Learn the Issues

Learn about the issues - and take action!

As nonprofit leaders, we fulfill a variety of missions to improve our communities. We are part of life in Alaska. It’s essential that we talk to local policy makers and state and federal political leaders about the value of Alaska’s nonprofit sector.

We invite you to join us in advocating for the following issues that have an impact on your mission and the sector. Want to find out more? Call in to our Advocacy in Action teleconferences to stay up to date and learn how you can get involved.

Our Advocacy Issues

Help nonprofits navigate COVID relief and recovery resources

We are focused on actively engaging in public policy decisions related to COVID relief – including funding outreach efforts, compliance issues, and local, state, and federal recovery efforts.

Highlight sub-sector issues that are essential to our economy

Typically we focus on issues that affect the entire nonprofit sector, or a vast majority of the sector. In these unprecedented times we are committed to lending support to sub-sector issues such as childcare availability and arts vibrancy. We are tracking legislation and regulatory actions focused on these sub-sector policy issues as they relate to the overall budget and economic recovery of our state.

Share the economic benefit of public/nonprofit partnerships

The state’s fiscal situation has an impact on every Alaskan. We are working with nonprofits, community leaders, and policy makers to help legislators understand the positive impact of the sector on the state’s economy and the cost savings we contribute to the state budget, especially within the context of COVID-19. Use our latest Economic Impact Report to help you convey how your nonprofit contributes to the economy.

Preserve Nonprofit Tax Exemption

Nonprofits are tax exempt for a reason – they provide services to the community that lessen the burden on government and help to maintain quality of life. We are monitoring taxation and fee proposals that impact nonprofits. Is your city or borough considering a tax on nonprofits? Contact us here and let us know.

Promote Gender Pay Equity in Alaska’s Nonprofit Sector

Fair and equitable pay is the law in our country, and yet we have more work to do both in and out of the nonprofit sector to achieve pay equity. Alaska’s pay gap is higher than the nation’s average – and our salary research shows that the nonprofit sector plays a role in perpetuating the gap. You can find our research here and we have included recommendations on what your organization can do to promote equal pay.

Make changes to Alaska’s State Single Audit requirement

In 2017, we successfully advocated for a change in the State Single Audit threshold to align it with the federal threshold. This effort saved both the state and nonprofits time and money because it eliminated the gap between state and federal requirements. We continue to seek changes that highlight transparency and accountability.

Advance the interests of our sector at the federal level

We are working with our partners at the National Council of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Northwest to track issues such as protecting the Johnson Amendment and monitoring impacts from federal tax reform. To stay up to date on federal legislation, sign up for Foraker’s Public Policy Alerts and become part of our bi-monthly Advocacy in Action calls.

Protect the charitable intent of Pick.Click.Give.

Pick.Click.Give. is a powerful vehicle for individual philanthropy in Alaska. The program has become a successful tool to increase giving for more than 700 nonprofits and thousands of donors every year. Along with our partners at the Alaska Community Foundation, we encourage you to protect the charitable intent of the program when legislation is advanced that does not meet that purpose.

Public Policy Sub-Sector Issues

At Foraker, we focus on issues that affect the entire nonprofit sector, or a vast majority of the sector. If you are interested in advocating for what we would call “sub-sector” issues like housing, youth development, or the environment, we encourage you to learn about existing advocacy networks such as:

Contact us to let us know if you have a advocacy group to add to this list.