OJJDP FY 2013 Community-Based Violence Prevention Field-Initiated Research and Evaluation Program

I’m writing a federal proposal for a partnership involving a youth organization and a local university to develop a research design to study youth violence prevention. If the proposal is successful the group will use the proceeds to

Assess effectiveness of law enforcement in community efforts to prevent youth violence

Use infectious disease model to analyze ways violence spreads and within communities

Document potential return on investment and cost savings associated with evidence-based multi-disciplinary, community based strategies to reduce violence

Publish and disseminate findings

The results would be used to help the federal government better identify promising youth anti-violence programs in which to invest, and ultimately, reduce youth violence. Say a prayer for us.

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Petition the Obama Administration to Stop Policies that Promote Mass School Closings

Petition to the President to Stop School Closings by valeriefleonard

I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People, a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by January 30, 2013, the White House will review it and respond!

We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

You can view and sign the petition here:

http://wh.gov/Ua20

Please sign on, and commit to getting 10 others to do the same.

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IRS Update for Exempt Organizations

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EO Update – e-News for Charities and Non-Profits June 22, 2012

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Issue Number:    2012-12

Inside This Issue

  1. IRS issues proposed regulations on new requirements for 501(c)(3) hospitals
  2. Reminder: FBAR filing deadline
  3. Don’t miss upcoming phone forum on exempt organizations and gaming
  4. Sale of bond-financed property may jeopardize tax-exempt status of bonds
  5. Register for the July 25 EO webinar: “Churches and Religious Organizations”
  6. Reminder: Hire a veteran in 2012 and receive significant tax benefits

 


  1.  IRS issues proposed regulations on new requirements for 501(c)(3) hospitals


 

The IRS has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding certain additional requirements enacted by the ACA applicable to charitable hospitals (see “Additional Requirements for Tax-Exempt Hospitals”).

The proposed regulations address the requirements that charitable hospitals:

  • establish written financial assistance and emergency medical care policies,
  • limit amounts charged for emergency or other medically necessary care to individuals eligible for assistance under the hospital’s financial assistance policy, and
  • make reasonable efforts to determine whether an individual is eligible for assistance under the hospital’s financial assistance policy before engaging in extraordinary collection actions against the individual.

Comments are requested by Sept. 24, 2012.

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  2.  Reminder: FBAR filing deadline


Helpful information for Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) filings.

  • The filing deadline for FBARs is June 30, 2012, no exceptions.
  • FBAR filings  must be received by June 30, not post-marked.
  • FBAR e-file is now available.
  • Where do you file FBAR?
  • IRS offers an email address for your FBAR inquiries: FBARquestions@irs.gov
  • Need FBAR and Title 31 assistance? Contact the IRS helpline from within the U.S. or from abroad.

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  3.  Don’t miss upcoming phone forum on exempt organizations and gaming


Don’t miss listening to the July 18 phone forum where IRS Exempt Organizations specialists will lead a discussion on six topics of importance to exempt organizations that conduct gaming. Topics include the impact of gaming on tax-exempt status, internal controls and recordkeeping, Form 990 filing requirements, unrelated business income tax, filing requirements for payments made to individuals and wagering/excise taxes.

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  4.  Sale of bond-financed property may jeopardize tax-exempt status of bonds


In their need to raise funds, 501(c)(3) organizations sometimes sell property financed with tax-exempt bonds. These sales could cause the bond issue to become taxable.

Sale of Assets Financed with Tax-Exempt Bonds by State and Local Governments and 501(c)(3) Organizations provides basic information concerning on remedial actions needed to preserve the tax-exempt status of the bond issue.

The IRS also has released the new Publication 5005, Your Responsibilities as a Conduit Issuer of Tax-Exempt Bonds. This publication provides an overview for state and local governments of the responsibilities of the conduit issuer with respect to tax compliance in municipal financing arrangements, commonly known as conduit financings.

For more information, go to Tax Exempt Bond Community on IRS.gov.

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  5.  Register for the July 25 EO webinar: “Churches and Religious Organizations”


Please register for the July 25 EO webinar, “Churches and Religious Organizations.”

