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Grant-in-Aid Was Reinstated at 80%

Posted By Sheila Bravo, Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wow – it was an incredible week at the end of the Delaware Legislative session. 

A lot happened from Thursday to Sunday.  Nonprofits across the state were present in force on Thursday and Friday.  Thank you to all of our members and their staff, board and clients who showed up to share the importance in giving to nonprofits in Delaware. A special thank you to the United Way who helped DANA with outreach to nonprofits.  AARP also deserves a great big THANK YOU for urging their members to come to Leg Hall on Friday to speak up for the need to fund nonprofits.  DANA, along with several nonprofit leaders also stayed through the continuing legislated session – their presence daily sent an important message that funding community services was critical.

By now you have heard that Grant-in-Aid was reinstated at 80% of last year’s funding levels. The 20% reductions were taken across the board, which is not ideal. (See bill details)  On the state department side, funding cuts for some services was reduced to 10% from the previous 20% levels.  The department of Ed realized a $26 million cost reduction.  We are not sure yet, how those reductions will impact nonprofit partners.

The state charitable gift deduction still remains in the tax code.  A revised bill was introduced with a 50% cap on deductions, but was not passed.  A big thank you to our philanthropy partners who helped advocate to keeping the gift deduction:  Association of Fundraising Professionals, Delaware Community Foundation, the Delaware Grantmakers Association and the United Way.  We also want to thank the National Council of Nonprofits, who provided support to DANA on the strategies used in other states.  And a very big thank you to Charlie Vincent, who took the time to research those states and write two white papers on the implications of reducing the gift deduction.

So what happens next?  DANA will analyze the budget and seek input from its members on the implications of this final budget to community services. That information will help us shape the story and advocacy strategy as we prepare for the 2018 legislative session. Our understanding at this time, is that the revenue solutions passed will not solve the budget deficit challenges in the future. Government funds approximately 30% of nonprofit services, for some agencies it is higher due to the types of services they provide. We need to change the budget gap closure strategy from cutting community services to investing in them.  Our state’s economic vitality is intertwined with its quality of life.  And the state needs nonprofits, in partnership with business and government, to contribute to both economic growth and quality of life enhancement. Without the right level of resources, we cannot do our part of the job. 

Finally, a little update from the national scene.  DANA, along with nonprofits across Delaware and the country have spoken up to retain the Johnson Amendment, which prevents partisanship in nonprofits and housed of worship. The US House Financial Services Subcommittee approved a bill that would make it difficult for enforcement of the Johnson Amendment.  The National Council of Nonprofits issued a statement on recent events: Status of Johnson Amendment 

Tags:  Advocacy  budget  Delaware Legislators  Government  Grant-in-Aid 

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Update on Delaware State Budget

Posted By Sheila Bravo, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

In the next several days the Delaware General Assembly will be making important decisions regarding sources of revenue increases, and levels of spending on education, health and human services, infrastructure, and economic impact drivers.  Passing a state budget with the sizeable budget gap will impact every nonprofit in the state.  There are several legislative actions that are being considered which can impact nonprofits:

  • Minimum wage increase – consideration is being given to raise the minimum wage in increments to $10.25, with some discussion of moving the wage to $15.00.  DANA hears from its members that they support increasing the minimum wage to improve conditions for their clients and employees.  However, without increasing funding to pay for those higher wages, nonprofits would need to curtail services to offset the increased cost.  More deliberation will be held and we will let you know when the public hearing takes place.  We encourage you to share with your legislators the implications of this wage increase.
  • State Charitable Gift Deduction – the proposed HB240 will eliminate itemized deductions, which would include the charitable gift deduction.  DANA learned that in other states which capped or eliminated the charitable gift deduction, donations declined – particularly with high wealth donors.  Charlie Vincent, President of Innovincent, drafted this analysis on the impact.  We urge our members to speak up about the implications of losing this incentive to give to charitable causes.  DANA has set up a draft letter which can be personalized and sent to your representative and senator. A hearing on HB 240 is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st at 3:00 pm, and we encourage you to attend. If you wish to speak, please plan on no more than 2 minutes to get your message across.
  • Budget Gap Closure - DEFAC, which provides the General Assembly projections on revenue increased its forecast from May.  This is good news, in that the budget gap for fiscal 2018 is slightly smaller.  Currently, around $80 million in expenditure reductions have been recommended by the Joint Finance Committee. And around $116 million in new revenue through corporate franchise tax has been passed. That leaves a little more than $200 million in either new revenue or expenditure cuts to decide on before June 30th.  There are several revenue solutions being proposed such as changes to the personal income tax, alcohol and tobacco/vape taxes.  Collectively though, if passed, DANA estimates an additional $100 million in expenditure cuts or additional revenue solutions will be required to close the budget gap.

