Hartford Courant Op-Ed: With $2.6 billion in the rainy day fund, it’s time to invest in nonprofits

By Gian-Carl Casa SPECIAL TO THE COURANT Connecticut’s projected surplus continues to grow. Just this week, the state Comptroller’s office said revenues will run $126 million ahead of expenditures for the fiscal year. By the end of this month, that will put $2.6 billion in the state’s rainy-day fund, by far the highest amount ever… Read more »

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Op-Ed: The state might not provide a grant to community nonprofits this year. The effects would be painful.

By JEFF SHAW SPECIAL TO HARTFORD COURANT JUL 15, 2019 For the past decade, since the recession began in 2008, state funding that community nonprofits rely on to provide services to half a million people each year has been cut in every budget cycle, all while demand for their services has gone up and operational… Read more »

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Hartford Courant: Federal tax cut, state budget problems have hurt Connecticut nonprofits

By TESS VRBIN JUL 15, 2019 A federal tax law reducing the incentive for charitable giving and Connecticut’s continual budget woes are putting a squeeze on the state’s nonprofits, according to experts in the field. The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance surveyed the state’s nonprofits earlier this year and found… Read more »

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Statement from Gian-Carl Casa on the budget approved tonight by the House

Statement from Gian-Carl Casa, President & CEO of CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, on the budget approved tonight by the House of Representatives: “During the economic recession, community nonprofit funding was reduced and mid-year rescissions imposed additional cuts, year after year. At the same time, the need for services has increased. “We are grateful there are… Read more »

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CT Mirror: After years of lean budgets, nonprofits want $100 M from surplus

May 29, 2019 By: Keith Phaneuf With Connecticut’s coffers flush with cash for the first time in a decade, long-suffering nonprofit social services want a share of the wealth. The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance recently wrote to Gov. Ned Lamont, asking that he and lawmakers set aside $100 million to assist those who provide the… Read more »

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Face the State: Officials say flat funding for nonprofits falls short

April 14, 2019 Click here to watch Gian-Carl Casa on WFSB’s Face the State with Susan Raff.

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Op-Ed: A Tax By Any Other Name is Still a Tax

April 12, 2019 by Gian-Carl Casa Tucked into a large bill concerning local revenues is a proposal that would allow municipalities to assess a tax – this time called a “municipal public safety and infrastructure benefit charge” – on nonprofits of all types. Section 6 of HB 7408 specifies a formula for determining the tax,… Read more »

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Face the Facts with Max Reiss: Nonprofits hurt by federal tax changes

April 14, 2019 Watch Alliance member Kristie Scott, President & CEO of Perception Programs and Gian-Carl Casa on “Face the Facts” with NBC Connecticut’s Max Reiss, talking about the challenges created by federal tax changes. The segment begins about eight minutes into this video:

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CTNewsJunkie: Municipalities, Nonprofits Square Off Over Tax Bill

April 11, 2019 HARTFORD, CT — The leader of Connecticut’s largest municipal lobby blamed the state for making it necessary to propose legislation that would allow municipalities to tax nonprofits. “It is state policy that has pitted local governments versus nonprofits,” Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, executive director and CEO Joe DeLong told the Finance, Revenue,… Read more »

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Hartford Business Journal: Some local nonprofits are seeing fewer donations in wake of federal tax law changes

Kristie Scott got an unwelcome surprise this year. When she looked at how much her Windham-based addiction and mental health services nonprofit, Perception Programs, has been able to raise through its annual fundraiser she did a double take. “Did I write a crappy letter? Did [the letters] all go out?” she asked herself. As of… Read more »

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