2017 May Focus Print

President's Report

Dear Colleagues,

We have just come off a fabulous conference in Portland and I want to acknowledge the co-chairs, Linda Werman and Kathleen Cogswell, along with their terrific committee.  Thank you also to our conference sponsors and exhibitors who are year-round partners.

NEAHP offers many opportunities for education and networking throughout the year, and we hope you will take advantage of the AHP Webinars and our very own SmartLunch webinars.

Interested in getting involved in NEAHP?  Consider joining the conference committee, or membership and sponsorship committees.  Please feel free to reach out to me with your interest.

As the trees and flowers bloom with the promise of spring, I hope all of your programs continue to flourish.


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Meet the NEAHP Board

2017 -2018 NEAHP Board Elected at 2017 Educational Conference

The 2017 Annual Meeting of NEAHP was held on March 6, 2017 at the Annual Education Conference.  Outgoing President Martin Richman, CFRE was recognized for his outstanding service with a presentation of an engraved chair. The new slate of officers was accepted as follows:

President: Robin Popp, CFRE
Immediate Past President: Martin Richman, CFRE
President-Elect: Jessica Simonds
Vice President, Education: Jennifer Clark
Vice President, Communications and Secretary: Jeff Miller, CFRE
Vice President, Treasurer: Joanne Gregory
Vice President, Membership: Eileen O’Gara-Curtis
Members-at-Large: Mark Cummings, Jack Dresser, CFRE, Rebecca Phillips, Nick Stahl, CFRE, and Betsy Cross, CFRE.

Committee Members: TBD (Scholarships); Linda Dodge, CFRE (Accreditation); Jennifer Cummings (Conference Co-Chair with Gail Dexter); Laura Gingras and John Modzelewski (Philanthropist of the Year); Brynn Evans (Webinar/Smart Lunch); Cathy LaRocca, MPH (Focus); Rich Solomon (Legislative Affairs); Nick Zaharias (Web Site); Veronica Rosa, CFRE (Social Networking); Linda Werman (Sponsorship Development); and John Donovan (Assistant Treasurer).

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Legislative Affairs

By Richard P. Solomon, CFRE

There are several recent issues that could impact the philanthropic sector if they are approved.  Click on each link to learn more about each item:

  1. Universal Charitable Deduction for All (Chronicle of Philanthropy): Amid widespread concern about the effects proposed budget cuts could have on nonprofits, Independent Sector is doubling down on the charitable deduction and calling for the tax incentives to be extended to all taxpayers regardless of whether they itemize.  (Read more)


  1. CT Finance Panel Eyes Ending Sales Tax Exemption for Nonprofits (The CT Mirror): The legislature’s tax-writing panel is considering a measure that would repeal the sales tax exemption on goods and services sold to nonprofits – a provision that saves these entities more than $200 million per year. 
    (Read more)


  1. Can Charities Survive Trump?  For Some, It’s Life and Death (New York Times): The new administration is determined to slash budgets and minimize priorities for anything not related to the military and Homeland Security.  Some charitable organizations could face extinction as a result. 
    (Read more)


  1. UK Charities Fined by Watchdog for Wealth Screening of Donors (The Guardian): Eleven of Britain’s best-known charities have been fined for breaching data protection rules.  Some were secretly subjecting millions of their donors to wealth screening operations to target them for additional fundraising. 
    (Read more)

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Educational Conference Highlights

Innovative Pioneer in Street Medicine

The very well attended Annual NEAHP Conference took place from Mar 4 – 6, 2017 in beautiful Portland Maine. Very special thanks to all of our vendors and sponsors, especially our Signature Sponsor, Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc., and our Gold Sponsor, The Giving Collaborative. Our sponsors help to keep our conference fees low and our educational value high!

Our Conference kicked off Sunday evening, March 4th with an inspiring presentation by Jim Withers, MD, founder of the Street Medicine Institute, a new global Street Medicine movement which is an integrated approach to delivering health care to those sleeping under bridges, in abandoned buildings, and on the streets. Dr. Withers related his personal experiences creating Operation Safety Net in Pittsburgh, PA and how the Street Medicine model fills gaps in healthcare to this vulnerable population. In the past 24 years, Street Medicine has become a global movement supported by the Street Medicine Institute.

Responses from conference attendees were overwhelmingly positive:

“Incredible story - Passion, drive. Heartfelt, effective and guided by people's needs - a great example of a human being”
“Inspirational & informative. Thank you for reminding us about why we do what we do and for whom!”
“Certainly showed the difference one person can make.”

Thanks to Dr. Jim Withers for helping us to kick off NEAHP 2017!

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We want your success stories!

Do you have a successful campaign strategy, special event or donor story to share with your colleagues? If so, please send your story to neahp@camihq.org. You just might see yourself in our next issue of FOCUS!

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