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Gearing up for the 2017 Legislative Session(s)

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Thursday, February 2, 2017

 

 

From: Checkmate Strategies [mailto:cindy.bishop@checkmate-strategies.com]

Subject: A Note from Cindy Bishop ~ Checkmate Strategies

 

 
 

 

January 25, 2017

 

The 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will be here before we know it. The fiscal only session begins on Monday, April 10th. 2017 being an odd numbered year will have a sixty day fiscal only session. However, lawmakers can file up to five non-fiscal bills. That alone gives us the possibility of monitoring 720 non-fiscal (general) bills during the upcoming Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.

 

Additionally, Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to call state lawmakers into a two-week special session in mid-February to address a budget deficit of $300 million for the current fiscal year.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE UPCOMING REGULAR SESSION OF THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE

The Regular Legislative Session will begin on Monday, April 10, 2017 and must adjourn no later than 6 PM on June 8, 2017

* Pre-filing deadline - 3/31 5 PM

* Late Filing deadline for the House - Tuesday, 4/18 6 PM

* Late Filing deadline for the Senate - Tuesday, 4/18 6 PM

 

Checkmate Strategies is poised to help you and your members succeed this year. We provide customized advocacy training for board members, volunteers and staff.

Advocacy Training.pdf

Additionally, Checkmate Strategies provides legislative tracking services and lobbying.

We are blessed that Checkmate Strategies will celebrate our 22nd year in operation on February lst of this year. We have had the privilege to work on many high profile legislative campaigns and have a track record of success. Both Cindy Bishop, President and Michael Willis, VP of Business Development, are registered lobbyists and we spend our days at the Louisiana State Capitol every day that the state lawmakers are in legislative session.

David Roberson serves as our Director of Operations and he also is a registered lobbyist. Sarah Heath handles most of the aspects of our association management operation including membership recruitment and retention, communications, financial management and website management.

We would love the opportunity to work with you and help you to instill your values and ideals into the Legislative Process.

 

 

Most Sincerely,

Cindy Bishop, President

Checkmate Strategies

(225) 933-5435 Cell

 



 
 

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National Council of Nonprofits Opposes Latest Efforts to Politicize Charitable Nonprofits and Foundations

Posted By Rick Cohen, National Council of Nonprofits, Thursday, February 2, 2017

 

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) today expressed strong opposition to the latest attempts to politicize charities and foundations, including legislation reintroduced by Rep. Walter Jones (H.R. 172), and proposed by Sen. James Lankford (S.264) and Reps. Steve Scalise and Jody Hice (H.R. 781), that would alter longstanding federal law that protects charitable nonprofits and foundations – and the donating public – by preventing them from engaging in partisan, election-related activities.

 

Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, released the following statement:

 

“Nonpartisanship is vital to the work of charitable nonprofits. It enables organizations to address community challenges, and invites the problem-solving skills of all residents, without the distractions of party labels and the caustic partisanship that is bedeviling our country. Indeed, current law is the reason that charitable nonprofits are safe havens from politics, a place where people can come together to actually solve community problems rather than just posture and remain torn apart.

 

“Although all of these latest proposals are couched in terms relating to churches, in truth the underlying law is Section 501(c)(3) in the Tax Code, which relates to all charitable nonprofits and foundations. For more than six decades, the law now being attacked has protected charitable nonprofits and foundations from being pressured by politicians and paid political operatives to divert their time and resources away from advancing their missions in local communities. That law has a proven track record of working well to protect against politicization.

 

“Nonprofits are already free to exercise their First Amendment rights to advocate for their missions. Allowing political operatives to push for endorsements would put nonprofits in a position where they become known as Democratic charities or Republican charities and put missions at risk.

 

“Furthermore, those who donate to nonprofits want those contributions to go toward advancing the mission, not toward advancing the careers of politicians or lining the pockets of political consultants. Getting involved in supporting or opposing candidates will have a chilling effect on contributions on which many nonprofits rely.

 

“While we appreciate the concern for the nonprofit sector expressed by sponsors of the bills, more productive outlets for their concern would be:

·       Guaranteeing a seat at the table in upcoming policy discussions for a sector that employs more than 10 percent of the American workforce;

·       Preserving and expanding charitable giving incentives in any tax reform measure that is considered; and

·       Considering the ramifications of domestic spending cuts on organizations that serve as the backbone of our communities and are already heavily subsidizing governments at all levels.

 

“Nonprofits across our country look forward to continuing their vital work caring for returning soldiers, educating children, rebuilding cities, training the workforce, nursing the sick, supporting our elders, elevating the arts, mentoring our youth, protecting natural resources, nurturing our souls, and much more, but on a nonpartisan basis.”

 

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About the National Council of Nonprofits

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Connecting the policy dots across all levels and branches of governments, the Council of Nonprofits keeps nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best supports nonprofits in advancing their missions. Working with and through the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – with 25,0000-plus organizational members - we identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve. Learn more at www.councilofnonprofits.org.

 

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Meet the Clydesdales at Horses, Hops and Cops

Posted By Jennifer Kelley, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NEW  ORLEANS,  LA.  January  31,  2017 –  The  Louisiana  Hospitality  Foundation  and  Budweiser  present the annual Horses, Hops and Cops fundraiser scheduled for Monday, February 20, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. As in past years, the event will be held at the N.O.P.D. Mounted Unit horse stables in New Orleans City Park. The event is free for all ages to attend. 


Southern  Eagle  Sales  and  Service,  the  New  Orleans-­‐area  Budweiser  distributor,  continues  to  partner with the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation to co-­‐produce the event, which raises money for the N.O.P.D. Mounted Unit.  


Attendees  will  enjoy  live  music  from  The  Wiseguys,  food  and  beverages  including  Budweiser  and Coca-­‐Cola products, arts and craft vendors, children’s face painting and the opportunity to have a professional photo taken with a Budweiser Clydesdale horse. There will also be an on-­‐site raffle for a chance to win a ride for two on the Budweiser Clydesdale wagon in the 2017 Krewe of Argus Mardi Gras day parade (winner and guest must be 21 or older to ride – food, drink and throws are provided.) 


For  the  first  time  ever,  a  limited  number  of  VIP  experience  tickets  will  go  on  sale  this  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10:00am CST. The VIP experience will provide guests with early entry  to  the  event,  a  private  guided  tour  with  a  Clydesdales  horse  trainer,  and  a  gift  bag  including  a  t-­‐shirt,  $5  in  event  food  and  beverage  tickets,  a  PJ’s  Coffee  travel  tumbler  with coupon,  and  a  Zatarain’s  gift  item,  valued  at  $60.00.  Tickets  can  be  purchased  at  http://www.gambitweekly.com/hops.  


Local business partners who are helping to make this event successful include Southern Eagle Sales  and  Service,  Reinhart  Foodservice,  Coca-­‐Cola,  PJ’s  Coffee  of  New  Orleans,  Derby  on  Fulton, Zatarain’s, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Pat Farrell’s Famous Smoked Chicken, Entercom Radio,  Gambit  Weekly,  Ameri-­‐Print,  Perfect  Picture  Photo  Booth  and  JeffersonParishParent.com. 


Proceeds from the event will support the NOPD Mounted Unit and the department’s new horse-­‐breeding program. Two pregnant mares and a stud horse were recently purchased from the Louisiana State Prison at Angola’s horse-­‐breeding program, and the foals are due in late spring 2017. The NOPD Mounted Unit is a vital resource in helping deter criminal activity in the City of New Orleans. 

“Our  goal  is  to  expand  the  size  and  the  reach  of  the  Mounted  Unit  so  that  the  horses  and  officers are able to patrol additional areas on a regular basis,” said Superintendent Michael S. Harrison.  “Right  now  the  horses  are  primarily  used  to  patrol  the  French  Quarter  and  Central  Business District. We hope to continue to develop the division so that the Mounted Unit will be able to become an integral part of neighborhoods around the city.” 
Visit  http://www.HorsesHopsAndCops.com  for  more  information  and  additional  announcements. 


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About Louisiana Hospitality Foundation 
Founded in 2006, the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation’s mission is to strengthen Louisiana’s hospitality industry through support of individuals within the community. We do this by supporting workforce development programs directly related to our industry; providing access to culinary and hospitality education; working to ensure a positive perception of Louisiana’s hospitality industry; and providing financial assistance and/or guidance to people in the hospitality industry during times of crisis. 
Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $1.4 million in support of its mission. These funds are raised through signature fundraising events including Horses, Hops and Cops, the Capital One Bank Champions Club at Zurich Classic, the Gold Medal Chefs Gala, the Red Stick Food Festival and the Louisiana Seafood Festival.  


Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouisianaHospitalityFoundation and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/lahospfound, and for additional information visit 
http://www.louisianahospitality.org. 

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New Form 990EZ has help icons to aid exempt organizations in filing

Posted By Don Engler, Wegmann Dazet & Company, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Small Non-Profit Tax filing tips

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Deadline to apply to be a part of the 2017 LA SCCC is 1 month away!

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2017 LA SCCC! All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity.

 

Through the LA SCCC, state employees are given the opportunity every fall to contribute, through payroll deduction and/or one-time contributions, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. The Louisiana Association of United Ways proudly serves as the Principal Combined Fundraising Organization (PCFO) and works in coordination with the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP).

