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October 28, 2008


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Deloitte teamed up with the Nonprofit Roundtable to release their “Roadmap to Preparedness” late last week at the National Press Club. Hopes are the strategy will help non-profits get ready for a region-wide disaster. (That means disasters like Katrina or 9/11. Sorry, financial meltdowns excluded.)


Keynote speaker Dennis Schrader, FEMA Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness, said that the Roadmap is the “backbone of local response.” The plan includes objectives like messaging boards before, during, and after emergencies, and strengthening public, civic, private and NGO partnerships. Deloitte local managing partner Gary Tabach, left, oversaw a donation of $250,000 and 1,000 hours to help the nonprofit community develop it.


Roundtable Executive Director Chuck Bean and panelist David Robertson, executive director of the Metro D.C. Council of Governments. Chuck says the financial crisis has hit local nonprofits exceptionally hard. Panelists say once the details of the plan are complete, the next step will be to spend a year or more testing and drilling. One method is for organizations continually to update and refine their “Continuity of Operations Plans.” Each new group that joins the Roadmap must first complete a COOP, providing things like networks of backup, phone lists, offsite computer capabilities, and approved safe sites for regrouping.


Deloitte Community Involvement leader Emily Rothberg confers with MWW Group PR maven Anna Lingeris on the RSVP list. The green jacket is a subliminal message to the Roundtable’s funding sources to help the Council with additional greenbacks needed to finish the job. 

Team Venable

Taking a few minutes out of a meeting for this mock bocce ball game on Venable's DC office rooftop (the crazy stuff we make people do) are: George Constantine, Lisa Hix, Ron Jacobs, Matt Journy, Meghan Chapman, Brock Landry, Jonathan Pompan, Kristen Sitchler, Ann Thomas and Aaron Hiller behind Jeff Tenenbaum, head of Venable’s Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group. Jeff says to avoid 990’s “embarrassment factor” related to divulging executive and senior staff compensation packages, he advises “preemptive damage control” by informing staff members before they see colleagues’ salaries on publicly-disclosed forms. He also notes that executive items can be placed in context on a separate page allowed for additional information.


Jeff says there are many avenues to greater profit and cost savings for associations. Venable has written up joint venture agreements between associations, and between associations and for-profit companies, that have proven extremely lucrative. “If you understand the various creative structures and opportunities that are available, you can do things that a traditional association might not think about,” he says. Creative but legal, of course.

Arent Fox
Cardinal Bank
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