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.

A Seat at the Table

The Seat at the Table initiative, through the proposed executive order and draft legislation, would create permanent, structural mechanisms for the sector to help shape and improve federal policy while also expanding opportunities for the government to work more effectively with the sector to achieve shared goals.

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 the ongoing racial injustice reckoning.

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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