Webinar this Friday!

06 March 2018

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This is one you don't want to miss!

We're very excited to partner with the National Council of Nonprofits and The Nonprofit Center to bring you this timely webinar on the Johnson Amendment.

This webinar will provide background on the law that protects 501(c)(3) organizations from demands for political endorsements and campaign contributions (known as the Johnson Amendment), address why most nonprofits consider nonpartisanship essential to advancing mission, review administration and legislative challenges and identify how the issue relates to tax reform and federal spending priorities.

Topics Covered:

.    Johnson Amendment history
.    Why the Johnson Amendment is important
.    What is happening concerning it in the Administration and Congress
.    How we are engaging with coalitions
.    The Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship and how your state has engaged
.    What steps individual nonprofits and foundations can take right now
Costs: $15 Members; $25 Not-Yet-Members


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Save the Date - Meet & Greet in Eau Claire

27 April 2017

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SAVE THE DATE - The Wisconsin Nonprofits Association (WNA) wants to meet you in Eau Claire on Tuesday, May 23rd. WNA is Wisconsin's premier, one-stop resource for the nonprofit sector, offering training and technical assistance, serving as a unified voice for advocacy issues, and providing cost-saving benefits to Members. Please join us at one or both of the events below:


2:30 - 4:00 PM

More than coffee and icebreakers - Info Session: The Wisconsin Nonprofits Association (WNA) has developed exciting strategic goals to strengthen the work of Wisconsin's nonprofits. WNA staff invite you to hear about the future in-store and what that means for you and your organization. Designed to be a two way conversation, come meet staff one-on-one and share your thoughts on what YOU think WNA should know about the sector in your region, how WNA can make it more successful, and what you see as the biggest challenge facing your organization.

Cost: Free

Location: Holiday Inn Eau Claire South, Milan Room


4:30 - 6:30 PM

Nonprofit Happy Hour - Eau Claire is home to dozens of nonprofit organizations all working to make a better city for all. In effort to collaborate and break down barriers, the Wisconsin Nonprofits Association is hosting a Nonprofit Happy Hour in collaboration with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.

Cost: Free

Location: Infinity Winery & Distillery



Sign the Community Letter in Support of Nonprofit Nonpartisanship TODAY

24 March 2017


Sign the Community Letter in Support of Nonprofit Nonpartisanship TODAY


Nonprofits are safe spaces in our communities, designed to be above the political fray. They also serve as "gap fillers," serving the communities that are neglected and ignored by the for profit and government spheres. Nonpartisanship allows us to focus on solving problems, helping our neighbors, enriching our communities, and it strengthens the public’s trust of the charitable community.


Nonpartisanship is under imminent threat. The longstanding legal protection (known as the Johnson Amendment) – which allows 501(c)(3) nonprofits to speak out on issues of the day and advocate on legislation, but prohibits supporting or opposing candidates for office is under imminent threat.


In recent weeks, the President vowed to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment.” The Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee said he intends to repeal the law as part of comprehensive tax reform, and the House Majority Whip is a lead sponsor of one of the bills to weaken the protection. That legislation (H.R.781S.264) would blur the current clear language that conditions tax-exempt status and the ability to receive tax-deductible donations in part on not engaging in partisan, election-related activities for or against candidates for public office.

Speak up now. The Wisconsin Nonprofits Association, together with the National Council of Nonprofits, our nationwide network, and nonprofits and foundations from across the country, have proudly signed onto a special Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship. We strongly urge your organization to join us by:


1. Signing the letter - join us and nearly 2000 nonprofits, foundations, and supporting businesses in signing the Community Letter by Monday, April 3 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This important document will show representatives the interest across the country on this important issue.


2. Sharing the letter broadly - Share with your board members, your colleagues at other organizations, and others in your networks who support preserving the protections in current law. 


Together, we can protect nonprofit missions from the rancor of partisan politics.




Meagan Holman

Advocacy Director

Wisconsin Nonprofits Association