Legislative Bootcamp – Free Training

The 79th (2017) Session of the Nevada Legislature will begin on Monday, February 6, 2017.  Are you ready?  Do you know what you should be doing?

In preparation for the session the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits has gathered information on the current Assembly and Senate for our members, which can be accessed here: 2017 NV Legislators

We are also holding a FREE workshop in conjunction with the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities and United Way of Southern Nevada:

Legislative Boot Camp: A Last Minute Crash Course in Preparing for the 2017 Session
Las Vegas, NV | The Innevation Center
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PST)

Seating is limited.  You MUST RSVP to attend: RSVP HERE

The workshop will also be recorded and available as a webinar for those unable to attend in person.

Don’t forget:

ANN Membership Meeting, January 25th at 2:30 p.m.  Call in 712-432-3066, PIN: 159757#

 

ANN’s Position on the Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

The Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits would like to add its voice to the growing opposition to the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.  Repeal of the Johnson Amendment would change the character and nature of the nonprofit sector and limit the ability of nonprofit organizations to play a vital role in their communities by politicizing charities and foundations. Much of the discussion of the Johnson amendment has focused on allowing religious communities to participate more directly in the political process.  However, the proposed changes to federal law, including H.R. 172, H.R. 781, and S.264, would apply to not only churches and religious organizations but to all charitable foundations and nonprofits.

Current federal law does not permit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to endorse or oppose candidates for office or engage in substantial lobbying efforts. Removal of this restriction would lead to politicizing charitable organizations. The politicizing of charities would erode civil society and further deepen the divide between left and right.  In place of charities that serve whole communities regardless of political affiliations, we might see highly a highly political charitable sector, reduction in support for charitable activities, and significant duplication of effort.

In the past, organizations that have taken overtly political stances have lost significant support and trust when their political actions interfered with their missions. These types of activities have led to a huge loss of support for these organizations and diminished their ability to serve their communities.  Keeping overtly political views out of nonprofit organizations allows them to gain the trust and support of the broader public. Removal of the Johnson Amendment risks the trust nonprofits currently enjoy.

Not only does the Johnson Amendment protect charities and the communities they support from politics, but it also prevents large foundations and their wealthy donors from having too much influence in government. Repeal of the Johnson Amendment would allow tax deductible donations to be used for political purposes – effectively a taxpayer subsidy for the wealthy to engage in politics. If the law changes, the wealthy could set up foundations, gain tax benefits and then spend those assets on behalf of candidates and lobbying with little to no restrictions. The change would also allow existing foundations such as the Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, and the Ford Foundation to use their considerable wealth to engage in overtly political activities.

Ultimately, donors would have no way of determining whether their gifts were being used for charitable purposes, or if they were just benefiting those running for office. Simply stated, these proposals would benefit politicians and political operatives and damage the ability for foundations and charitable organizations to serve their communities.

Updates

Nevada Legislature is now in session

Many of you attended the Legislative Boot Camp last week.

Many thanks to Dr. Amanda Haboush-Deloye with the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy for her great presentation.

Please click HERE to access the speaker’s slides and HERE to access the handouts with very pertinent information.

A video of the session will be available soon, or you can check our Facebook page.

Link to Nevada Legislature Homepage

Link to List of Nevada Legislators with Contact Info

 

 

Changes Coming for Nonprofits in the New Congress and Administration

With the likely change from government gridlock to fast and furious legislating in Washington this month, many nonprofit and foundation professionals are struggling to see how the pieces fit together and where their advocacy efforts can promote positive solutions. Our national network, the National Council of Nonprofits, just published a look at six federal issues of sector-wide importance that will likely be taken up in the coming weeks and months, and lays out what they mean for your nonprofit. We encourage you to read the article “Nonprofits Need to Stand Together to Push for Smart Public Policies,” share it with your board and other stakeholders, and be ready to stand up to defend nonprofit missions. Working with our colleagues at the National Council of Nonprofits, we will keep you informed on developments in our nation’s capital that affect the work of nonprofits in our state.

Learning Opportunities

Several Opportunities for Training are available in the next few months.

Lobbying Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations (Alliance For Justice)

WHEN: Tue, Jan 10, 2017
TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
COST: $35
REGISTER: http://www.bolderadvocacy.org/how-afj-can-help/workshops

This one-hour webinar addresses:
How the tax law permits lobbying for nonprofits
One easy step most charities can take to maximize the amount they’re allowed to spend on lobbying  [Read more…]

Membership Meeting – Board Election

annual-meeting-logoPlease join us for a special Membership Meeting

January 25, 2017 at 2:30p.m.-3 p.m.

