Webinar series on impact of stimulus on nonprofits

Posted by on April 13, 2009

United Way offers webinar series on impact of stimulus on nonprofits

Passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act presents both challenges and opportunities for community-based organizations and others that serve and advocate on behalf of lower-income families.

Many  of the Act’s funding components will be available to nonprofits. Major categories of eligible programs that have strong nonprofit applicability include arts and humanities, education and internet access, employment and job training, energy, housing and community development, human and social services and national service.

In addition to direct funding for nonprofit organizations, ARRA contains many provisions to help individuals and families who are served by nonprofits, including unemployment compensation, supplemental nutrition assistance (food stamps), and Medicaid.

In an effort to better understand how nonprofits and other community organizations can utilize the ARRA to better serve their constituencies, United Way and and the National Community Tax Coalition are partnering to offer a series of webinars that focus on the provisions of the ARRA that most directly affect community-based organizations.

The sessions will take place from April 14th through April 23rd and will feature policy experts who will explain the relevant sections of the ARRA and how it might be leveraged to enhance the work of community groups.  Participants can register to participate for free, although registration must be made for each session individually.

Upcoming webinars include:
Taxes and Benefits:
Wednesday, April 15th, 4pm.

This web seminar will focus on the changes to TANF, food stamps, and the tax code and how these changes will affect our organizations and the communities we serve. Jacque Minow, Manager of Public Policy at the United Way of America, and Michael Evangelist, Policy Analyst at the National Community Tax Coalition, will lead the web seminar.  Register for this webinar here.


—  Workforce Investment Act: Tuesday, April 21st, 1pm.

This web seminar will focus on the funding allocations and program implementation of the workforce development provisions of the ARRA, including the Workforce Investment Act, Title I-B Grants to States, Job Corps, YouthBuild, and others.  Rachel Gragg, Federal Policy Director for The Workforce Alliance will present.  Register for this webinar here.

Affordable Housing:
Wednesday, April 23rd, 4pm

The final web seminar in the series will focus on the funding allocations and program implementation of the affordable housing provisions of the ARRA.  Danna Fischer, Legislative Director and Counsel for the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and one of the nation’s foremost affordable housing advocates will present.  Register for this webinar here.


The National Council of Nonprofits has published a report on sources of information on the federal stimulus program that can be downloaded here.


Pennsylvania has also established a site on the state’s plan for the ARRA funds here.


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