April 2, 2020
Special Guidance for Shuls & Day Schools re PPP Loans: Read here
IMPORTANT NOTE TO THE COMMUNITY:
The OU Advocacy Center (OUA) played a leading role in crafting provisions in the CARES Act (the most recent round of COVID-19 stimulus response legislation). And, working with the White House, Congressional leaders and the charitable nonprofit sector, the OU Advocacy Center successfully worked to get the CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020.
OU Advocacy’s efforts paved the way for day schools, shuls and other nonprofit charities’ eligibility for the core programs offered in the CARES Act, such as forgivable loans of up to $10 million from the Small Business Administration; deferring the payment of payroll taxes; and refundable tax credit against those payroll taxes if employees are retained on staff. (Read more in Nathan Diament’s NY Jewish Week op-ed here and listen to his April 3 interview on JM in the AM)
These programs will help, but they are not enough: Some restrictions, for example, may leave our larger schools, federations and social service agencies with little, if any support. That is why the OU Advocacy Center is dedicated to continuing to push for a new federal support package and has been working around the clock to secure greater relief for our community.
To contribute to our efforts so that we may continue our work to help America’s Jewish community and our most vulnerable, please donate here.
Listen to Nathan Diament’s interview on JM in the AM April 3:
How Can Your Nonprofit Get Financial Help During These Difficult Times? Find Out with the OU Advocacy’s Center’s Nathan Diament
Payroll Protection Program loan applications are now available!
Click here to access loan application and guidance information
If you haven’t already: Please be sure to contact your bank or lenders.
Click here for the Orthodox Union resources page to help your school, shul, federation, community center or other Jewish institution apply for financial relief, including:
◊ Paycheck protection loans
◊ Expanded unemployment benefits
◊ Payroll tax payment deferral
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- Faith and Giving Coalition: Selected CARES Act Resources
- National Council of Nonprofits’ information page
- Jewish Federations of North America’s loan calculation primer
- A program overview from the U.S. Dept of Treasury
- Information for lenders
- Information for borrowers
- Loan application
- Small Business Administration’s overview of the Paycheck Protection Program, including eligibility guidelines
Click here to see OU Advocacy’s work to craft, pass COVID-10 relief aid for shuls, schools and other charities:
OU Advocacy-Authored Resources: Statements, Op-eds, Actions Alerts
March 31, 2020
Op-ed by the Orthodox Union’s Nathan Diament in NY Jewish Week:
Congress Needs to Give More Help to America’s Charities in This Crisis
Last week, Congress passed a $2 trillion package to try to support American citizens and the American economy in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. This was Washington’s third effort on this front and it was focused on stabilizing the economy by providing unprecedented financial support to small and large businesses. Unfortunately, the “CARES Act” fell short in supporting one critical sector — America’s charities.
Read the full piece
April 23, 2020
Statement: Orthodox Union Welcomes US Education Dept Rollout of Billions of Dollars to Support K-12 Schools; Shall Include Equitable Support for Jewish and Other Nonpublic Schools
Today, the U.S. Department of Education issued its initial guidance and application materials for states to apply for more than $13 billion in federal funds to support K-12 schools in the midst of the Covid19 crisis. Congress allocated the funds for this purpose by setting up the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (“ESSER”) Fund in the CARES Act. The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center engaged intensively with Congress as the CARES Act was shaped to ensure that Jewish and other nonpublic schools — which are facing their own financial and operational challenges, alongside public K-12 schools, as a result of the pandemic — would receive support through any such federal relief programs.
March 26, 2020
Statement: Orthodox Union Commends Congress for Passing Coronavirus Response Legislation that Includes Support for Charitable Sector Amid Coronavirus Emergency
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America welcomes Congress’s passage of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, which includes significant assistance for the nonprofit charitable sector so that it may continue to serve vulnerable families and communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 20, 2020
Action Alert: Urge your U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative to Provide Aid to Shuls, Schools & Other Charities Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center is part of a large network of charitable nonprofits fighting to ensure our organizations-including synagogues, schools, community centers and more-are included in the next federal legislative packages responding to the coronavirus crisis. Please take a minute to write to your U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative to ask them to include nonprofit organizations in their future response to the coronavirus.
March 19, 2020
Statement: Orthodox Union Joins Nonprofit Charities Nationwide in Call for Congress to Provide Financial Support for Charitable Sector Amid Coronavirus Emergency
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of American has joined nonprofits nationwide in issuing a letter to Congress requesting $60 billion to help the nonprofit charitable sector continue to serve vulnerable families and communities in the wake of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 18, 2020
Letter from Charities to Congress: COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package
AMERICA’S CHARITIES REQUEST $60 BILLION INFUSION OF SUPPORT TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic facing the country is having a profound impact on the economy and has greatly expanded the need for charitable organizations to provide additional services in an unprecedented manner. Without dramatic and immediate financial and programmatic backstop from government, America’s charitable nonprofits and the people we serve face a precipitous decline in mission services at a time when our efforts are needed like never before by the most vulnerable in our communities.