Volume 13, Issue 1| January 2020
The Nonprofit Connection
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Welcome to the new decade! I can't believe that we're already in January, and that I'm gearing up for our 11th Annual MLK Day of Service Read-In Event in just a few short weeks! As the current HandsOn VISTA member, I know that the Read-In has been part of our work since the very first VISTA created the event back in 2010. Since starting in August, I've so enjoyed co-planning this event with Jasmine Hodges and Michelle Howard from Wake Forest's Office of Civic and Community Engagement and Chelli Broussard from Winston-Salem State University . Together, we share a vision of creating a memorable event for children and volunteers which is well-resourced and includes participation from the greater Winston-Salem community. Through our outreach efforts we are happy to engage students from Winston-Salem's colleges who are volunteering as reading buddies, businesses which are donating food and materials, organizations who are leading activities for children, and schools and organizations which are promoting the event and/or providing transportation for their students. We are thrilled by the amount of support and excitement that has built around the 11th annual Read-In. We can't wait for the event itself, where we will celebrate the power of both Dr. King's legacy and of the Winston-Salem community. You can read more details, with links on how you can get involved, later in this newsletter.

As much as I am looking forward to MLK Day, my favorite part of serving with HandsOn is getting to know the diverse organizations and nonprofits which serve the people, animals, and environment in our region (that's most of you!) Our community's dedication to improving our corner of the world inspires me! One of the ways I've gotten to know these organizations and nonprofits is through managing our online volunteer engagement platform, GetConnected . I enjoy meeting volunteer managers and learning about the organizations they serve by helping them make the most of our volunteer platform. I connect with volunteer managers through individually scheduled meetings and through the monthly GetConnected training sessions I host. These sessions are a great way for volunteer managers from different agencies to meet and learn from each others' experience and expertise. This month I'm hosting GetConnected Training on 1/28 from 2:30-3:30 , where I'll answer any questions you might have and work with you to develop (or create) your agency page. I hope to see you there, perhaps after you've taken advantage of Brittney's GVSA Information Session on the same day from 1:30-2:30 ! Otherwise, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you have about GetConnected.

It has been a pleasure to serve with HandsOn over the last few months of 2019 and I look forward to what the new year brings for all of us!


Julia Ough
AmeriCorps VISTA Member,
Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition
HandsOn NWNC

Ed note: We've loved having Julia on board as part of our team since August, and she'll be with us until her year of service ends in August 2020. Are you interested in sharing your love of HandsOn with our network in a guest column? Then please let Amy know !
2019-2020 Nonprofit Essentials:
Working With Leaders in Grassroots Communities
Thursday, January 16th, Noon to 4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--3rd floor, Neill Board Room
( see map )

As the sector becomes more focused on collective impact, place-based initiatives, and asset-based community development in general, the ability to work with folks from all neighborhoods and with diverse life experiences has become crucial to the success of individual nonprofits. This class provides a basis for engaging in mission-focused work from an asset-based and community-driven framework.  The class is taught by Paula McCoy , a Coach/Consultant with HIGOL , and retired Executive Director of Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods.

COST: $50 for Supporting Partners; $60 for all others
Supporting Partners can register for the entire 10-class series for just $450 ($550 for all others), and you can begin the series with any class. Cost includes a hot networking lunch and extensive take-home materials.

(PLEASE NOTE: There are *extremely limited* spaces available for all of our 2019-2020 NPE classes. As a class is filled, those registering to take just a single class may be put on a waitlist.)
Get Ready for the 11th Annual MLK Day Read-In Event!
Saturday, January 25th, 10:00 am to 1:00pm
Location: Winston-Salem State University, Reaves Center

This is the 11th annual MLK Day of Service Read-In , which celebrates the legacy of Dr. King by promoting social justice, education, and literacy. Volunteers from Winston-Salem State University , Wake Forest University , UNC-School of the Arts , and Salem College all participate in this event either as volunteer activity station leaders or as reading buddies. Reading buddies are paired with local children, ages 4-11, and experience various activity booths together as a team. Children will enjoy over 15 activity booths which are planned and hosted by the MLK Day Read-In Student Advisory Board and by community partners. We are grateful to the following organizations who are giving their time to this event by planning and hosting activities: Kids Cooking Coalition , Piedmont Environmental Alliance , UNC School of the Arts ArtistCorps , and the Winston-Salem Fire Department

The highlight and namesake of the event is the reading station, where the reading buddies read to their child. Each participating child goes home with a new, age-appropriate civil-rights themed book in either English or Spanish, as well a donated, used general-interest book. The books share the stories of Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., and/or the march from Selma to Montgomery. We hope that history's role models and volunteer mentors will inspire our community's children to become civically engaged leaders.