 

The 2017 LA SCCC application is available at www.lasccc.org/application and is due by March 1, 2017. All charity applications will be reviewed and notified of eligibility no later than June 30, 2017.

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Fundraising Workshop: Building Strong Donor Relationships- with special LANO member discount

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, January 27, 2017

February Fundraising Workshop:

Building Strong Donor Relationships

Thursday, February 9

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

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration

 
Build and strengthen relationships that will sustain your nonprofit!


Did you know that getting donors to give to your nonprofit is not just about what you say when you are asking for a gift, but what you are doing when you are NOT asking?

This workshop will give you best practices and practical tools to get your donors excited to give to you.  Having great donor relationships means that you raise more money, with less stress and less work.

 

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.


Participants will learn:

  • The Donor Cultivation Cycle- a simple way to think about the process of identifying prospects, building great relationships, and asking donors to give in the right way.
  • The right balance of asking and not asking.
  • What to do with your donors who have the capacity to give the most.

Registration $40.  LANO members using the discount code LANO2017 receive 15% off!  Discounts also available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.


For questions or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.  For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com.

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Answer an Important Question: Are Your Directors Independent?

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Not-for-profit organizations that file IRS Form 990 must indicate the number of independent voting members or directors of the governing body. (This is entered on Parts 1 and VI.) The IRS is not the only group interested in these facts. Two other groups also focus on the number of independent directors: state attorneys general and prospective donors. All three groups believe that independent directors are the cornerstone of good governance. In other words, they believe independent directors are less likely to cause the organization to violate prohibitions on private benefit and private inurement.

No Conflict of Interest

Independence generally requires that a director has no conflict of interest. A conflict arises when a director (or a family member) has an interest different from that of the exempt organization (EO). It may involve direct or indirect compensation from the EO, or involve a transaction between the director and the EO or a related organization.

Four Characteristics of Independence

A director is independent only if all four of the following criteria applied at all times during the year.

1. Employee Compensation. The director wasn't compensated as an officer or other employee of the exempt organization or of a related organization. In addition, the director wasn't compensated by an unrelated organization or individual for services to the organization or a related organization, if the compensation is required to be reported on Form 990 (in Part VII, Section A). However, reasonable compensation from the organization for services as a director doesn't preclude independence.

2. Services as an Independent Contractor. The director didn't receive more than $10,000 of total compensation or other payments as an independent contractor from exempt organization (or a related organization). The threshold of $10,000 is based on the organization's tax year. Note: Expense reimbursements under an accountable plan aren't included in calculating the limit of $10,000.

For example, during the exempt organization's tax year, a director received $7,500 in fees for tax and accounting services provided to the exempt organization, $3,100 for out-of-pocket expenses, and a $7,300 fee (considered reasonable) for services as director. The director is independent since the accounting and tax service fees are under the $10,000 threshold and the other items are excluded.

3. Transactions with the Organization. The director (or one of his or her family members) wasn't involved in a transaction with the exempt organization (directly or indirectly through an affiliated organization) , which is required to be reported on the organization's Schedule L, Transactions with Interested Persons, for the current tax year.

4. Related-Party Transactions. The director (or one of his or her family members) wasn't involved in a direct or indirect transaction with a taxable or tax-exempt organization, which is related to the organization — if that transaction is required to be reported on
Schedule L filed by the related organization.

For example, a director is a voting member of the governing body of both Charity A and Charity B, which are related organizations. During A's taxable year, the director's daughter received $40,000 in taxable compensation as an employee of B. The director is not an independent member of A's board because the daughter received compensation from an organization related to the director, and the compensation was of a type (compensation to a family member of a director of B) and amount (above $10,000) that would be reportable on Schedule L if B were required to file Schedule L.

Another example: A director is a voting member of Charity A's governing body. In addition, the director is also a partner with a profits and capital interest greater than 5 percent in a law firm. During A's taxable year, A paid the law firm $115,000 for litigation services. The transaction between A and the law firm must be reported on A's Schedule L because it is a transaction between A and an entity in which the director is a more-than-5% owner, and because the payment by A exceeded $100,000. Therefore, the director is not independent because A's payment of the legal fees is deemed an indirect business transaction with D.

A variation on the above example: If a director was an employee of the law firm (rather than a more-than-5-percent owner) and not an officer or director of the law firm, then A's payment of legal fees would not affect the director's status as an independent director of A.

Tax Court Rulings

The U.S. Tax Court has, in at least two cases, discussed the importance of an independent board to provide operational oversight to an exempt organization. In one case, an exemption was denied because a college scholarship fund organization couldn't show it "was operated exclusively for exempt purposes." The organization primarily raised money from the operation of bingo games at an Iowa for-profit lounge.

