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Joint Finance Committee Started Hearings Tuesday January 31st and DANA Was There!

Posted By John Baker, Thursday, February 2, 2017

Joint Finance Committee Started Hearings Tuesday January 31st and DANA Was There!

Hot off the press to you, is this Office of Management & Budget presentation.  Much of it is the same as the 2018 Budget Presentation that we got to you mid-January.  It is important to note for those of you who receive “Pass-Throughs” that they are slotted to be cut by $594,300.00 (Page 19).  In our last Public Policy blog post we noted the other Agency cuts (Pages 15-16) and the Grant-In-Aid reductions (Page 20). Click here for that report.

The Senate “Special Election” to fill Lt. Governor Hall-Long’s seat is scheduled for February 25th.  This is important for the balance of that Chamber.

Governor Carney will release his revised “Financial Plan” following the March 20th DEFAC State Economic Forecast.  JFC scheduled to review week of 4/24. Here’s the Joint Finance Committee Calendar

We’re meeting with our U.S. Delegation to learn about and prepare for Federal changes – Sen. Coons – Jan 19th and Sen. Carper – February 6th. Congresswoman Blunt Rochester - Awaiting date.

Charitable Giving Incentives:

Sheila and I will be traveling to Washington D.C. on February 16th to meet with our U.S. Congress Members in support of Charitable Giving Incentives as the government looks to address the Federal Tax Code.  We’ll be joining with thousands of other Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders, Philanthropists, and other interested citizens.  If you’d like additional information let us know or search for it under:  “100 Years of Giving DC Fly-In”.

Governor’s Public Meetings:

Get your Board Members and other key volunteers to tell the Governor directly what cuts will mean to Delawareans you serve. Gov. Carney has made a pitch to the Delaware public: “Help me come up with some ideas.” "This is a challenge for all of us," Carney said. "The solution is going to be hard. But I'm confident we can do it."

Carney will attend a series of "community conversations" in locations throughout the state:

· Feb. 15 – Drip Café, Hockessin, 7:30 a.m.

· Feb. 21 – Drip Café, Hockessin, 8 a.m.

· Feb. 22 – Downtown Dover Partnership, 9 a.m.

· March 1 – Nanticoke Senior Center, Seaford, 9 a.m.

· April 5 – Café Gelato, Newark, 8 a.m.

The meetings will be held in the morning, around 7:30 to 8 a.m. Exact times will be available online. Lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, will join Carney. Residents can submit comments online at or send an email to

Join us for the Annual State Budget Update and Advocacy Warm-Up

Click the image above to register for this important update!

Tags:  Board Member  Budget  Calendar  DEFAC  Government  Governor 

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Updates from Dover

Posted By John Baker, Thursday, March 24, 2016

As I’m certain you know, because I’ve seen most of you in in Leg. Hall, it’s been a busy period in Dover with February’s month-of-Joint-Finance-Committee (JFC) hearings. Kudos to all of you who gave testimony or made statements to the JFC. We’ve had the opportunity to meet with each of the committee members and they confirm that, even with the improved revenue forecasts compared to September’s, it’s still going to be a challenging year for all funding, including Grant-In-Aid. The takeaway here is to make sure you continue talking with the JFC members, your General Assembly members and the Controller General's staffer that’s reviewing your application. We’ll post these assignments as soon as they’re out, which is usually in late April. 

Sheila and I have also been meeting with the General Assembly Leadership including Senate President Pro Tempore Blevins, House Speaker Schwartzkopf, and House Majority Leader Longhurst. We have appointments with remaining leaders and members throughout April and May. Our message: that nonprofits are important and key partners with government, which has been acknowledged and strongly affirmed.

We’re also gearing up for Nonprofit Day on May 18 at  Legislative Hall in Dover so mark your calendars. This year we’ll have the formal presentations by the Governor and General Assembly Leadership, but we’re also working with our coalition partners, Ability Network of Delaware, United Way of Delaware, Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware Grantmakers Association, University of Delaware’s CCRS, and AFP-Brandywine Chapter, to have as many employees, clients, volunteers, and supporters come out for a Nonprofit Rally on Nonprofit Day. The rally will be on the steps of Legislative Hall and will include the presentation of a Joint Resolution of the General Assembly that recognizes the day as Delaware Nonprofit Day. It will be important to have as many of our supporters present for this portion of the programming so that our elected officials see the power of the nonprofit sector! Mark your calendars for May 18 from 11am to 11:30am for the Rally and 12-1 for the formal program with your Executive Directors and Board Chairs in the Senate Majority Meeting Room. Click the hyperlink above to register!