With so much at stake, it is anticipated that our legislators will wrestle with how to close this through the night on June 30th.  Therefore, it is more important than ever to continue to speak up, share your concerns and aspirations regarding these issues.  And be aware of the implications to your clients, should funding to your services be reduced.

Tags:  budget  budget gap closure  government  minimum wage increase  state charitable gift deduction 

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UPDATE: What's Happening at the State and Federal Level

Posted By Sheila Bravo, Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hello everyone:

This is an update on what is happening at the State and Federal level which impact nonprofits in Delaware.  I would like to say brief – but there is so much going on!


STATE LEVEL

Governor Carney issued his budget proposal back in March. Since then there have been two DEFAC reports which estimates a $385 million budget closure for Fiscal 2018.  Governor Carney has recommended a balance of expense reductions and revenue, which he refers to as shared sacrifice. 

Areas which DANA has raised concerns in meetings with Senators and Representatives include the implications of losing the State charitable tax deduction, moving pass-throughs to Grant-in-Aid, and overall reductions of direct services to those who are most vulnerable in our communities. Without a change, we believe an estimated 10% of funding to nonprofits could be at risk.  We also have continued to express our desire that expense reductions and Grant-in-Aid award reductions are not done with a swift across the board cut. 

This week, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began the budget markup process.  On Monday, they identified around $51 million worth of expenses to cut from all departments.  Of that, over $664,000 were pass-through reductions.  Contractual services and some grants were also reduced. Our higher education institutions also saw large funding reductions.   Where it was clear which agency or subsector was impacted, DANA reached out to notify. Today the JFC approved over $100 million in increased costs due to population adjustments (education/Medicaid) or priority areas (such as Education, Substance Abuse, Corrections). JFC has this week and next week to complete the budget mark up.  As DANA learns of these decisions, we will share the news.

Though Governor Carney presented several strategies to raise revenue, at this time it seems like the increase of the Corporate Franchise tax has the most momentum.  That would generate around $116 million in revenue leaving the Joint Finance Committee to develop a budget with $184 million in fewer expenses.

DANA, along with other members of the steering committee of the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition (DRSC) (Ability Network, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Delaware Arts Alliance, Delaware Grantmakers Association, Delaware Community Foundation, United Way of Delaware, and the University of Delaware) believe increases in revenue is a more favorable approach, particularly given how the nonprofit sector receives less funding than it did in 2008. Some legislation is starting to emerge in addition to the corporate franchise tax, and include raising tax levels, increase the income brackets, raising taxes on cigarettes, and extending lodging taxes to vacation rentals. The coalition is reviewing each of these proposed bills and will be providing more insight in the coming weeks on how it compares to Governor Carney’s proposals and the previous Revenue Solutions recommendations issued in 2015.


WHAT DANA IS DOING

  • In partnership with DCF, DGA and UWDE, DANA issued a letter to members of the General Assembly regarding concerns on removing the state charitable gift deduction. 
  • We are holding as many meetings as we can with key legislators to express our concerns over across the board cuts, and cutting desperately needed services.
  • We are also discussing with these legislators the need to change the trend of funding decreases to community services to funding increases.  We are advocating for long-range planning to develop the right level of funding resources to fuel the quality of life we desire for Delaware.
  • We are holding a Nonprofit Advocacy Day on June 8th with a hope that as many nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers attend to show the tremendous impact in the state.  It is a day that our Government recognizes the work we do, and how important our partnership is – let’s show them how many of us there are!
  • DANA in partnership with the DRSC are updating the sector coalition “logo letter” for you to share, and will have additional resources for you to reference in the coming weeks.


