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Grant-In-Aid and Charitable Solicitation Registration

Posted By John Baker, Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hello all-

I'm just getting back to the office from Dover and the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) review of the Grant-In Aid (GIA) Bill draft. The committee, under Representative Smith George’s leadership, was charged with being very deliberate with their recommendations. There will be no aggregate or across-the-board recommendations for GIA this year.

Overall, there was a net aggregate of $513,156.00 increase to the "Community Agencies," going from $16,215,516.00 to $16,728,672.00 in the GIA draft that will now go to the General Assembly for a vote. Some others saw slight increases, some saw decreases, but most remained level. There were also several one-time grants proposed. This was a very tight budget year. The JFC is concerned about the 2015 budget being even tighter, so they were very conservative this year.

Click here to see the GIA draft

Here’s the latest on HB 187:

With a busy legislative session, HB 187 will not come out of committee until January 2014. This is the bill that will bring Delaware in line with 44 other states that already have Charitable Solicitation Registration requirements for nonprofits and for-profit fundraisers. Our surrounding states of NJ, MD, and PA all require similar registration. DANA has worked on this bill with the Attorney General’s office, the Delaware Community Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Brandywine Chapter and International), the United Way of Delaware, and many more of our nonprofit colleagues.

Since discussion began in 2008, the bill has been much improved. It now accepts IRS 990 nonprofit tax returns for many nonprofits, raises the budget level at which an audit is required, reduces the annual registration fee from $250 for the smallest "Charitable Nonprofit” to $25, and tops out at $100, instead of the $1,000 in past versions. Also, the provision that would have required the submission of donor lists has been eliminated. The system will be online, and will use the Uniform Registration System (URS) that most other states use for this purpose. Additional fees or further regulations are difficult for our nonprofit sector to bear, but we have fought to make this the least-onerous and least-expensive Charitable Solicitation Registration possible. The bill’s primary sponsor is Rep. Osienski, Co-Sponsors are Rep. Kowalko and Sen. Sokola, with additional sponsorship of Rep. Keeley, and Sens. Townsend and Simpson. View the bill by clicking here

As always if you’d like to discuss this piece of legislation, feel free to contact me.


Tags:  Attorney General  budget  charitable solicitation  General Assembly  Grant-in-Aid  Joint Finance Committee  Legislative Hall  registration  Uniform Registration System 

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