InView September 2010 Issue
ASAE Seeks Repeal 1099 Rule
ASAE is circulating a sign-on letter to its grassroots advocates that calls for Congress to repeal new Form 1099 reporting requirements in the health care reform bill that would prove burdensome for associations and other small businesses. Enacted as part of the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in March, the Form 1099 requirements force all businesses and tax-exempt organizations to issue a Form 1099 to vendors from whom they buy goods totaling $600 or more annually.
Productivity and Success: A New Model for Leaders and Decision Makers in the Workplace
Today's workplace environment reflects the excess that has occurred in the country, which has finally caught up with us. Whether it is obesity, taking medications, rampant healthcare costs or failed budgets at the personal, state or federal level, we can no longer ignore our lack of self-control. Nor can we ignore the reasons that contribute to it. Financial collapse and the great recession have forced workers to make changes for economic survival and to stay employed.
New York State Budget Closes Loophole in Hotel Sales Tax
As of September 1, tourists visiting New York State who book hotel rooms through travel agencies and websites will be charged hotel room sales taxes for the marked up portion of the hotel room, a cost they were previously not charged according to Erik Kriss, a spokesperson for the New York State Budget Division.
Print Versus Online Publication: ABCT Shares Their Challenges and Solutions
Many associations and nonprofits today find themselves evaluating whether they should take their publications online, keep them in print, or find a combination of the two venues that suits both their members or clients and their Boards of Directors. NYSAE member David Teisler, CAE, director of communications for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), advises businesses and organizations to "think about what it is that you want as your end outcome and everything else will flow from that," adding, "take the time to learn as much as you can before you begin to make decisions!"
How Much Should Associations and Not-For-Profits Maintain in Their Reserves?
Associations and other not-for-profit organizations must maintain adequate reserves to establish financial stability and organizational sustainability. These reserves provide a cushion to deal with operating deficits that may arise because of unexpected events, economic uncertainties or lean funding periods. A number of organizations that did not put aside sufficient funds in the past few years to withstand financial shortfalls and deliver on their missions no longer exist today.
Girl Scouts Unveils New National Brand Initiative
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is revitalizing and reenergizing its brand to reach a new generation of girls. After extensive research and development, Girl Scouts debuted a long-term, multichannel brand campaign that is designed to reacquaint the country with the iconic organization and communicate the power girls have to change the world through girl scouting. The campaign, known by the tagline What Did You Do Today, is also keyed to boosting the number of girls and adult volunteers who participate in girl scouting annually.
Meetings: The Lost Art of Social Contact
Technology enhanced meetings can be a wonderful thing when the technology drives attendee engagement and learning enablement. Doing more with less and increasing the attendees' return on registration, travel, and lodging investment serves everyone. However, when technology becomes the controller and the audience becomes the controlled, the value of technology quickly diminishes....(read more)
NYC Performing Arts Groups To Receive $11 Million in Grant Money To Offset Recession's ImpactTo give a boost to New York City arts organizations hard hit by the financial crisis, the Open Society Foundations announced $11 million in grants to support 79 community and educational arts initiatives across the five boroughs. "The arts and arts education are a vital part of the fabric of New York City," said George Soros, chairman of the Open Society Foundations. "This funding will help organizations that have been under severe strain because of the economic crisis."
Social Justice Grant Making Social Tops $3.7 Billion
Social justice-related funding by U.S. foundations climbed to nearly 15 percent of overall grant dollars in 2008, according to the Foundation Center's Key Facts on Social Justice Grantmaking. During most of the past decade, social justice giving had represented a smaller 11 to 12 percent of grant dollars awarded by foundations included in the Center's annual grants sample. Among the other key findings: