YMCA of the USA Participates in #Relief4Charities Week of Action

WHO: A coalition of more than 30 national nonprofits across the country, including YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), are coming together for a Week of Action to urge Congress to support policy proposals in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation.

WHAT: Media are invited to attend four congressional briefings during the Week of Action to address four policy solutions that will help ensure nonprofits can continue providing frontline services to those in need and help communities recover.

WHEN: July 13 – 16, 2020 (full schedule below)

WHY: As a coalition of nonprofit organizations with widely-varying missions, we appreciate that in passing the bipartisan CARES Act, Congress recognized both that individuals and families rely extensively on nonprofits for important services, and that nonprofits, as the third largest employment industry, play a significant role in our nation’s economy. These bipartisan efforts have been a lifeline for many nonprofits during this crisis, and it is clear every dollar has been leveraged immediately to address present challenges. However, nonprofits still face significant challenges and, as we begin the process of reopening, these challenges will only grow.  That’s why we’re calling on Congress to provide relief that will enable the nation’s nonprofits to advance their mission-driven service to communities hardest hit by COVID 19.   

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Catherine Sharretts (

Briefing Schedule: 

Monday, July 13, 2:00-2:45 PM ET
Mission Critical: Relief Required to Ensure Large and Mid-Size Nonprofits Support Communities
Organized by Independent Sector and American Heart Association

Tuesday, July 14, 2:00-2:45 PM ET
The Charitable Giving Crisis: How Tax Policy Can Rescue Private Giving to Respond to COVID-19
Organized by United Way Worldwide in collaboration with the Charitable Giving Coalition

Wednesday, July 15, 2:00-2:45 PM ET
Unemployment and Self-Insured Nonprofits: Ending the Pressure to Lay Off More Employees
Organized by National Council of Nonprofits

Thursday, July 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Economic Support for Nonprofits: Strengthening the Lifeline for COVID Response & Recovery
Organized by YWCA USA



#Relief4Charities Week of Action is a joint effort of the following nonprofit organizations and coalitions: Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, American Alliance of Museums, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Association of Art Museum Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Catholic Charities USA, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Ducks Unlimited, Faith & Giving Coalition, Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Inc., Goodwill Industries International, Inc., Habitat for Humanity International, Independent Sector, Jewish Federations of North America, Leadership 18, League of American Orchestras, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lutheran Services in America, March of Dimes, Mental Health America, National Council of Nonprofits, The Arc of the United States, The Nonprofit Alliance, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (Orthodox Union), United Philanthropy Forum, United Way Worldwide, Welcoming America, YMCA of the USA, and YWCA USA.


Collectively, the nation’s 1.3 million nonprofits employ 12.3 million workers, which is over 10 percent of the private workforce. Nonprofits are the third-largest industry, employing more people than the manufacturing or construction industries.

Friday, July 10, 2020

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