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COVID-19 POLICY UPDATES

Forefront is speaking daily with policymakers on local, state, and federal levels to advocate for the social impact sector and provide our community with the most up-to-date information on governmental response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continually update this page as new developments occur and resources are available. 

To get in touch about policy response and Forefront’s plan of action, contact Bryan Zarou, Director of Public Policy, at bzarou@myforefront.org.

Recent Updates

 

 

What We’re Advocating For

 

Forefront has been in close contact with Senators to help enhance the Senate Bill with the following requests:

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 

 

Federal Developments and Resources 

 

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.

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