Nonprofit Federal Policy Update for July

As you know, MCN has been working hard on federal policy issues and how they impact nonprofits to advance a vision of thriving, interconnected communities. We wanted to make sure you had some key updates as things move quickly in the next few weeks. Congress returned to D.C. last week following the Fourth of July recess with a lot of work. Besides healthcare, Congress must raise the debt ceiling, pass a fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, figure out how to push forward a tax bill, and approve additional nominations.
October 1, 2017, the first day of the FY18 budget cycle, is fast approaching. We are starting to see more movement to put together specifics on the budget including three bills advancing out of the House Appropriations Committee (Labor, Health &Human Services, Education Funding Bill) with several more markups in the coming weeks. In total, the draft bills includes $156 billion in discretionary funding, which is a reduction of $5 billion below the fiscal year 2017 enacted level.

Here are a few key sector-wide pieces of the draft FY18 appropriations bills to note:

  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS): The bill includes $1 billion for CNCS, the same as last year’s enacted level. (This is a rejection of the request from the President’s Skinny Budget which proposes elimination of this program.)

  • Nonpartisan Nonprofits: Attempts to undermine the Johnson Amendment by including a rider in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill that would impact the non-partisan nature of all 501(c)(3)s.

  • Refugee Programs: A cut of $150 million, consistent with the President’s budget request.

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB): The bill provides an advance appropriation of $445 million for FY20, which is the same level of advance funding provided in FY17.  

The Senate will mark up its first bill at the subcommittee level this week. Because this is so late, and there are many hurdles, it’s looking more and more likely that a continuing resolution will occur instead of a full budget. This means continued uncertainty for nonprofits which has been typical these past years. It also provides a key opportunity to be engaged with your Members of Congress. August Recess is coming up quickly! Learn more how to effectively engage during that time now.

Federal Policy Learning Opportunities this Summer!

Engaging with Federal Policy | July 26, 9:30-10:30 and August 29th 1:00-2:00 | Virtual
Learn more about the federal policy process, particularly the proposed budget, and how your organization can get engaged. Come with questions and get ready to dive into all things federal! Please register for the July or August session!
Nonprofits as Advocates | August 10, 3:25-4:30 | Nonprofit Essentials Conference
Learn how advocacy can further your organization’s mission, the rules for nonprofit advocacy, and the basics of how to tell the story of your organization and it's impact in communities. Register for the Conference here.
Yes, You Can! Advocacy Strategies for Nonprofits | August 15, 10:00 -11:00 | Virtual
Whether it is on a state or federal level, relationships with your elected representatives is a crucial part of nonprofit advocacy. Join us for some tips on how to tell your story in order to effectively engage with representatives and build those authentic relationships! 
Check MCN’s events calendar for registration details