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2018 May Well Be An Even More Challenging Year So Let’s Strengthen Our Relationships Now

Posted By John Baker, Monday, August 8, 2016
Updated: Sunday, August 7, 2016

By now I think we’ve all had a chance to catch our breath after the sprint to the end of the 148th General Assembly session.  Now let me keep the running sprint metaphor going as we enter nearly three weeks of the Rio 2016 XXXI Summer Olympics. While you’re watching the Olympics, it’s a great time to write out your thank you notes to the Joint Finance Committee and General Assembly members that supported your nonprofit mission in 2016. 

Take a moment to also send thank you notes to the cabinet secretaries of the departments that you contract with (Secs. Landgraf, Benson-Green and others), as well as other key government supporters and friends of your nonprofits mission.  As we continue to “Strengthen, Enhance, and Advance” the nonprofit sector we have big plans for building relationships with the elected and appointed government officials who are responsible for the largest proportion of nonprofit revenue, fee-for-service contracts/grants.

This is an important election year and the Fall is a time that you can cultivate your relationships with your key government contacts.  As you do with your individual and corporate donors, you can take this opportunity to thank your key government contacts and invite them to visit your facilities.  Enlist your board members, volunteers, staff, and clients to send simple thank you notes…a youth’s drawing and/or a few words from other clients can help tell your stories of successful outcomes to your key partners in government.  

Thanks again to our extraordinary legislators who went to bat for the nonprofit sector in a very tough budgetary year.

We’ve started with a full Summer of activities focused on the 2018 State Budget and funding.  We’re partnering with the Controller General’s office on the September 14, 22, & 27 Grant-In-Aid Training, The Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition is meeting in August, DANA is instituting the “Alliance Advocacy Advisory Council” of Nonprofit and Community thought and opinion leaders, and we’re meeting with the Office of Management and Budget’s new director, Brian Maxwell. We'll be meeting with the Cabinet Secretaries in August, and working to maintain our momentum and build our partnerships to strengthen contractual relationships and other funding sources for the important work you do in the nonprofit sector. Delaware’s a great place to live because of you and our strong partnerships, and is growing stronger everyday through our alliance.

Overtime and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Compliance is another priority for DANA, and we’ve heard you and know it is front-and-center of your minds, too.  We first updated you on this matter in the Winter, surveyed your input, and passed it along to the US Dept. of Labor and our Delaware Federal Delegation.  The DANA Training on September 28​, 29, 30, in Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown, respectively is scheduled.  This Overtime & FLSA Training, with the assistance of the DE Dept. of Labor, and experts in the fields of Human Resources, Accounting, and Law, will help you plan your course forward and develop solutions.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at or 302-777-5500.


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