Hi All –
Register HERE for the DANA Free Event of the Season…The Annual Budget Update on Wednesday, February 17 (next week!) with OMB, DHSS, Kids Dept., JFC, and Advocacy! This is always a really popular and packed event, so don't miss the opportunity to reserve your seat.
I also have a number of updates for you from Dover:
We’ve just entered the second week out of the four weeks of JFC’s Hearings. Check the calendar here.
Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition
The report of the “Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition – Expenditure Review Committee” is in. Find it here.
There is no issue too tough for the nonprofit sector. They're continuing work to achieve efficiencies in Criminal Justice, Medicaid, Foster Care, State Personnel, School Districts, and Central and Fleet Services.
“Delaware state government has undertaken substantial actions to control costs in recent years, which has mirrored national trends. Given continued costs pressures, the Committee believes it important to maintain this focus. While many of the recommendations require further study and analysis, they provide a general course of action that should meet the Committee’s charge to identify opportunities to provide services more efficiently, effectively or at less cost to taxpayers.”
The report focused and issued recommendations on:
1. Outcomes-based Approaches for the following:
- Criminal Justice
- Foster Care program
2. Personnel Cost Containment
3. Use of Consolidation, Sharing and/or Centralized Services
- School Districts
- Government central services to include other fleets
Sheila and I met with Senate President Pro Tempore, Patricia Blevins and Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf and updated them on the challenges of the sector and the good work of the sector-wide Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition.
They both acknowledged the good news of the Governor including in his budget proposed increases to Contracts and pass-throughs with the “Nonprofit Partners” Line of 1% or $2.3 Million, as well as holding the Grant-In-Aid line level at $43 Million.
They both also emphasized the need for heavy advocacy from the whole sector to maintain these items in the budget. So keep engaged with the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition and DANA. The next event you can participate in on this front is the Annual Budget Update next week (see the full agenda below), then March 23rd at a DelARF day in Dover, and attending Nonprofit Day and Rally on May 18th at Legislative Hall in Dover, 11am-1pm. More details to follow, but you can reserve your spot now by clicking here.
State of the Sector to Joint Finance Committee
We’re finalizing the date near the end of February on which Sheila will present to the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) about the “State of the Nonprofit Sector.”
Annual Budget Update Agenda
8:30 – 9:00am Registration/Continental Breakfast – Courtesy of Nemours Foundation
9:00 - 9:15am Welcoming remarks – Sheila Bravo, President & CEO of DANA
9:15 – 9:20am Moderator: George Meldrum, Nemours
9:20 – 9:45am Bert Scoglietti, Office of Management and Budget
9:45 – 10:00am Rep. Melanie George Smith, Co-Chair Joint Finance Committee (JFC)
(General Assembly’s Outlook on the Budget)
10:00 – 10:30 Kevin Kelley, Division of Health and Social Services (DHSS)
10:30 – 11:00 Kate Carlson, Department of Services for Children Youth and their Families (DSCYF)
11:00 – 11:30 Rebecca Kidner, ESQ., Registered Lobbyist, Government Relations
(Advocacy – The Opportunity for Voice and Legal Concerns)
11:30 - 11:50am The Legislative Budget Cycle
(John Baker, EVP for Public Policy & Programs, DANA)
11:50- 12:00pm Closing remarks - George Meldrum, Nemours Foundation
As always, if you have any questions call or email me: 302.777.5500 firstname.lastname@example.org