Without the help of the national government, nonprofit organizations would not be as effective as they are today. Over the last few years, the government has made significant strides in improving the conditions for nonprofit organizations. The national budget has reached a place that most nonprofits are happy with, the President and other government entities have donated large amounts to the causes of several nonprofit organizations and volunteerism is held in high esteem.
Take a look at just a few of the measures the government has recently taken to support nonprofit organizations:
1. The Creation of National Volunteer Week
Government is not just about creating policies and laws; it is about meeting the needs of its citizens and giving back to the community. This year the President established National Volunteer Week during the week of April 15th thru the 21st to encourage citizens to help out in their communities. By encouraging citizens to donate their time to a local nonprofit during National Volunteer Week, the government shows that they value the work of nonprofit organizations. Several government agencies, including the Commander-in-Chief himself, also took the time to give back to their communities during this special week.
2. Variety-Pack Budget Proposition for Nonprofits
The government is slowly working to increase spending for nonprofit organizations. The President’s budget plans (released in February of this year) included a 5.5% increase for the National Endowment for Arts and Humanities and requested a 2% increase for foreign aid. The budget also called for an increase in development funds to the World Bank, and it maintained funding to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.
3. Growth in National Service Opportunities
In 2008, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act – which called for the nonprofit volunteer organization, AmeriCorps, to increase its members from 75,000 to 250,000 by 2017 – was signed. The act also created more service opportunities for senior citizens and students, in addition to committing to improve the management, cost-effectiveness and accountability of service programs nationwide.
4. Donations Encouraged
Donations are critical to the health of a nonprofit organization. While organizations may receive some grants, donations make up the bulk of a nonprofit’s funding. Over the past few years, nonprofit organizations have seen a decrease in overall donations.
The government has taken action and made donating a new priority. Many government entities donate to various nonprofit organizations around the nation. In fact, the President gave a substantial amount to nonprofits last year and coordinated several fundraisers for the sole benefit of nonprofit organizations.