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Malloy’s emergency budget cuts fall on social services, education

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November 20, 2014

Connecticut Association of NonprofitsRon Cretaro, the executive director of the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, criticized saving money by closing too many group homes.

"To date, DCF’s decision not to send teens to group homes in Noank, Norwich, two in New Haven, and Wolcott have resulted in closures. Two to three others may be at risk of closing within weeks," he wrote the agency this week.

Attorney General partners with nonprofits to help Michigan citizens make smart donations

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November 19, 2014

Michigan Nonprofit AssociationThe Michigan Nonprofit Association, Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan Association of United Ways, and Attorney General Bill Schuette today unveiled a helpful resource designed to help Michigan citizens make smart decisions to support charities this holiday season, the annual Giving Wisely brochure. 

“Generous Michigan residents help our friends and neighbors in need each year by supporting the work of many charitable organizations,” said Schuette.  “Giving Wisely offers practical tips to ensure your gifts will do the most good.” 

  “Michigan Nonprofit Association worked with our colleagues to create a common-sense guide for charitable giving,” said Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO.  “We want Michigan's citizens to be confident that their generosity is benefiting those that need it the most.”

Maine Voices: Gov. LePage’s perplexing view of nonprofits misleading and untrue

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November 17, 2014

Maine Association of NonprofitsIn a recent post-election interview, Gov. LePage stated that Maine nonprofits “don’t pay their share” and that “they are takers, not givers.” This statement is misleading and untrue, and feeds a public perception that’s just not based on the facts.

It also maligns a sector comprised of highly valued organizations such as veterans groups, domestic violence prevention programs, churches, museums and theaters, hospitals, economic development organizations, educational institutions, land trusts, social service agencies, environmental organizations and many others that not only play a significant economic role in Maine, but also enhance our quality of life.

The Maine nonprofit sector contributes 18.9 percent of the state’s gross product, employs more than 84,000 of its residents, pays more than $3.6 billion in wages that support families and businesses throughout Maine and contributes over $10 billion to the Maine economy.

Several Oklahoma charities receive top rating

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November 16, 2014

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits“I would say Oklahoma is better than the rest of the country when it comes to the health of our nonprofits,” said Marnie Taylor, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits president. “We didn’t take as big of a dip as the rest of the country did in the recession due to oil and gas.”

Taylor said another reason for how well Oklahoma charities are doing is that more are diversifying their funding sources.

She said nonprofits today are looking at investing $5,000 alone “just on the paperwork” in getting a nonprofit going.

Maine group takes on governor's "misleading" comment about nonprofits

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November 14, 2014

Maine Association of NonprofitsAfter Maine Gov. Paul LePage described nonprofits as “takers, not givers” and suggested they should lose their tax exemption, the Maine Association of Nonprofits launched a strong defense, saying the statement “unfairly maligns” the nonprofit sector.

In a blog post on Wednesday, MANP Executive Director Scott Schnapp shot back at the suggestion that nonprofits are “takers.”

“This kind of statement is misleading and feeds a public perception that is just not based on the facts,” he wrote. “It also unfairly maligns a sector comprised of highly valued organizations such as veterans groups, domestic violence prevention programs, churches, museums and theaters, hospitals, economic development organizations, educational institutions, land trusts, social service agencies, environmental organizations, and many others that not only play a significant economic role in Maine, but also enhance our quality of life.”

New way for nonprofits to raise money

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November 13, 2014

Alabama Association of NonprofitsThere is a movement across the country to make that change – and much of it includes changing the mindsets of those running the nonprofits and those giving to the nonprofits, said Shannon Ammons, CEO of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits.

"Nonprofits need to ask the question, 'So what?' So you taught a class about birth control. But who cares? How did that help make Birmingham better?" Ammons said.

In the cover story this week, Ammons talks about how nonprofits need to have measurable outcomes, but to move the needle, they have to move to a more "collective impact" model, she said.

What gives, Maine? State maintains low rank for charitable giving

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October 26, 2014

Maine Association of NonprofitsEdmond and other experts say there are many factors that could explain Maine’s poor charitable showing. One is that 70 percent of Maine taxpayers do not itemize their taxes and do not receive a tax deduction for their charitable contributions. Charitable giving among this group would not show up on the IRS data used by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, according to Scott Schnapp, executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits.

“It’s difficult to accurately quantify generosity in this way,” he wrote in an email sent to the BDN on Friday.

In addition, Maine’s median income lags behind the U.S. and the rest of New England, resulting in lower average charitable givings per itemizer, and it’s possible Maine’s recovery from the Great Recession may have been slower than in other New England states, Schnapp wrote.

Delaware nonprofits recognized in state proclamation

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October 21, 2014

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement“If you live in Delaware you benefit from non-profits everyday whether you realize it or not and part of this is to hopefully get the folks to start thinking about it,” explained Christopher Grundner, president and CEO of DANA. “At this time of year where nonprofits are a little bit crunched at the end of the year, we’re hopeful that everybody will give back whether they’re volunteering or giving their dollars, their support is needed.”

Nonprofits in the state employ more than 60,000 Delawareans, making up 14 percent of the state’s workforce.

Grudner said he’s hopeful Delawareans will think of their local nonprofits on “Giving Tuesday” which falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

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