March 18, 2020

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative understands the importance of the overall health and wellness of the Tri-County community during the uncertainty of COVID-19.

We also deeply understand that the work to address inequities for families of color and for those in poverty has never been as important as it is right now.  

It is because of this understanding that we will continue to convene, mobilize, and engage in support of our community. Our StriveTogether partners across the country have identified and are implementing innovative solutions in partnership with their respective districts and communities. As we gather more information from our network partners, we too hope to support innovative solutions to help ease the pain and anxiety of our friends, neighbors, first responders, and those in need in the Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties.

To ensure the health and safety of our own team, the TCCC office will be closed through March 31. However, we will continue to work remotely to ensure our collaborative work continues.  Please check your email for instructional updates to future network, committee, or working group meetings as they shift to a virtual platform. Should you need to reach us directly, please call our main line at 843.732.8322.

Thank you for your flexibility.  We look forward to seeing you soon – safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

Phyllis Martin
CEO

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We Need You to Take Action NOW on Congressional Stimulus Bill that Does Not Go Far Enough to Help Charitable Organizations

Good ideas start in local communities. Good networks spread those ideas. We’ve seen both happen countless times throughout the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC) Network. We call it the Network Effect.

TCCC serves on behalf of non-profit organizations working diligently on the front lines addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, the non-profit sector risks catastrophic damage from evaporating revenue, new demands, and major disruptions in charitable giving.

Last week, the TCCC team heard from many of you asking what you can do to be of support. The answer to that question is simple.

We need you to take action now!

The next Congressional stimulus bill may be enacted any day. The latest draft, from Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY), provides minimal support for charitable organizations — and not nearly enough to help nonprofits succeed and survive.

Earlier this week, the charitable, nonprofit community sent a very strong package of policy solutions that would address the immediate needs of organizations and the people they serve. Read the stimulus package here. Some of these details show up in small measure in the McConnell bill and other draft bills. However, the charitable community is not getting the respect we know it deserves.

Since all legislative offices are closed due to COVID–19, please send an email or tweet (all that information is at the end of this letter) as soon as possible to your Senators and Representatives.

The message is simple: “Please understand the damage that the COVID-19 pandemic is doing to the ability of the nonprofit sector to serve your constituents. I urge you to include the policy solutions proposed by the nonprofit community in any COVID-19 relief and stimulus legislation.” You can share your personal story about the impact you know the sector is making throughout the tri-county region. Ask them to:

  1. Expressly include charitable nonprofits in the $200 Billion loan fund for businesses. The charitable sector needs an immediate infusion of $60 billion and the loan program is a fast way to get cash in the hands of organizations serving immediate needs in communities, yet facing lost and declining revenue due to the pandemic.
  2. Improve the above-the-line charitable deduction by raising the cap to $2,000 and allowing all taxpayers to immediately claim the deduction on their 2019 taxes (due on July 15), and afterward through 2021.
  3. Clarify that charitable nonprofits of all sizes are able to participate in the emergency Small Business Loan Program by using the tax-law definition of charitable organizations (Sec. 501(c)(3) public charities) and removing the language that excludes nonprofits that are eligible to receive Medicaid reimbursements.

Thank you,

Phyllis Martin
President and CEO

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Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Tim Scott
Congressman Joe Cunningham (1st District)
Congressman James E. Clyburn (6th District)

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Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Tim Scott
Congressman Joe Cunningham
Congressman James E. Clyburn