We were at the Monday, March 21 Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) meeting where we learned that the forecast for the “98% Appropriation Limit” decreased by $12.6 million from the December forecast, due to the recognition of the “Delaware Competes Act” and the decreased corporate and Personal Income Tax related to Dupont changes. The April and May DEFAC reports are expected to improve, given no additional losses of major employers.

Wednesday, March 23 was the hearing of Senate Bill 39 on proposed minimum wage increases, in the House Economic Development Committee. The bill did not make it out of committee. There was a great deal of support expressed for the working poor, but there was also strong concern expressed about the tenuous nature of our economic recovery and that now was not a time to make this change. There was discussion that the “Earned Income Tax Credits” may be a better way to address the challenges of the working poor in Delaware. DANA provided our statement: that we believe in addressing the challenges of the working poor, but given that our economic models are so dependent upon our partnership and contracts with government, the sector will first need to see increases in our contracts.

Remember that the Delaware Presidential Primary Election is on April 26, 2016. After the primaries, DANA will be surveying the candidates for state-wide public office about their support for the nonprofit sector. We’ll then get the results out to you in a Nonprofit Sector Voter’s Guide prior to the General Elections on November 8, 2016.

As always, please reach out to me with any questions or comments at:


Tags:  Board of Directors  Delaware Nonprofit Day  General Assembly  Governor  Grant-in-Aid  Joint Finance Committee  nonprofits 

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Governor Markell’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal

Posted By John Baker, Friday, January 29, 2016

Sheila and I were there for the Governor’s Budget Presentation in Dover yesterday afternoon and here are the highlights for the Nonprofit Sector:

Governor Markell presented his budget for Fiscal Year 2017. Now the General Assembly and Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will begin hearings, starting on February 2, to draft the final budget bill, Grant-In-Aid bill, and Bond Bill to be passed on June 30. Check the JFC meeting calendar here.

We need to recognize the Governor, his Cabinet, Legislators and all of your efforts that resulted in the Governor including a “Nonprofit Partner” line in his budget. This resonates the language that we have been using at DANA and with the Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition. What we're doing is working! This line-item is $2.3 million to fund a 1% increase for state nonprofit providers of services to clients. This is truly the power of working in coalition with the broad nonprofit sector, a Governor, Staff, and Legislators that understand the value of partnership with nonprofits.

Now we must continue to work in coalition to preserve this “Nonprofit Partner” line as the budget moves to the Joint Finance Committee and hearings begin on February 2.

The Governor also proposed level funding for Grant-In-Aid, with no decrease to the $43 million budget line.

Get the whole budget presentation slides here.

Check the details of the budget here at the OMB site.

“Nonprofit Partners” – See it at the bottom of this document. 


Key Dates and Programs for DANA and Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition (DRSC) to mark on your calendars:
(Other programs and dates will be published as they become available from Coalition Partners.)

January 29: Expenditure Committee Recommendations
Report is due out Friday, January 29 so watch this Blog for breaking news.

February 17: DANA’s Annual Budget Update & Advocacy Program 
Wednesday, February 17 -
 9:00 a.m. to Noon at Wilmington University Dover Campus – Free, but register ahead of time on the DANA website calendar of events. Presentations by Office of Management and Budget, DHSS, DSCYF, Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Melanie George Smith, and Rebecca Kidner, Advocate and Lobbyist.

May 18: Nonprofit Day and Rally
Wednesday, May 18 – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Legislative Hall, Dover, DE


Tags:  budget  General Assembly  Governor  Grant-in-Aid  Joint Finance Committee  nonprofits  Office of Management and Budget 

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State of the State recap

Posted By John Baker, Friday, January 22, 2016

Hi All –

I had the distinct pleasure of teaming up with my colleague Kristin Davis Sommers yesterday as we attended the Governor’s State of the State address representing the Delaware Nonprofit Sector. You probably saw Kristin live-tweeting from our DANA handle @DE_Nonprofit about the highlights of the Governor’s final State of the State. 

