Buono Bill To Create Online Information Clearinghouse For Nonprofits Released By Senate Committee

Measure Would Put All Information Not-for-Profit Groups Need to Know In One Place

TRENTON – A Senate committee yesterday released legislation Majority Leader Barbara Buono sponsored to do away with the state’s current disjointed system of providing essential information for nonprofit organizations by creating a centralized online information clearinghouse.

“We must create an easier means for nonprofits to get the vital information they need to maximize their resources for the good of their communities,” said Buono (D-Middlesex). “Our current hodge-podge of web sites is getting in the way of good nonprofit governance. When someone has a question, they shouldn’t have to root around to find an answer, they should have one clear place to go.”

Buono’s bill (S-1361) would direct the Secretary of State’s Office, in conjunction with the state’s Office of Information Technology, to create a single Internet portal where nonprofit groups could easily find information regarding available state funding sources, laws and regulations regarding incorporation and board development, and volunteer opportunities, among other information.

Currently, nonprofit executives must navigate through individual agency websites to find essential information on funding and legal requirements and regulations. Buono said a one-stop website would be more efficient for groups, and allow them to more readily access the information and resources they need to meet their organizational missions.

“Nonprofits should be dedicating their time to making a difference in their communities, not navigating a confusing laundry list of state websites,” said Buono.

The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee released the bill 4-0. It now heads to the full Senate for a floor vote.

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