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OMB Uniform Guidance is now the law of the land

Posted By John Baker, Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hi All –

I come to you today with an update on Nonprofits and Indirect Costs in Contract/Grant Applications and Proposals.

OMB Uniform Guidance is now the law of the land, but turning its promise of better treatment of charitable nonprofits into reality will take even more work going forward. Nonprofits in particular will need to take action to own their own costs, learn their rights under the new rules, and protect those rights through advocacy, both on their own behalf with each grant and contract, as well as by engaging with DANA’s efforts.

I post the below articles to make you aware of the OMB Uniform Guidance and inform you of the progress described in them.  The articles describe your rights under the new federal grantmaking rules.  We encourage you to take advantage of these rights. Here are three items we feel are most helpful in getting nonprofits the tools they need to get started:

·      The Word for Today is “Overhead”: OMB Uniform Guidance Takes Effect,” by Rick Cohen, National Correspondent (Nonprofit Quarterly, Jan. 13, 2015).

·      Know Your Rights … and How to Protect Them, an overview of the rights nonprofits now enjoy (when governments fully comply) and answers/solutions to anticipated challenges that may arise.

·      Uniform Guidance Implementation Report Form, designed to generate information from nonprofits in the field about compliance with the Uniform Guidance – whether positive or negative – that will help in monitoring compliance, compiling data and observing patterns that can be addressed at a government-wide level, as well as identifying good processes and solutions that can be used elsewhere to help nonprofits across the country meet their missions.

Again, I thank you for your support and look forward to working with you to see that these promises for change transform into reality.

As always you can contact me with any questions or comments at jbaker@delawarenonprofit.org or 302.777.5500

- John

Tags:  charities  National Council of Nonprofits  nonprofits  OMB 

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