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Community, Volunteer, Faith-Based and Private Nonprofit Organizations May Be Eligible for Recovery Funds

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, September 5, 2016

Release date: September 3, 2016

FEMA may be able to help certain organizations get back to the business of helping others.

  • Community, volunteer, faith-based and private nonprofit organizations that had damage from Louisiana’s recent severe storms and floods may be able to receive FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants to repair or replace their facilities so they can continue offering critical and essential community services.
  • Critical community service organizations that may qualify for FEMA PA grants include:
    • Faith-based and private schools
    • Hospitals and other medical-treatment facilities
    • Utilities like water, sewer and electrical systems
  • Non-critical, essential service organizations may also receive PA grants. However, they must first apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) before they may be considered for a PA grant.
    • The SBA may provide up to $2 million to most private nonprofits in the form of low-interest disaster loans.
    • Learn more about and apply for an SBA loan by going online to  sba.gov/disaster. If you cannot access the website, call 800-659-2955. If you use TTY call 800-877-8339.
  • PA grants may be able to cover repair or replacement costs the SBA doesn’t.
  • Non-critical, essential service organizations include:
    • Community centers
    • Daycare centers
    • Disability advocacy and service providers 
  • Homeless shelters
  • Museums
  • Performing arts centers o Rehabilitation facilities o Senior citizen centers o Zoos
  • Only organizations that can prove state or IRS tax exempt status may be considered.
  • Facilities established or primarily used for religious activities may not be considered.
  • The first step to receive a FEMA PA grant for your community, volunteer or faith- based or private nonprofit organization is to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to the State of Louisiana.
  • For more information on applying for PA grants, contact your parish’s emergency management office. You can find their contact information online at  gohsep.la.gov/about/parishpa.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800)877-8339.

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LANO Announces 2016 Community Leaders-Baton Rouge Class

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, September 1, 2016

For Immediate Release

September 1, 2016

 

Contact: Kay Irby

Kay@lano.org

225-929-5266

 

LANO Announces 2016 Community Leaders Class

 

Baton Rouge, LA- The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) through a partnership with the Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation and Capital One, is pleased to announce the 2016 LANO Community Leaders class. Celebrating its 2nd year in Baton Rouge, the LANO Community Leaders program is a resource vital to sustainability and building capacity for Baton Rouge nonprofits as it teaches professionals and civic leaders the fundamentals of board service.

 

The LANO Community Leaders program is a 5-part series of workshops that focuses on key topics of board services including: Board Roles and Responsibilities, Conduct and Procedures of the Board, Financial Leadership and Fund Development.

 

The 2016 LANO Community Leaders class includes:

 

DeShanna Brown, Louisiana State University

Egypt Eaddy, The Dow Chemical Company

 

Mitchell Garsee, Reputation Capital Media Services

 

Emmy Hicks, LSU- 4H Youth Development, FOTCPM Board

 

Seth Irby, Emergent Method

 

Alton Jamison, VSP TECHNOLOGIES

 

Susan Karimiha, LSU AgCenter International Programs

 

Morgan Kastner, Reputation Capital Media Services

 

Lauren Michaud Knotts, Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX)

 

Sean Nguyen, Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital

 

Natalie Noel, Tech Advocate Group

 

Jonathan Rills, Audubon Healthcare

 

Dominique Rodgers, Reputation Capital Media

 

Lisa O’Beirne, Louisiana Economic Development

 

Dana Maghee Shaw, SEMS, Inc.

 

Shaun Shepherd, ADP

 

Philip Smith, Baton Rouge Community College Foundation

 

Clovier Torry, Louisiana State University - The Graduate School

 

Rachel Totaro, Covalent Logic LLC

 

Nicholas Totaro, Louisiana State University

 

Edwin Walker, Southern University and A&M College

 

George Woods, State of Louisiana

 

 

Participants in the Community Leaders program are challenged to raise $300 for the interactive fundraising component, The Change Fund, housed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF). A request for proposals from local nonprofits is announced annually and Community Leaders review and vote on an organization to be the recipient of The Change Fund.

“The LANO Community Leaders program is a resource for community minded advocates serving or interested in serving on nonprofit boards.  Community Leaders are trained in board governance, financial management and fundraising – applying best practice to their roles as board members.  Our 2015 class worked diligently to promote the YWCA program and to raise money for a significant program in the Baton Rouge area,” said Kelly Pepper, President of LANO.

 

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is a member based nonprofit organization who strives to be the go-to source for Louisiana’s nonprofit organizations by providing high quality information, tools, resources and member benefits that deepen the impact of Louisiana nonprofits.

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This Fall's Nonprofit Fundraising Workshops

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Looking to create more sustainability at your nonprofit or further develop your own fundraising skills?

 

This fall's fundraising workshops from The Funding Seed can help!


All three hour workshops are $40 per person and offer practical tools that you can put to work immediately.  Discounts are also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.  Workshops are held at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans.


Grantwriting for Beginners

Tuesday, September 13

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration

 

Major Donor Development 101

Tuesday, October 11

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration

 

Quick Year-End Fundraising 

Tuesday, November 8

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration

 

Grantwriting for Beginners

Tuesday, December 13

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Details and registration


For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.  For questions or to inquire about workshop discount codes, email info@thefundingseed.com.

 

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Good 360: Connecting Companies with Surplus Goods to Nonprofits in Need

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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For over 33 years Good360 has distributed more than $9 billion in goods to those in need. Good360 works with corporate donors to source the products you need and can even house them until you are ready for them. Their mission is to get the right product(s) to the right people-even in times of disaster!

 

Good 360's Disaster360 platform allows members to communicate your product needs in real time on the mobile app.  Please register at https://good360.org/disaster-recovery-360/register/ to join the Good360 network!

 

Follow these steps to get the most out of your FREE membership:

  1. Register. Join Good360’s Circle of Good – for free. Once you’re registered, you can request donated products and promote your work and product needs to people and companies who can help.
  2. Create your online profile. Showcase your organization’s good work to individuals and companies.
  3. Update your needs. Good360 uses your product needs list to get the right goods from many different companies.
  4. Browse donations on our online catalog and order what you need.
  5. Create a Wishlist. If you need help covering shipping and handling costs, reach out to your network to crowdfund support.
  6. Submit an Impact Story. Share your results with corporate and individual donors.
  7. Spread the Word. Use our tools to promote your Wishlist and Impact Story.
  8. Check out our Member Resources for webinars, toolkits and more!

 

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Do you work in Disaster Response? Join LAVOAD!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, August 29, 2016

For those nonprofits working in disaster response - connect with Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (LA VOAD)!

 

This organizations brings cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration to assist those working to bring relief to our communities. http://lavoad.org/

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[Reminder] Practices for Unemployment & Employee Benefits A UST Survey of Nonprofit Executives

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, August 26, 2016

Thanks to the hundreds of nonprofit leaders who have already participated in our survey... If you haven't, you still have time to be a part of a special analysis of the nonprofit sector. Plus, you'll be entered to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card!

SURVEY CLOSES SOON! START NOW


Survey Objective: To help identify current trends surrounding unemployment and employee benefit practices within the nonprofit community.

We want to hear YOUR voice. If you have 10+ full time employees,
take the short survey to help us generate a bigger presence in the marketplace.


Click Here to Participate

Thank you in advance for your participation. It's only with your help that we can continue to feed the sector with pertinent information that helps advance all of our mission-driven objectives.

Sincerely,

The UST Team
www.ChooseUST.org
888-249-4788

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Enterprise Community Partners: Louisiana Disaster Assistance Relief Fund Request for Proposals (RFP)

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, August 26, 2016
Enterprise Community Partners’ (Enterprise) mission is to create opportunity for low- and moderate- income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. Enterprise recognizes that for housing to be a springboard to a life full of opportunity, it must be connected to the essential building blocks for success, including transportation, employment, supportive services, recreation opportunities and food and retail services that support a healthy lifestyle. 

Enterprise began working in the Gulf Coast shortly after the 2005 hurricanes and resulting flooding devastated the region. Enterprise has been working closely with the state and local government, banking community, and affordable housing developers to build the capacity of the community development industry to rebuild high quality energy-efficient housing in communities connected to opportunities for residents. To date, Enterprise has invested over $330 million to support the production of more than 9,700 affordable homes in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Due to the recent devastating flooding in southeast Louisiana, Enterprise is inviting 501(c)(3) organizations working to provide recovery and relief services to affected homeowners and renters and 501(c)(3) owners/operators of multifamily affordable housing affected by the flooding to submit a proposal for grants up to $25,000.  

Grant funding is made available through a combination of private and federal resources and may support a variety of short or long term disaster recovery activities and expenses.  Please note that Enterprise reserves the right to determine how grant funds will be disbursed.  Based on the stated needs of the applicants, funds may be disbursed following a cost reimbursement schedule or may be advanced at the execution of the award.   Cost reimbursement funding may be subject to federal requirements as described in the Federal Grant Award Requirements document.

Period of Performance & Eligible Uses of Funds
The period of performance for grant awards will be September 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.  Grantees must incur costs and perform activities within this timeframe.  

Permitted uses of funds include, but are not limited to:
Construction/repair/home-gutting supplies 
Staff costs for staff directly involved in these activities
Direct resident assistance 
Organizational working capital
 

Funding Parameters
Grants of up to $25,000 per organization.
Applicants must be tax-exempt organizations as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
Organization must be working in one or more of the parishes included in the federally declared disaster areas. 
Proposed uses and proposed documentation / proof of expenditure to be furnished by applicant organization.
 
Evaluation Criteria
Proposals serving areas with a significant number of displaced or affected residents.
Groups serving vulnerable populations (supportive housing, seniors, etc.) in areas affected by flooding. 
Demonstrated organizational capacity and financial responsibility.

Questions 
Any questions on the RFP process, eligible use of grant funds, selection process etc. can be directed to: Monica Gonzalez at rfp@enterprisecommunity.org.



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Flood Relief Disaster Fund Launched to Help Childcare Centers

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Friday, August 26, 2016

Flood Disaster Relief Fund


What a disaster, the Louisiana Flood of 2016.   Preliminary estimates show that over 100,000 Louisianans have been displaced, and so many have lost practically everything.  As we work to rebuild, one of our most critical industries needs your help. Child care is frequently overlooked in disaster relief, but we know that parents must have a safe place for their child in order to return to work.  The Louisiana Department of Education, the agency now responsible for child care in our state, along with Save the Children is surveying child care businesses to gauge the extent of damage.  As of August 25, over 60 child care centers reported that they were damaged and cannot reopen at this time --- which means almost 5000 fewer child care spaces for our children.  And, there are still centers we haven’t heard from, meaning that the lost capacity will likely increase. 

We can restore child care but we need your help.  With your donation, our child care businesses can reopen and return to their work of providing quality care and education for our youngest citizens.  Please consider donating to the Child Care Association of Louisiana --- 100% of your gift will be dedicated to helping child care centers and their staff restore operations.  We are the industry association for child care and have over 1500 members across the state.  We know that you share our belief that there is nothing more important than the future of our children.  Thank you for helping the families and children of our state.

 

Donations can be made by check payable to the Childcare Association of Louisiana and mailed to P.O. Box 80053, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-0053 or electronically via credit card on our secure website portal at www.childcarelouisiana.org

 

We are optimistic that your tax-deductible donations will make a tremendous impact in helping our early learning centers to get back to their mission of providing high quality early childhood education to our most precious asset: Children! 

 

CHILDCARE ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA

2016 FLOOD DISASTER RELIEF FUND

 

 

 

Name: _______________________________________________________________

Company or Organization: _________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________

City, State, Zipcode:_____________________________________________________

Office Phone: ________________________ Mobile Phone: _______________________

Amount Enclosed: _________________________ Check #: _______________________

Please mail to: CCAL, P.O. Box 80053 Baton Rouge, LA 70898

You can donate online at: www.childcarelouisiana.org

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
If you prefer, we can process your donation  Please fax this form to (770) 234-6756

 

Cardholder’s Name _____________________________________________________________

Card No:  ____________________________________________________________________

Expiration Date: __________________________ Card Security Code: _____________________

Address associated with card: _____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________

Zip Code associated with card: ___________________

Amount to be charged: _________________________

Signature: ____________________________________________________________________

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATION!

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A+PEL Disaster Relief Fund

Posted By Keith Courville, Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL), Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Since we've established the A+PEL Disaster Relief Fund one week ago, we've been joined by countless organizations, groups, and individuals in supporting Louisiana teachers during these trying times.

 

In one week, we've raised 60,000 dollars for Louisiana teachers, from over 580 donors. We've pledged 100% of donations to Louisiana classrooms.

 

If your classroom has been impacted by this recent devastating flooding, then please go to www.apeleducators.org and apply for assistance.


A+PEL is an organization that supports ALL teachers. We will honor requests from any teacher at any school that has lost classroom materials due to flooding. You do not need to be an A+PEL member to apply for or receive funds.

 

In addition, please forward this email to friends and family, so that we can help as many educators as possible.


P.S. We'll start distributing these funds next week, so please submit your request by Friday, August 26th!


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Tax Implications of August Flooding in Louisiana

Posted By Faulk & Winkler, LLC, Tuesday, August 23, 2016

 

 

Tax Implications of August Flooding in Louisiana

 

 

AP Photo / Max Becherer

 

 

Many families and businesses in our area have been hit hard by recent flooding, including some of our employees here at Faulk & Winkler. The federal government has officially declared a disaster area covering several local parishes. We realize that tax returns can be the last thing on the mind of a family trying to recover, but wanted to provide a brief explanation of federal tax implications for those affected. Tax deductions can be impacted by many factors, so every situation may be unique. Please let us know if we need to do a more in-depth analysis of your situation. If not, be sure to mention any consequences of the recent flooding when we are preparing an end-of-year tax projection or your 2016 tax return.

 

Tax return payment and filing deadlines have been extended. As part of the recent disaster declaration, filing deadlines for federal tax returns due after Aug. 15, 2016 have been extended to Jan. 17, 2017. This includes calendar year 2015 partnership, corporate, and fiduciary returns that were extended to September; individual 2015 Form 1040 tax returns that were extended to October; 2016 third-quarter estimated payments ordinarily due Sept. 15; and 2016 third-quarter federal payroll tax returns due in October. For employers, late payment penalties will be waived for federal payroll tax deposits due between Aug. 11 and Aug. 26 as long as they are made by Aug. 26, 2016. The declaration currently covers affected taxpayers in Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Lafayette, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, Tangipahoa, and Vermillion parishes. It is possible more will be added. These extensions do not waive late payment penalties and interest on 2015 income tax balances since those balances were technically due earlier in the year.

 

Is my insurance reimbursement taxable?Insurance reimbursements are generally not taxable income. However, if your insurance proceeds exceed your basis in the property, you could have a taxable gain. This stipulation is more applicable to business than personal property. If the property is your primary home, then you can probably avoid most or all of that gain. For other personal and business property, you have a window of time to spend the insurance proceeds on replacement property to avoid being taxed on the gain. For example, if you had a car that you use for business purposes and it is fully depreciated, then you must use the insurance proceeds to buy a replacement car within the window to avoid income tax. The window of time is four years for a primary home in a disaster area and two years for everything else.

 

Are federal disaster relief payments taxable? Since the area was declared a federal disaster area, assistance is available through FEMA. We encourage you to visit www.disasterassistance.gov for more information. Payments under these programs and state assistance programs are generally not taxable income. Qualifying businesses may also contact the Small Business Administration regarding their Disaster Loan program.

 

What if I have unreimbursed damages? The federal government allows a tax deduction for casualty losses on your federal income tax return. The amount of the loss that can be deducted is limited to the lesser of the decrease in the market value of your property as a result of the flood or your basis in the property. The IRS will consider the cost of your repairs for the calculation, but you must be able to show that the repairs were reasonable and did not improve your property over its value before the storm. If this isn't the case or you aren't going to repair the damage you incurred, you should obtain an appraisal of the post-flood value from someone certified to do the work. You should take pictures and/or video to thoroughly document damaged property. Any insurance or government proceeds you receive to replace your property reduce the deduction you can claim and there is a limitation based on 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) for personal property, so it may be best to do the math before spending time and money on a property appraisal. Business property, including rental property, is not subject to the 10% of AGI threshold.

 

As a simple example, assume that an individual's (or jointly-filing couple's) AGI on their tax return was $100,000, they own their home, the home has a market value before the flood of $200,000, the home was completely destroyed, and they receive an insurance payment of $80,000. After the flood, they get an appraisal saying their property is now worth just $50,000 for the land. The individual (or couple) can claim a casualty deduction of $59,900 ($150,000 decrease in value - $80,000 insurance reimbursement - $10,000 based on 10% of AGI - $100 per event limitation = $59,900). Similar deductions are also available to renters.

 

I won't file my 2016 return for a year and need all the help I can get now. Special disaster-area rules allow us to claim losses from this flooding event on your 2015 tax return. If we have already filed your 2015 return, we can amend it to claim a loss if you meet the other requirements. If available, an immediate refund can be more help now than next year. This applies to businesses and individuals in the listed parishes. Other factors, like your projected income, influence whether or not this is the best option, but we must make that determination before your 2016 return is due (April 15, 2017 for individuals).

 

If you have any questions about your situation or if you need any assistance, please contact our office at (225) 927-6811.

 

 

 

 

Faulk & Winkler, LLC | 6811 Jefferson Highway | Baton Rouge, LA 70806 | 225-927-6811

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