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Legislation Introduced to Study and Support the Nonprofit Sector

As a coalition member of America Forward, we are delighted to share news about an exciting advancement for the social innovation community and nonprofit sector at large.  Yesterday a press conference was held in recognition of Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) and the remarkable leadership role she is playing for the sector through the introduction of the Nonprofit Sector and Community Solutions Act in the House of Representatives. 

This bill seeks to transform the way government thinks about and partners with the nonprofit community across the country. We see this legislation as an important part of the social innovation and America Forward policy agenda, and are pleased to be partnering with Rep. McCollum along with leading nonprofit sector organizations that have helped to frame this ground-breaking proposal.

With rare exceptions, the nonprofit sector is invisible to the federal government.  We have entire agencies devoted to supporting small business, trade, commerce, and other industries.  And yet, the nonprofit sector is just as vital to our economy, employing one out of ten individuals and delivering critical human, social, educational, and cultural services.  Innovation in the social sector is as important as it is in the business world.  This legislation will help the federal government do a better job supporting innovation in this realm.

You can read more about the legislation at

We look forward to continuing to work with Congresswoman McCollum and other nonprofit partners to move this legislation in the next Congress.

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