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The Foraker Group Benefit Plan
The Foraker Group in cooperation with Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska (PBCBS) will provide an update on The Foraker Group Benefit Plan. This will be an excellent opportunity for Q and A. 

This is a free session but please sign up today.

Upcoming briefings:

Sept 5
10:00am - 11:00am
Anchorage, Camp Fire

Sept 8
11:00am - 12:00pm
Palmer, AT&T Sports Center

Sept 11
3:00pm - 4:00 pm
Anchorage, Camp Fire

Sept 12
9:00am - 10:00am
Fairbanks, Food Bank

 

 




By STEPHANIE STROM

High gasoline costs have put a crimp into volunteer activity at charities across the country.

Organizations, including the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, have complained that the current tax deduction for use of a personal car while performing volunteer services for charities was too low at 14 cents a mile. That is compared with 58.5 cents a mile for corporate employees who use their cars for business purposes.

More than 100 charitable groups have signed a letter asking Congress to address the problem. And on Wednesday, four senators plan to announce a proposal to reset the charitable mileage deduction to 70 percent of the corporate deduction.  

Read More of the article on the New York Times web site ...




WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2008. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

The rate will increase to 58.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008. This is an increase of eight (8) cents from the 50.5 cent rate in effect for the first six months of 2008, as set forth in Rev. Proc. 2007-70.

Read More of the IRS press release ...

Mileage Rate Changes:

Purpose

Rates 1/1 through 6/30/08

Rates 7/1 through 12/31/08

Business

50.5

58.5

Medical/Moving

19

27

Charitable

14

14




The Foraker Group, along with the Rasmuson Foundation, unveiled a new health insurance program today that is designed to create a healthier nonprofit sector in Alaska. The program offers two options that will help expand coverage to underinsured individuals and families or those who currently have no insurance.

“This health insurance initiative is a first for any association in the Northwest, and possibly the nation,” said Dennis McMillian, President and CEO of The Foraker Group. “The initiative provides very real financial incentives to promote healthier lifestyles. We know that healthier employees mean lower health care costs and higher productivity. We hope that ultimately our success will provide an example of how other business sectors can offer insurance for their employees at a stable, affordable cost.”

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Click to read articles and blog posts about the PFD Contributions program.

PFD contributions wanted (Alaska Journal of Commerce)

PFD contributions signing

Gov. Sarah Palin, holding son Trig, stands with Foraker Group's Dennis McMillian, Piper Palin, Rasmuson Foundation's Diane Kaplan and United Way of Anchorage's Michele Brown just after signing into law House Bill 166... Read More ...  

(Photo/Frank Flavin Photography/Courtesy of Rasmuson Foundation)

From The Chronicle: Alaska's Charitable-Giving Law

Alaska has passed a new law aimed at bolstering philanthropic giving among state residents, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. Read more ...

 
Nonprofits to benefit from new PFD program (HomerNews.com)

The newly established Permanent Fund Dividend Contribution Program makes it possible for Alaskans to donate all or part of their permanent fund dividends to qualified charitable organizations, educational institutions, community foundations and University of Alaska campuses before the law sunsets in three years. Read more ...


Palin signs new PFD bill into law (KTNA)

Governor Palin signed a new bill into law that allows residents to immediately give their PFD, or any portion of it, to their favorite non profit corporation.

Governor Sarah Palin signed an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend contribution program into law yesterday. The new program allows Alaskans to donate a portion or all of their PFD to qualifying charitable organizations, institutions and community foundations. Read more ...




The PFD Contribution Program application process has ended for this year (distibution 2009). If you are interested in pursuing this program in 2009, please stay tuned to The Foraker Group's web site.  We expect that the Department of Revenue will begin taking applications again from qualified nonprofits in June 2009.

If you have questions, please contact us at:

pfdinfo@forakergroup.org
1-888-785-GIFT (4438)

To prepare for next year, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document at the bottom of the PFD information page to better understand issues of eligibility of Alaska nonprofits as defined by state law  for the PFD Contribution Program and other details.

You can also subscribe to our General E-Newsletter - even if you are not a Foraker Partner - to receive timely announcements pertaining to the program.

If you need clarification or more information, don't hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.



The PFD Contribution Program application is available on Foraker Group website. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download the PDF file.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions document included with the application concerning eligibility of Alaska nonprofits for the PFD Contribution Program.

The completed application MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAIL and

POSTMARKED BY JUNE 14, 2008

If you need clarification or more information, don't hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.

PFD Info phone number: 1-888-785-GIFT

Our Contact Form




The good news is that House Bill 166 passed the Alaska Legislature and is awaiting Governor Palin’s signature.  When the Governor signs the bill, Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) applicants will be able to make a donation, through their dividend, to certain qualified charitable organizations, educational institutions and community foundations. 

The legislation was approved almost unanimously by the Legislature.  Once House Bill 166 becomes law, there will be a VERY QUICK application period, during which qualified organizations will be eligible to apply to be listed in the next PFD application packet that comes out in January, 2009. Please be aware that other factors will affect the implementation process. The state is busy implementing the details of the legislation and hopes to have the process completed in time for this year's dividend.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS YEAR MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN JUNE 15, 2008.

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With the approach of the May 15 filing deadline, the IRS today reminded “small” tax-exempt organizations of their new annual electronic filing requirement.

As explained in today’s release (IR-2008-71, May 13, 2008), organizations with gross receipts of $25,000 or less must file Form 990-N—which is also known as the e-Postcard. Previously, these small organizations did not have an annual filing requirement.

The first e-Postcards are due May 15, 2008, for those small tax-exempt organizations whose tax year ended on December 31, 2007. For organizations with a tax year that ends after December 31, 2007, the e-Postcard is due by the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of their tax year.

The IRS noted that certain organizations do not have a filing obligation—including organizations that are part of a group return, as well as churches, their integrated auxiliaries and conventions or associations of churches.



May
07
2008
Posted in Leadership Summit.    

We have uploaded the audio for the morning presentation from the Foraker Group Leadership Summit.  These audio files are quite lengthly (and large - the smallest file is 19 MB!) so you might want to download them first and then save them to your hard drive.

Audio 01: Dennis McMillian
Opening Remarks - Setting the stage for Exploring Leadership by Dennis McMillian (41:31).
 
Audio 02: Peter Brinckerhoff - Part 1
Keynote Address: Leading Your Nonprofit Through Generation Change, by Peter Brinckerhoff (1:16:03).
 
Audio 03: Peter Brinckerhoff - Part 2
Keynote Address: Leading Your Nonprofit Through Generation Change, by Peter Brinckerhoff (44:15).
 
Audio 04: Peter Brinckerhoff - Part 3
Keynote Address: Leading Your Nonprofit Through Generation Change, by Peter Brinckerhoff (17:00).
 
Audio 05: Panel Discussion - Sven Haakanson and Katherine Gottlieb
Path to Leadership - Becoming a Global Leader Through Local Actions; Sven Haakanson and Katherine Gottlieb Interviewed by Steve Lindbeck (50:16)
 
Audio 06: Day 2 Panel Presentation Part 1
Weathering the Storm - Leadership in a Time of Disaster presented by Gary Ostroske (55:06).
 
Audio 07: Day 2 Panel Presentation Part 2
Weathering the Storm - Leadership in a Time of Disaster presented by Gary Ostroske; closing remarks (27:09).



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