Do you parent or work with youth that might want to participate?  Parents and guardians can drop off their children (ages 4-11) at the event, but we would prefer that you register your child beforehand using  this youth registration form. This form is also available in Spanish. This is especially important if you are planning on bringing a group of children to participate, so that we can recruit an accurate number of volunteers.
Want to volunteer?  Due to limited availability, we are currently only recruiting college undergraduate or graduate students to serve as reading buddies. We ask that those individuals fill out this form . However, individuals and other groups can support the event by donating books which will be read and distributed during the event. You can drop off gently used children's books in English or Spanish at Wake Forest University's Office of Civic and Community Engagement (Benson 503).

We want to thank our community business leaders for their generous donations to this impactful event: Chick-Fil-A (Peace Haven), Food Lion (Patterson Ave., N. Point Blvd., New Walkertown), Harris Teeter (Reynolda Road), Krispy Kreme (Stratford), Lowe's Foods (Reynolda Rd., Robinhood Rd., Peters Creek Pkwy.), The Fresh Market (Robinhood Rd.), and Trader Joe's (Thruway). Thanks to them, we'll have plenty of food to for our participants and volunteers! We give special thanks for the Walmart Community Grant through their Parkway Village Court location for covering the costs of materials for participating children.
Information Session:
Project Blueprint 2020
Wednesday, January 29th, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--3rd floor ( see map )

Applications  are now open for  Project Blueprint, one of our signature, equity-focused leadership programs designed to facilitate members of underrepresented groups to serve on nonprofit boards and committees. (If you are not a white male over 50, then this includes you!) Project Blueprint is a series of training sessions that provide an overview of the role and operations of nonprofit boards to help you develop the skills needed to become a successful board member, and culminates in one of our "Speed Dating" sessions with local nonprofits (shown above.) We've made significant changes to the program for 2020, and this session will introduce you to how we've made participation easier than ever! We hope you will plan to come, bring a friend, and share widely within your networks.

COST: FREE! We'll provide drinks and a snack; you are welcome to bring your own lunch (microwave available.)
Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for the 2020 Forsyth County Governor's Volunteer Service Awards BY JAN. 31st!!
Our 2020 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards breakfast will be held the morning of APRIL 28th at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Conference Center.

But we can't have a breakfast to honor outstanding volunteers without the volunteers!! Nominations for the awards are due by January 31st through the Governor's Office's website. All online applications that originate in Forsyth County will be forwarded to us here at HandsOn, where a volunteer committee will read, review, and make the selection of our category winners to be announced at the breakfast. While there are PDF and Word versions of the application available, we hope everyone will make the much easier choice and use the online form!

We're excited that Novant Health has signed on as both our Premier Sponsor and host for the breakfast! Want to join them as a sponsor? We'd love to have you as either an event or table sponsor. ( Individual tickets are also now available, but limited in quantity, so please act quickly!)

Want to learn more about the process and how to submit a successful nomination? Brittney is hosting two 2020 GVSA training sessions at the Winston-Salem Foundation: one on Wednesday, January 15th from noon to 1:00 pm and one on Tuesday, January 28th from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. She will answer any questions you might have and go into detail on Forsyth County and state rules and regulations. Please register below or just come!  F eel to bring your lunch and we'll supply the drinks and the chocolate.

GVSA Nomination Info Session II: Tuesday, January 28th, 1:30 to 2:30 pm * Remember that Julia's GetConnected training follows the 1/28 session, so you could knock two sessions out in one trip!

Save the Date for our First-Ever "Love Our Nonprofits" Networking Event on February 14th!
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Friday, February 14, 4 pm to 6 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--
3rd floor
( see map )

You know we love all of the nonprofits, companies, and consultants in our network--and we've chosen Valentine's Day to show it! Based on feedback from the focus groups we held over the summer, you made it clear you wanted more opportunities to come together informally as a network, and we heard you!

