Thanks to YOU, Congress Provides Emergency Relief to Nonprofits

By Angela Lee, Manager of Advocacy Outreach and Engagement, Goodwill Industries International

After days of marathon negotiations, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history. The CARES Act includes more than $2 trillion to help individuals, businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The CARES Act — which is now law — provides some funding streams that some nonprofits can access. In addition, it incentivized charitable giving by allowing all taxpayers to take a charitable tax deduction, resources to feed and house families and older adults, flexibility and new support for healthcare providers, and more. These allocations will help as our organizations brace for a significant increase in demand for services, and we will continue to work with Congress, the 12 million employees who comprise the nonprofit sector, and those we serve to ensure nonprofits nationwide continue to serve their communities.

We have much work to do to ensure these funds are used to serve those among us in the most need, and we look forward to working to address the next phase of this effort with our partners in Congress and the Administration. The provisions in this bill were a good start, but much more still needs to be done.

Tell your lawmakers to ensure nonprofits have the resources they need to continue serving their communities.

We are deeply grateful for your actions that led to passing the CARES Act. Together, we can ensure nonprofits continue to operate and provide vital mission services.

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