Call in to 712-432-3066, PIN 159757#

Agenda

I.   Board Elections:

  • Bob Morgan, CEO, United Way of Southern Nevada
  • Jessica Word, Ph.D., Academic Director of Nonprofit Community & Leadership Initiative, UNLV

II.  Upcoming Program Calendar

  • Member Input into Programming – What would you like to have available for your staff, volunteers, board?

III. Other Items for Discussion – please email Board Chair Dana Serrata (dana.serrata@hhovv.org) with other items to be considered for the agenda.

 

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Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits (ANN) asked the candidates for statewide offices throughout Nevada for their responses on 4 key questions in relation to nonprofit issues.  Please share information with nonprofit boards, staff and volunteers to inform voting for these offices.

Please take a look at the attached document for the candidates’ responses.  If they did not respond to our request that is also noted.

2016 Nevada Candidate Survey on Nonprofit Issues

http://alliancefornevadanonprofits.com/advocacy/6950/

Upcoming Training & Workshops

qbme_logo_colorJoin Gregg S. Bossen, CPA and nonprofit accounting expert as he covers the basics of setting up and greg_bossen_204entering transactions specifically for Nonprofits, an overview of the software updates included in the QuickBooks® 2016 & 2015 Editions, as well as advanced topics. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks provided)   

LIVE Nonprofit Training!

November 15, 2016 – Reno, NV

 November 16, 2016 – Las Vegas, NV

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Topics for Part 1: Essentials

  • Setting up the correct Accounts
  • Entering Your Programs
  • Adding Your Annual Budget
  • Entering Your Outside Payroll
  • Creating Reports for the Board
  • Creating Reports for Your Accountant
  • Tracking Your Members, Donors, Vendors
  • Tracking Grants, Pledges, and Dues
  • Year-End Acknowledgments

Plus: What’s New for 2016 & 2015

  • What’s New for 2016/2015 Editions
  • Track Potential Donors in the new Lead Center
  • New Calendar that includes:
    • Appointments and To-Do’s
  • Attaching Scanned Documents for free
  • Using the New Report Center
  • Cutting and Pasting lists from Excel into QuickBooks
  • Updating to the latest Version
  • Comparing the On-Line Edition to the Desktop Version
  • New search feature and more
Topics Part 2: Advanced

  • Payroll Expenses
  • Tracking Restricted Grants
  • Tracking Special Fundraising Events
  • Two Ways to get Year-End Donor- Acknowledgements
  • Recording In-Kind Contributions
  • Entering Credit Card Transactions
  • Customizing Forms
  • Memorizing Repeating Transactions
  • Auto-Recording Membership Dues
  • Downloading Transactions from your Bank
  • Advanced method of Auto-Allocating
  • Expenses to Programs/Grants
  • And much more!

 

*Topics covered are subject to change

 

Call for more details! 1-888-726-2333

Womens Radio

The Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits strengthens communities by increasing influence and capacity of Nevada’s nonprofit sector.

Cheri Hill serves on the Board of Directors for this organization.  With over 4,600 nonprofits operating in the state of Nevada, the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits is the go-to organization for education, training and advocacy so that its members can lead and manage their nonprofits more effectively.

Cheri joins Speak Up! to talk more about why this organization was formed and why nonprofits should join as members. Speak Up! invites women, and also men, who “speak” to women in terms of their values, their goals and their strong sense of community, to address issues, opportunities and successes that need to be heard by a larger audience of women leaders.

Click here to listen in.

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Nevada Assembly To Recognize Nevada Nonprofits

ThNevada-State-Legislaturee Nevada Assembly will make a special proclamation acknowledging the many contributions Nevada nonprofits make to enrich the quality of life and strengthening communities in every corner of our state.

Friday, February 27
11:00 am
Nevada Assembly
Legislative Building
401 S. Carson St.
Carson City, NV

Nonprofit leaders are invited to be recognized in the gallery or sit with their state representative. You must be seated by 11:15 am. The recognition should take place some time between 11:15 am and 12:30 pm. Timing is dependent on the number of bills being read first on that day. When you RSVP, you will be emailed the Thursday before the number bills that will be read before the declaration.

Please RSVP so we can get an accurate count.

Thank you, Nevada nonprofits for the great things you do!