g• E-mail E mail• Speed dating
  36. 36. More delivering the message g g• Big Party• And doing it again (sore feet)
  37. 37. Message + Delivery + Consistency + Sore Feet = Good policy for kids
  38. 38. Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership• Mission is to “strengthen our region by improving the viability, impact and effectiveness of the sector”.• Vision: Our nonprofit sector gives citizens greater voice, inspires p public p participation and p p promotes a vibrant community.y• 300 Organizations from the nonprofit sector.
  39. 39. Idea + data + message + advocates + sore feet = An enlightened government working on good policy
  40. 40. Thank you.jwerner@pittsburghkids.orghttp://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/http://www.pghaeyc.org/http://www pghaeyc org/http://www.forbesfunds.org/gpnp/
  41. 41. Thank you from the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership! a es p
  42. 42. Workshop EvaluationText “Govt” to 57682 with your answers to the following questions: Govt• Please rate the overall value of this workshop E – Excellent G – Good P – Poor F – Fair• Did you learn anything that you will apply at your own organization? Y – Yes N - No• Please text other comments and feedback.Submit by hitting “send!” You will receive an auto-reply from the GPNP.Sample text: “Govt E Y I understand we need to advocate and will add this to our upcoming staff meeting agenda.”