We'll gather in the Burress Family Center for Philanthropy--on the 3rd floor--and provide drinks and light appetizers. There will be no formal agenda; we just want to make sure that you feel the love! Sneak out early for an afternoon Valentine's Day tryst with us! Put the date on your calendars, and more details will be in our February newsletter.
2019-2020 Nonprofit Essentials:
Fund Development
Thursday, February 20th, Noon to 4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--
3rd floor, Neill Board Room
( see map )

This course is designed to meet the real-world needs and challenges nonprofit organizations face every day related to fundraising. It is taught in an active learning style and includes case studies and a take-away project, making the learning experience both substantive and enjoyable. The course offers a complete overview of the development function, featuring the most current information and techniques, and will provide an overview of skills, strategies and program components for individuals with zero to four years of fundraising experience.   

The course will be facilitated by Michelle Speas , who brings over 20 years of experience in Japan, Africa and the United States to her executive leadership, including her current role as Chief Development and Public Relations Officer at Family Services , one of the Triad’s largest nonprofit organizations and an anchor agency in Forsyth County committed to the safety, security, and well-being of the most vulnerable in our community. She has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) for over 10 years and has been a member of the NC Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 1997.

COST: $50 for Supporting Partners; $60 for all others
Supporting Partners can register for the entire 10-class series for just $450 ($550 for all others), and you can begin the series with any class. Cost includes a hot networking lunch and extensive take-home materials.

(PLEASE NOTE: There are *extremely limited* spaces available for all of our 2019-2020 NPE classes. As a class is filled, those registering to take just a single class may be put on a waitlist.)
Board Member Workshops For Clemmons and Lewisville Nonprofits Scheduled for February and March!
Thursday, February 27th, 8:30 am to Noon
Location: Historic Broyhill Office Center, main 2540 Clemmons Rd, Clemmons ( see map )

Thanks to the generous support of our friends at the Clemmons Community Foundation , HandsOn has been working with a small planning team of Clemmons and Lewisville-based nonprofits to present a two-part series of board governance workshops this spring at the Broyhill Center in Clemmons. Registration priority will be given to nonprofits located in and serving people in the Lewisville and Clemoons communities.

The first class on February 27th at 8:30 am , Board Training--Session 1, includes a review of recommended board practices and policies including: board roles and responsibilities; fiduciary duties; federal and state nonprofit laws and regulations; board/staff relationships; conflict of interest and family member disclosures; financial reports and dashboards; fund raising responsibilities and techniques; strategic planning process and tools; and critical metrics for effective nonprofit boards. Significant time will be allocated for questions and other topics of interest to participants. 

This session is for individuals serving on the boards of nonprofit organizations and for those considering joining a nonprofit board. For the greatest impact, multiple board members or full boards from the same nonprofit are encouraged to attend.

Board Training--Session 2, scheduled for March 26th at 8:30 am, is designed for individuals already serving on the boards of nonprofit organizations, especially for those moving into board leadership positions. It provides a review of board officer roles and responsibilities; board decision making techniques; the use of board committees and advisory boards, including structure, policies and procedures; the use of consent agendas and executive sessions; key benchmarks for effective boards; board assessments; executive director performance evaluations; board recruitment and diversity, including inter-generational perspectives on board service; and building exceptional boards and board culture.

We encourage as many participants as possible to register for both sessions.

COST: $10, includes extensive take-home materials and light refreshments.

Training Opportunities
Racial Equity Institute Workshops Offered by Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods, January-June Dates Announced The REI Phase I workshop is a two-day process that helps provide talking points, historical factors and an organizational definition of racism. The Racial Equity Institute (REI) believes that organizations are often working in very intentionally civil ways yet operating from multiple understandings that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion. This creates complications to the goal of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and producing equitable outcomes. This workshop is designed to build the capacity of educators, health practitioners, child welfare advocates, judicial representatives, other professionals, and all persons who are interested in understanding and eliminating racial inequities, disparities and disproportionality within our society. This workshop is important for people who want to dismantle racism.  NBN will be offering four Phase I Workshops this spring and summer:
January 20th + 21st
March 11th + 12th
May 11th + 12th
July 9th + 10th

The Phase II workshop is a two-day training that helps emerging racial equity leaders identify their struggles and challenges in light of the racial equity analysis outlined in Phase I. Following an in-depth review of key Phase I concepts, participants examine internalized oppression, feelings of inferiority and superiority, and racial identity development and how personal and organizational practices are affected by these feelings. The consistent and predictable outcomes of organizations and institutions find their roots in structures supported and maintained by individuals who have internalized narratives of inequity and injustice. NBN offers Phase II workshops biyearly in the spring and in the fall. Depending upon demand, an additional Phase II Workshop may be scheduled in the summer. The spring 2020 date is February 10th + 11th.

