The North Carolina General Assembly is in the process of creating the budget for the upcoming two years. Many of the proposals made could have a dramatic impact on nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. In some cases, these are our community partners funded through United Way’s Community Investment Fund.
We feel it is important for our community to learn more and see how to get involved. Here is some information from the recent WNC Nonprofit Pathways newsletter that will help you do just that.
Senate Budget Slashes Nonprofit Funding
Recently, the N.C. Senate approved a state budget (S.402) for FY 2013-2015. Earlier in the week, the budget moved through the Senate appropriations and finance committees. Among other things, S.402:
- Eliminates all state funding for nonprofit community economic development organizations, the Rural Center, and the Golden LEAF Foundation;
- Cuts funding to early childhood nonprofits by more than 40%;
- Replaces direct appropriations to many nonprofits with a Department of Health and Human Services block grant that could mean less certainty and more red tape for nonprofits; and
- Reduces funding for N.C. Arts Council grants by 8%
What You Can Do About It:
- Contact your state Senator and Representative by phone and email during the next two weeks. Click here for a list of WNC legislators. Or click here for an easy web search tool.
- Learn about the budget issues you are most concerned about prior to making the contact, so you can speak about how the proposed actions will impact your community. Click here for resources.
- Stay current on the fast-changing situation and how it affects our communities. We recommend that you join the N.C. Center for Nonprofits to stay up-to-date on public policy matters affecting our sector, including a weekly teleconference when the legislature is in session.
- Forward this email [information] to others who will take action!
Click here for the NC Center for Nonprofits website to find information about membership.