Civil Society Infrastructure

In 2020, Independent Sector and IS member, KABOOM!, formed a coalition known as the Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Advocacy Group (NIIAG), which now includes more than 35 national, regional, and local nonprofits and foundations.

NIIAG engages a community of diverse leaders from across the charitable, nonprofit sector to identify, and advocate for, the essential federal investments needed to rebuild the nation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, and racial injustice reckoning of 2020. We prioritize investments in and through nonprofit organizations that strengthen civic bonds across the country, put people back to work rebuilding our communities, and provide – at a national scale — the critical resources and services nonprofits need to accomplish their missions. Our aim is to rebuild the nation to a place better than before, prioritizing investments that advance equitable outcomes for the Black, Native and communities of color that have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic and deeply imbedded structural inequities.

If you are interested in joining, please email jeffreym@independentsector.org.

Priority Investments

We have organized our priority policy requests into three categories: civic infrastructure, community infrastructure, and critical national infrastructure. As a coalition, we will seek to advance these funding priorities by attaching them to appropriate legislative vehicles as they become available. We are designing the work of the NIIAG so it provides a policy and investment roadmap that helps to shape the infrastructure conversation well into the future.

December 2020: Our most recent policy priorities are listed below and a full detailed list can be found here. We are encouraged to be in conversation with the Biden transition team about these priorities.

Civic Infrastructure

Infrastructure must be about the civic underpinnings of our society – charitable giving, volunteering, national service, advocacy and voting. These are the practices that knit the fabric of our communities and our nation and create the conditions for societal change. Our priority policy requests in civic infrastructure are:

  1. Build the capacity and representation of nonprofit institutions
  2. Strengthen the capacity of the volunteer force to respond to national crises
  3. Ensure robust and reliable federal funding for an expanded vision of national service
  4. Extend key deadlines to enable a complete and accurate census
  5. Improve access to, and oversight of, national fundraising by nonprofits
  6. Support state and tribal governments to ensure healthy and secure elections

Community Infrastructure

Community infrastructure refers to the public assets that anchor strong, vibrant, resilient, and equitable communities. For example, while decades of research show how play is a developmental necessity for children and helps them deal with adversity and stress, community infrastructure like playgrounds are severely underfunded today, particularly in communities of color that have experienced significant disinvestment. Our priority policy requests in community infrastructure are:

  1. Provide additional funding for childcare for working parents
  2. Invest in culture, arts, and humanities workers and programs
  3. Provide additional funding for housing and community development
  4. Expand access to 211 Health and Human Service hub
  5. Ensure robust funding for more equitable access to parks and recreation

Critical National Infrastructure

The nation is dependent upon transportation and power systems, among others, that are critical to our daily lives and to the functioning of our economy. The charitable nonprofit sector is also dependent upon critical national infrastructure – such as information technology and the United States Postal Service – to advance its many missions. But, as we know, when federal legislators debate infrastructure spending, they are focused on roads and bridges, not on our sector. We know from experience that prioritizing nonprofit organizations in any future infrastructure package is a proven way to create jobs and strengthen our communities and our economy. Our priority policy requests in critical national infrastructure are:

  1. Ensure digital access for all
  2. Build nonprofits’ technical and skill-based technology capacity
  3. Prioritize public & civil society interests in digital infrastructure
  4. Stabilize the U.S. Postal Service
  5. Increase home energy efficiency and weatherization
  6. Support clean healthy transit
  7. Safe drinking water
  8. Ensure environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects

Latest News

Facing Our History

January 11, 2021 by Dan Cardinali

In 2020, Independent Sector and IS member, KABOOM!, formed a coalition known as the Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Advocacy Group (NIIAG), which now includes more than 35 national, regional, and local

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Can Service Save America?

January 11, 2021 by Greg Baldwin, Laura Plato

In 2020, Independent Sector and IS member, KABOOM!, formed a coalition known as the Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Advocacy Group (NIIAG), which now includes more than 35 national, regional, and local

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Share Your Recommendations with the Biden Administration

December 22, 2020 by Dan Cardinali

In 2020, Independent Sector and IS member, KABOOM!, formed a coalition known as the Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Advocacy Group (NIIAG), which now includes more than 35 national, regional, and local

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Taking Stock and Forging Ahead

December 22, 2020 by Dan Cardinali

In 2020, Independent Sector and IS member, KABOOM!, formed a coalition known as the Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Advocacy Group (NIIAG), which now includes more than 35 national, regional, and local

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December (Policy) Lists

December 22, 2020 by Jeffrey Moore

In 2020, Independent Sector and IS member, KABOOM!, formed a coalition known as the Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Advocacy Group (NIIAG), which now includes more than 35 national, regional, and local

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Members of the Coalition

American Heart Association
Americans for the Arts
City Parks Alliance
Community In Schools
Community Resource Center
Council of Michigan Foundations
Do Good Institute
George Mason University
Habitat for Humanity
Independent Sector
KABOOM!
Leadership Roundtable
League of United Latin American Citizens
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Living Cities
MENTOR
Morgan Stanley
National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
National Indian Child Welfare Association
National League of Cities
National Recreation and Parks Association
National Urban Indian Family Coalition
Native Ways Federation
Nature Conservancy
OneStar Foundation
PolicyLink
Reinvigorating the Conversation
Service Year Alliance
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
StriveTogether
Technology Association of Grantmakers
TechSoup
The Henry Ford
United Philanthropy Forum
United Way Worldwide
Urban League
Volunteer Match
Washington Council Ernst & Young
YWCA USA