The Vermont Legislature passed a new tax measure Saturday that will prevent residents from deducting charitable contributions from their state income tax filings in exchange for a 5% tax credit on donations up to $20,000. "Charitable gift caps effectively eliminate the incentive to give additional dollars above the cap," leaders from 32 nonprofits argued in a letter last month.
Music education and community outreach are central to the Las Vegas Philharmonic's operations, says President and CEO Jeri Crawford. The nonprofit's new Music Van works with children of all ages, performs music therapy for seniors and puts on community events with opportunities to play instruments.
Nonprofits can engage the public and turn awareness efforts into donations with a communications strategy that includes well-written messages, social media, media relations and donor outreach. First, develop a concise message, then use it to develop a media-relations plan that targets a specific audience, leverages storytelling and enlists media personnel to interview or otherwise engage with the organization.
Marie Stopes Kenya and Ideo.org have developed Future Fab, a new brand platform that encourages the use of contraception in Kenya. The brand centers around the idea "own your future" and uses examples of young women pursuing various dreams, like attending college or playing soccer.
Army Reserve troops with the 89th Sustainment Brigade, the 329th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, the 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 653rd Regional Support Group worked with NATO allies in Germany in a simulated large-scale exercise. "If this simulation was a real-world exercise, and we failed to synchronize as a staff and as a unit, then soldiers on the front line would not receive a timely resupply of food, water, fuel, and ammunition, all of which are mission critical," said Col. Michael Beane, commander of the 89th Sustainment Brigade.
The Army Reserve's 39th Flying Training Squadron Cobras took over the skies above San Antonio earlier this month as part of an annual training and readiness exercise dubbed Cobras in the Clouds. Airmen took control of all operations to test their ability to mobilize quickly.
The Hawaii National Guard helped evacuate at least four people from a rural area last week because of lava flows from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. About 150 Hawaii National Guard troops are on the Big Island, helping with various tasks and aiding local law enforcement.
All Air Force Cyber Mission Force teams are fully trained and mission-ready more than four months ahead of schedule, officials say. "We've reached an enormous military cyber milestone and we're excited about what AFCYBER can deliver to our service and the joint cyber fight," said Maj. Gen. Chris Weggeman, AFCYBER commander.
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, have introduced a bill that would require deeper monitoring of veterans' health for conditions related to burn-pit exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Burn Pits Accountability Act comes as veterans and their advocates worry that Congress has sidelined burn-pit issues.