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Scholarship Opportunity for Future Female Scientists: Emmy Noether Award

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Yesterday

Scientific discovery is the future of technology and progress. The best ideas are out there, and YOU have them! We believe that you can make these ideas a reality through a career of scientific research and discovery. Science is for everyone. It does not discriminate based on background or resources, and it does not discriminate by gender. If you have an idea and a passion, it is yours to explore. We want to help you explore it. We need more girls in science. We need more girls who are going to discover, explore, and change the world. We need YOU! 

 

WHO WE ARE 
The Emmy Noether Award is a partnership among The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation (Brown Foundation), Benjamin Franklin High School, and From Student to Scientist. Sparked by an idea two high school scientists had to bring science to other students in a peer-to-peer based program, the Emmy Noether Award developed from the outreach program From Student to Scientist in partnership with Benjamin Franklin High School and the Brown Foundation to create a unique partnership among students, teachers, the community of New Orleans, and beyond.  

 

WHAT IS IT? 
The Emmy Noether Award is an investment in the future of young female scientists. Two young scientists will be awarded with silver medals, and one young scientist will be awarded with a gold medal and $25,000 of funding for each of three years that she remains in a graduate level program to obtain a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics through which she will continue to pursue research and discovery.  
Additionally, all three medalists will become members of the Emmy Noether Scholars, a network of motivated young female scientists working to further science, innovation, and discovery for students and scientists of all ages and backgrounds. 

 

WHO? 
We are looking for girls who are juniors or seniors in high schools located in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines,        
St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes and Southwest Mississippi counties.

 

 

TIMELINE

March 17th: Materials must be received by 11:59PM CST.

Please make sure that your application form is completed and the following materials are sent to: emmynoetheraward@thebrownfoundation.org 

 

- Application form
- Two essays (one research essay and one personal essay sent by student)
- Official transcript (sent by school counselor)
- One letter of recommendation (teacher or mentor)
- Emmy Noether certification statement

 

*Please title all documents in the following format:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_DOCUMENTNAME

 

March 27th: Semifinalists will be notified via email. 
Semifinalists will be asked to schedule a 30 minute interview with the selection committee. 
April 22nd: Semifinalist interviews will be conducted at the Brown Foundation office. 
May 5th: Finalists will be notified via email. 
May 13th: Inaugural Celebration and Awards Ceremony (all Finalists invited to attend)

 

Contact us: 
Email      emmynoetheraward@thebrownfoundation.org   
Website www.thebrownfoundation.org/emmy-noether-award.html 
Address 320 Metairie Hammond Hwy., Suite 500 

Metairie, LA 70005  

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Grantwriting for Beginners on March 9th!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Are you involved with a nonprofit? 
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position? 
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 
Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants. Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.


Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.

Registration $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people. Click here to register!

For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com. Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Decipher the Form 990 Sections on Compensation Reporting

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Most tax-exempt organizations must file Form 990 with the IRS. This form, titled Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, has significant implications for not-for-profit organizations. The compensation of officers, directors, trustees, key employees and others in tax-exempt organizations has always been scrutinized by the IRS. That is why compensation reporting is so important on Form 990.

Relevant data is reported in three places:

  • "Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees;"
  • "Statement of Functional Expenses," lines 5, 7, 8, and 9; and
  • Schedule J, "Compensation Information for Certain Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees."

In each instance, there are significant differences in the amounts and details included. As a result, properly reporting compensation is one of the more difficult tasks in preparing Form 990.

 

Note: Determining exactly who should be listed in Part VII, Section A and Schedule J can be complex. This article only covers some compensation reporting issues for those listed. Consult with your not-for-profit adviser to help identify the individuals who should be listed.

 

What Is the Period for Reporting Compensation?

The compensation reported in Part VII, Section A and in Schedule J should be for the calendar year ending with or within the organization's tax year. The amounts reported in Part IX are based on the organization's tax year. Therefore, fiscal year organizations must keep dual sets of compensation data.

 

What Compensation Must Be Reported?

Part VII and Schedule J both ask for the compensation reported on an employee's Form W-2, box 1 or 5 (whichever is greater), and an independent contractor's (i.e., director or trustee) Form 1099-MISC, box 7. This "reportable compensation" is shown by its source -- the filing organization or a related organization. (The IRS definition of a "related organization" is in the right-hand box.)

Schedule J further requires that reportable compensation be identified as base compensation, bonus/incentive compensation, or other reportable compensation. Examples of other reportable compensation included on Schedule J are current year payments earned in a prior year, severance payments, and longevity of service awards.

 

What about Retirement and Deferred Compensation?

Schedule J (but not Part VII) requires that all types of deferred compensation be reported in a separate column. This includes deferrals under both qualified and nonqualified retirement plans maintained by the filing organization or by a related organization, and the annual increase or decrease in actuarial value of a defined benefit plan (but not the earnings or losses accrued on deferred amounts in a defined contribution plan). Deferred compensation may be funded or unfunded, vested or subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture.

 

If a deferred comp arrangement requires an employee to perform services for a period of time, the amount is treated as accrued or earned ratably over the service period, even though the amount is not funded and may be subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture until the end of the service period.

Compensation paid within 2 1/2 months after the end of the tax year is treated as current compensation rather than deferred compensation.

 

Which Benefits Are Not Taxable?

Benefits specifically excluded from tax under the Internal Revenue Code must be reported on Schedule J. However, to make matters more confusing, certain benefits are considered disregarded under IRC Section 132 and are not reported.

 

Disregarded Benefits. Common disregarded benefits include reimbursements pursuant to an accountable plan, no-additional cost services, qualified employee discounts, de minimis benefits, and working condition benefits.

 

An accountable plan is a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement that satisfies these three requirements:

  • The expenses covered under the plan must be reasonable employee business expenses.
  • The employee must adequately account to the employer for the expenses within a reasonable period of time.
  • The employee must return any excess amount within a reasonable period of time.

A de minimis fringe is a property or service of which the value (taking into account the frequency with which similar fringes are provided by the employer) is so small as to make accounting for it unreasonable or administratively impractical.

 

A working condition fringe is any property or service provided to an employee to the extent that if the employee paid for it, the payment would be a deductible business expense. Common examples of a working condition fringe benefit are:

 

1. The value of an employee's business use of an employer-provided automobile; and
2. The business use of a cell phone provided for an employee primarily for business purposes. (The personal use of such cell phone is considered a de minimis fringe.)

 

Directors and trustees are treated as employees for purposes of the working condition fringe provisions.

 

What Are Reportable Nontaxable Benefits?

 

The following are examples of benefits that should be reported as nontaxable benefits in column D of Schedule J (unless they are reported as taxable compensation):

  • Most types of insurance, including health, life, disability, medical reimbursement programs, long-term care, and job-related liability insurance.
  • Various types of assistance payments, such as for dependent care, adoption, tuition, and other items.

The value of housing provided by the employer to an employee may be:

  • Taxable (for example, a cash housing allowance); 
  • A nontaxable working condition fringe, statutorily nontaxable (for example, housing provided primarily for the convenience of the employer); or
  • Partly taxable and partly excluded from tax (for example, the value of in-kind housing provided to certain school employees).

Reporting Exceptions

There are some compensation reporting exceptions for Part VII and Schedule J:

 

The $10,000 Exception. Reportable compensation from related organizations [Part VII, Section A, column (E)] generally doesn't include payments from a single related organization if such payments are less than $10,000 for the calendar year ending with or within the organization's taxable year. However, there is no de minimis exception for payments to a former director or former trustee.

 

Note: This exception doesn't apply to Schedule J reporting.

 

The Volunteer Exception. An organization isn't required to report in column (E) or (F) of Part VII, Section A, compensation paid to a volunteer trustee, director, or officer of the filing organization if the related organization is a for-profit entity, is not owned or controlled directly or indirectly by the filing organization or one or more related tax-exempt organizations, and doesn't provide management services for a fee to the organization.

