LAWS & RULES
FPLG COVID-19 RESPONSE
LAWS & RULES
[UPDATE: May 3, 2020]
In April, a fourth Congressional bill was passed and signed into law to add to the pot of money available to help the nation through COVID-19, which was huge but not nearly enough to cover the enormous need. Legislators are already at work on a fifth bill. The nonprofit community along with sympathetic federal legislators are trying to achieve a dedicated track of funding for our sector.
State governments are also stepping up in a big way, including through regional coalitions to coordinate strategy and achieve greater pooled purchasing power.
[April 1, 2020]
Now, more than at any time in many decades, the government – at all levels – will play a key role in our lives. There are, and will continue to be, different laws and rules as well as conflicting messages. The system of federalism – which allocates authority and power between the federal government and the states – will be tested as never before.
Yet at the same time that the nonprofit sector (along with all other elements in our society) is dealing with restrictions, we will need the government’s financial largesse. The CARES Act, enacted on March 26, 2020, is the largest-ever infusion of money into the economy in United States history. But this $2 trillion stimulus law is “not nearly enough”, and “private giving can’t possibly make up for the huge increases in demand [for nonprofit services] expected.”
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Nonprofits and Funders: Coronavirus Requires Immediate State Advocacy (April 7, 2020) Tim Delaney, NCN, The Nonprofit Quarterly
Will Nonprofits Be Protected during the Shutdown? Stories from 3 State Leaders (April 7, 2020) Jeanne Bell and Steve Dubb, The Nonprofit Quarterly
Leaders Argue That Nonprofits Need Government Aid (March 31, 2020) Dan Parks, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
California State and Local COVID-19 Orders (March 22, 2020) Robert A. James et al, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP