The Society Page February 2006 A monthly newsletter for Members, Officers and Staff of the Atlanta Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society For Presidents Take A Walk, Feed A Neighbor First quarter financial reports were As a Vincentian, you’re aware of the receive the net proceeds (60%) of the due at the Council office on January many hungry people who live in funds they raise. The remaining 40% 15. Georgia. But, just how bad is the covers the ACFB’s expenses related Conference Updates problem? to the event. Charles Mulvenna is the first President Our current state population is over The funds raised are restricted to food of the new St. Mary Magdalene Con- 8.6 million people. Of that, almost programs; certificates for clients, food ference in Sharpsburg. Contact: 770- 10% receive food stamps every purchases or operational expenses 716-5224 or firstname.lastname@example.org month, according to the Atlanta related to food pantries run by Con- Juddy Blount is the new President of Community Food Bank (ACFB). ferences. Our Lady Queen of Angels Conference Almost 13% of all Georgia house- in Thomson. Contact: 706-595-5922 or As an added incentive, the Council holds are classified as being “food will give $500 to the Conference that email@example.com insecure.” Mary Smith is the new President of the raises the most revenue. St. Pius X Conference in Conyers. Feeding the hungry is one of the All Conferences are invited to form Contact: 770-922-6350 or Society’s missions, so we have again teams for some friendly competition firstname.lastname@example.org partnered with the ACFB and other to raise funds for the Society. Last faith-based organizations to sponsor year, teams from about 20 Confer- Tom Warren is the new President of the St. Theresa Conference in Douglas- the 2006 Hunger Walk/Run fund- ences participated. ville. Contact: 770-947-2403 or raiser. The Hunger Walk/Run fundraiser is a email@example.com But we need help from all Confer- family event, so moms, dads, kids and Jim Gildemeyer is the new President of ences. Specifically, participants are grandparents can walk or run to- the St. George Conference in Newnan. needed for Hunger Walk/Run, which gether. Teams may also consist of Contact: 770-304-2482 or is slated for the afternoon of Sunday, fellow employees from a company, firstname.lastname@example.org March 12. parish members, clubs or high school Blanca Petitone is the temporary con- For the first time, Conferences will be and college sports teams. tact person of the St. Thomas the Apos- able to raise funds to benefit their tle Conference in Smyrna. Contact: own clients. Each Conference will cont. on page 3 770-432-7808; email@example.com Calendar Member Training is scheduled at the Archbishop Gregory Invitational Track Meet following location: - Mar. 25, St. Matthew, Tyrone, 9:00 Promises Fast-Paced Fun and Excitement am to 1:00 pm For reservations, please RSVP to Mark your calendars for Tuesday, A full slate of track and field events is firstname.lastname@example.org; 770-458-2507 March 14. That’s the date for the planned: long jump, shot put, high March 12. Hunger Walk/Run. Turner Archbishop Wilton Gregory Invita- jump, discus, triple jump, hurdles, Field, Atlanta. tional Track Meet, which will be held relay races, and individual races at March 14. Archbishop Wilton Gregory at Blessed Trinity High School in distances ranging from 100 meters to Track Meet. Blessed Trinity High Roswell. 3200 meters. School, Roswell. The track teams from four Catholic Trophies will be presented to the top April 5-8. U.S. National Council high schools will be competing: men’s and women’s teams. Out- Midyear Meeting. St. Louis, MO. Blessed Trinity, Marist, Our Lady of standing Athlete Awards will be April 8-9. Dogwood Festival. Piedmont Mercy and Pius X. presented to the top two men and top Park, Atlanta. Several Georgia state record-holding two women competitors. April 29. Spring to Life 2006. Our athletes will be defending their titles, Proceeds from the meet will benefit Lady of the Assumption Church, so the competition will be intense. the Society. We will also have a Atlanta. All members invited. The opening ceremony will be at 3:30 donations truck there, so spectators August 26-27. Annual Collection for pm. The meet will start at 4:00 pm are encouraged to bring food St. Vincent de Paul Society Atlanta and should end around 8:30 pm. donations. For more information, Council at all parishes. contact Marty at email@example.com. News Briefs Condolences and Society Invited to Smith Named to Board Prayer Requests Dogwood Festival Dr. Iris E. Smith, a faculty member of For the second year in a row, the So- the Rollins School of Public Health at Condolences to the family and ciety has been invited to participate in Emory University, has accepted a friends of Mary DuFries, wife of the annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. position on the Atlanta Council’s new Robert DuFries, member of Our Board of Directors. Lady of the Assumption Confer- The Festival will be held on April 9- ence. 10 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. The The other appointed Board members Festival’s