Archive for March, 2010

Keep Your Mission in Front of You at All Times

March 26, 2010

Let’s see what happening in the nonprofit world.

Keep Your Mission in Front of You at All Times.

A major concerns facing nonprofit today is the scrutiny of watchdog organizations, governmental agencies and the public. Acorn, a nationwide charitable organization has just recently decided to close its operation due to the negative publicity it received during the presidential election campaign which has resulted in the lost of substantial funding. The New York time reports, Acorn battered politically from the right and suffering from mismanagement along with a severe loss of government and other funds, is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. The California and New York chapters, two of the largest, have severed their ties to the national group and have independently reconstituted themselves with new names.

Recently, a senate inquiry into pay practices at Boys and Girls Clubs of America has been headlined in the news. Dean Zerbe posted an article, How Charities Can Stay out of Trouble with Lawmakers, in the March 23, 2010 issues of The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The article discuss what nonprofit should do to avoid the harsh scrutinize of watchdog groups or lawmakers. The writer as well as some leaders in the nonprofit community suggests that nonprofit organization must take a hard look at their organization and ask some essential questions.

It was suggested that most important question to ask yourself; “what is our mission and how can we achieve the mission?” Your mission statement should be the central part of any discussion or decision making process; it should be the motivation and focus point for all of the organization activities. Your mission statement should be displayed in prominent location throughout your organization, it should be the first and last thing visitors should see.

The article pointed out that “The need for 501(c) (3) organizations to have a well articulated charitable mission coupled with concrete and measurable accomplishment is a here-and-now issue given the recent decision by the Illinois Supreme Court in Provena.” In the Provena case, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the right of Illinois to deny a hospital tax exemption deduction on the ground that the hospital had failed to provide sufficient charitable work. This landmark case

There are efforts by states and local governments to deny certain tax exemption to nonprofits, especially real estate and sale taxes to large intuitions such as hospitals and universities, because said taxes would provide a must needed revenue. It is suggested that The Provena Covenant Medical Center V. The Department of Revenue should be a must reading for every charitable executive.

Advocates Plot Next Steps even as the Ink Drives on Health –Care Overhaul Law

The health care bill was finally sign into law by President Obama on March23, 2010. However, there is still a bitter fight going on by opponent and advocates of the bill. An article publish in The Chronicle of Philanthropy  said that the nonprofit groups that have been fighting for years to get legislation to overhaul the country’s health-care system are breathing a sigh of relief­—while also plotting their next steps. “This is the culmination of decades of work,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, just before he left for the signing ceremony at the White House. “It’s both thrilling and emotional.” Mr. Pollack said the battle is not over, however. He is working to set up a new charity, Enroll America,that will strive to ensure that people who are eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage and health-insurance subsidies under the new legislation actually get it. See:

It should be noted that under the Health–Care Bill nonprofit hospitals will be required to conduct “a community health-needs assessment” at least once every three years and take other actions. In their assessments, hospitals will have to outline steps they will take to meet the identified needs. Also under the new health care act nonprofit hospital will be required to publicize whether free or discounted care is available and must provide help in applying for said assistance. There are also some restriction and requirement placed on the billing procedures.

Quotes of the Moment

Learn to love the things that seriously stimulate you and work hard toward the achieving of that mission- WD

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have. – Margaret Mead

“In business and in life, doing things right is not nearly as important as doing the right things.”- Unknown

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing- that ‘s why we recommend it daily.” -Zig Ziglar

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