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 that have an impact on your mission and the sector:

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.

State

Stabilize Alaska’s economy

Together we can advance a comprehensive state fiscal plan that does not rely on simply cutting the nonprofit sector and all we serve from the budget. 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. Pick.Click.Give. is a successful tool for more than 700 nonprofits and thousands of donors every year. Along with our partners at the Alaska Community Foundation, Foraker encourages 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 that we are tracking and for 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. Foraker continues to seek regulatory changes that highlight transparency and accountability.


Ensure a nonprofit voice in statewide elections

As the second largest industry in Alaska, nonprofits affect the lives of Alaskans every day. Foraker looks for existing nonpartisan opportunities to ensure that our leaders are well informed about the nonprofit impact in Alaska.

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. Foraker is 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.