Politicizing Nonprofits: What Charitable Nonprofits & Foundations Need to Know (and What They Can Do About It).

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Politicizing Nonprofits: What Charitable Nonprofits & Foundations Need to Know (and What They Can Do About It).

August 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hosted by: West Virginia Nonprofit Association and Philanthropy WV

Presenters: David Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy, and Tiffany Gourley, State Policy Counsel, National Council of Nonprofits; and Jay Hutchins, Associate Director of Policy, United Philanthropy Forum

This webinar will provide background on the law that protects 501(c)(3) organizations from demands for political endorsements and campaign contributions (known as the Johnson Amendment), address why most nonprofits consider nonpartisanship essential to advancing mission, review administration and legislative challenges, and discuss  the impact of the repeal on the Johnson Amendment on foundations, and how nonprofits and foundations can educate and advocate on this issue.

 The webinar will cover:
.    Why the Johnson Amendment is important;
.    Its history;
.    What is happening concerning it in the Administration and Congress;
.    How we are engaging with coalitions;
.    The Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship and how your state has engaged; and
.    What steps individual nonprofits and foundations can take right now.


About the Presenters:

David L. Thompson is Vice President of Public Policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. Prior to joining the National Council in February 2010, David served as Director of Government Affairs at Independent Sector. He served in the public sector from 2001 to 2007 as a Senior Counsel and as Policy Director to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Before working on Capitol Hill, David directed federal policy for a consulting firm and practiced law for 17 years specializing in labor relations, employment law, government contracting, as well as government relations at the federal and state levels.


Jay Hutchins is Associate Director of Policy for the United Philanthropy Forum. Jay brings with him an extensive record of public policy development and issue advocacy. His background reflects a lifelong commitment to public service and civic engagement. Jay has served as a senior advisor and director of government affairs at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation where he led efforts on issues including retirement security and employee protections. At the Greater Baltimore Committee, a regional business advocacy organization, Jay successfully advocated for a record increase in Baltimore City school funding and the passage of public-private partnership legislation. Earlier in his career, Jay held government affairs positions both in and outside of government with a focus on education and workforce issues. He lobbied Congress and the White House for Goodwill Industries International and before that served in the Clinton Administration as an appointee to the Peace Corps. Jay holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from Winston-Salem State University. He lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with his wife and their two children.

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Tiffany Gourley joined the Council of Nonprofits’ Team as State Policy Counsel in 2016. She recently moved to DC from Honolulu, where she served as a legislative attorney for the Hawaii Legislature, supporting legislators on a wide range of issues. Previously, she externed at the Hawai`i Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, tracking legislation of interest to nonprofit organizations, and at the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office, working in the Tax and Charities Division researching nonprofit compliance. A native of small-town Western Pennsylvania, Tiffany earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2008 and her law degree at the University of Hawaii in 2012 and received the CALI Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Organizations. Before law school, she started a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on raising and disbursing funds for educational scholarships and volunteer grants and has since helped create and consult on five 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. In her free time, Tiffany loves surfing, skiing, traveling the world, and chasing after adventure.



August 29, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm