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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 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.


The UST Team

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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.

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

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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


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! 







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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:

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


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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 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 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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FFL stands ready to help with Strategic Flood Response Fund

Posted By Ameca A. Reali, Foundation for Louisiana, Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Aug. 15, 2016                                                             CONTACT:  Ameca A. Reali
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     
                                                                                    (225) 772-7060
FFL stands ready to help with
Strategic Flood Response Fund
New Orleans, LA -- Our neighbors in many parts of Louisiana have experienced flooding that is responsible for loss of life, major losses of property and significant impacts on safety. With more than 10 years of experience in community-focused disaster relief and recovery, Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) stands ready to support our flooded communities as they face the ongoing devastation. FFL has activated the Strategic Flood Response Fund, the financial support of which will strengthen local, on-the-ground groups in high-impact disaster response — now and through the critical long-term disaster planning and response phase. We know from experience that this approach creates more enduring outcomes for Louisiana families.
To be certain, government’s response has dramatically improved since Hurricane Katrina. We know that first responders save lives, serve evacuees and assess the recovery landscape. Philanthropic organizations like Foundation for Louisiana, meanwhile, are prepared to focus financial and strategic resources to ensure disaster-impacted families get the attention they need and can participate in the critical decisions that will dictate the terms of their recovery. As Gov. Edwards pointed out, “It’s not over.” Some estimates have residents remaining in shelters for a month. Now is the time to align ourselves with Louisianans who are on the front lines of the response and recovery of this historic flooding incident.
The foundation is ready to help, with contributions to the Strategic Flood Response Fund, to provide assistance for both relief and immediate recovery efforts. Donate options are available on the homepage of our website at All money donated will be directed solely toward disaster relief and recovery efforts. (You can also donate directly here.)
Building on our experience and expertise, we will use our capacity to work with organizations that are involved with providing long-term assistance and have sustained prior relationships with individuals and families in the affected areas. Currently FFL staff are assisting with immediate response, planning efforts and assessing the situation on the ground from locations in and around FFL’s Baton Rouge office. As a statewide philanthropic organization whose roots are in disaster response and recovery, we are able to provide responsive assistance and ensure that devastated communities rebuild and become more resilient.
We will continue to monitor the situation and offer ways our FFL community can provide other forms of assistance — whether with donations or volunteering — through our website and social media vehicles, as well as media updates. Thank you in advance for your support at this critical time, in which we once again come together to continue making Louisiana a stronger and safer state.
About Foundation for Louisiana:
Foundation for Louisiana’s mission is to invest in people and practices that work to reduce vulnerability and build stronger more sustainable communities statewide. FFL’s work is grounded in a commitment for building strong partnerships across sectors and increasing equitable outcomes. FFL has invested nearly $50 million in grantmaking and community development strategies. Visit

David Lee Simmons
Mktg. & Dev. Mgr.
Foundation for Louisiana
4035 Washington Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 352-2539 (c)

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Capital Area United Way Responds to Flood Disaster Ways to give and volunteer

Posted By Ashley Montagnino, Capital Area United Way, Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Ashley R. Montagnino

Marketing and Events Manager

Capital Area United Way | 700 Laurel Street | Baton Rouge, LA 70802

P: 225.382.3502| C:  225.202.4317 | Email:



BATON ROUGE, LA (August 15, 2016) –   
With the continuing devastation occurring in our community, Capital Area United Way is now accepting donations for flood relief.  During this historic flood, most of our 10-parish area has been deeply affected, and we stand together with local partners in the non-profit sector, businesses, faith-based sector and government to help people through the recovery process. Basic needs is one of the focus areas for Capital Area United Way to stabilize individuals and families in times of crisis.     
To make a donation text LAFLOOD to 313131 or visit and click donate. Donations can also be mailed to Capital Area United Way, Attn: Flood Relief, 700 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.  For volunteer opportunities visit    
In addition to monetary gifts, Capital Area United Way is accepting donated goods at its office at 700 Laurel Street from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily until further notice.  This location is the staging point for all donated supplies, which will be distributed to shelters and other locations where needed.  
Items needed are:

 Pillows

 Blankets

 Diapers

 Baby food & formula

 Toilet paper

 Bottled water

 Non-perishable food items (e.g. canned goods)

 Buckets

 Mops

 Cleaning supplies

 Rubber gloves

 Masks

 New, unopened packages of underwear (adult & children)

 New, unopened packages of socks (adult & children)

 Feminine hygiene products

 Shampoo

 Soap

 Toilet paper

 Deodorant

 School supplies, due to flooding in local schools

Boxes or containers.   

“Capital Area United Way is committed to helping the residents of our 10-parish region get the help they need,” said Katie Pritchett, VP of Community Impact.  “We will continue to work with our partners and government official to leverage resources and ensure continuous recovery for or community. We know this will be a long recovery effort and are here for the community every step of the way.”   
Those still in need of assistance can call 2-1-1 for information concerning local relief in their area.   


Capital Area United Way works to create a community where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential. CAUW is leading a movement to focus donated resources on programs that have significant impact within our communities; to move the needle by addressing our greatest needs. We are creating a pattern of real change by putting people in a position to achieve their full potential. Our efforts focus on impacting our communities in the areas of: education, income stability, health, basic needs, and community level strategies. To see the impact and learn how you can be the one, please visit

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St. Francisville Area Foundation Fund for "GreatFlood2016"

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Tuesday, August 16, 2016

St. Francisville Area Foundation has set up a special fund "GreatFlood2016" to receive donations to assist with efforts for those who have been impacted by the flooding in West Feliciana Parish.  Contributions to this fund are tax deductible as permitted by law. 


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Donate Now to Support Acadiana Flood Victims

Posted By Erin Winder, Community Foundation of Acadiana, Tuesday, August 16, 2016
For Immediate Release: August 14, 2016
Contact: Erin Winder

Donate Now to Support Acadiana Flood Victims

(Lafayette, La.)— Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is accepting contributions to its Acadiana Disaster Response Fund to help those affected by August’s historic rains and devastating floods. Please make a donation at 

CFA will work closely with federal, state and local agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and churches to benefit those affected. Donations are tax-deductible and, thanks to CFA Members/Ambassadors, 100% of your contribution, less standard credit card fees, will benefit our neighbors.

Donations from individuals, corporations and others may be made online at via a unique portal sponsored by Acadian Companies. Checks may also be made payable and mailed to Community Foundation of Acadiana (Memo: Acadiana Disaster Response Fund), 1035 Camellia Blvd., Suite 100, Lafayette, LA, 70508. 

Community Foundation of Acadiana greatly welcomes and appreciates any efforts to help inform the community about the Acadiana Disaster Response Fund.  Our unique portal makes this easy to do. Anyone wishing to enable donations to the Acadiana Disaster Response Fund directly from their own website or blog may do so by clicking the “EMBED THIS” button at the bottom of the online form. This will reveal a code that can be copied and pasted onto a website or blog in order to install a donation widget to receive donations on your site. 

“These floods are tragically affecting our families, friends and neighbors all across southern Louisiana,” said Community Foundation of Acadiana President & CEO Raymond J. Hébert.  “However, Acadiana is a generous and supportive community. It is our hope this fund will help us rebuild.” 

In 2005, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, CFA distributed nearly $11 million in aid to Acadiana. CFA’s unique capacity to partner with state and local governments, businesses, philanthropists and other nonprofit organizations has proven to be effective in directing resources to those in need. Once again, Community Foundation of Acadiana stands ready to help attract and direct charitable dollars to flood response efforts. 

For more information about CFA’s Acadiana Disaster Response Fund, please call Communications and Development Director Erin Winder at 337.769.4842.  

Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (CFA) core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. CFA is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion. CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $170 million and has made cumulative grants of over $86 million. Learn more at 

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Louisiana Flood Repsonse

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, August 15, 2016

Dear LANO Membership,

The last four days have been shocking for most and devastating for others.  As we still wait on rescue for so many it is hard to consider relief and recovery.  We are currently surveying those LANO members in the affected areas who need temporary work space for their staff, furniture and equipment, and volunteers for clean-up.  A LANO group space within the network will be online soon to coordinate the information and requests.

As many of you know, our annual conference is scheduled for Thursday August 18 in Baton Rouge and we have made the decision to continue with the conference as scheduled.  We are working to add a panel session focused on coordinated disaster efforts of nonprofits, providing resources for recovery for organizations, and organizing a donation drop at conference of essential items for victims of the flooding. 

We hope that Thursday will give you an opportunity to reconnect post disaster with friends and colleagues.  We are eager to see you and spend time with you. 


Please reach out at if we can be of assistance.



Kelly Pepper

President & CEO, LANO

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