What We’re Advocating For
Forefront has been in close contact with Senators to help enhance the Senate Bill with the following requests:
- Expressly provide charitable nonprofits with $60B in any emergency funding proposals. The charitable sector needs an immediate infusion of $60 billion and a mechanism must be constructed for a rapid infusion of cash to those organizations serving immediate needs in communities facing lost and declining revenue due to the pandemic.
- Create a robust universal charitable deduction and allow post March 1, 2020 donations to be claimed on 2019 and future tax returns. Incentives for immediate charitable giving would ensure a rapid infusion of cash to those organizations serving immediate needs in communities facing lost and declining revenue due to the pandemic.
- Ensure all nonprofits qualify for new, emergency small business loans: remove the Medicaid exclusion and 500 employee caps on nonprofits. SBA loans can be the best way for charities to rapidly access needed funds to sustain business operations. All charities should be eligible to receive up to $10m in business interruption loans as quickly as possible.
Illinois Developments & Resources
- Forefront has spoken with community organizations, legal organizations and the funder community to organize solid recommendations to our state leaders. Some of the topics include, but are not limited to:
- State Grants and Contracts
- Unemployment Insurance
- Extending Small Business assistance to Nonprofits
- Support for Charitable Giving
- Governor JB Pritzker has issued a “stay at home” order from Saturday, March 21 at 5pm until April 7.
- The State Treasurer’s office has suspended any grants through their Charitable Trust Program until April.
- Chicago’s Nonprofit Lobbying law will NOT be implemented until July. Negotiations are still taking place to reduce the burden on nonprofits. Once we have more information, we will update this page.
- Cook County is initiating a series of measures waiving various County fines, fees and deferring tax collections to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the measures here.
Federal Developments and Resources
- Nonprofit Access to Small Business Disaster Loans
The Small Business Administration announced it is extending disaster relief loans to small businesses, including nonprofits, to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19. Working with state officials, SBA will be offering loans of up to $2 million through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Learn more by reading our SBA loan fact sheet.
- Federal Grants Flexibility
The federal Office of Management and Budget has posted instructions allowing federal agencies to issue exceptions to the grants rules in the OMB Uniform Guidance to remove administrative impediments on services necessary to carry out the emergency response related to COVID-19. The Memo (M-20-11) encourages flexibility in processing renewals of grants, allows looser reimbursement and purchasing standards, and more.
To access additional Forefront resources, as well as webinars, reports, free tools, and other information from across the country, visit our COVID-19 resources page.