You must attend both days of a Phase I training to be eligible to attend Phase II. It is also strongly preferred that you have also audited a Phase I training as an alumni, as your Phase Two experience requires you to have a strong memory of Phase I concepts in order to build upon them.

Registration rates start at $175. More details, registration, and cost information for all of their upcoming workshops can be found on NBN's website.
"Trends in Community Engagement," PRAVA Meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 8:30 am to 9:30 am Join our friends at PRAVA (Piedmont Regional Association Volunteer Administration) for another great networking meeting and discussion this month! Cultural, generational, and socioeconomic differences can affect everything from recruitment to how we support volunteers and acknowledge their contributions. Learn how you can maintain, engage, and motivate a diverse volunteer corps that leverages the skills and talents of local citizens from all walks of life. No need to RSVP, just come! The meeting will be held at Trellis Supportive Care . For more information on PRAVA and their upcoming meetings, please visit their website.  
RE:fresh and Ready Campaign Prep Workshop with CapDev, Winston-Salem, Feb. 27th and 28th, $119 Register now to join our friends from CapDev , a HandsOn Vendor Partner , for this popular workshop at a unique venue in fun and artsy downtown Winston-Salem, and give yourself the refresher you need to rethink and ready yourself and your organization for campaign preparations in 2020. CapDev's experts will present insights and thoughtful dialogue, focused on relational philanthropy and innovative campaign thinking in an easy and useful format + a fun bonus pre-workshop adaptive capacity activity with EmcArts & UNC School of the Arts performance the evening before. Go online for registration and more details!
Funding Opportunities
Clemmons Community Foundation Opens 2020 Competitive Community Grant Cycle This year the Clemmons Community Foundation, a HandsOn Funding Partner, will award grants in two categories, Clemmons-Lewisville Enrichment Grants and Transitions Grants, from its unrestricted and field of interest funds.

Clemmons-Lewisville Enrichment Grants will fund strategies and outcomes that lead to positive impact and lasting improvement. Solutions are encouraged to raise organizational capacity in meeting the needs and evolving interests of Clemmons and Lewisville. Enrichment Grants will be awarded between $2,500 and $7,500 with project completion expected within one year. Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report.

Transitions Grants will fund programs and services that focus on aging adults and seniors as well as school-aged children and youth in Clemmons and Lewisville. Transitions Grants will be awarded between $2,500 and $10,000 with project completion expected within one year. Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report.

Prospective applicants are invited to attend a Grant Process Briefing Session where the Foundation will review the guidelines, software, process, and answer any organizational questions. Attendance is recommended but not required if you plan to apply for a grant in 2020 as important changes to the upcoming grant cycles will be discussed.

Briefing Sessions will be offered on:
  • Friday, January 10 from 10:00-11:30 am
  • Thursday, January 16 from 3:00-4:30 pm

Both will be held at the Historic Broyhill Building in Clemmons. RSVP here.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Opens Two New Funding Opportunities for Forsyth County Our friends at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a HandsOn Funding Partner, has opened the following two opportunities from their Local Impact in Forsyth County division:

Special Initiative: Great Expectations
Increasing Family Economic Security in Forsyth County Many Forsyth County families continue to experience persistent poverty. Addressing this complex problem requires solutions that are deeply informed and led by people closest to the problem. This funding opportunity supports a community inquiry process to recommend effective two-generation approaches to increase family economic security in Forsyth County.
Addressing Childhood Trauma in Forsyth County This funding opportunity supports mapping, planning, and education related to building trauma-informed early childhood systems in Forsyth County.

