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Dec 21, 2020
Posted Under: COVID Nonprofit News

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (omnibus spending and COVID relief bill)  is now available online. Foraker has been working closely with the National Council of Nonprofits to understand how organizations will be impacted by the legislation. The National Council has issued a preliminary analysis, which you’ll find here. We appreciate their very prompt action to bring the sector this information.

The legislation runs 5,593 pages and spends more than $2.3 trillion. The National Council chart provides page numbers for deeper analysis on issues important to nonprofits. As Foraker and the National Council continue to review the legislation, we’ll fine-tune this analysis and post it on our website.

A few important highlights for nonprofits include:

  • Charitable Giving Incentives: Reestablishes the $300 above-the-line deduction for 2021 and applies a $600 deduction for couples filing jointly in 2021; imposes a penalty for overstating contributions. The bill also extends for one year the increased limits on deductible charitable contributions for individuals who itemize and for corporations.
  • PPP Reforms
    • Forgiveness: Expands forgivable expenses to include the costs of PPE, workplace modifications; short-form approval of loans of $150,000 or less.
    • Second Draw Loans: Charitable nonprofits may qualify for an additional PPP loan (Second Draw) of up to $2 million if they a) employ 300 or fewer employees and b) experience a decline in gross receipts of 25% in one of the four quarters in 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019. NOTE: Nonprofit “gross receipt” defined using the tax-law definition and not the arbitrary definition seen in earlier drafts.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Grants: Provides $20 billion for additional $10,000 grants; repeals deduction of EIDL grants from the amount of loan forgiveness.
  • Save Our Stages: $15 billion dedicated to aiding performance venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions.

Read more about additional coverage that includes many nonprofits here. In addition to the provisions outlined in the National Council analysis, the bill funds the federal government through the end of September 2021 and provides many major protections and relief measures including:

  • A $300 boost in weekly unemployment benefits
  • Continuation of expanded unemployment benefits for an additional 11 weeks
  • $600 relief checks per adult and child in households earning up to $150,000 a year
  • More than $330 billion for small business aid
  • Funding for schools, hospitals, and vaccine distribution.

There’s also money for childcare, nutrition, rental assistance, a one-month extension of the CDC eviction moratorium, and a continuation of student loan forbearance.

Please share with us what you are learning about the impacts of COVID relief funding on your organization. We are ready to work with you.

Dec 15, 2020
Posted Under: Foraker News Management

As nonprofit leaders, it’s essential that we have the tools to make informed decisions. One of those tools is our Salary and Benefits Report – which gives us context and a comparative benchmark for compensation in Alaska’s nonprofit sector.

What’s in the report?

The 2020 Salary and Benefits Report features:

  • Salary data for 48 positions including executive director, finance director, development director, administrative support, accountants, clinical support, and program staff
  • Regional breakdown of data from Southcentral, Interior, and Southeast Alaska
  • Data from organizations with budgets ranging from less than $100,000 to over $10 million
  • Data from 20 types of nonprofits, including youth development, educational institutions, medical disciplines, arts, culture, and humanities groups
  • Benefit data on medical, dental, vision, holidays and leave, retirement plans, life insurance, and more
  • Data on gender pay gap challenges and opportunities
  • Observations on the impact of COVID-19 on the operations of Alaska nonprofits

We are hosting a free webinar tomorrow, December 16, at 9:00 am to share more information and give you tips on how to use the report.

How much does it cost?

The Executive Summary is provided free of charge. If your organization did not participate in the survey, you can purchase the report on our website. For those that did participate, you can email us at info@forakergroup.org or call us to receive a discount. The report is available at the following rates:

  • Foraker Partners that participated in the survey — $200
  • Foraker Partners that did not participate in the survey — $275
  • Other nonprofit organizations that participated in the survey — $250
  • Other nonprofit organizations that did not participate in the survey — $325

Our Financial Shared Services clients that participated are eligible to purchase the survey for $170.

Thank you, again, to those who took part in our survey and to Mutual of America for their sponsorship.

Dec 11, 2020
Posted Under: Advocacy COVID

Urge our congressional delegation today to enact essential relief for charitable nonprofits before leaving Washington for the holidays.

Congress is actively negotiating the next COVID-19 relief package. Senator Lisa Murkowski is a leader in the bipartisan effort to bring immediate relief to millions of Americans, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits.  Communities in all parts of Alaska are relying on nonprofits more than ever as COVID-19 cases rise in our state and across the nation.

Join us TODAY. Let Senator Murkowski know you support her willingness to include nonprofits in the next relief bill.

