White House and Nonprofit Leaders Discuss American Rescue Plan Implementation and Strengthening Civic Infrastructure for Communities

Nonprofit leaders are available to speak with press to share insight about April 8 meeting and effort

(Washington, DC, April 8, 2021) – Top White House public engagement and economic officials met with a diverse group of national nonprofit leaders April 8 to discuss the American Rescue Plan Act, the American Jobs Plan, and the need for a partnership between the U.S. government and the nation’s 1.5 million nonprofit organizations. The overall goal: COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts for Americans.

The virtual meeting, part of ongoing Independent Sector engagement with the White House, illustrates the important leadership and community-building role nonprofits play at the federal policy level and the trust they have with residents in communities nationwide. Independent Sector appreciates the White House openness to this convening, which also involved Independent Sector members and the Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Advocacy Group (NIIAG).

Participants and discussion topics included:

  • Rep. Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
  • Gene Sperling, Senior Advisor to the President and White House American Rescue Plan Coordinator
  • Daniel J. Cardinali, President and CEO of Independent Sector, on the vital role nonprofits play in civil society and community building
  • Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, on equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution
  • Adrienne Goolsby, Senior Vice President of Habitat for Humanity (U.S. and Canada), on emergency housing assistance
  • Janeen Comenote (Quinault Indian Nation), Executive Director of the National Urban Indian Family Coalition, on broadband internet access
  • Jesse Colvin, CEO of Service Year Alliance, on using new models of national service to provide community relief


Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse community of changemakers at nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs working to ensure all people in the United States thrive.


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Types: Press Release
Global Topics: Civil Society, COVID-19 Response, Infrastructure, NIIAG, Nonprofit Health, Public Policy
Focus Areas: Organizational Relationships
Policy Issues: Civil Society Infrastructure