In addition, they have also released the following opportunity for those working in Wake, Mecklenburg, Durham, Cumberland, Guilford, Forsyth, Onslow, Pitt, New Hanover, and  Healthy Places North Carolina  communities:
Building Partnerships and Organizational Capacity to Address Social Drivers of Poor Health Achieving greater equity in health outcomes will require genuine partnership between hospitals and health systems and the community organizations that are embedded in underserved areas or led by residents with low incomes. The Trust is interested in hearing from organizations and collaboratives working to build these partnerships to address a specific social driver of poor health.

The deadlines for all opportunities are the same: Call-by date: January 17th | Application deadline: February 4th!
New York Life Foundation Supports After-School Programs As part of the 2020 Aim High Program , t he Afterschool Alliance invites out-of-school time programs to apply for grants of up to $100,000 to support the ability of afterschool & summer learning programs help their middle school students make a successful transition from 8th to 9th grade. More details are online. The application deadline is January 24th!
Other Opportunities
Learn More About the Most Effective Anti-Poverty Program in the US! Did you know that the Earned Income Tax Credit lifts more families out of poverty each year than any other single program? No? Then you need to attend the EITC Awareness Day Lunch on Friday, January 31st, from Noon to 1:30 at Experiment for Self-Reliance (3480 Dominion St., Winston-Salem) . The keynote presentation will given by Busta Brown. The cost is free, but you must RSVP via email.
Apply for a Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program Intern from Wake Forest University Applications to become a site for Wake Forest University's Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program (SNIP) are now open.  Each summer, our friends at Wake's Office of Civic and Community Engagement (OCCE) coordinate SNIP; HandsOn has been a placement site numerous times. The program places full-time undergraduate interns with community partner sites. The goal: to advance the mission and vision of community partners and enrich students' academic and vocational development. The intern serves full days with the host site, Monday-Thursday, from June 1st through July 31st.

Individual nonprofits, faith communities, or collaborative projects led by two or more nonprofits/community organizations in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the surrounding area are all welcome to apply. If you were a host site for SNIP 2019, you will need to resubmit an application in order to be considered again for 2020.  Please note that in order to be considered as a potential site for SNIP you must complete an application and participate in a site visit. 

If you are interested in being a SNIP site, please apply here .  For questions, please contact Jasmine Hodges. The deadline to apply is January 24th!
Employment Opportunities
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Grants Administrator The Grants Administrator is a key member of the Foundation 's Administrative and Grants team. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, highly organized, able to work under pressure, be a self-starter with excellent time-management skills, meet all deadlines, work well in a team environment, and provide effective customer-service support to grantees and to others who contact the Foundation. This individual also must be proficient in Microsoft Office and operating basic office equipment. Knowledge of Blackbaud software such as Gifts Online and FENXT, as well as experience with Accounts Payable/Finance experience, is a plus. Minimum education requirements include an Associates degree plus two years relevant work experience or a high school diploma with equivalent experience. Please view the  the full position description for more detail. To apply for please email your resumé, cover letter and compensation expectations with “ZSR” in the subject line. T he deadline for applications is January 17th  with final selection scheduled no later than March 1st!
Bookmarks, Communications Specialist Bookmarks is currently hiring a full-time Communications Specialist to join the operations team. This person is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to strengthen Bookmarks’ brand on a daily basis through marketing, social media, website, graphic design, and media relations. The specialist must understand, represent and advocate Bookmarks’ history, mission, and vision and participate in its work, objectives, development, and accomplishments by serving as a liaison with the marketing agency and with external communications. Ideal candidates will have marketing, design, and social media experience, strong time management skills as well as the initiative to maintain partnerships in the community. Candidates should review the full position description and email a cover letter, resume with three references listed, and writing and design samples (10 pages max) to Cailey Neuschaefer, Office and Volunteer Specialist. Review of applications begins Wednesday, January 15.
Crosby Scholars, Director of Development Crosby Scholars , which works to assist public middle and high school students in Forsyth County in preparing themselves for successful college enrollment, is looking for a new Director of Development. This full-time, salaried position will: develop and implement a strategy for raising funding for the organization; be the primary point of contact for the 2021 Campaign working towards a $7 million goal; and, in conjunction with the Development Committee, create and execute the annual development plan, which includes the Crosby Scholars Invitational Golf Tournament, personal solicitations, and grant writing. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who uses data to drive informed decisions for the team. For more details, please see the full position description on their website . To apply, submit a resume to the attention of Mona Lovett , President and CEO, Crosby Scholars Program. The goal is to have the position filled by early 2020.
Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust, Executive Vice President of Administration and Programs The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust , a HandsOn Funding Partner , has an exciting and newly added opportunity for an Executive Vice President of Programs & Administration. In this leadership role, you will have the opportunity to work with the President directing the daily operations of the Trust to meet the strategic vision and mission. If you are an engaged leader who believes in the importance of growing your team members while living out the mission on a daily basis, then they want to talk to you! For a full position description, please visit their website . The Trust has engaged myHR Partner to manage the hiring process. Applicants who meet the initial qualifications will be contacted for a video interview. All applicants can check the status of their application by logging on to the myHR Partner web portal and logging on to your personal profile in the Job Postings area.
The Shepherd's Center of Greater Winston-Salem, Program Assistant The Shepherd's Center of Greater Winston-Salem has a position open for a Vital Living Senior Center Program Assistant. R esponsibilities include assisting the Program Director in coordinating program events and activities. Specific duties include assisting with day-to-day operations of the Vital Living Senior Center program, maintaining appropriate records for senior center certification and assisting with efforts to collaborate with community-based organizations in order to provide programming in off-site locations. Interested applicants should review the full position description and send a resume to Kristin Larson , Vital Living Program Director.
NC Counts Coalition, Administrative and Program Assistant The 2020 Census is less than a year away and preparations for the decennial count are well underway across North Carolina. The state-wide NC Counts Coalition seeks a full-time Administrative and Programs Assistant to support North Carolina’s efforts to make sure everyone is counted! This position will support NC Counts’ 2020 Census strategic plan, which includes, but is not limited to, support for the communication and outreach program, 'Get Out the Count' plan and development. The Administrative and Programs Assistant will report directly to the Executive Director and work closely with senior leadership and core partners. This is a full-time, non-exempt position expected to end on June 30, 2020, with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review the full position description for more details.
Congrats to the Participants of the First-Ever "Pitch-In" Night at Venture Cafe!

