Think Twice
From: Think Twice Before You Slice Campaign 
Date: February 4, 2011
Re: Welcome, Updates, Get Involved

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Welcome to the Think Twice campaign for regional budget advocacy - version 2.0.


Now in our second year, this joint initiative of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington will provide weekly updates from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. You can get up-to-the-minute news on the Think Twice website and our Twitter feed.


We are proud to work in coalition with nonprofit organizations and allies on the ground, and welcome your participation, ideas and energy. The budget is the most important policy document adopted by any community -- and it's easy to Get Involved!


This is your campaign - dedicated to support your local nonprofit efforts to ensure adequate resources to meet the needs of everyone in our region. Have questions, or suggestions? Drop me a line.


On behalf of everyone here at Think Twice, we look forward to working together with you again this year.



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Melissa Bondi, Campaign Director


Alexandria anticipates no deficit for FY12 - good news for the city, though the depth of need in every community remains. The City Executive will release his draft budget on February 8.


Arlington just released its budget calendar; the County Manager releases her draft budget on February 12; latest revenue forecasts suggest little to no deficit gap.


In Fairfax, the County Executive releases his proposal on February 22, while

Loudoun County will see its first budget proposal on February 7. Prince William County's budget information and calendar are also online.


Join Think Twice and Nonprofit NOVA for a strategy session to discuss local jurisdictions' FY12 budgets. We'll discuss best ways to work together to preserve local funding for critical services and programs.


February 11, 2011

Noon - 2pm

Northern Virgina Family Services, Oakton VA

Details and RSVP 


The Fair Budget Coalition is holding Issue Briefings Breakfasts, featuring nonprofit experts in a variety of policy priorities, speaking about current District programs and needs.


Mayor Gray will release his draft budget April 1, to close a revenue gap some have estimated at up to$600 million.


 In Montgomery County, Nonprofit Montgomery will hold a conversation on February 9 with the local Directors of Economic Development, Recreation and Housing and Community Affairs to discuss the projected budget gap of about $300 million.


Most department directors have been asked to propose budgets reflecting a 15% reduction in spending (Public Safety, Transit, and Health and Human Services have been asked to propose 5% reductions.)


In Prince George's, County Executive Rushern Baker is holding three public hearings to solicit community input prior to releasing his proposed budget in mid-March.


Meanwhile, the state's Legislative Information Service released its assessment of the human services elements of Governor O'Malley's proposed budget. The Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute released its own instant analysis.