WHAT CAN YOU DO

  • Help us tell your story.  Share with us the implications of 10% less funding –  in what way will your clients/customers be impacted.
  • Share any insights you have regarding revenue solutions that you may hear
  • Be aware of what funds you may receive from the State Government is at risk – whether as a grant, pass-through, Grant-in-Aid or contract
  • Connect with your Senators and Representatives and share your impact story.  We strongly encourage you to be clear about how the funds you receive directly benefit people. 
  • Develop contingency plans – not just for your organization, but for your clients.  If you are not able to serve these people due to reduction in funding, who else can.  Ultimately our goal is to ensure people are served, and if a partner agency can help – set up those conversations in advance of losing funding.
  • Explore other sources of revenue – consider collaborating with other agencies to seek Federal grants or national foundation funding.
  • Attend DANA’s upcoming Nonprofit Advocacy Day on June 8th. Modern Maturity is providing lunch, so we ask you register so that we know how many lunches to provide.


THE FEDERAL LEVEL

DANA, along with thousands of other nonprofits and religious institutions have sought to maintain the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits partisan activity of nonprofits. See What this Is.  The National Council of Nonprofits, along with many foundations have been active at preventing the repeal of this act.

A proposed Federal Budget was released yesterday, which would have catastrophic impact to many parts of the nonprofit sector.  The good news is that it is a proposal, and can be revised significantly.  We encourage you to understand how this budget impacts your organization.

Beyond hard funding cuts, of serious concern is the impact the proposed tax reform would have on charitable giving.  The Independent Sector just release a report, of which the Association of Fundraising Professionals have summarized  Read more about it


WHAT DANA AND YOU CAN DO        

Reach out to Senator Carper, Senator Coons, and Congresswomen Blunt Rochester.  Share with them your concerns.  They will not be in session next week, so perhaps you can catch them here locally.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned.  You are welcome to reach me directly with questions, ideas, or concerns at [email protected]

 

Tags:  Budget  DEFAC  Delaware  Government  Governor Carney  Nonprofit  Senator Ernie Lopez 

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Governor John Carney Released his Recommended Budget

Posted By Howard L. Keener, Jr., Thursday, March 23, 2017
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Governor John Carney released his recommended budget, the Joint Finance Committee and General Assembly will work on the best final version between now and June 30th.

As always, we strive to get breaking news to you. So here are the latest 2018 Delaware State Budget resources you can use to be in the know.

We will be examining this recommendation over the next couple of days and will keep you updated. 

“Our greatest concern is how these cuts will impact services to Delawareans, recognizing how strained the system has been by flat or decreasing funding that the sector has experienced  for many years” – Sheila Bravo, DANA’s CEO

DANA has been working on the financial challenges that face our Nonprofit Sector, meeting with our elected officials, engaging with Governor Carney and his transition team to present the Nonprofit Sector’s perspective, and planning action now that the budget course is more clear. The Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition (DRSC) “LOGO Letter” initiative led by DANA along with Delaware Grantmakers Association, Delaware Community Foundation, United Way of Delaware, Ability Network of DE, the UD-CCRS, and AFP-Brandywine.  We’ll update the LOGO Letter based on today’s budget release. This letter serves as the Nonprofit Sector’s call to action that we can all organize around , The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Mark Up of the Budget and GIA is scheduled for May 22-31.   The DANA Annual Conference with Gov. Carney as Keynote is May 15th, and  Delaware’s Nonprofit Day is June 8th at The Mall Legislative Hall from 11am-1pm.

Key Dates:

May 15: DANA Annual Conference with Governor Carney, U.S. Delegation and Cabinet Secretaries Invited

June 8: Delaware’s Nonprofit Day at The Mall Legislative Hall Dover 11AM-1PM

Quick analysis:

The proposed Delaware State Budget presented Today at the Archives Building in Dover, proposes to balance the $386.6 Million budget gap through $192.8 Million in new revenue (described in the budget presentation linked below page 14).  This leaves $193.8 Million to come through cuts.  4.5% total reduction to “state agency discretionary funds” (see page 9 of budget presentation).  Grant-In-Aid (GIA) cuts of $5.19 Million (an 11% cut - Total GIA FY2017 $45.89 Mill.).  Pass Through cuts of $594,300.00 or 10% to all pass throughs in the operating budget, and reallocation of $3.695 Million to GIA from the operating budget.  This means the cut to GIA will be greater than 11%.   