HandsOn was happy to partner with our colleagues at Love Out Loud and Venture Cafe to identify and help prep the nonprofits that would participate in Venture Cafe's first-ever "Pitch-In" night. Held on their last Thursday Gathering of the year, the event gave a small, but diverse and representative, group of nonprofits a chance to "pitch" the ways that individuals could get involved and support their programs. Congrats to our long-time Supporting Partner, LEAD Girls of NC, who came out on top (although we know that *all* of you are winners!) Competition participants included:
Forsyth Futures Unveils New
Key Measures Report for 2020!

Forsyth Futures’ Key Measures Report serves as a compilation of recent commonly-requested, community-specific, reference information to aid informed public consideration and grant-writing activities in Forsyth County. The contents of this report address demographics and various topics related to the economy, health and wellness, education, and safety in Forsyth County. We believe this tool will be invaluable to the Forsyth County-based nonprofits in our network and encourage you to check it out TODAY!

Congress Repeals Nonprofit Parking Tax (FINALLY!)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019, repeals the much-discussed nonprofit parking tax enacted as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act repeals Section 512(a)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code, under which transportation fringe benefits such as parking and public transit benefits provided by nonprofit employers (i.e. an expense ) were subject to a 21% income tax. The Act repeals Code Section 512(a)(7) retroactively, as if it were never enacted. This allows nonprofits that have already paid the tax in 2018 and 2019 to seek a refund of any taxes paid. The IRS has not yet issued guidance about how to claim this refund; HandsOn recommends reaching out to your tax or financial firm for more information.

  IRS Releases 2020 Mileage Rate

On New Year's Eve, The Internal Revenue Service issued the  2020 optional standard mileage rates that many of us use to reimburse our employees for the personal use of a car or other vehicle for work-related purposes. (Nothing like the last minute, IRS!) Beginning on January 1st, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
  • 57.5 cents per mile driven for business use
  • 14 cents per mile for volunteer service
The business mileage rate decreased one half of a cent for business travel driven from the rates for 2019. And, yes, there was no change to the volunteer mileage rate, which literally requires an act of Congress to change (so don't hold your breath!) Hope this helps you with 2020 planning!
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