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  • November 17, 2022 12:34 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    A list of congressional, state and local elections results can be found on the Secretary of State’s voter portal site. Also, results of which Constitutional Amendments passed or failed on the November 8th ballot can be found here.

  • November 17, 2022 12:22 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    It’s worth noting the re-election of the sponsors of the National Council of Nonprofit’s main bills – the Universal Charitable Deduction and the ERTC Reinstatement Act, and a volunteer mileage bill that might be gaining some traction.

    S.618 - Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act

    • Among the 19 sponsors, all up for election are returning next Congress with the possible exception of Sens. Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Warnock (D-GA).
    H.R. 1704 - Universal Giving Pandemic Response and Recovery Act
    • Sponsor Chris Pappas (D-NH) won re-election. Here’s the co-sponsor list for further analysis.

    H.R.6161 - Employee Retention Tax Credit Reinstatement Act

    • Sponsor Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV) easily won re-election, although lead co-sponsor Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) retired. It’s worth noting that the impressive 113 co-sponsor list is heavy with Republicans.

    S. 3625 - Employee Retention Tax Credit Reinstatement Act

    • Sponsors Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Tim Scott (R-SC) both handily won re-election. All of the remaining co-sponsors who stood for re-election appear to be returning in the 118th Congress.

    H.R.8265 - TEAM Volunteers Act

    • Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), sponsor of the bill to raise the volunteer mileage rate to the business rate for two years, has been declared the winner of a very tight race. While only two of the 10 co-sponsors are Republicans, a variation of the bill could show up on a year-end tax bill.

  • November 17, 2022 12:21 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Mastercard has new rules for recurring transactions. This link is a good recap of current discussions between the National Council of Nonprofits and Mastercard, especially in the midst of year-end giving campaigns.

  • November 03, 2022 12:31 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Join nonprofits from across the U.S. on Monday, November 14th at 1pm CT to discuss the impact of the federal elections on nonprofits, their missions, and our communities. This webinar hosted by the networks of the National Council of Nonprofits will focus on the election results, how they affect the lame-duck session of Congress, and what nonprofits from many different sub sectors can expect from and achieve in the 118th Congress.

    Register for the Post-Election Webinar now!

  • October 05, 2022 1:18 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), a nonpartisan educational and research organization, has provided detailed reports on the constitutional amendments set before voters over more than four decades. This latest PAR Guide to the 2022 Constitutional Amendments reviews each proposal for the November and December ballots in the order they will appear before voters. The guide does not make recommendations about how to vote, but offers analysis and provides arguments of supporters and opponents of each proposal for voters to make their own decisions. The 11 amendments include five passed by lawmakers in the 2021 regular legislative session and six passed in the regular legislative session earlier this year. Each proposal had to receive a two-thirds favorable vote in the House and Senate to reach the ballot. Now, each amendment needs a majority vote at the polls to get enacted.

    *Source: Public Affairs Research Council

    To view the 2022 Guide, please visit the links below:

  • October 05, 2022 1:17 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Click here to apply to enroll in the next poll commissioner training.

  • October 05, 2022 1:14 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    The deadlines to register to vote in the November 8th Open Congressional Primary Election are fast approaching. The in-person or by mail registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11, and the deadline for registering through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Tuesday, Oct. 18. These deadlines are for citizens who have never registered to vote as well as voters who would like to make changes to their registration.

    Citizens may check their registration or register to vote online at; at their parish Registrar of Voters Office; while obtaining services at the Office of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies and disability services offices; or by mail. Louisianians can also utilize the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app to access registration, ballot and polling place information. After registering, voters should download the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app.

    The app provides registration information as well as voting districts, sample ballots, polling place information and election results.

    Early voting for the Nov. 8 election is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th through Tuesday, November 1st (excluding Sunday, October 30th), from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations. For more information about the Secretary of State's Elections Division, visit or call the Elections Hotline at 800.883.2805.

  • October 05, 2022 1:12 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    On Oct. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced a change to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program rules for a limited time as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. Millions of non-profit and government employees have federal student loans and may now be eligible for loan forgiveness or additional credit through the Limited PSLF Waiver. Under normal PSLF rules, borrowers must make 120 payments on a Direct Loan while on a qualifying repayment plan and be employed by a qualifying public service employer. Now, for a limited period of time, federal student loan borrowers may receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify for PSLF. You can learn more about the waiver here.

    The waiver will allow borrowers to gain additional PSLF credit, even if they had been told previously that they had the wrong loan type or the wrong repayment plan. The waiver ends October 31, 2022. After that, normal PSLF rules will apply. This means that many borrowers need to submit a PSLF form and/or consolidate their non-Direct federal student loans by October 31, 2022, to get the benefit.

  • August 17, 2022 4:39 PM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Last year’s Federal Reserve COVID-19 Community Impact Survey into the impact of the pandemic on individuals and the nonprofits serving them led to crucial data the sector used for effective advocacy.

    Please help the Federal Reserve and nonprofits by taking this follow-up survey to demonstrate how nonprofits are faring now. A robust response can help our collective advocacy efforts for more much-needed relief.

    The Federal Reserve Survey is open now through August 23.


  • July 28, 2022 7:26 AM | Chelsey Blakenship (Administrator)

    Congressional Districts

    Louisiana Democrats give Republican incumbents Mike Johnson and Garrett Graves a pass. No Democrats qualified to run in the November 8 election for the 4th and 6th congressional district seats. Congressman Johnson is unopposed and Congressman Graves has two opponents – one Libertarian and one Republican.

    State Senator 5th Senatorial District

    Representatives Royce Duplessis and Mandi Landry, both Democrats, both qualified for an open seat left open by former State Senator Karen Carter Peterson 

    State Senator 17th Senatorial District

    Representative Jeremy S. LaCombe and two others, Caleb Seth Kleinpeter and Kirk Rousset, recently qualified for the senate seat vacated by former Senator Rick Ward. Ward resigned to take a new job opportunity. Louisiana GOP Senate President Page Cortez named GOP Leesville Senator Mike Reese to replace Ward as chair of the Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs committee.

    To learn the names of all candidates who qualified for 2022 fall races, see here.

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