The organization's board of directors was comprised of five members. The court noted the initial directors, named in the articles of incorporation, were two owners of the lounge; the lounge's accountant and director, and two other persons, each described as a "bingo player."

The court stated that it appeared "that more than an insubstantial purpose of the (organization's) activities was to attract persons, by the way of the bingo games, onto the premises" of the lounge "expecting that they would purchase food and beverages while participating in the games." The court added that the activities "were, in substantial part, designed to enhance the profitability" of the lounge. (P.L.L. Scholarship Fund v. Commissioner, 82 T.C. 196)

In another case, the court upheld the IRS's determination that the organization was not tax-exempt because it did not, among other things, have an independent governing body. One individual was the organization's president, secretary, sole officer, director and employee. (The Council for Education v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2013-283)

However, in both of these Tax Court cases described above, there were other factors that were prejudicial to an exemption under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). So it's not clear how much weight the court placed on the absence of an independent board.

Not All Activities Cause Problems

Certain transactions or activities specifically don't compromise the independence of a director. A director does not give up independent status by making donations to the exempt organization, regardless of the contribution amount. In addition, directors don't lack independence simply because they are part of the governing body of another charity that received funding from the exempt organization during the organization's tax year.

Also, a director is permitted to receive financial benefits from the exempt organization solely by virtue of being a member of the class served by the organization in the exercise of its exempt purpose, provided the financial benefits comply with the terms of membership of the organization.

Finally, a director who has taken a bona fide vow of poverty isn't considered to lack independence because he or she either:

  • Receives compensation as an agent of a religious order or a Section 501(d) organization, provided the compensation is not taxable; or

  • Belongs to a religious order that receives payments from the exempt organization that are not taxable income to the member.

    Keep in mind: An organization must make a reasonable effort to determine the independence of its directors. One way to do this is to provide a questionnaire annually to each director and reasonably rely on each person's responses. Of course, if your board knows facts that contradict a director's response, it would preclude relying on the response.


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Louisiana Hospitality Foundation Crisis Grant

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, January 23, 2017

The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation provides financial assistance and guidance to members of the hospitality industry during times of crisis, which is a core part of our mission. The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation is accepting crisis grant applications to assist hospitality industry workers that were impacted by the August 2016 floods.

 

The Foundation raises funds through our signature fundraising events and other contributions, manages the application process for crisis assistance, and provides the administrative and financial services necessary to support the accounting and tracking of funds distributed.

Qualified applicants must be currently employee in the hospitality industry, and also working and living in Louisiana. 

Crisis grant funding may include:

  • Temporary mortgage or rent assistance

  • Payment of medical-related bills

  • Payment of utility bills

  • Funeral service assistance

Applications are reviewed within ten business days of receipt. Please note that funds are not unlimited, therefore it is not guaranteed that each application will be approved even if it qualifies for assistance.

 

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Free Webinar: Be a fundraising leader in social and mobile media

Posted By Amy Warner, CausePlanet, Monday, January 23, 2017

 

 

Register now: Be a fundraising leader in social and mobile media

 

Nonprofits that are responding rapidly to situations when they arise are among the leaders in social and mobile media. If your nonprofit presents relevant responses and ways to interact, engage and support the issue, you will raise the most money.

 

Making mobile work for you


Every piece of advice in Mobile for Good is a result of Heather Mansfield’s own personal use of and experimentation with mobile and social media. Mansfield asserts that thriving in this realm is both an art and a science. This book will help you excel at both. Your staff must create and think like an artist while implementing online communications and use research about donor behavior in this realm.

 

Webinar with Heather Mansfield

 

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Heather Mansfield Friday, January 27, at 11:00 Central Time for a webinar interview at your desk.

 

Mansfield will touch on the following topics:

 

               What are the benefits of adding social and mobile media to your fundraising plan? 

               How do you create and implement a social fundraising strategy?

               What are some ways to determine a social content strategy?

               How do you use mobile and social networks to distribute content?

 

Register

 

Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.)

 

See more

 

See more with the Page to Practicesummary of Manfield’s book:

 

·      Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page (www.causeplanet.org) and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”.

·      Click on “Summary Library” to see Mobile for Good and more titles.

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Apply for the 2017 LA SCCC Today! Deadline = March 1, 2017

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Monday, January 23, 2017
All qualified, health and human service non-profits can apply to be a part of the 2017 Louisiana State Combined Charitable Campaign (LA SCCC).

Learn more and apply today! www.lasccc.org/application


#GiveHOPELA

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