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Charitable Solicitor Registration and Markell’s 2015 Budget Proposal

Posted By John Baker, Friday, January 31, 2014

Hi all-

Here’s a quick update on two key Public Policy topics:

First, HB 187 Charitable Solicitor Registration was voted out of the "House Economic Development / Banking / Insurance / Commerce Committee yesterday with DANA, AFP, and the United Way of Delaware present in support of the bill being released from the committee. We will keep you posted as to when it will make it on to the House Agenda for discussion and vote.

The bill has been working its way through the General Assembly since 2009. The Delaware Attorney General’s office has been very responsive to make this bill the least onerous on the nonprofit sector while achieving their stated purpose of increasing the public’s confidence in the charitable nonprofits that they want to donate to. Overall, it is hoped that with increased confidence and transparency, individual giving may increase. Delaware is one of eight states that presently does not require nonprofit (501c3) registration. Our surrounding neighbor states require nonprofits soliciting in their states to register, so this will bring Delaware into alignment with our neighbors, as well as most of the nation. The legislation began with much higher fees, and requirements, but in its current form is the most nonprofit friendly. If you have concerns about the bill please contact me. Also the Attorney General’s office is very open to discussion any suggestions or concerns you may have.

Second, I attended Governor Markell’s presentation of his Delaware 2015 Proposed Annual Budget on Thursday at the Tatnall Building in Dover. His initiatives include:

Investments

  • Education – Preparing students for college and/or careers
  • Public Safety – Preventing illegal firearms and crime
  • Job Growth – Supporting innovation and workforce development partnerships

Unleash Potential

  • Expanding College Opportunities
  • Reducing barriers to employment & increasing re-entry services for offenders
  • Aligning workers’ skills with employers’ needs

Quality of Life

  • Investing in our transportation network
  • Revitalizing our Downtowns
  • Clean water for Delaware’s future

The Governor's proposal also includes increasing Grant-In-Aid by $500,000.

In our opinion, all of this will be challenging with Delaware’s financial forecast being less than desirable. The proposed budget looks at a variety of ways to balance the budget and pay for initiatives. These include decreases to some expenses and increases of certain incorporation fees. It also includes an increase to the gas tax.

The General Assembly will discuss all of this thoroughly over the coming months.

Please check out the details at this link: http://budget.delaware.gov/fy2015/documents/budget-presentation.pdf.

Resister to learn about the anticipated impact on the Nonprofit Sector at the "DANA Annual Delaware Budget Update” program on February 21st in Wilmington at the DCCA, and on February 28th in Dover at the Modern Maturity Center. Click here to register.

As always feel free to reach out to me at jbaker@delawarenonprofit.org or 302.777.5500.

-John

Tags:  Attorney General  budget  charitable solicitation  General Assembly  Governor  Grant-in-Aid 

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