(WASHINGTON, October 2, 2017) — The following statement is from Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector:
“The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Senate Budget Resolution released Friday is fundamentally inconsistent with Independent Sector’s Statement of Beliefs Regarding Federal Tax and Spending Policies.
We believe in the power of a strong partnership between government and the charitable sector. Charitable organizations generate creative, local solutions to complex issues every day. At the same time, government plays a unique and indispensable role in providing for our communities, especially the most vulnerable, at a scale that cannot be replicated by civil society.
Much like the budget resolution passed by the House, the proposed imbalance of cuts to non-defense spending over time would negatively affect charitable organizations’ capacity to pursue our missions as well as the communities and individuals we serve. We believe that the pursuit of fiscal policy should not threaten to increase poverty or widen inequality. The philanthropic and charitable community cannot fill the gap in resources and services that would be created by the fiscal direction proposed by Congressional leaders.
As tax and spending debates continue, we urge policymakers to reconcile differences to work toward fiscal policies that strengthen our communities and improve lives for all Americans.”
Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good. Learn more at independentsector.org.
Kristina Gawrgy Campbell