This free webinar will cover the following topics:

  • When it comes to taxes, what is a “church?”
  • What is a “religious organization?”
  • How do you apply for tax exempt status?
  • How to stay exempt: do’s and don’ts
  • Special rules for compensation of ministers
  • Recordkeeping and filing
  • Rules limiting an IRS audit of a church

Presentation times: 2 p.m. Eastern Time, 1 p.m. Central Time, Noon Mountain Time, and 11 a.m. Pacific Time

Visit the following archived webinars at IRS video portal under the non-profit tab:

  • Starting and Operating Charities for Disaster Relief (May 30, 2012)
  • International Activities of Domestic Charitable Organizations (August 4, 2011)
  • Starting off Right – What New 501(c)(3) Organizations Need to Know (April 28, 2011)
  • Starting off Right – What New NON-501(c)(3) Organizations Need to Know (February 24, 2011)

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  6.  Reminder: Hire a veteran in 2012 and receive significant tax benefits


A law change enacted late last year now provides an expanded Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to employers that hire eligible unemployed veterans. The credit can be as high as $9,600 per veteran for for-profit employers or up to $6,240 for tax-exempt organizations. The amount of the credit depends on a number of factors, including the length of the veteran’s unemployment before hire, hours a veteran works and the amount of first-year wages paid. Employers who hire veterans with service-related disabilities may be eligible for the maximum credit.

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IR-2011-107: IRS Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee for the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division

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IR-2011-107: IRS Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee for the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division

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IRS Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee for the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking applications for vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). The committee provides a venue for public input on relevant areas of tax administration.

Vacancies exist in the following customer segments:

  • Employee Plans – two vacancies
  • Exempt Organizations – two vacancies
  • Tax Exempt Bonds – two vacancies
  • Indian Tribal Governments – one vacancy

Members are appointed by the Department of the Treasury and serve two-year terms, beginning in June 2012.  Applications will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2011.

The ACT is an organized public forum for the IRS and representatives who deal with employee plans, exempt organizations, tax-exempt bonds, and federal, state, local and Indian tribal governments. The ACT allows the IRS to receive regular input on administrative policy and procedures of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division (TE/GE).

Applications can be made by letter or by completing an applications form available on IRS.gov. In either case, applications should reflect the proposed member’s qualifications.  Members of the ACT may not be federally registered lobbyists. A notice  published in the Federal Register, dated Oct. 24, 2011, contains more details about the ACT and the application process.

The ACT membership application is available on this web site.

Applications should be sent to Bobby Zarin, TE/GE Communications and Liaison Director, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Ave., NW-SE:T:CL Penn Bldg., Washington, DC 20224, or by fax to 202-283-9956 (not a toll-free number).

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I thank Mr. Fred Mitchell for providing the following information from the Black Star Project.

White House Internship Program:
Things to Know
 
The application period for the Spring 2012 White House Internship Program is now open. Applicants have until September 11, 2011 to apply for a Spring 2012 White House Internship. Please read instructions below and refer to our FAQ page for additional explanations.
  
The following are important questions to ask yourself before and after submitting your internship application.  The link to apply can be found at the bottom of this page, but please read all instructions before starting your application.
  
Am I eligible to apply for a White House Internship?
All White House Internship Program participants must be:
  • United States citizens
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college or university OR graduated in the past two years from undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college or university
OR
  • A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty at any time over the past two years
Am I available for the Spring 2012 internship program?
All White House Interns are expected to intern full-time for the entire term of the program:
  • The spring internship term runs from January 17, 2012 – May 4, 2012
  • Please visit our FAQ page for questions regarding quarter systems
  • The White House internship program is an unpaid program
  • The White House internship program is a full-time program
  • Interns will be expected to work from approximately 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Hours may vary by office
  • Please visit our FAQ page for questions regarding the definition of “full-time”
     
Do I have all my application materials?
A completed packet includes:
  • Two Essays: Each answer should be between 300-500 words in length
  • Current Resume: Your resume should not exceed one page
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

How do I submit my application correctly?All application materials must be submitted online.

  • The application for the Spring 2012 White House Internship will be posted from May 9, 2011 – September 11, 2011. All Spring 2012 White House Internship application materialsMUST be submitted ON or BEFORE 11:59 p.m. EDT September 11, 2011.
  • When an applicant enters a recommender’s email address into the application, the recommender will be sent an email with instructions on how to submit a recommendation for the applicant.
  • When a letter of recommendation has been successfully submitted, both the applicant and the recommender will receive an email confirmation with the name of the recommender who has submitted a letter on the applicant’s behalf.
Please click here to fill out and submit your application to the Spring 2012 White House Internship Program.
 
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News from the Foundation Center: Lessons in Grantmaker-Government Collaborations

I received the following press release from the Foundation Center.  

Although the nation’s foundation community has provided critical financial and technical support to states applying for the first round of Race to the Top funds, the success of future collaborations will depend on government including grantmakers in the development of new policies and grantmakers being engaged, long-term partners in the process, a new issue brief from the Foundation Center finds. 