 

Other Compensation - Part VII

Don't be confused by a similar term -- "other reportable compensation" in Part II, column (B)(iii) of Schedule J, discussed previously, is not the same as "other compensation" used in column (F) in Part VII, Section A. Here, other compensation includes deferred compensation and nontaxable benefits, as discussed previously with respect to Schedule J reporting.

 

Recommendation: Your organization should consider its compensation recordkeeping with these requirements in mind to determine the best way to capture the necessary information.

 


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1 week left to apply for the 2017 LA SCCC!

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Monday, February 20, 2017

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2017 LA SCCC! All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity.

 

Through the LA SCCC, state employees are given the opportunity every fall to contribute, through payroll deduction and/or one-time contributions, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. The Louisiana Association of United Ways proudly serves as the Principal Combined Fundraising Organization (PCFO) and works in coordination with the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP).

 

The 2017 LA SCCC application is available at www.lasccc.org/application and is due by March 1, 2017. Please note that OSUP will be closed on Tuesday, February 28th and will be unable to accept deliveries on this date. 

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Free Health Screening in New Orleans

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, La — University Medical Center, AAAneurysm Outreach and W.L. Gore are planning a free abdominal aortic aneurysm screening event March 25, from 8 a.m. to noon UMC Conference Center, Room J at 2000 Canal Street.

“This screening test is a simple ultrasound of the abdomen. It only takes a few minutes and is painless,” according to William Risher, MD. “If the aneurysm is found early, it can be treated to prevent rupturing.”

Ruptured aneurysms are fatal in at least 80 percent of the cases. A simple and painless ultrasound exam can save lives.

Advance registration and 8-hour fast required.  Call (888) 871-3801 for an appointment.

Individuals must meet eligibility requirements for the screening. Individuals 60 and older who have at least two cardiovascular risk factors and men age 55 and older with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm and at least one additional cardiovascular risk factor are eligible for the screening once every five years.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body. This type of aneurysm rupture is the third leading cause of sudden death in men 60 and older in the United States. It is estimated that more than 1 million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA. Risk factors for AAA include a history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.

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2017 LA SCCC Applications are due in 2 weeks

Posted By Robin Taylor, Louisiana Association of United Ways, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2017 LA SCCC!

 

All qualifying health and human service non-profits operating within the state of Louisiana are encouraged to apply to be a participating charity.

 

Through the LA SCCC, state employees are given the opportunity every fall to contribute, through payroll deduction and/or one-time contributions, to approved health and human service non-profit organizations. The Louisiana Association of United Ways proudly serves as the Principal Combined Fundraising Organization (PCFO) and works in coordination with the Office of State Uniform Payroll (OSUP).

 

The 2017 LA SCCC application is available at www.lasccc.org/application  and is due by March 1, 2017. Please note that OSUP will be closed on Tuesday, March 28th and will be unable to accept deliveries on this date. 

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Gearing up for the 2017 Legislative Session(s)

Posted By Cindy Bishop, Checkmate Strategies, Thursday, February 2, 2017

 

 

From: Checkmate Strategies [mailto:cindy.bishop@checkmate-strategies.com]

Subject: A Note from Cindy Bishop ~ Checkmate Strategies

 

 
 

 

January 25, 2017

 

The 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature will be here before we know it. The fiscal only session begins on Monday, April 10th. 2017 being an odd numbered year will have a sixty day fiscal only session. However, lawmakers can file up to five non-fiscal bills. That alone gives us the possibility of monitoring 720 non-fiscal (general) bills during the upcoming Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.

 

Additionally, Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to call state lawmakers into a two-week special session in mid-February to address a budget deficit of $300 million for the current fiscal year.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE UPCOMING REGULAR SESSION OF THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE

The Regular Legislative Session will begin on Monday, April 10, 2017 and must adjourn no later than 6 PM on June 8, 2017

* Pre-filing deadline - 3/31 5 PM

* Late Filing deadline for the House - Tuesday, 4/18 6 PM

* Late Filing deadline for the Senate - Tuesday, 4/18 6 PM

 

Checkmate Strategies is poised to help you and your members succeed this year. We provide customized advocacy training for board members, volunteers and staff.

Advocacy Training.pdf

Additionally, Checkmate Strategies provides legislative tracking services and lobbying.

We are blessed that Checkmate Strategies will celebrate our 22nd year in operation on February lst of this year. We have had the privilege to work on many high profile legislative campaigns and have a track record of success. Both Cindy Bishop, President and Michael Willis, VP of Business Development, are registered lobbyists and we spend our days at the Louisiana State Capitol every day that the state lawmakers are in legislative session.

David Roberson serves as our Director of Operations and he also is a registered lobbyist. Sarah Heath handles most of the aspects of our association management operation including membership recruitment and retention, communications, financial management and website management.

We would love the opportunity to work with you and help you to instill your values and ideals into the Legislative Process.

 

 

Most Sincerely,

Cindy Bishop, President

Checkmate Strategies

(225) 933-5435 Cell

 



 
 

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National Council of Nonprofits Opposes Latest Efforts to Politicize Charitable Nonprofits and Foundations

Posted By Rick Cohen, National Council of Nonprofits, Thursday, February 2, 2017

 

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) today expressed strong opposition to the latest attempts to politicize charities and foundations, including legislation reintroduced by Rep. Walter Jones (H.R. 172), and proposed by Sen. James Lankford (S.264) and Reps. Steve Scalise and Jody Hice (H.R. 781), that would alter longstanding federal law that protects charitable nonprofits and foundations – and the donating public – by preventing them from engaging in partisan, election-related activities.

 

Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, released the following statement:

 

“Nonpartisanship is vital to the work of charitable nonprofits. It enables organizations to address community challenges, and invites the problem-solving skills of all residents, without the distractions of party labels and the caustic partisanship that is bedeviling our country. Indeed, current law is the reason that charitable nonprofits are safe havens from politics, a place where people can come together to actually solve community problems rather than just posture and remain torn apart.

 

“Although all of these latest proposals are couched in terms relating to churches, in truth the underlying law is Section 501(c)(3) in the Tax Code, which relates to all charitable nonprofits and foundations. For more than six decades, the law now being attacked has protected charitable nonprofits and foundations from being pressured by politicians and paid political operatives to divert their time and resources away from advancing their missions in local communities. That law has a proven track record of working well to protect against politicization.

 

“Nonprofits are already free to exercise their First Amendment rights to advocate for their missions. Allowing political operatives to push for endorsements would put nonprofits in a position where they become known as Democratic charities or Republican charities and put missions at risk.

 

“Furthermore, those who donate to nonprofits want those contributions to go toward advancing the mission, not toward advancing the careers of politicians or lining the pockets of political consultants. Getting involved in supporting or opposing candidates will have a chilling effect on contributions on which many nonprofits rely.

 

“While we appreciate the concern for the nonprofit sector expressed by sponsors of the bills, more productive outlets for their concern would be:

·       Guaranteeing a seat at the table in upcoming policy discussions for a sector that employs more than 10 percent of the American workforce;

·       Preserving and expanding charitable giving incentives in any tax reform measure that is considered; and

·       Considering the ramifications of domestic spending cuts on organizations that serve as the backbone of our communities and are already heavily subsidizing governments at all levels.

 

“Nonprofits across our country look forward to continuing their vital work caring for returning soldiers, educating children, rebuilding cities, training the workforce, nursing the sick, supporting our elders, elevating the arts, mentoring our youth, protecting natural resources, nurturing our souls, and much more, but on a nonpartisan basis.”

 

More information

 

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About the National Council of Nonprofits

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Connecting the policy dots across all levels and branches of governments, the Council of Nonprofits keeps nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best supports nonprofits in advancing their missions. Working with and through the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – with 25,0000-plus organizational members - we identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve. Learn more at www.councilofnonprofits.org.

