Public Policy

Independent Sector advocates for public policies that protect and strengthen the ability of individuals to support nonprofits and foundations and the ability of these organizations to fulfill their missions. We serve as the unified voice and source of information on the most pressing legislative, regulatory, and economic issues facing the charitable sector.

Nonprofit Voice

The nonprofit sector is an economic powerhouse, a trusted source of information, and an essential partner for any policymaker with big goals. But these essential messages will only be heard if we use our voice, particularly during election season. Visit our 2020 election headquarters for comprehensive resources on how to leverage this year’s elections to advance our missions.

Civil Society Infrastructure

In 2020, Independent Sector and KABOOM! formed a coalition known as the Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Advocacy Group 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.

The Issues

Independent Sector advocates for policies that encourage Americans to contribute to the charitable causes of their choice by providing tax deductions for their gifts and tax incentives for volunteer service, removing tax obstacles to charitable gifts, and maximizing gifts from private foundations.

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Become a Better Advocate

All nonprofits have a vital role to play in strengthening democracy, advancing freedom of expression, and adding richness and diversity to community life.

Throughout our history, Americans have turned to nonprofit organizations to provide a strong, collective voice to inform and influence public policy.

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