October 20, 2011

Nonprofit Leaders Say States Are Too Aggressive in Seeking Funds From Charities

Two national nonprofit leaders tell Governing magazine that strapped state and local governments are overreaching in their attempts to tap tax-exempt organizations for new revenue and to ask charities to provide more services.

In an interview, Elizabeth Boris, head of the Urban Institute's Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and Tim Delaney, chief executive of the National Council of Nonprofits, contrast governments' attempts to lure private firms with tax breaks with efforts in California and Boston to eliminate exemptions for charities or ask them to pay fees for using public services.

They also discuss New York State's bid to rein in high salaries for nonprofit executives.

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