Nonprofits brace for major changes from Trump administration

Posted on: November 30, 2016

“As President-elect Donald Trump readies to take office, nonprofit leaders face their own version of the first 100 days,” write Megan O’Neil, Timothy Sandoval, Alex Daniels, Rebecca Koenig, and Drew Lindsay in a lengthy article in Monday’s (11/29) Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription required). “Can nonprofit leaders coalesce quickly enough to effectively respond to policy changes and spending priorities that would affect nearly every corner of the nonprofit world? Charity and foundation leaders pledge to ratchet up advocacy and public-policy work to protect the charitable-giving incentive if Congress takes up a tax overhaul, as expected. Another serious concern is federal spending—cuts to health care, housing, education, and child and senior care could create gaping chasms of support for nonprofits, especially those with government contracts. ‘We are currently in the process of trying to assess the landscape of how we could be impacted …’, says Lorri Jean, chief executive of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which offers health services and gets about a third of its $97 million annual budget from government.… It’s not just charities. Spending cuts would heap pressure on foundations to fill those chasms, even as they could face new scrutiny regarding their endowments and ‘in perpetuity’ life spans.”

Posted November 30, 2016