March 19, 2020 – VisionServe Alliance joined over 144 national nonprofit organizations calling for the federal government to pass a stimulus bill to support nonprofit organizations facing the COVID-19 crisis.

The letter, spearheaded by the National Council of Nonprofits and Independent Sector can be read HERE.

An excellent article providing good language for grassroots comments to your Senators and Representatives can be found in yesterday’s Nonprofit Quarterly. The National Council of Nonprofits is urging you to write your congresspersons and tell them how this crisis is affecting your organization, your employees and the people you serve.

Writing your senators and representatives is easy; just click those links and find your officeholders. The message is easy: “I want you to understand what this pandemic is doing to the ability of my nonprofit to serve your constituents.” Tell your story. Close with something like, “I urge you to include the policy solutions proposed by the nonprofit community in any COVID-19 relief and stimulus legislation.”

 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) was signed by President Donald Trump on March 18. A congressional summary of H.R. 6201 can be found here.

The measure is the second emergency aid package that Congress approved amid the coronavirus outbreak. This legislation would provide affected individuals with paid sick and family leave and create tax credits for affected employers, expand food and nutrition services, allow for emergency state unemployment insurance grants, and increase Medicaid funding to states. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the package will cost $104 billion.

On March 6, Congress approved a $8.3 billion emergency aid package, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074), which increased funding for testing of the COVID-19 virus and lower costs for related medical treatments.

Here is a summary of the provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) that are relevant to nonprofit organizations.