Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee
approved a funding bill
that included an extraneous provision
that essentially blocks enforcement of the Johnson Amendment against houses of worship and their auxiliary organizations. Certain charitable nonprofits would be able to endorse candidates for public office and divert charitable assets to political campaigns if a rider to a federal funding bill is approved by Congress in the coming weeks.
For 60+ years, the Johnson Amendment has prevented 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in partisan, election-related activities and is seen by most in the nonprofit community as a valuable protection that keeps charitable nonprofits, religious institutions, and foundations focused on their missions rather than responding to outside pressures to divert their time, money, and other resources to engage in partisan electioneering. The broad nonprofit community opposes changes to the Johnson Amendment, as expressed by nearly
one hundred religious denominations and organizations
, more than
3,000 religious leaders
89 percent of evangelical pastors
, more than
5,000 charitable nonprofits
, houses of worship, and foundations, and
72 percent of American voters
The House of Representatives is expected to consider the appropriations bill this month and other legislation harmful to the Johnson Amendment and nonprofit nonpartisanship is pending in the Senate and House. Now is the time to act.
Organizations that have not done so already are encouraged to sign their organization onto the
Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship
and spread the word among your colleague organizations in your states.
See if your organization
has already signed. If not,
. It takes less than five minutes, and will have a huge impact on the future of our sector.
Thank you for supporting the nonprofit sector!