Please Contact Your Senators
Please contact our Illinois Senators through their websites and let them know our nation’s nonprofits need emergency federal funding. We thank you so much.
Use the letter below to copy and paste:
I urge you to include provisions to ensure the nation’s nonprofits, especially those that provide essential health and human services to families and communities, are included in the next economic stimulus package passed by Congress.
I understand that in this challenging time and you must make difficult decisions. But I’d like to impress upon you that at this crucial moment, when our communities need us more than ever, nonprofits such as JCC Chicago are struggling. If you don’t act now, JCC Chicago and many of our community partners will not be able to continue operations as they have in the past, if at all. This will leave our neighbors and communities without the essential resources, programs and services they rely on.
Nationwide, the JCC Association serves countless communities. In 2019, JCC Chicago served 60,000 community members through life enriching programs and services throughout Chicagoland. JCC Chicago is the state’s largest provider of Early Childhood Education, serving families with children age six weeks and older in seven locations, staffs before- and after-school programming for thousands of Chicago Public School students, and welcomes nearly 5,000 campers throughout the State of Illinois to meaningful summer programs each year. These programs enable parents to work and provide for their families. They are essential.
What would happen if it all went away? For the sake of our communities, we do not want to find out. That’s why JCC Chicago has joined with other nonprofit organizations around the nation to ask Congress to enact provisions to ensure the long-term health of charitable organizations so they can continue to offer critical services to our communities.
Please consider an immediate infusion of $60 billion in capital for nonprofits to maintain operations, expand scope to address increasing demands and stabilize losses from closures. Below are specific recommendations for assistance to help the nonprofit sector stay engaged serving the American people.
- Provide nonprofit payroll tax credit relief, as this is the most significant tax we pay
- Provide an “above-the-line” or universal charitable deduction for contributions through the end of 2021.
Nonprofits employ 12 million workers. We need to retain them. Nonprofits are on the front lines serving people, especially those in need. We need business continuity relief to ensure community support today and tomorrow.