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From the President (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Expect Higher Rail Costs and Taxes (Charles Carole)
Honolulu Education Fund (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Aloha Voter in the "Time Machine" (Stephen Trussel)
Women's Health & Safety Committee (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
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LWV-Honolulu Proposed Budget fro FY 2008-09
Welcome New Member!
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Honolulu Education Fund

At our State League meeting on March 11th we had a guest speaker, Xandra Kayden from LWVUS. Xandra works with the National Education fund. She answered many of our questions in terms of using and accessing our own Ed Fund. Over the years she said Ed Funds are becoming increasingly easy to use under federal law as well as LWVUS policies We can engage in far more advocacy, pleading for or against causes, as well as supporting or recommending positions. Federal laws allow considerable advocacy using charitable funds as long as no specific legislation on the issue has been introduced. We can share information on policy issues with policymakers and the public, respond to written requests for technical advice or testify at legislative hearings and communicate to the public about general issues of concern through public education campaigns.

For more information she recommended “The Nonprofit Lobbying Guide” by Bob Smucker. Online at www.independentsector.org/programs/gr/lobbyguide.html#pt2

We asked Xandra on how best to access Ed Fund monies. She told us grant requests should be reasonably specific in describing activities to be funded. Simply stating that the League budget committee has determined that a percentage of program activities can be funded through an Education Fund grant is not enough. For example, the League’s grant request should describe the types and subjects of educational newsletter articles and should include a line-item budget for paper, printing and postage costs, etc. Similarly, the grant request should describe the types of educational program activities to be undertaken and include a line-item budget for these activities.

On the national website there is a list of frequently asked questions and answers on fiscal issues. This link addresses the topic of using education fund monies to underwrite the costs of a League newsletter: www.lwv.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Treasurer&TEMPLATE=/CMContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=6037

The Honolulu Ed Fund has the responsibility to see that grants are spent only for the purposes for which they are made and for obtaining full and complete reports on how funds are spent -but we want to simplify it as much as we can so that we can start to put some of our money to good use for our League’s future. Please contact us with any questions. We will be glad to assist anyone in putting together a grant.

Suzanne Meisenzahl
Ed Fund Board Member

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