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- 01 December 2013
It has been a tough year for nonprofits in Hawaii, with major hurdles hitting the sector from eliminating the cap on charitable tax deductions to dealing with sequestration and a federal government shutdown, leaving many organizations scrambling to find new revenue sources and ways to operate efficiently and effectively.
Lisa Maruyama, president and CEO of the Hawaii Alliance for Nonprofit Organizations, recently discussed these hurdles with PBN — hurdles which are not yet fully overcome.
Although the cap on charitable giving was successfully removed in Hawaii this past year — reinstating an incentive for charitable giving — it is still threatened at the federal level as Congress takes a “blank slate approach” to tax reform. And even though no one seems to be talking sequestration anymore, which was perhaps sidetracked by the federal government shutdown or the botched rollout of online health insurance exchanges, it is still a real problem for the nonprofit sector.
“The nonprofit community is watching closely to see what kind of tax reform packages will come out of the U.S. Senate and House tax committees,” she said of the charitable giving tax deduction. “Sequestration is still very real for our sector. ... Looking ahead, if federal budget negotiations don’t get resolved, the federal government could face another shutdown in January and a second phase of sequestration cuts would automatically go into effect.”
The sequestration that took effect earlier this year resulted in delayed grant announcements, funding cuts, and a lot of confusion for many nonprofits in Hawaii. In August, HANO reported $1.3 million in cuts to Head Start and Early Head Start programs, $400,000 less for substance-abuse services and nearly $250,000 less for programs that help keiki and kupuna, according to data they had gathered at that point in time.
- 30 October 2013
From the National Council of Nonprofits
Help your organization’s mission and your nonprofit colleagues across the country by taking a short survey about perceptions and views towards advocacy.
BoardSource, in collaboration with our colleagues at the National Council of Nonprofits and others, is asking nonprofit leaders to provide feedback on the role of advocacy in the work of their organization. The results will be used to craft a campaign for engaging board members in advocacy initiatives that drive and protect nonprofit missions.
BoardSource is working in partnership with the Campion Foundation to design a campaign that will engage board members in advocacy initiatives that drive mission impact for the nonprofits they serve and enhance the leadership capabilities of the nonprofit sector.
The objectives of this survey are:
- To inform the design and visual identity of the Board Advocacy Campaign
- To capture the demographics and some key reactions to advocacy from the varied board member audiences this campaign will be directing its messaging towards
- To get a sense of what types of messages resonate with this audience
- To start the conversation on the board member's role in advocacy
This survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time. And thank you, in advance, for completing it.
- 24 November 2013
A request for grant proposals for the City and County of Honolulu's fiscal year 2015 Grants in Aid program was posted on Thursday, Nov. 14, according to Gary K. Nakata, deputy director of the Department of Community Services. Click HERE to view or download it at the Purchasing Division website.
If assistance with downloading the documents is needed, contact the City’s Division of Purchasing Help Desk, (808) 768-5535.
Completed grant proposals must be submitted to the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services, Purchasing Division, no later than 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered for FY 15 GIA program funds.
Applicants must attend an information session for a grant proposal to be considered. Dates and times can be found in the request for proposals.
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