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The Partisan Nonprofit: How Tax Reform Could Change What it Means to be a Charity

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July 19th 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Phone: (303) 865-8270
Event Fee(s)
Member $ 0.00
Non-Member $ 65.00
AFP $ 60.00

This webinar will provide background on the law, known as the Johnson Amendment, that protects 501(c)(3) organizations from demands for political endorsements and campaign contributions, 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.

Join David L. Thompson and Tiffany L. Gourley of the National Council of Nonprofits as they discuss this vital topic for nonprofits and the communities they serve.

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Learning Objectives

The webinar will inform attendees about the following aspects of the Johnson Amendment:

  • its history and significance

  • policy changes under consideration by Congress and the White House

  • steps nonprofits and foundations can take to protect nonpartisanship




David L. Thompson, National Council of Nonprofits

 David L. Thompson is Vice President of Public Policy for the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest network of nonprofit organizations. Active at the local, state, and federal levels through its member State Associations and nonprofit allies, the National Council amplifies the voices of America’s local community-based nonprofit organizations, helping them engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector, manage and lead more effectively, collaborate and exchange solutions, and achieve greater impact in their communities.

Prior to joining the National Council in February 2010, Thompson served as Director of Government Affairs at Independent Sector. He served in the public sector from 2001 to 2007 as a Senior Counsel and as Policy Director to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, notably as Counsel to the Pension Protection Act conference committee. Before working on Capitol Hill, Thompson directed federal policy for a consulting firm and practiced law for 17 years specializing in labor relations, employment law, government contracting, as well as government relations at the federal and state levels.

David Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a law degree from the University of Georgia Law School.

Tiffany L. Gourley, National Council of Nonprofits

Tiffany L. Gourley joined the Council of Nonprofits' Team as State Policy Counsel in 2016. She recently moved to DC from Honolulu, where she served as a legislative attorney for the Hawaii Legislature, supporting legislators on a wide range of issues. Previously, she externed at the Hawai`i Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, tracking legislation of interest to nonprofit organizations, and at the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office, working in the Tax and Charities Division researching nonprofit compliance. A native of small-town Western Pennsylvania, Tiffany earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2008 and her law degree at the University of Hawaii in 2012 and received the CALI Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Organizations. Before law school, she started a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on raising and disbursing funds for educational scholarships and volunteer grants and has since helped create and consult on five 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

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