 

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Meet the Clydesdales at Horses, Hops and Cops

Posted By Jennifer Kelley, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NEW  ORLEANS,  LA.  January  31,  2017 –  The  Louisiana  Hospitality  Foundation  and  Budweiser  present the annual Horses, Hops and Cops fundraiser scheduled for Monday, February 20, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. As in past years, the event will be held at the N.O.P.D. Mounted Unit horse stables in New Orleans City Park. The event is free for all ages to attend. 


Southern  Eagle  Sales  and  Service,  the  New  Orleans-­‐area  Budweiser  distributor,  continues  to  partner with the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation to co-­‐produce the event, which raises money for the N.O.P.D. Mounted Unit.  


Attendees  will  enjoy  live  music  from  The  Wiseguys,  food  and  beverages  including  Budweiser  and Coca-­‐Cola products, arts and craft vendors, children’s face painting and the opportunity to have a professional photo taken with a Budweiser Clydesdale horse. There will also be an on-­‐site raffle for a chance to win a ride for two on the Budweiser Clydesdale wagon in the 2017 Krewe of Argus Mardi Gras day parade (winner and guest must be 21 or older to ride – food, drink and throws are provided.) 


For  the  first  time  ever,  a  limited  number  of  VIP  experience  tickets  will  go  on  sale  this  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10:00am CST. The VIP experience will provide guests with early entry  to  the  event,  a  private  guided  tour  with  a  Clydesdales  horse  trainer,  and  a  gift  bag  including  a  t-­‐shirt,  $5  in  event  food  and  beverage  tickets,  a  PJ’s  Coffee  travel  tumbler  with coupon,  and  a  Zatarain’s  gift  item,  valued  at  $60.00.  Tickets  can  be  purchased  at  http://www.gambitweekly.com/hops.  


Local business partners who are helping to make this event successful include Southern Eagle Sales  and  Service,  Reinhart  Foodservice,  Coca-­‐Cola,  PJ’s  Coffee  of  New  Orleans,  Derby  on  Fulton, Zatarain’s, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Pat Farrell’s Famous Smoked Chicken, Entercom Radio,  Gambit  Weekly,  Ameri-­‐Print,  Perfect  Picture  Photo  Booth  and  JeffersonParishParent.com. 


Proceeds from the event will support the NOPD Mounted Unit and the department’s new horse-­‐breeding program. Two pregnant mares and a stud horse were recently purchased from the Louisiana State Prison at Angola’s horse-­‐breeding program, and the foals are due in late spring 2017. The NOPD Mounted Unit is a vital resource in helping deter criminal activity in the City of New Orleans. 

“Our  goal  is  to  expand  the  size  and  the  reach  of  the  Mounted  Unit  so  that  the  horses  and  officers are able to patrol additional areas on a regular basis,” said Superintendent Michael S. Harrison.  “Right  now  the  horses  are  primarily  used  to  patrol  the  French  Quarter  and  Central  Business District. We hope to continue to develop the division so that the Mounted Unit will be able to become an integral part of neighborhoods around the city.” 
Visit  http://www.HorsesHopsAndCops.com  for  more  information  and  additional  announcements. 


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About Louisiana Hospitality Foundation 
Founded in 2006, the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation’s mission is to strengthen Louisiana’s hospitality industry through support of individuals within the community. We do this by supporting workforce development programs directly related to our industry; providing access to culinary and hospitality education; working to ensure a positive perception of Louisiana’s hospitality industry; and providing financial assistance and/or guidance to people in the hospitality industry during times of crisis. 
Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $1.4 million in support of its mission. These funds are raised through signature fundraising events including Horses, Hops and Cops, the Capital One Bank Champions Club at Zurich Classic, the Gold Medal Chefs Gala, the Red Stick Food Festival and the Louisiana Seafood Festival.  


Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouisianaHospitalityFoundation and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/lahospfound, and for additional information visit 
http://www.louisianahospitality.org. 

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New Form 990EZ has help icons to aid exempt organizations in filing

Posted By Don Engler, Wegmann Dazet & Company, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Small Non-Profit Tax filing tips

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