Timeline of Policy Updates

April 13, 2020

This is a complete timeline of Forefront’s policy updates since mid-March, when COVID-19 became the primary focus of our advocacy efforts. For a birds-eye view of our COVID-19 policy work, as well as important resources from Forefront, please view our COVID-19 policy page.

  • Tuesday, May 26:Forefront, in partnership with Illinois Partners for Human Services and the Jewish Federation of Chicago, sent a letter to Governor JB Pritzker urging him to sign an executive order to protect nonprofits who are self-insured for unemployment benefits. Right now, these nonprofits are required to pay 50% of all insurance claims due to COVID-19-related unemployment. To learn more, read the letter here.
  • Thursday, May 15: The House passes the historic HEROES Act. As the legislation is being negotiated in the Senate, Forefront will keep you updated as news becomes available.
  • Thursday, May 14: Funding Nonprofit Work in Communities: Tomorrow, Senators Klobuchar (D-MN), Brown (D-OH), and Wyden (D-OR) plan to introduce the Work Opportunities and Resources to Keep Nonprofit Organizations Well Act (the WORK NOW Act). The bill seeks to inject $50 billion into frontline nonprofits over the next 6 months to generate employment for laid-off workers and to address the skyrocketing needs in communities for COVID-19 relief and recovery. Senator Tammy Duckworth has signed on and endorsed this bill, as has Forefront.
  • Wednesday, May 13: Yesterday, the House introduced The HEROES Act. Read the House’s summary of the bill, and view a preliminary analysis of what is in the HEROES Act for nonprofits.
  • Tuesday, May 12: The House has introduced The HEROES Act. This $3 trillion 4th stimulus package will involve funding for state and local governments, more direct payments to individuals, money to expand testing and contact tracing, provisions for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, student loan relief, and funding for elections. Forefront will analyze the act and release information important to the sector soon.
  • Monday, May 11: Forefront is continuing our push to change the ruling from the Department of Labor mandating that nonprofits pay 100% of unemployment insurance benefits and be reimbursed 50% at some later date. We are engaging with our national partners to help alleviate this new regulation.
  • Tuesday, April 28: Forefront has asked the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation to sign this letter requesting support for the nonprofit sector in the upcoming COVID-19 stimulus bill. Please encourage your Representatives to sign on as well.
  • Tuesday, April 28: According to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the House will not resume session next week as originally planned. This will delay the fourth stimulus bill beyond the end of next week.
  • Wednesday, April 22: The Senate has passed an “interim” spending bill created to support small-business loan programs. The bill provides a total of $484 in new spending, including $310 billion in new money for the Paycheck Protection Program (which is open to nonprofits), $50 billion to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, $10 billion to the EIDL emergency grants program, and an additional $75 billion to hospitals and $25 billion for testing, split between the states and federal government.
  • The House is expected to pass the bill this week. Representatives are being asked (not ordered) to return to DC to vote on the bill on Thursday. The President has said he will sign the bill and has tweeted that the next stimulus bill needs to include funding for state and local government and infrastructure.
  • Thursday, April 16: The $349 billion appropriated to the Small Business Administration for COVID-19-related loans has been depleted. We at Forefront are doing what we can to advocate for a quick deal by Senate Republicans and Democrats to help Illinois nonprofits.
  • Thursday, April 9: The IRS has extended more tax deadlines to cover individuals, trusts, estates, corporations, and others. Read our summary here.
  • Tuesday, April 7: Cook County has issued a comprehensive initiative to provide economic relief to small businesses, nonprofits, community service organizations, and independent contractors (1099 workers). Learn more on their website.
  • Monday, April 6: The government issued additional guidance instructing financial institutions on how to review and process PPP loan applications.
  • Monday, April 6:Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is providing sustained funding so providers are able to keep their doors open and can continue to retain staff, even with no or limited service delivery. Learn more in their message to providers.
  • Friday, April 3: The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Plan launches today. To learn all the relevant details for nonprofits, view our Paycheck Protection Plan fact sheet.
  • Friday, March 27:The President has signed the CARES Act. Click here for a summary of how the CARES Bill applies to nonprofits.
  • Friday, March 27: The House of Representatives has passed the Senate’s CARES Act. The bill is on its way to the President for his signature.
  • Friday, March 27: The CARES Act, which aims to spend $2 trillion in support of nonprofits, business, families, and workers, has passed the United States Senate. The House will take up the measure Friday, March 27 for passage. The President is expected to sign the 3rd Coronavirus Relief Package once it passes the House.
  • Friday, March 27: The House of Representatives has passed the Senate’s CARES Act. The bill is on its way to the President for his signature.
  • Thursday, March 26: The CARES Act, which aims to spend $2 trillion in support of nonprofits, business, families, and workers, has passed the United States Senate. The House will take up the measure Friday, March 27 for passage. The President is expected to sign the 3rd Coronavirus Relief Package once it passes the House.
  • Thursday, March 19: Forefront has created an SBA Loan Fact Sheet for nonprofits interested in applying for loans from the Small Business Administration.
  • Thursday, March 19: There is a temporary non-enforcement of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and workplace posting requirements until April 17. Learn more on our partners Quarles and Brady’s website.
  • Thursday, March 19: The temporary universal charitable deduction provision was the work of important lobbying by Forefront and our colleagues throughout the country. Please see an example of the letter Forefront sent to our federal representatives here.
  • Wednesday, March 18: The National Council of Nonprofits sent a letter to all members of Congress calling for $60 billion in emergency stimulus funding for adversely affected charitable organizations. Forefront has resent the letter to the Illinois Congressional Delegation, including Senator Durbin and Senator Duckworth. Read the letter here.
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