Train Your Peers
The Association for Volunteer Administration will hold
its International Conference on Volunteer Administration in Cincinnati,
OH, October 15-18, 2003. They are currently seeking proposal for workshops
and seminars at that event. If you are interested in training your peers
this is the opportunity. Information on submitting proposals can be found
at the AVA Web site. http://www.AVAintl.org The proposals are due December
Journal of Volunteer Administration: New Leadership
The Journal of Volunteer Administration (JOVA), a publication
of the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) has new leadership
and a refreshing new look. Mary Merrill, the new editor has produced a
practical international journal of excellent quality for practitioners
and scholars. The most recent issue has practical articles on such things
as the future role of senior volunteers; changes in the demographics of
who is volunteering; and a wonderful piece on applying the principles
of Zen Buddhism to volunteer management.
Volunteer Mileage Deduction
The United States House of Representatives
and Senate have bills working through the system that would increase the
deduction volunteers can take for the use of their automobile while volunteering.
Senator Russell Feingold, Wisconsin introduced S.2761 and Representative
Todd Platts, Pennsylvania, introduced H.R. 5229. The bills would change
the current deduction from $.14 per mile to $.36.5 per mile. Have you
called your senator or representative lately?
More Online and More Audits
Beginning in January 2004, nonprofit organizations in
the US will be able to file their federal tax returns electronically.
The agency has also stated its intent to audit more charities than in
the past. In 2001 5,342 organizations or 1% of all charities were audited
by the IRS. This does not mean they are hiring more staff, but working
smarter. The tax people have announced the intent to look at specific
parts of all submitted returns, and will focus, for example, next year
on the way executive salaries are set, fund raising costs, and how donated
vehicles are handled.
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