Nonprofits and Communities Left Behind by COVID Relief Legislation

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Throughout 2020, nonprofit organizations nationwide stepped up to serve their communities in unique ways amidst extraordinary demand. In addition to serving on the front lines of pandemic response, these organizations are also a critical piece of the American economy, functioning as the country’s third largest employment sector and providing more than 10% of private sector jobs.

Disappointingly, policymakers did not hold up their end of the bargain. While the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (PL 116-260) did not completely exclude charities, it failed to provide any relief commensurate with the depth of the challenges these vital organizations face. For charitable nonprofits to continue serving those most in need at this harrowing time, the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress must act quickly to correct these shortcomings.

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