Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a bipartisan letter with her colleagues to House Leadership urging them to include support for charitable non-profits in the next COVID-19 relief package. Charitable non-profits serve their communities daily and will need funding relief in order to be able to continue their services.

“Many communities in the North Country are depending on charitable non-profits for services during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Our food banks, churches, shelters, domestic violence shelters, and more are ready and willing to serve our hardworking families, but they need federal relief to be able to continue to do so. I sent this letter with a group of my bipartisan colleagues to urge Leadership to include our charitable non-profits in the next relief package. I am so grateful to all of the organizations in my district that continue to go above and beyond to serve our communities while so many are suffering.”

The letter specifically requests:

  • Expanding access to relief for non-profits organizations by providing flexibility on PPP loans, guidance for lenders to prioritize non-profits, and the development of a distinct reserve dedicated to non-profit loans.
  • Raising the reimbursement rate for unemployment costs for self-funded non-profits to 100%.
  • Strengthening charitable giving incentives by allowing donations through July 16 to be claimed above the line on 2019 tax returns.