Remember that DANA will have it’s “Annual Budget Update” in Dover on February 17th with the Office of Management and Budget, DHSS, and the Kids Dept. giving you their updates on how the Governor’s proposed budget will impact these key state agencies and their contracts with nonprofits. Also, attendees will hear from the Joint Finance Committee and be able to hone advocacy skills with Dover’s own Rebecca Kidner, Esq. This program will take place after the Governor’s budget release on January 28th, so we’ll have the latest figures drilled into the presentations. We’ll be emailing you when registration is open in the coming weeks.

The Governor’s State of the State highlighted the many accomplishments of the administration through the challenging economy: maintaining the state’s “Triple A Bond Rating” that impacts all that we do; highlighting job growth initiatives like ZipCode Wilmington and Pathways to Prosperity; discussing increases in preschool enrollment that lays a stronger foundation for success in other school initiatives like STEM and building a global workforce through language initiatives; improving the criminal justice system including automotive, culinary, and computer skills training, making mandatory sentencing changes, and other ways to help inmates become contributing Delawareans once they’ve served their time. The Governor also announced plans to restructure state employee health benefits to gain control of this major budget cost driver. In his closing, the Governor acknowledged that there is much work to do over the next six months as the budget bill is written by the General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee and passed by the General Assembly.

The Joint Finance Hearings will begin in February, so check the schedule here and come make your voices heard.

DANA’s “Nonprofit Day” will be on May 18th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Majority Meeting Room at Dover’s Legislative Hall. Watch for more details in the coming weeks and months. This is a rally with the Nonprofit Coalition (DANA, United Way of Delaware, Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware Grantmakers Association, University of Delaware – CCRS, and Association of Fundraising Professionals- Brandywine Chapter), so make sure to keep this day marked on your calendar. The time in the Meeting Room will be for Executive Directors to hear from our Elected Officials, and the subsequent rally on the steps of Legislative Hall is a great opportunity to bring your board members, volunteers, and clients so our elected officials can see our numbers as they work to finalize the state budget.

As always if you have any questions or comments please give me a call or send me and email.


Tags:  budget  Delaware Nonprofit Day  economy  General Assembly  Governor  Joint Finance Committee  nonprofits  State of the State 

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General Assembly back in session

Posted By John Baker, Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hello All,

The 148th General Assembly went back into session yesterday with the continued challenges of a very tight budget year, despite the last Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) estimate was more optimistic. Mark your calendars! The Senate and House will meet Tuesday through Thursday through January 28 (see calendar here)The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will begin meeting to build the budget Mondays through Thursdays, February 1 through February 25, then they will meet February 29 through March 3 on the Bond Bill (see the JFC calendar here).

The Governor’s State of the State is Thursday, January 21 at Legislative Hall. His budget presentation will be the following Thursday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the Tatnall Building. Please check the website for any updates or changes to scheduled events.

The DANA Annual Budget Update will be on February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. We will bring you up-to-date on the Governor’s proposed budget and expected changes. This will be your opportunity to hear the latest from OMB, DHSS, the DSCYF, and the JFC.

The Delaware Revenue Solutions Coalition, our nonprofit coalition, continues to meet weekly. We have a busy season of meeting with legislators and taking them our message, including the letter you all signed onto with your logos. Please schedule your own meetings and be sure to incorporate the three points that we agree to in the letter. This is important so our elected officials hear a consistent and unified message coming from the nonprofit sector, leaders, board members, volunteers, and clients. All of our efforts will culminate at Nonprofit Day in Dover at Legislative Hall in May. Stay tuned to this blog and our website for updates.

Delaware Bills to Watch

While the Delaware Competes Act, HB 235, doesn’t directly affect nonprofits, it is a good bi-partisan attempt to strengthen Delaware’s position and economy. The bill was just filed Friday, and is an effort to increase Delaware’s competitiveness in retaining existing corporations and attracting new businesses and corporations to our state. View the Act here

Regarding the proposed Clean-Water Bill, I spoke with bill sponsor, Senator Bryan Townsend, and he assures me that the bill will be revised to address the concerns of nonprofits and others. I’ll keep you updated as I learn more on this.