In Governor Carney’s words:  “During my listening tour and morning coffee public sessions I heard that Delawareans were willing to have Revenue Increases as long as they were responsible and balanced with Spending Reductions.  Along with the proposals here today for FY2018’s Budget, the Government Efficiency and Accountability Review Board (GEAR) held its first meeting and will work to achieve efficiencies in future years”.  This balanced plan takes key steps toward structurally resolving the budget deficit not only for Fiscal Year 2018, but also by better positioning Delaware for the future,” said Governor Carney

To close a $386.6 Million shortfall and put the state on a path to sustainable budgets in the long-term, the proposal includes some increases in personal income tax (PIT) by eliminating itemized deductions and increasing the standard deduction 54% along with a couple of additional changes (we are exploring these details to better understand how this will affect nonprofits) including raising top PIT tax bracket by 0.2%. In addition, the Governor recommends an adjustment to the corporate franchise tax, and an increase in the cigarette tax of $1/pack. Details can be found in the administration’s budget presentation and total a $192.8 Million increase for the coming fiscal year 2018.

Get the Governor’s 2018 Budget Presentation HERE.  

 More detail:  http://budget.delaware.gov/budget/fy2018/documents/budget-reset-summary.pdf

Watch it live here:  http://governor.delaware.gov/budgetreset/

 

Know that DANA will be working on digesting this and engaging our Alliance…YOU!

You can always reach me at: [email protected]

All the best - John


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Today’s DEFAC forecasts a worsening budget gap, that with cost drivers will be approximately $386 Million.

Posted By John Baker, Monday, March 20, 2017
Hi All,
Monday’s Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) meeting revealed that their estimated "98% Appropriation" number is down by an additional $35.6 Million. Worsening the already substantial gap between revenues and expenditures, from December’s forecast, to $386 Million with the various cost drivers (school enrollment, Medicaid, healthcare for state employees and other drivers).
Know that DANA has been providing the Delaware Nonprofit Sector's perspective to the Governor, other elected officials and department officials.
Meanwhile, the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition (DRSC) of the nonprofit sector continues to meet. We have a full calendar of events to engage our elected officials, including:
  • This Thursday, March 23rd Governor Carney’s Scheduled Release of his Budget
  • March 23rd and April 5th will have two Coalition member programs hosted by the Ability Network of Delaware in Dover
  • May 22nd -31st will be the JFC Markup of the Budget & GIA
  • June 8th - NONPROFIT DAY in DOVER rally (Save the Date!)
  • June will be focused on direct advocacy with our elected officials by nonprofits, boards, volunteers, and clients.  So make your plans and call us if you need help.
Throughout the next three months, the Coalition will continue to reach out to you, as well as meet with General Assembly & JFC members to represent the nonprofit voice, our clients, and all Delawareans. Get the General Assembly / Legislative Calendar here: www.desenatedems.com/legislative-schedule.html
Here’s the 2017 “LOGO Letter” to JFC and Legislators.  Please incorporate the key points into your meetings and messages to legislators.
We are all partners for a stronger Delaware. 
As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or 302-777-5500.
Thank you,
John Baker

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Joint Finance Committee Started Hearings Tuesday January 31st and DANA Was There!

Posted By John Baker, Thursday, February 2, 2017

Joint Finance Committee Started Hearings Tuesday January 31st and DANA Was There!

Hot off the press to you, is this Office of Management & Budget presentation.  Much of it is the same as the 2018 Budget Presentation that we got to you mid-January.  It is important to note for those of you who receive “Pass-Throughs” that they are slotted to be cut by $594,300.00 (Page 19).  In our last Public Policy blog post we noted the other Agency cuts (Pages 15-16) and the Grant-In-Aid reductions (Page 20). Click here for that report.

The Senate “Special Election” to fill Lt. Governor Hall-Long’s seat is scheduled for February 25th.  This is important for the balance of that Chamber.

Governor Carney will release his revised “Financial Plan” following the March 20th DEFAC State Economic Forecast.  JFC scheduled to review week of 4/24. Here’s the Joint Finance Committee Calendar

We’re meeting with our U.S. Delegation to learn about and prepare for Federal changes – Sen. Coons – Jan 19th and Sen. Carper – February 6th. Congresswoman Blunt Rochester - Awaiting date.

Charitable Giving Incentives:

Sheila and I will be traveling to Washington D.C. on February 16th to meet with our U.S. Congress Members in support of Charitable Giving Incentives as the government looks to address the Federal Tax Code.  We’ll be joining with thousands of other Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders, Philanthropists, and other interested citizens.  If you’d like additional information let us know or search for it under:  “100 Years of Giving DC Fly-In”.

Governor’s Public Meetings:

Get your Board Members and other key volunteers to tell the Governor directly what cuts will mean to Delawareans you serve. Gov. Carney has made a pitch to the Delaware public: “Help me come up with some ideas.” "This is a challenge for all of us," Carney said. "The solution is going to be hard. But I'm confident we can do it."

Carney will attend a series of "community conversations" in locations throughout the state:

· Feb. 15 – Drip Café, Hockessin, 7:30 a.m.

· Feb. 21 – Drip Café, Hockessin, 8 a.m.

· Feb. 22 – Downtown Dover Partnership, 9 a.m.

· March 1 – Nanticoke Senior Center, Seaford, 9 a.m.

· April 5 – Café Gelato, Newark, 8 a.m.

The meetings will be held in the morning, around 7:30 to 8 a.m. Exact times will be available online. Lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, will join Carney. Residents can submit comments online at governor.delaware.gov/BudgetReset or send an email to [email protected]

Join us for the Annual State Budget Update and Advocacy Warm-Up
 

Click the image above to register for this important update!


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Governor Jack Markell Released his Recommended Budget

Posted By John Baker, Friday, January 13, 2017

Governor Jack Markell recently released his recommended budget, now Incoming Governor Carney, the Joint Finance Committee and General Assembly will work on the best final version between now and June 30th.

As always, we strive to get breaking news to you. So here are the latest 2018 Delaware State Budget resources you can use to be in the know.

DANA has been working on the financial challenges that face our Nonprofit Sector, meeting with our elected officials, engaging with the Governor Elects transition team to present the Nonprofit Sector’s perspective, and planning action now that the budget course is more clear. The Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition (DRSC) led by DANA along with Delaware Grantmakers Association, Delaware Community Foundation, United Way of Delaware, Ability Network of DE, the UD-CCRS, and AFP-Brandywine will be issuing it’s call to action that we can all organize around at the DANA Annual Budget Update on February 17th from 9-Noon, The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Hearings are through February (calendar here), the DANA Annual Conference is May 15th, and DANA’s Delaware Nonprofit Day is June 8th at The Mall Legislative Hall from 11am-1pm.

Key Dates:

January 31 - March 2: Joint Finance Committee Hearing begin – See link below

February 17: DANA Annual Budget Update & Advocacy Briefing 9 AM – Noon  

May 15: DANA Annual Conference with Governor Carney, U.S. Delegation and Cabinet Secretaries Invited

June 8: DANA Delaware Nonprofit Day at The Mall Legislative Hall Dover

Quick analysis:

The proposed Delaware State Budget presented to the General Assembly as House Bill 25 proposes to balance the $350 Million budget gap through $212 Million in new revenue (described in the budget presentation linked below) and Agency Base Budget Reduction cuts of $31.831 Million and Grant-In-Aid cuts of nearly $13 Million; $11 Million cut for “First Responders” and $2 Million for “Community-Service Nonprofits” (Total GIA 2017 $45.89 Mill.).  Of the Agency cuts the largest cuts are in DHSS at $9.419 Million, DSCYF (Kids) at $462,000, and DOE at $16.173 Million.  If you receive “Pass-Throughs” check them out too.  A note of good news – “Tobacco – Master Settlement Agreement” has been replenished by approximately $1.6 Million.

Secretary of Finance Tom Cook. “The revenue changes we propose adhere closely to the recommendations of the recent bipartisan revenue task force which established a blueprint for reshaping state revenues to better grow with the economy.”

In Governor Markell’s words:  Sustaining Responsible State Finances with Mix of Revenue Increases and Spending Reductions

This balanced plan takes key steps toward structurally resolving the budget deficit not only for Fiscal Year 2018, but also by better positioning Delaware for the future,” said Governor Markell

To close a $350 million shortfall and put the state on a path to sustainable budgets in the long-term, the proposal includes some increases in personal income tax by limiting deductions (we are exploring to better understand which ones) and raising the rate of the top tax bracket by 0.2 percent. In addition, the Governor recommends an adjustment to the corporate franchise tax (we also need to understand if this will impact NPOs), increasing the State assessment on realty transfer tax, and an increase in the cigarette tax. Details can be found in the administration’s budget presentation and total a $212 million increase for the coming fiscal year.

Get the Governor’s 2018 Budget Presentation and full budget HERE.

Get the NewsWorks Summary and article HERE.

Here’s the full State Budget.

Here’s the “Hot-Off-The-Press” Joint Finance Detailed Calendar of Hearings.

 

Know that DANA will be working on digesting this and engaging our Alliance…YOU!

You can always reach me at: [email protected]

All the best - John

Tags:  budget  Delaware  Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition  Nonprofits  revenue 

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December DEFAC Update

Posted By John Baker, Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hi All,

Monday’s Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) meeting revealed that their estimated "98% Appropriation" number is down by $33.7 Million. Increasing the already substantial gap between revenues and expenditures from September’s forecast of $167 Million to $201.1 Million. Adding to this the various cost drivers (school enrollment, medicaid, healthcare for state employees and other drivers), the gap climbs quickly. The News Journal today has put the number at $350 Million. that needs to be made up through new revenues and expense cuts.

Know that DANA has been providing the Delaware Nonprofit Sector's perspective to Governor Elect Carney's various transition committees and the overall transition team.

Meanwhile, the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition (DRSC) of the nonprofit sector continues to meet. We have a full calendar of events to engage our elected officials, including:

•January 19 (anticipated) - Governor's State of the State 

•January 26 (anticipated) - Governor's Proposed Budget Presentation 

•February 17 - DANA Annual Budget Update, 9am-Noon in Georgetown

•February & March will be the JFC hearings www.desenatedems.com/legislative-schedule.html

•March will have two Coalition member programs hosted by the Ability Network of Delaware  (details still to come)

•June 8th - NONPROFIT DAY in DOVER rally (Save the Date!)

•June will be focused on direct advocacy with our elected officials by nonprofits, boards, volunteers, and clients

Throughout the next six months, the Coalition will continue to reach out to you, as well as meet with General Assembly & JFC members to represent the nonprofit voice, our clients, and all Delawareans. Get the General Assembly / Legislative Calendar here: www.desenatedems.com/legislative-schedule.html

We are all partners for a stronger Delaware. 

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or 302-777-5500.

Thank you,

John Baker

Tags:  Budget  DEFAC  Delaware  Nonprofits  revenue 

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Vote Tuesday - Then OMB Budget Hearings Begin Wednesday November 9th

Posted By John Baker, Monday, November 7, 2016

Nonprofit Votes Matter – So vote on Tuesday, November 8th!!!

Then, if you haven’t already, checked the Delaware Office of Management and Budget calendar for the 2018 Budget Hearings and plan to attend and give public comment – limited to two minutes. Here’s the calendar: http://budget.delaware.gov/budget/massmemos/2017/2017-03.pdf

Some Messaging Points:

We the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition of the nonprofit sector agree upon the following points:

  • The Nonprofit Sector represents over 233,000 Delawareans that work and volunteer at Delaware Nonprofits.
  • The Nonprofit Sector, in partnership with state government, provides innovative, efficient, and effective services for all Delawareans.
  • Funding for the “Nonprofit Partners” line-item should be included in the Governor’s 2018 Budget.
  • No cuts should be made to contracts with Delaware nonprofits for services to Delawareans.
  • No more allocations should be added to the “Tobacco-Master Settlement Agreement, diluting remaining resources available for existing service providers.
  • Hold Grant-In-Aid level (FY2017 GIA Bill $45.9 Million).

The Nonprofit Forum on October 25th was a resounding success with over 75 nonprofit executives in attendance to engage in lively discussion with the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Drew Fennell, Delaware OMB’s Bert Scoglietti, the State Chamber’s James DeChene, DANA’s Sheila Bravo, The Ability Network of Delaware’s C. Thomas Cook, and United Way of Delaware’s Tyrone Jones…as well as your blogger…John. We heard from OMB’s Bert Scoglietti that with various cost drivers the budget gap will broadly exceed the September DEFAC forecast gap of $167 Million. This is a clarion call for you to mobilize your Board, Volunteers, and Friends to work with our Elected Officials to make the changes in funding that are needed to support the Life-Sustaining and Enriching Services that the Nonprofit Sector provides 24/7/365 to all Delawareans!

DANA and the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition will be working on your behalf, but this is the year we need to mobilize all possible resources to get our message out and have our elected government officials and the public understand that we are partners, critical to the successful navigation of our State’s Fiscal Challenges.

Check out the ADVOCACY TOOLKIT here:

Advocacy Tool Kit Cover
2017 Toolkit
2017 Toolkit Part 2

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]or 302-777-5500.

-John

Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition:
Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement
Ability Network of Delaware
Delaware Community Foundation
 
United Way of Delaware
Delaware Grantmakers Association
 
Association of Fundraising Professionals – Brandywine Chapter
University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service
and the Delaware Nonprofit Sector

 

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2018 May Well Be An Even More Challenging Year So Let’s Strengthen Our Relationships Now

Posted By John Baker, Monday, August 8, 2016
Updated: Sunday, August 7, 2016

By now I think we’ve all had a chance to catch our breath after the sprint to the end of the 148th General Assembly session.  Now let me keep the running sprint metaphor going as we enter nearly three weeks of the Rio 2016 XXXI Summer Olympics. While you’re watching the Olympics, it’s a great time to write out your thank you notes to the Joint Finance Committee and General Assembly members that supported your nonprofit mission in 2016. 

Take a moment to also send thank you notes to the cabinet secretaries of the departments that you contract with (Secs. Landgraf, Benson-Green and others), as well as other key government supporters and friends of your nonprofits mission.  As we continue to “Strengthen, Enhance, and Advance” the nonprofit sector we have big plans for building relationships with the elected and appointed government officials who are responsible for the largest proportion of nonprofit revenue, fee-for-service contracts/grants.

This is an important election year and the Fall is a time that you can cultivate your relationships with your key government contacts.  As you do with your individual and corporate donors, you can take this opportunity to thank your key government contacts and invite them to visit your facilities.  Enlist your board members, volunteers, staff, and clients to send simple thank you notes…a youth’s drawing and/or a few words from other clients can help tell your stories of successful outcomes to your key partners in government.  

Thanks again to our extraordinary legislators who went to bat for the nonprofit sector in a very tough budgetary year.

We’ve started with a full Summer of activities focused on the 2018 State Budget and funding.  We’re partnering with the Controller General’s office on the September 14, 22, & 27 Grant-In-Aid Training, The Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition is meeting in August, DANA is instituting the “Alliance Advocacy Advisory Council” of Nonprofit and Community thought and opinion leaders, and we’re meeting with the Office of Management and Budget’s new director, Brian Maxwell. We'll be meeting with the Cabinet Secretaries in August, and working to maintain our momentum and build our partnerships to strengthen contractual relationships and other funding sources for the important work you do in the nonprofit sector. Delaware’s a great place to live because of you and our strong partnerships, and is growing stronger everyday through our alliance.

Overtime and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Compliance is another priority for DANA, and we’ve heard you and know it is front-and-center of your minds, too.  We first updated you on this matter in the Winter, surveyed your input, and passed it along to the US Dept. of Labor and our Delaware Federal Delegation.  The DANA Training on September 28​, 29, 30, in Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown, respectively is scheduled.  This Overtime & FLSA Training, with the assistance of the DE Dept. of Labor, and experts in the fields of Human Resources, Accounting, and Law, will help you plan your course forward and develop solutions.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or 302-777-5500.

-John

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