GPNP in the News

Unifying the voice of nonprofits to leverage their power

Below is GPNP's recent media coverage. Click here for coverage from 2016. 

"Nonprofit Vote Year in Review." Nonprofit Vote. February 2017.

"Throughout 2016, Nonprofit VOTE worked with nonprofit service providers and community based organizations to more effectively engage the communities they serve in voting and elections. Our webinars and trainings reached thousands of nonprofit staff and leaders. We worked though our national partners and key networks to help bring this work to scale. We also played a key role in the most successful National Voter Registration Day to date. Furthermore, our field programs generated a wealth of voter contact and other data that we will use to assess the effectiveness of nonprofit-led voter engagement work." GPNP is included as one of Nonprofit Vote's State Partners.

“Nonprofits brace for change under Trump.” Joyce Gannon. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 16, 2017.

“Public policy meetings at the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership typically attract about 20 people who show up in person and another 10 who connect by phone. But when the organization held its end-of-year public policy gathering in December, 60 attendees filed into the partnership’s offices in Five PPG Place, Downtown — and 25 more called in from remote locations. Samantha Balbier, executive director of the Pittsburgh organization, wasn’t surprised. Coming on the heels of Donald Trump’s stunning election as president, the nonprofit leaders who packed the room were grappling for answers about how their sector might be upended under a new administration in Washington, D.C. ‘Nonprofits expect significant disruption,’ Ms. Balbier said. ‘So our members have become very engaged in public policy to stay on top of what’s going on.’ … The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership brings together more than 400 nonprofits in 12 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. It provides education and networking opportunities for members; it also advocates for the sector with local, state and federal elected officials. In a survey on public policy issues that the organization conducted after the election, health care topped the list of concerns. In second place was the potential for repeal of the Johnson amendment — a 1954 revision to the Internal Revenue Service tax code that prohibits nonprofits from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Mr. Trump has urged repeal of the amendment, a move observers say would allow church leaders in his large, white evangelical base to engage in political organizing. The National Council of Nonprofits said repeal would allow nonprofits to provide campaign funds for political candidates, thus diverting money from programs for the underserved. ‘And that changes the game,’ Ms. Balbier said.”