April 2010


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Issue: April, 2010




Optimism Rises Among Association Executives as Economy Improves
With the first signs of economic recovery on the horizon, association executives show increased optimism in the operation and financial performance of their organizations, according to a new study released by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership.
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Associations/Nonprofits Enhance Governance
In the face of declining revenues from donors, granting agencies, federal and state governments, and underwater endowments, nearly all associations and other nonprofit organizations felt the squeeze in 2009, according to Grant Thornton LLP's seventh annual National Board Governance Survey for Not-for-Profit Organizations.
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States Looking to Nonprofit Sector to Balance Budgets
As more states are confronting increasing deficits and decreasing revenues, many have begun to look to the nonprofit sector to balance their budgets, according to a February 27 article in The New York Times.
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Travel Promotion Act
Landmark legislation that establishes a multi-million dollar, public-private partnership (nonprofit organization) to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and better explain travel security policies to foreign travelers was signed into law by President Barak Obama on March 4.
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Nonprofits Bring Tremendous Benefits to Communities Through Citizen Involvement in Politics
Americans received extraordinary benefits from the policy advocacy and community organizing efforts by nonprofit organizations in their area, funded by foundations and other donors, according to a series of reports by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
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New York City Restaurants to Display Letter Grades after Sanitary Inspections
The New York Board of Health approved a reform measure to give consumers more information on the sanitary condition of New York City restaurants. The new initiative requires all restaurants to publicly display letter grades that summarize the results of Health Department food-safety inspections.
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7 Steps To Move Your Association From Surviving to Thriving
How does the board of directors or management team think about reversing a declining or distressed business? It is a common question given the turmoil in our financial and business markets. There are many good organizations that find themselves with weak balance sheets, attempting to recover and reposition for the new reality in the markets and to take advantage of emerging opportunities. Where to start and how to change the momentum in your favor? It can be done!
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Facebook Co-Founder Launches New York City-Based Nonprofit
Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, announced in his blog that he was forming a new nonprofit - Jumo - an online platform to connect individuals and organizations working to change the world.
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CRS Says Citizens United Raises Issues For Tax-Exempts
Most of the legislative proposals congressional Democrats are considering in response to the Supreme Court's recent campaign finance ruling are likely to be upheld if adopted, according to a recent report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), and reported by ASAE's Inroads.
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TRIP Act Expected To Boost Domestic Tourism
Representative Sam Farr (D-California), co-chair of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, has introduced H.R. 4676, the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act, which would provide $50 million in matching grants to destination marketing organizations and their strategic partners.
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Treasury Department FBAR Materials Issued
Some tax-exempt organizations organized in the United States (including the District of Columbia, territories and possessions) that maintain foreign accounts or have signature authority over such accounts, are required to file the Report of Foreign Bank Accounts (FBAR).
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Dig in Your Heels or Throw in the Towel: Effective Approaches to Conflict Resolution
When it comes to dispute resolution, are you a "heel digger" or a "towel thrower"? Do you fight to the bitter end and have the lawyers ready to file a lawsuit or do you give in and settle quickly? Thankfully in the meetings industry, disputes arise less frequently than one might expect and when they do, most will likely be resolved without the assistance of litigation or other dispute resolution procedures.
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Getting Back to the Basics with Technology
With the sluggish economy still taking its toll on associations and other nonprofits, many organizations are focused on taking the proper steps to increase member and donor and retention, participation, and operational efficiency.
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Strategies To Increase Broadband Adoption and Use Gain Support
A diverse group of citizens and leaders gathered recently in support of strategies that will provide 93 million Americans who have been left behind in the digital age with the tools they need to seek jobs, stay informed and connected, and pursue economic opportunity.
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Member Highlights Include:

  • The North Jersey Board of Rabbis has retained Nicole Millman-Falk, president, Millman-Falk Communications, Inc.
  • For the eighth consecutive year, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau has been awarded the Gold Service Award from Meetings & Conventions magazine

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