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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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Governor Markell's State of the State

Posted By John Baker, Thursday, January 23, 2014

Good Morning!

If you are looking to catch Governor Markell’s State of the State address from Legislative Hall, House Chambers beginning at 2PM today, you can follow it live at

Governor Markell will present his budget next Thursday, January 30, 2014, at the Tatnall building in Dover (located next to Legislative Hall).

Remember to register for the Annual Budget Update brought to you by DANA and sponsored by Nemours. We’ll have presentations from Delaware’s OMB, DHSS, and DSCYF (Kids Dept.), as well as a representative of the Legislature, and Drew Fennell, to talk about Advocacy and Lobbying. Register on our website by clicking here.

DANA's Annual Budget Update:
February 21st in Wilmington at the DCCA, and February 28th in Dover at the Modern Maturity Center
Times: 9:00 a.m. – Noon

As always, if you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me.


Tags:  Advocacy  budget  Governor  Legislative Hall  Office of Management and Budget  State of the State 

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Win for Nonprofits in Federal OMB Grants reform

Posted By John Baker, Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hi All,

I recently received this great news that I want to share with you. After much heavy lifting by our National Council of Nonprofits and our partner nonprofit state associations around the country, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released for public inspection "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards", which will streamline federal grants rules and procedures.

To boil it down, the OMB is recognizing that it is important to include an appropriate administrative amount in their contracts with nonprofits. If you are, or will be, getting state or local funding that comes from the federal government (a.k.a.pass through funding) you can opt for the new automatic indirect cost rate of 10%. Other changes include: expanded eligible direct costs, more favorable audit rules, and standardized/streamlined applications and reports.

As our National Council of Nonprofits points out (summarized):

The new guidance means that nonprofits should be able to focus more on their missions and should be under less pressure to raise additional funds to support the work of a contract. In turn, charities with no government contracts or grants could see less competition for scarce philanthropic dollars. This is a major win for the entire charitable nonprofit community.

This will help all nonprofits, even if they don’t have government contracts, because those with contracts will not have to raise funds from private sources to cover the overhead that will now be included in their contracts with the government.

We hope you see the value and the power that is illustrated by this OMB Announcement. Working together with our colleague associations across the country, we have been able to make an impact on Federal contracting. They acknowledge that all organizations must cover their administrative costs if they are to continue to provide critical services. Together we are making our communities stronger.

I will keep you posted as I learn more in processing the 759 pages.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments, and I will get back to you upon my return from the holidays on January 6th.


Tags:  contracts  federal  grant reform  grants  National Council of Nonprofits  Office of Management and Budget  OMB 

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