U.S. Federal Treasury Rule Withdrawn

Thanks to all of our efforts, including DANA’s filed comments to the IRS, the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS has withdrawn their proposed “Gift Substantiation Regulation” that would have required nonprofits to collect Social Security numbers of donors that contributed more than $250. A job well done by our nonprofit community!

As always, feel free to reach out to me via email or by phone 302-777-5500.


Tags:  Bond Bills  budget  DEFAC  Delaware  General Assembly  Governor  Joint Finance Committee  nonprofits 

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Workers Compensation Insurance Public Meetings

Posted By John Baker, Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hi All –

Since 2012, and as one of our continued Public Policy Agenda items again in 2015, DANA has been working to limit growth in Workers Compensation Insurance (WCI) rates. We attended the weekly meetings of the Governor’s Task Force on Workers Comp. Insurance, which was chaired by Lt. Governor Denn, as a representative of the nonprofit sector in Delaware.

In addition to the Governor's Task Force, we've discussed the matter with legislators, as well as colleagues at the Chambers of Commerce. We have also given testimony at the public hearings in 2013, 2014, and will again next week.

With all that in mind, I wanted to pass along the notice below from the Insurance Commissioner.

Please always know that we at DANA are closely watching this issue on your behalf.

As always, if you’d like to talk about this with me please give me a call at 302.777.5500 or email me at





INSURANCE  COMMISSIONER  KAREN  WELDIN  STEWART,  CIR-ML, hereby gives notice that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 and Thursday, November 5, 2015 beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the auditorium on the Mezzanine level of the Carvel State Office Building, 820 North French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. Although the Hearing has been scheduled to be held over the course of two days, the first day (November 4, 2015) will be reserved for the receipt of oral comments from members of the public, and the second day (November 5, 2015) will be reserved for the introduction of evidence by the parties to the proceeding.  If all parties agree, introduction of evidence by the parties may begin on the first day.


The purpose of the hearing is to consider whether the Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau (DCRB) Filing No. 1502 dated August 28, 2015, complies with applicable law and should be allowed to go into effect, or whether the filing should be disapproved. The filing requests an overall increase in involuntary market rates of approximately 14.92% and an overall increase in the voluntary market loss costs of approximately 15.03%. The filing and other related public documents are available on the State of Delaware Department of Insurancwebsitat


The hearing will be conducted pursuant to applicable law, including without limitation 18 Del. C. §§ 2605 and 2610 and 29 Del. C. §§10121-29. The docket number assigned to this hearing is 2916-2015.  The Honorable Joshua W. Martin,

III, has been appointed to serve as the Hearing Officer.


A party has the right to present evidence, be represented by Delaware counsel, and appear personally or by other representative. The Delaware Department of Insurance is obligated to reach its decision based on the evidence received.


Comments are being solicited from any person. Comments may be in writing or may be presented orally at the Hearing. Written comments must be received no later than Wednesday, October 28, 2015 by 4:30 p.m., and should be addressed to the attention of Rhonda West, Regulatory Specialist, Delaware Department of Insurance, 841 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, DE 19904. Also, those intending to provide oral comments at the hearing must notify Rhonda West at (302) 674-7379 or, no later than 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Octobe28, 2015.

Tags:  Delaware  Governor  Lt. Governor  nonprofits  Public Policy  Workers Compensation 

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Keeping You Informed and Engaged in Delaware’s Challenging Budget

Posted By John Baker, Monday, September 28, 2015

As I tweeted out on Friday (@JohnDBaker1) the Governor announced the creation of the “Delaware Expenditure Review Committee.” The committee is led by Fred Sears of the Delaware Community Foundation, and will review state government for opportunities to create efficiencies and provide services in a more cost-effective manner. This new group complements the work of the Delaware Economic Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) on revenues and their report published in May. 

The work of this group, along with that of DEFAC, JFC, Business Roundtable, and other projects, will be important in informing the work of the Nonprofit Sector’s initiative “Delaware Revenue Solutions Working Group” which is hosting a public forum on October 20th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Read more about it at this link to register and save your seat for this important nonprofit sector initiative.

Fred Sears, Chairperson of the Governor’s Expenditure Review Committee, had this to say about the newly created Committee: “This is not going to be easy, but I think the Governor and legislative leaders have appointed a good team that is prepared to go to work."

Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Co-Chair, Melanie George Smith said: “The JFC has made it a top priority to examine our budget for areas where we can save the taxpayers money while improving outcomes for everyone who relies on government services. The JFC welcomes the input, time and ideas of our friends and colleagues in the private sector, and looks forward to working together.”

The Committee, a bipartisan group of government and private sector leaders, includes:

  • Chairperson Fred Sears – Delaware Community Foundation, appointed by the Speaker of the House and designated as Chairperson by the Co-Chairs of the JFC
  • Fred Cottrell – Richards, Layton & Finger, appointed by the Senate Minority Leader
  • Rick Gessner – Capital One, representing the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
  • Dennis Greenhouse – Former County Executive and State Auditor
  • The Hon,. Joshua Martin – Chairperson of DEFAC; Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
  • Robert McMurray – Christiana Care Health System, representing the Delaware Business Roundtable
  • Mike Morton – Controller General
  • Ed Ratledge – Chaiperson of DEFAC’s Subcommittee on Expenditures; University of Delaware
  • Jack Riddle – Community Bank, appointed by the House Minority Leader
  • Jeff Taschner – DSEA, appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore
  • Ann Visalli – Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Lincoln Willis – Former State Rep.; Willis Chevrolet

Recent important community voices in the News Journal’s editorial pages:

Tags:  budget  DEFAC  Delaware  Governor  Joint Finance Committee 

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End-of-Session Updates

Posted By John Baker, Friday, June 27, 2014

Hi All –

Here are some "end-of-session” updates for you.

Grant-In-Aid - As we move into the wrap-up of the 147th Delaware General Assembly session, Monday, June 30 – July 1, we saw the Grant-In-Aid (GIA) bill come out of the Joint Finance Committee with level funding as compared to last year's. Some applicants went up nominally, some went down, and still others were eliminated. Considering the State’s budget struggles and the cuts they made elsewhere, level funding was pretty good for GIA. The bill will be available at the following link next week if you want to check before you receive your notification from the Controller’s office: 
In the left column at the bottom, enter "GA147" for the session, then in the last box enter "Grant-In-Aid" and click "Go” to search.

We have also been updating you on the "Grant-In-Aid Reform Initiative” that the JFC Co-Chairs initiated in earnest this past Fall. We have been at the table on this reform, along with the United Way, Delaware Community Foundation, and various other key Delaware foundations. The process has been talked about for a very long time, but it has taken hold this year under the current leadership. The reform will occur over several years, but here are the first steps that were announced yesterday for the upcoming November applications:

1.) The application forms will look a bit different. You will be able to fill in the forms as "Fillable PDFs” and they plan to move to an online application process in the next couple of years once they have the computer / IT capabilities;

2.) You will be required to list all funding sources for your organizations including Pass-Throughs, Block Grants, and all other sources;

3.) Listing of all disbursements, including Salary and Benefits, as a percent of Revenue;

4.) List of grants and Pass-Throughs from 2014 and projections for 2016;

5.) Board of Directors contact information;

6.) More detailed programmatic section with detailed description of populations served;

6.) Description of what led to your deficit or surplus, and what your plans are for managing the financial position you're in;

7.) ED/CEO and Board Chair signatures required on the application;

8.) Audited Financial Statements within the past three years will be required. You will have time to put this expense in your budget, meanwhile, you will be able to provide a statement as to why you can’t provide audited financial statements.

Because of these changes, it will be important for you to attend the regularly scheduled "Grant-In-Aid Orientation” sessions in October. Check the site. The dates will be listed in the application packages that you typically receive.

The Joint Finance Committee will meet again in September to continue their "Grant-In-Aid Reform” discussions. They will determine what aspect of funding they will address next, but they believe that it may be the $8 Million in "Pass-Throughs”.

Workers Compensation Insurance Reform & HB 373 - The General Assembly also passed, and the Governor signed, HB 373 for Workers Compensation Insurance Reform. This bill continues the work of the Governor’s Task Force. This bill is on the heels of last year's actions that the Task Force thought would solve the steady annual requests for 40% increases, that have settled at near 20% increases the previous two years. The task force identified significant medical cost reimbursements as the main driver to Workers Comp. rate increase requests. This bill caps reimbursement of treatment expenses based on Medicare reimbursement rates beginning in 2017.

