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.

Federal

Ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census count

The census has a significant impact on the federal dollars Alaska receives with 18% of funding going directly to Alaska nonprofits. Foraker has convened the Alaska Census Working Group to ensure the 2020 Census and American Community Survey accurately reflect the population make-up of our state. Click here to learn more.


Protect the Johnson Amendment

Federal legislation continues to be pushed forward that will politicize charitable nonprofits, religious congregations, and foundations. While recent attempts to repeal the long-standing Johnson Amendment have failed, it is imperative that we continue to advocate to protect nonprofit nonpartisanship. Click here to learn more.


Understand the impacts of federal tax reform

Various aspects of the new law will affect nonprofits including provisions on individual charitable giving, employee withholding, unrelated business tax, and more. Click here to learn more.


Track the implications of the Supreme Court’s Wayfair Decision

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states have the power to collect sales tax from online sales. While Alaska does not have a state sales tax, many local governments do. Therefore, there is no easy way to institute the decision. The Alaska Municipal League is taking the lead to understand the potential impact of this decision. We are monitoring the process to ensure appropriate nonprofit exemptions are in place.


Monitor changes to overtime regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor is considering changes to the classification of exempt employees and requirements for paying overtime. We will continue to monitor and share opportunities to give the DOL feedback on proposed changes.

State

Share the economic benefit on 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. Use our latest Economic Impact Report to help you convey how your nonprofit contributes to the economy.


Protect the charitable intent of Pick.Click.Give.

Pick.Click.Give. is a powerful vehicle for individual philanthropy in our state. 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 each of you to protect the charitable intent of the program when legislation is advanced that does not have that purpose. Contact us for a current list of bills we are tracking and to learn about opportunities to engage.


Address Alaska’s gender pay gap

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.


Promote regulatory changes to the State Single Audit threshold

In 2017, Foraker 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 regulatory changes that highlight transparency and accountability.

Local

Challenge local taxation and fees on Alaska nonprofits

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 aimed at nonprofits. Is your city or borough considering taxing nonprofits? Contact us here and let us know.

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.