And join the national call to action — #Relief4Charities — to ensure every legislator knows the national nonprofit priorities.

Dec 7, 2020
Posted Under: President's letter

Holiday lights for Diwali, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa – that is what I savor on an evening ramble through my neighborhood during these dark days of winter. They’re in the trees, windows, and roofs – inside and outside. Their sparkle lights my way both literally and in my heart. This year – the year that is so very different, the year that is like living in a snow globe that is forever in dizzying motion – I have noticed a few things about these lights.

First, there are more of them, a lot more. Second, they were out way earlier than I can remember from years before now. Third, while they still bring me great kid-like joy, they also have me wondering more about how the people who put them out are doing. I wonder if they are recovering, or if their family is sick. I wonder if they have lost or kept their job. I wonder if they are lonely or hungry. I wonder if someone or some nonprofit is helping them right now. And I wonder if they know that the lights they hung are helping me, too. In all my curiosity, I realize more and more that I just don’t know the answers, and I never will. But I also am finding some comfort, just as I did back in March, that the act of knowing is not what this time and space is all about. I am reminded daily, instead, that ambiguity wins in 2020 and our collective journey through this time is all about staying present, curious, and compassionate.

I have been reflecting a lot while on my walks under the lights that our job is also about learning our way forward. Going back is not an option as we cannot unsee what COVID has laid bare for us. It has deeply exposed systemic disparity, communication rifts, underfunded and underappreciated public health science, political strife, and it has deepened the divide between the haves and the have nots. It has done all of this and so much more. But amidst the sorrow has been a dramatic and subtle shift in the way we work that is proving to be better. We have learned to trust our adaptations and lean more into courageous and honest conversations about equity and the value of more collaboration and less silo approaches to our missions. We have asked better financial resiliency questions when faced with unimaginable choices. Yes, we have learned to go forward. So let’s keep going.

If I could string a set of lights to display our collective learning these past ten months and have those lights lead us – not just to the end of this year but through the challenges that lay ahead as we face 2021 with little assurance that federal or state relief is coming, or worse – I would hold up the incredible bright examples of our nonprofits and the way they have responded to this public health crisis – this oh so very human and so very personal crisis.

There would be lights:

  • For our arts and culture missions that are adapting, sharing, and engaging us and each other even when their physical spaces are dark
  • For our healthcare providers who are working in unimaginable conditions to save our lives even when it means risking their own
  • For our human service providers who are working alongside our most vulnerable Alaskans who only double and triple in their numbers and their needs as this pandemic and economic crisis rages on
  • For our education heroes who are teaching us and our children about adaptability and resiliency even as the cracks and gaps of the digital and learning divides widen
  • For our environmental champions who encouraged us to take a break and go outside to breathe clean air and drink clean water knowing that Alaska is worth protecting for all of us to live, work, and play
  • For our animal caregivers who simultaneously met unexpected loneliness with rescue puppies and kittens we never knew we needed, while also helping those who had to give up their furry friend when they lost their job or their home, and to those who safeguarded our Alaska wildlife in their care so they will be with us on the other side of this time
  • For our civic leaders who strategized, activated, engaged, partnered, and raised their collective voices for relief funding and policy that could help us keep going – most will never know the endless hours of their meetings all with one purpose, to serve their community
  • For our religious stewards who heeded the call to keep their congregations safe and found new ways to be together – to heal, to pray, to celebrate, to mourn, to find community – and to always be there when we needed you
  • For our philanthropic investors who shifted, rallied, and listened – yes, the money mattered but so did your compassion and commitment to Alaska’s missions
  • For each of you who Zoomed your way through the day when a friendly hug or a hallway chat is what you really needed
  • For each of you who did and are still doing the untenable balance of home school and nonprofit work – each night you collapsed into bed forgetting that you never drank any water or made it to the bathroom for hours because everything just seemed too important to stop and care for yourself
  • For you who still found time to connect in a meaningful way to share your time, your talents, and your treasure with others

Each of you is a brilliant light, all the stronger as you shine together across Alaska – in every community, in every home, in every way. We simply could not deliver our missions without you. You are our brightest lights in this season and the next, and with you we will find our way forward.

From our Foraker family to yours, may you keep each other safe through this season.

Laurie

Nov 24, 2020
Posted Under: Philanthropy

Rasmuson Foundation has reopened their small grant program, known as Tier 1, to fund emergency needs of nonprofits, local governments and tribal organizations. Complete applications must be in hand by Nov. 30, so don’t delay. Awards of up to $10,000 for either operational or capital needs will be made in December.

Interested organizations should click here to learn more and apply.