So in the meantime, if we can connect you with services like the Red Cross that can help you make your workplaces safer, let us know. Your Workers Compensation Insurance rates are based on your "Experience” so if you have one injury in a small organization it can significantly impact your rates. Talk to your insurance provider, too, and ensure that they’re helping you get every advantage possible.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any comments or questions at or 302.777.5500.


Tags:  General Assembly  Governor  Grant-in-Aid  Insurance  Joint Finance Committee  task force  Workers Compensation 

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Workers Comp Rate Request Decision

Posted By John Baker, Friday, February 28, 2014

Hi All-

I case you haven’t heard, I wanted to let you know that the Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart has announced an increase in Workers’ Compensation rates of 11.4% in residual market rates and 14% in voluntary markets. The effective date of the increase is retroactive to December 1, 2013 for new and renewal business.

While this is certainly less than the 40% increase requested by the Workers’ Compensation Rating Bureau, DANA still believes that more must be done to reform the system. This is the second rate hike in as many years. We, as nonprofits, cannot pass these added costs to our “customers” as other businesses can. Instead, it comes out of the services that we are providing. Less services in a time of such great need is not what Delaware needs.

We will continue to work with the Delaware Insurance Commissioner, the Lt. Governor, and the Governor to initiate real system-wide reform to ensure proper operation of the system as required by the statute with a goal of keeping future increases as small as possible, as well as safety improvement programs implemented by nonprofits to keep costs down.

If you’d like to read the full article from the State of Delaware, click here.

If you’d like more information about the Delaware Department of Insurance, click here.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any comments or questions at or 302.777.5500.


Tags:  Governor  Insurance  Lt. Governor  nonprofits  Workers Compensation 

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Charitable Solicitor Registration and Markell’s 2015 Budget Proposal

Posted By John Baker, Friday, January 31, 2014

Hi all-

Here’s a quick update on two key Public Policy topics:

First, HB 187 Charitable Solicitor Registration was voted out of the "House Economic Development / Banking / Insurance / Commerce Committee yesterday with DANA, AFP, and the United Way of Delaware present in support of the bill being released from the committee. We will keep you posted as to when it will make it on to the House Agenda for discussion and vote.

The bill has been working its way through the General Assembly since 2009. The Delaware Attorney General’s office has been very responsive to make this bill the least onerous on the nonprofit sector while achieving their stated purpose of increasing the public’s confidence in the charitable nonprofits that they want to donate to. Overall, it is hoped that with increased confidence and transparency, individual giving may increase. Delaware is one of eight states that presently does not require nonprofit (501c3) registration. Our surrounding neighbor states require nonprofits soliciting in their states to register, so this will bring Delaware into alignment with our neighbors, as well as most of the nation. The legislation began with much higher fees, and requirements, but in its current form is the most nonprofit friendly. If you have concerns about the bill please contact me. Also the Attorney General’s office is very open to discussion any suggestions or concerns you may have.

Second, I attended Governor Markell’s presentation of his Delaware 2015 Proposed Annual Budget on Thursday at the Tatnall Building in Dover. His initiatives include:


  • Education – Preparing students for college and/or careers
  • Public Safety – Preventing illegal firearms and crime
  • Job Growth – Supporting innovation and workforce development partnerships

Unleash Potential

  • Expanding College Opportunities
  • Reducing barriers to employment & increasing re-entry services for offenders
  • Aligning workers’ skills with employers’ needs

Quality of Life

  • Investing in our transportation network
  • Revitalizing our Downtowns
  • Clean water for Delaware’s future

The Governor's proposal also includes increasing Grant-In-Aid by $500,000.

In our opinion, all of this will be challenging with Delaware’s financial forecast being less than desirable. The proposed budget looks at a variety of ways to balance the budget and pay for initiatives. These include decreases to some expenses and increases of certain incorporation fees. It also includes an increase to the gas tax.

The General Assembly will discuss all of this thoroughly over the coming months.

Please check out the details at this link:

Resister to learn about the anticipated impact on the Nonprofit Sector at the "DANA Annual Delaware Budget Update” program on February 21st in Wilmington at the DCCA, and on February 28th in Dover at the Modern Maturity Center. Click here to register.

As always feel free to reach out to me at or 302.777.5500.


Tags:  Attorney General  budget  charitable solicitation  General Assembly  Governor  Grant-in-Aid 

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