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Economic relief for nonprofits

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I ask you extend economic relief to all nonprofits that have employees and provide services in Tennessee. America's charities employ 10 percent of the country's workforce and are the third largest employment sector across the nation. Nonprofit organizations meet critical needs for communities across Tennessee. As negotiations around distribution of the $2.3B Tennessee received from the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund continue, it is crucial that it includes the charitable organizations. Like the rest of the charitable community nationwide and in Tennessee, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is facing a difficult financial situation with fundraising falling while the need in the community is not.

As you consider funding to stabilize critical business infrastructure across the state threatened by the coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit sector must be among its top priorities. Community-based charitable organizations like the American Cancer Society (ACS) have long been on the front lines supporting cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. However, the necessary actions of canceled school days, closed restaurants and prohibited gatherings are impacting the ability of ACS to raise money to fulfill its lifesaving mission.

ACS is facing a certain decline in donor contributions and is anticipating weeks if not months of lost fundraising opportunities during one of their busiest nationwide community fundraising times. If things continue in this direction, ACS will have to make tough decisions that would impact the services, programs and support provided to cancer patients, survivors and family members.

Cancer never stops and the services and programs ACS provides in Tennessee can't stop either. As our state and nation recover from this pandemic, cancer patients will rely on services from ACS like free rides to the doctor, free lodging when cancer treatment takes them far from home and always available and trusted cancer information. But in order to continue to support our community, we need you to include charitable organizations like ACS in the plan for distribution of dollars Tennessee received from the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund.

I appreciate everything you are doing to curb the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across the state. I urge you to include all nonprofits that have employees and provide services in Tennessee in the plan to distribution of dollars from the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund.

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