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Donation Acknowledgement Letters: A Guide for Charitable Organizations 


by Ann Swindell, CliftonLarsonAllen

Find out what the IRS requires, what donors expect, and CLA recommendations for acknowledging contributions.  

Donation Acknowledgement Letters: A Guide for Charitable
Nonprofits treasure donations in any amount because they're the lifeblood of almost every charity. While most charities quickly send a "thank you" note for all donations, we recommend incorporating IRS guidance in your donation acknowledgement letters.

When is a donation acknowledgement letter required?  
The IRS changed the rules in recent years for donation documentation, requiring charities provide written acknowledgement of all donations $250 or more. While the IRS requirement is only for $250 and above, we recommend charitable organizations send acknowledgement letters for all donations as a prompt "thank you" to their supporters.


Medicaid Managed Care Rule

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Join the Disability and Aging Collaborative (DAC) for an overview of new federal regulations, as well as an analysis of relevant provisions, including enrollment, network adequacy, stakeholder engagement, beneficiary support system, and quality. This webinar will provide resources to state aging and disability advocates working on Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) issues.

Medicaid Managed Care Rule 
June 22nd, 2pm ET

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Respected and Whole: Preventing Anti-LGBT Bias between Constituents, Staff and across Aging Services

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Explore 8 suggestions for preventing bias and creating inclusive services. Discuss concrete programming ideas and policies to ensure staff and constituents feel respected and safe. Learn how an inclusive environment can improve the health and happiness of both staff and constituents.

Respected and Whole: Preventing Anti-LGBT Bias between Constituents, Staff and across Aging Services  
June 16th, 1:30pm ET
June 10, 2016  
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Passage of Resolution Related to Holocaust Survivor Care on House Floor
This past Tuesday, H.Res.129, a resolution introduced by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) that urges the German government to reaffirm its moral and financial responsibility to Holocaust victims through increased funding to comprehensively address victims' unique health and welfare needs, passed unanimously in the House of Representatives. The same resolution has been introduced in the Senate as S.Con.Res.36 by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME). The resolution continues to gain cosponsors and will hopefully be taken up by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the near future. For more information, please contact Liz Leibowitz, AJFCA Director of Government Affairs.
AJFCA and JFNA Join in Opposition to Block Granting in Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization Bill
Earlier this week, AJFCA and JFNA both joined national, state, and local organizations in signing onto the Food Research & Action Center's (FRAC) letter in opposition to a three-state block grant of the school meal programs contained in the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act, H.R. 5003. This bill, which reauthorizes the child nutrition programs and has passed out of the House Education and Workforce Committee in May, and its proposal to block grant child nutrition programs would deeply impact states' abilities to feed low-income children. To learn more about "block granting," we encourage you to take a look at this resource created by the Friends Committee on National Legislation. If your agency would be interested in joining FRAC's letter in opposition to this proposal, you can add your agency's name here.
Recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15th
Not In My Family - Raising Awareness on Elder Abuse with Seniors and Youth  
Jewish Child & Family Service of Winnipeg's Older Adult Services program is committed to raising awareness on elder abuse. This year, a training package on elder abuse was developed to use as an ongoing professional resource. It includes a DVD and a written educational booklet including a discussion guide. This toolkit can be used with audiences of all ages and communities on the subject of elder abuse.

Through outreach and by raising awareness, the project addresses values and perceptions about abusive behavior and enables seniors to learn about and express themselves on this subject which is seldom addressed. The use of video, discussion, interaction and written materials, has proven to be very beneficial for exploring this sensitive topic. The goal of this project is to remove the stigma and discomfort connected to this issue by encouraging awareness and discussion within a supportive setting. The title, "Not In My Family," is meant to show that, contrary to popular belief, abuse does happen in our own families and community.

The video has been shown to audiences of seniors, students and caregivers followed by discussion. It has also been widely distributed to various professionals and organizations for their use. JFCS Winnipeg is pleased to have member agencies use and share this resource. Contact Cheryl Hirsch Katz for more information. Learn more about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day here.
  • Access the booklet here.
  • Access the Video here.
June is LGBTQ Pride Month, Share Your Pride
June is LGBTQ Pride Month. AJFCA and our partner Keshet want to make sure your agency has everything you need to celebrate Pride Month. You'll find an entire Jewish guide to celebrating LGBTQ pride on their resource page, with sermon ideas, graphics for sharing on social media, signs for marching at Pride, event listings from all around the country, and more. Take a minute and let us know how you're celebrating Pride so we can share your commitment with the Jewish community and let the world know how we stand for LGBTQ equality and inclusion. Please direct questions to Catherine Bell, Keshet's National Program Director.
Upcoming Opportunities Available to
AJFCA  & IAJVS Members

AJFCA has much to offer member agencies this summer. Learn more about upcoming calls/webinars, programs and summits here.
Outside the Box Fundraising: Unique Initiatives in Our Changing Environment
AJFCA is pleased to bring this 2016 Annual Conference session to the network via webinar! From online to in-store Miami, Houston and Philadelphia have developed unique fundraising initiatives that can thrive in our ever changing environment. Learn more about three very different ways to raise dollars that can be replicated in your community. Learn more here.

Outside the Box Fundraising
Tuesday, July 5th - 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE
Nonprofits Should Avoid These 3 Video Types
Nonprofits should stop making videos to recap events, highlight annual accomplishments or tell generic "about us" stories, writes Bloomerang Vice President of Marketing Steven Shattuck. Instead, he recommends videos about a nonprofit's beneficiaries and videos that update donors on specific projects throughout the year. Nonprofits can also use footage from previous events in videos that promote upcoming events once registration opens. Learn more here.
Study: 7 Percent Of Email Appeals Go To Spam
An average of 7 percent of nonprofit emails end up in spam folders each month - and more than 10 percent during year-end campaigns - potentially costing charities as much as $7,400 in revenue each year. Learn more here.
AJFCA VISTA Project Sites Currently Recruiting
VISTAs to Serve Holocaust Survivors
VISTAs are Volunteers In Service to America who commit to a year of service to help build the capacity of organizations to meet the demand for services among those living in poverty. The AJFCA VISTA Project focuses specifically on serving Holocaust survivors at the following organizations: JFS Detroit, JFCS of Southern New Jersey and the Goodwin Holocaust Museum and Education Center, JSSA, Ruth & Norman Rales JFS, Bet Tzedek, UJA-Federation of NY, and CJE SeniorLife. Know a potential Volunteer In Service to America? Please Share! Find the listings online.   
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