Based on interviews conducted in March and April with foundation staff, education consultants, and government leaders who guided the first-round application process in nine states, the brief, Race to the Top: What Grantmakers Can Learn from the First Round (8 pages, PDF), found that while grantmakers supported the application process in a variety of ways, states faced numerous challenges in completing Race to the Top applications, from the tight timeframe to developing reform agendas to securing buy-in from key constituencies. And while they were optimistic about the potential impact of Race to the Top, interviewees expressed a number of concerns about the effort, from the amount of reporting required by winning states to the possibility that the competition could expand the achievement gap between winning and losing states. 

The brief was issued as part of the Foundations for Education Excellence initiative, an effort launched last year to help foundations leverage federal education funds and plan strategies for longer-term impact on education reform. Both the initiative and the brief are funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

“In our new economic reality, it will take grantmakers and government working together to achieve education reform,” said Foundation Center president Bradford K. Smith. “This report contains valuable lessons about how to make these collaborations work better in the future.” 

“Race to the Top Competition Offers Lessons for Grantmaker and Government Collaborations.” Foundation Center Press Release 6/02/10. Primary Subject: Education
Secondary Subject(s): Elementary and Secondary Education
Location(s): National, New York, New York CityFC014928

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NeighborWorks America Finds that Over Half of Families Facing Foreclosure Are Affected By Job Loss

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May 28, 2010

Contact:
Erin Angell Collins, 202-220-6317, ecollins@nw.org
Doug Robinson, 202-220-2360, drobinson@nw.org

More than Half of Families Facing Foreclosure Affected by Job Loss,
According to New NeighborWorks America Report
Loss or Reduction in Income Reported by 58% of Homeowners Who Received Foreclosure Counseling through NFMC Program

Washington, D.C. — Today NeighborWorks America, the administrator of the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) Program, announced that 58 percent of homeowners who received foreclosure counseling through the NFMC Program reported the primary reason they were facing foreclosure was reduced or lost income. The news is found in NeighborWorks’ fifth Congressional report, which outlines NFMC Program activity through January 31, 2010.

Over the course of the NFMC program, which began January 1, 2008, the percentage of homeowners who cited reduced or lost income as the primary reason they were facing foreclosure has steadily increased. In the November 2009 Congressional report, 54 percent of NFMC-counseled homeowners reported reduced or lost income as the main reason for default; as did 49 percent, 45 percent, and 41 percent in the June 2009, February 2009, and October 2008 reports, respectively. These steady increases parallel the nation’s unemployment rate, which until the November 2009 employment report, had marched upward since October 2008.

 Reasons for Facing Foreclosure Reported by NFMC Clients

“With unemployment numbers not likely to dip below nine percent in 2010, our report proves what many already believed to be true.  Unemployment and reduced income are having a devastating effect on our nation’s homeowners,” said Ken Wade, CEO of NeighborWorks America.  “While Congress and state governments have stepped up and extended unemployment benefits to help families survive this tough economic climate, it’s time for mortgage servicers and investors to make meaningful accommodations for homeowners facing foreclosure.  If they don’t, we’ll see even more empty houses and devastated neighborhoods in our communities.”

The report also found that 62 percent of all NFMC clients held a fixed-rate mortgage. Forty-nine percent (49%) of clients held a fixed rate mortgage with an interest rate below 8 percent.

As of May 24, 2010, more than 967,000 families have received foreclosure counseling as a result of NFMC Program funding. In October 2009, NeighborWorks reported that NFMC Program clients in foreclosure were 60 percent more likely to avoid foreclosure than homeowners who did not receive foreclosure counseling.

National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program
In December 2007, NeighborWorks America was named in the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 110-161) to administer the first round of $180 million in grant funding through the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program. On July 30, 2008, Congress passed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-289), which appropriated an additional $180 million to this effort.

On March 11, 2009, President Obama signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-8), which appropriated $50 million to NeighborWorks America to continue the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program. The third appropriation provided funds for foreclosure counseling, training for foreclosure counselors (up to $5 million), and administrative expenses (four percent) associated with running the NFMC program.

On December 16, 2009, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-117) appropriated an additional $65 million to the program, including $59.4 million for counseling. This fourth appropriation also provided training for foreclosure counselors (up to $3 million), and administrative expenses (four percent) associated with running the NFMC program.

Homeowners who would like to receive foreclosure counseling from a NFMC Program-funded counseling organization in their community can visit www.findaforeclosurecounselor.org.  

For more information about the NFMC Program, visit www.nw.org/nfmc.

To download the full report, visit http://www.nw.org/network/nfmcp/documents/CongressionalReportandAppendices.pdf

About NeighborWorksAmerica
NeighborWorksAmerica creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. Since 1991, we have assisted nearly 1.2 million low- to moderate-income families with their housing needs. Much of our success is achieved through our support of the NeighborWorks network ― more than 235 community development organizations working in more than 4,400 urban, suburban and rural communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $15 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

 
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