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
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:
- Education – Preparing students for college and/or
- Public Safety – Preventing illegal firearms and crime
- Job Growth – Supporting innovation and workforce development
- 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.
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
As always feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org