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Welcome to the news page for the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance.  If you are not a member of the chapter, you will be able to read all news articles but will not be able to post any comments.  If you are a member of the Chapter, you can post comments on any of the news articles.  Please contact us if you have a news article, job posting, etc. you believe should be posted here.

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  • 06 May 2010 9:22 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance recently received information regarding new regulations from the IRS that may impact small nonprofit agencies with budgets of less than $25,000.  This new tax rule for non-profits may not affect any of our Member CAC’s as it refers to a change of filing for non-profits with budgets of $25,000 or less.  However, if you agency budget has been or is less than $25,000 or if you are unsure if your agency has filed IRS form 990 in the past, you should ensure that your agency has met the IRS rules for filing to protect your tax exempt status.  In the past, non-profits, were exempt from filing if their budget was less than $25,000.  However, that has now changed and all non-profits have to file now or they will lose their tax exempt status.

    If your nonprofit has previously been exempt from filing a Form 990 with the IRS, it is most likely now required to file a Form 990-N. A provision in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires most small nonprofits to file the Form 990-N if they had been exempt from filing the Form 990 because their annual gross receipts are $25,000 or less.

    Non-filers will be subject to automatic revocation for the first time beginning in 2010. A provision of the law allows the IRS to remove nonprofits from the “rolls” if they fail to file a 990-N (or other applicable Form 990s) for three consecutive years.   Effective midnight May 15, 2010, any agency that has not filed a tax form for the past three years will have its tax-exempt status automatically revoked, according to the IRS".  Those that are removed will have to re-apply for tax exempt status.

    We have compiled a list of links to the IRS web site with additional information and the links are listed below.

    We would encourage you to contact your accountant for additional information if you believe this information may apply to your agency.

  • 29 Apr 2010 2:03 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance is announcing that they have $2,000 to award as a scholarship to a member Children’s Advocacy Center director to offset expenses for attending the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference.  The conference is June 6 – 9, 2010 in Washington DC.  Interested CAC Directors need to complete the application form online at the Michigan Chapter website.   The application asks how attendance at this conference will enhance the applicant’s position as a CAC Director and member of the Michigan Chapter.   In addition, the application will ask how the CAC Director would share their knowledge with the rest of the Michigan Chapter members after attending the conference.  The application deadline is May 5, 2010 to allow the Executive Board to make a decision as soon as possible before the conference.  You may click here to go to the members section of our website to complete the online application.  You will need to log in as a member to access the page.

  • 26 Apr 2010 9:09 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    Brooke Nettz has been appointed as the Executive Director for the newly established Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, located in Traverse City Michigan.  The center serves families in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

    Brooke received her Undergraduate degree from DePaul University with a B.A. in Psychology concentrating on Human Growth and Development.   She worked as a Residential Specialist at Nachusa Lutheran Home  in Nachusa, Illinois.  From there she began working at St. John's Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a Youth Counselor.   She then decided to return to college and received her Master of Arts from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, majoring in Forensic Psychology.  Upon graduation she worked doing Psychosexual Evaluations on sex offenders, Divorce Mediation, and taught Introduction to Psychology at Sauk Valley Community College.  Additionally, she served as the Forensic Interviewer at the Shining Star Children's Advocacy Center located in Dixon, Illinois.  It was while working at the CAC that she realized how much of a positive impact children’s advocacy centers could have on the children who had suffered abuse and their families.  When the executive director position became available at the newly opened Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center, she knew that she could use all of her previous education and experience in the field to shape a great Center.  She feels very blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity!

    Please join the Michigan Chapter in welcoming Brooke to her new position.  We all look forward to working with her as she begins work with the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center.

  • 05 Apr 2010 10:52 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance has opened the new members area of the web site.  Members are now able to edit their contact information, subscribe to forums and news feeds, as well as manage privacy settings directly online.  Once you log-in as a member, you will see your name at the top of the log in box and a link to “view profile” under your name.  Once you click on the view profile link, you will be able to manage your membership information.  There are many tools to allow you to customize your participation on our web site.  Please let us know if you have any questions about any of the features.

  • 02 Apr 2010 10:51 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance has secured a new domain name to develop the new web site while leaving the original chapter site in place.  The new domain is www.michildrensalliance.org and this domain is where the new members section is being developed.  The prior domain name of www.mivoice4kids.org is still valid and the original Chapter site is functioning at that domain.  When the new site development is complete, both domains will be directed to the new site.  If you have any questions about this conversion process, please feel free to contact us.

  • 31 Mar 2010 10:47 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The annual National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference will be held June 6-9, 2010 in Washington DC.  We will post additional information on our events page once it becomes available but mark your calendar now for this important event.

  • 31 Mar 2010 9:14 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)
    Tom Knapp has recently been appointed the Chapter Coordinator for the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance.  He plans to visit all Children's Advocacy Centers in the near future and is looking forward to working with everyone involved with the Michigan Chapter.
  • 31 Mar 2010 9:02 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance has developed a new web site to meet the needs of member organizations and provide information to families in Michigan.  Over the next few months, we will be adding content and working on the members section of the site.

    Please contact is if you have any ideas for the site or if you have information that you feel would be useful.  We will keep you updated on the progress of the site development.

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