Monthly Archives: December 2012
|December 24, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Budget, Federal Government, Management, News, Philanthropy||
Since a stroll off of the fiscal cliff now appears more likely as pre-Christmas negotiations ended without an agreement, I thought I’d bring you a brief roundup of what such an event may mean to nonprofits from sector experts far more prescient than this blogger.
To put it in simplest terms, nonprofits are concerned with the cliff because going over it will trigger caps on itemized deductions, including charitable donations, likely resulting in a decrease in donations, and therefore overall revenue, to their organization. In a time of increased need and decreased government funding (likely to drop more in the face of additional cuts), this is a potentially serious situation.
- Doug Donovan at The Chronicle of Philanthropy lays out the situation as of late last week, highlighting some concerns from nonprofit leaders on how any agreed-to cap on charitable deductions may be dismantled or adjusted in the near future.
- The National Council of Nonprofits (via GiveVoice.org) has an infographic illustrating the imminent dangers of the fiscal cliff for nonprofits. The display summarizes the importance of charitable deductions to nonprofit operations and suggests that a cap will decrease giving and may increase government costs.
- NonprofitCommunity.com offers up the opinions of several of the Wiley and Jossey-Bass authors whose perspectives range from the prediction that this will be a catastrophe for many recession-weakened nonprofits, to advice to keep calm and soldier on with your mission and sharing your story to increase support in the community, to the view that this crisis will force real innovation in a sector that has gone too long without it.
- Blue Avocado’s Jan Masaoka reminds nonprofits of the larger issues of the “cap battle” such as tax fairness and the common good versus their own revenue.
There is a chance that after the 26th, dueling proposals and related negotiations will be revisited and all of the hyperventilating will be moot. Or maybe not. Do you think donations to your nonprofit will decline substantially if a federal cap on deductions is enacted? If so, how do you plan to face this change?
|December 14, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Education, News||
As a native of Connecticut, my heart is breaking as I hear the news reports of the tragedy that took place earlier today – a horrific shooting of students, teachers, and staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. News coverage of this event will be difficult to avoid in the coming days and school-age children may have questions about the event as well as concerns for their own safety at school. The American Psychological Association has helpful guidelines for talking to your kids about this tragedy, and additional resources for addressing children’s fears of violence at school can be found at the Kidpower website.
|December 7, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Drug and Alcohol, Health, Research, Youth Development||
Fewer adolescents are smoking cigarettes even though their attitudes about the risks associated with smoking have not decreased, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The report, State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk of Smoking: 2009 and 2010 describes the beneficial impact of smoking prevention and education programming on adolescent smoking rates, although the impact was not apparent in all states.
Ohio and West Virginia were among states with the highest rates of teenage smokers (11.2 and 11.9 percent respectively) though both saw their rates decrease significantly since 2002-03. In Pennsylvania, 10.3 percent of adolescents reported they had smoked in the past month according to the 2009-10 data, another significant decrease from 2002. Overall, 44 states in the county experienced significant decreases in adolescent smoking during this decade.
Nationally, the adolescent rate of perceived health risk from smoking a pack of cigarettes daily increased from 63.7 percent in 2002-03 to 65.4 percent in 2009-2010. Only five states saw significant growth in the amount of teens who perceived a great risk from smoking cigarettes daily as well as a significant decline in their rate of smoking.
Citation: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Report: State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk from Smoking: 2009 and 2010. Rockville, MD