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What You Need To Know
Nonprofits on Front Page of Capital Business
Two stories highlighting area nonprofits were featured on the front page of this week's Capital Business. The two stories, "Seven ways not to give to charity" and "Charities gear up for Giving Tuesday," featured members Miriam’s Kitchen, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, Volunteer Fairfax, LAYC, DC Central Kitchen and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Click here to see the two-page spread of the stories.
Financial Fraud: Not on my Watch!
The recent front page Washington Post article on thefts and scams at nonprofit organizations highlighted the importance of internal controls in financial management.
The Nonprofit Roundtable has arranged for Eric Fraint, CPA, President and Founder of Your Part-Time Controller and a panel of experienced CEOs and CFOs to present best practices in risk management for organizations of all sizes and practical tips on processes and procedures you can use if/when financial fraud occurs.
This session is meant for nonprofit executive directors / CEOs, CFOs, program and HR directors and board members. No charge to FIRM Alumni and Nonprofit Roundtable, Nonprofit Montgomery, Nonprofit NoVA and Nonprofit Virginia members.
When: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 1:30-3:00pm
Where: JSSA Headquarters: 200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville, MD
Nonprofit NoVA Community Town Hall
There is still time to register for Nonprofit NoVA's Inaugural Community Town Hall on local budget issues in Northern Virginia. Click here for the agenda and to sign up.
When: Tuesday, December 10th, 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: George Mason University - Arlington Campus, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Founders Hall Room 126, Arlington, VA
You're Invited: Nonprofit Virginia Policy Committee
Join us for our in-person Nonprofit Virginia Members and Allies Policy Committee meeting, next week in Richmond. We'll organize our 2014 General Assembly activities, and speak more in-depth about policy and strategy moving forward.
When: Wednesday, December 11th, 1:00-3:00pm
Where: University of Richmond, Downtown Campus - Art Gallery, 626 E Broad Street, Suite 100 (NW corner of 7th & Broad Streets). Click here for a map.
Parking: The closest lot is Standard Parking on 7th Street between Broad and Marshall Streets.
To RSVP, please email
Minimum Wage Increases in Greater Washington
Montgomery and Prince George's Counties have both approved a minimum wage increase to $11.50 an hour by 2017. The DC City Council has backed an even more aggressive measure which would achieve the full minimum wage increase a year earlier, by 2016, and would then be indexed to inflation.
Maryland Nonprofits is hosting a forum on the minimum wage issue as it affects nonprofits. The goal is to allow nonprofits with differing viewpoints to share those views with each other, along with the reasons for their positions. A representative from DLLR will provide a brief overview of the law’s operation and exemptions.
When: Wednesday, December 11th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Room 170 in the Lowe (old portion) House of Delegates Office Building, Annapolis
To RSVP, e-mail Henry Bogdan
Roundtable Member Discount to Georgetown
The final application deadline for the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program at Georgetown University is January 6, 2014. There are a limited number of 25% off tuition discounts remaining for Nonprofit Roundtable members. Click here for more information about the certificate and here for the application.
Public Allies Seeks Mentors for 2014 Class
Public Allies is recruiting mentors to help its 2014 Class of Allies successfully navigate their careers and prepare for life beyond the Public Allies Apprenticeship. Mentors must commit 1-2 hours per month through June 2014. Email
for more information, or sign up here.
Blog Posts of the Week
My Coverage Story: A Families USA Story Banking Effort
Cate Bonacini, Families USA's Story Bank Coordinator, writes, "One of the most powerful tools to cut through the clutter in advocacy is to use personal stories to highlight an issue. Not only do stories bring home complex issues, they also paint a human picture of the impact of policy decisions." See our recent post about how Families USA developed their story bank online and tips for how nonprofits can create a story bank tool and use stories to move their mission forward. Read the full post here.
Meet Karel Fellow Mina Radman
Mina Radman, a 2013 Karel Fellow, worked at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids this past summer. Her experience exposed her to a mix of advocacy, strategic communications and policy work. Mina says she now has a clearer vision of her career path and plans to look for jobs in health communications. Click here to read more about Mina’s experience.
In The Community
DC Council Backs More Funding for Schools
DC Council member David A. Catania proposed the bill that will increase funding for teachers and principals to support struggling students. The bill is intended to close the achievement gap between affluent and low income students. The Washington Post reports that Mayor Gray and Catania worked together to create the bill, and say it appears "all but certain" to get final approval from the council next month.
Allowable Cost Training for Nonprofits with County Contracts
DHHS is offering a training on the new Allowable Cost Policy, Indirect and Fringe Cost Guide and FAQs for nonprofits with contracts totaling $400,000 - $1,000,000.
If you have not heard from your contract monitor and want to verify whether the new policy will be applied to your FY15 contract, contact
When: Monday, December 16, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: 401 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD - tan room
Nonprofit Virginia Convenes Leaders in Roanoke
Nonprofit Virginia held our first-ever Southwest Virginia members and allies meeting in Roanoke on December 3rd. More than two dozen nonprofit leaders discussed state budget issues, major upcoming policy items for the 2014 General Assembly session, and how Nonprofit Virginia can help nonprofits contribute to conversations affecting their clients and organizations. Special thanks to our members Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, DePaul Community Resources, Brain Injury Services of SW Virginia, and The Commonwealth Institute for their contributions to this energizing, community-building event.
Virginia's Medicaid Commission to Meet December 17
As expected, the Medicaid Commission will convene at the General Assembly Building, House Room D at 10am on December 17. Although the formal agenda hasn't been posted, we anticipate that agency staff and legislators will discuss progress on phases of reform to the current program, and members' opinions on whether to recommend Medicaid Expansion. The meeting is open to observers.
Members in the News
Congratulations to the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, which was awarded the Excellence in Partnership Award by the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services according to a press release.
Congratulations to Loudoun Cares' Andy Johnston, who was named the Loudoun Times-Mirror's Citizen of the Year. Read more in the Times-Mirror.
A Whitman-Walker Health study participant who is taking the HIV prevention drug Truvada discussed the stigma surrounding the drug on ABC7.
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