highlight is the Artist are Bill Caesar (McKinsey & Co.) Please pray for Mike Hunter, son Market, which showcases the work of and Frank Craft (North Georgia of staff member Annie Hunter. over 220 photographers, painters, United Methodist Foundation). Please pray for Randy Beers, son- sculptors and craftsmen. Musical The remaining Board members in-law of staff member Lynn performances are also scheduled. include the Acting District Presidents: Berlon. The Festival is open from 10 am to 8 • Bill McGregor, District 1 Cobb pm on Saturday and 10 am to 7 pm • Tom Turner, District 2 North Fulton, on Sunday. • Jay Dahlquist, District 3 Gwinnett Attendance Record Set • Raul Trujillo, District 4 Intown The Society will have a table in the • Tim Cox, District 5 Southwest At Member Training Community Corner section. We will • Dick Valentino, District 6 DeKalb We had a record 52 people attend the distribute information and other • Howard McKinley, District 7 East recent regional member training at materials. We need volunteers, so the Good Shepherd Parish in Cum- please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Acting District President Tim Cox has a new email: ming. The attendees were from five Special Thanks email@example.com Conferences and two parishes with- out Conferences. Special thanks to outgoing Confer- Phyllis Morris has been named as the ence Presidents David Bir (St. Pius X, Spiritual Advisor to the Board. The meeting again demonstrated the Conyers); Bob Kiel (Our Lady Queen Finally, a Board Retreat will be held need for pre-registration, so there are of Angels, Thomson); and Karen on February 25. enough seats and materials for every- Kipp (St. Theresa, Douglasville). one, minimizing disruption and maxi- Spring to Life Horizon mizing participation. KEY COUNCIL STAFF We’ve been announcing the date of Thanks to the Good Shepherd Vin- Nina C. Harrison our annual Council-wide event for centians for their gracious hospitality. Executive Director Vincentians since last summer. Plan- We were the first group to use their 770-457-2920; firstname.lastname@example.org ning is underway and we will have new parish center. Susan Butler Allison more details, a member registration Director of Operations form and a Top Hat nomination form Also, thanks to the St. Vincent de 770-576-4077; email@example.com with the March issue of Society Page. Paul Parish of Dallas for hosting the Jane Currie Member Training in January. Director of Merchandise Donations Spring to Life, a day of information 770-576-4082; firstname.lastname@example.org and rejuvenation, will be held on Mary Davison Saturday, April 29 at Our Lady of the Website Update Director of Development Assumption Church, from 8:30 am to A new Conference Corner has been 770-576-4076; email@example.com 5 pm. The church is located in Dun- added to the Member News page of Eleanor Hunter woody, inside I-285. our website. Director of the Learning Center 678-209-6000; firstname.lastname@example.org One of the workshops will be on The Conference Corner features news Martin Kraft planned giving. You will receive and announcements from Confer- Director of Communications information on how to make a chari- ences including new officers, upcom- 770-986-4209; email@example.com table gift now without using funds ing events, weddings, births, anniver- Susan Stevenot Sullivan you need to live on; how to minimize saries and retirements. Director of Conference Services your income taxes; and how to mini- 770-458-2507; firstname.lastname@example.org mize the inheritance and estate taxes In the near-future, an interactive form Munaa Shariff your beneficiaries must pay. will be added to this webpage to Car Donations enable members to directly submit 770-458-2877; email@example.com For more information about the news items and other announcements planned giving workshop, contact via email. SVdP CLIENTS NEEDING Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org. ASSISTANCE SHOULD Our website is www.svdpatl.org and to access the Members Only section, 2 CALL: 770-458-9607 you must type the password, fredoz Conference Reports Past Due Woman of the Year Thanks to all Conferences that have District 6 The Sacred Heart of Jesus Confer- completed their financial reports and Our Lady of the Americas ence in Hartwell has named Eleanor annual reports. However, many Con- District 7 Nagele as its Woman of the Year. She ferences have not sent in their reports St. Pius X was a starting member of the confer- to the Council office. These docu- District 8 ence in 1993 and has been very active ments are mandatory. St. Paul the Apostle (roster only since then. All report forms and instructions are submitted) Eleanor’s activities include: available on the Members Only Missing Full Member Rosters Extraordinary Minister of Holy section of our website: (due Oct. 31, 2005) Communion, Vincentian, member of www.svdpatl.org. Our Lady’s Circle (parish ladies District 2 organization), and choir member. The following Conferences have St. Thomas Aquinas missing annual reports and/or St. Jude the Apostle Eleanor works weekly as a hospital member rosters: District 3 volunteer and volunteers at two St. Patrick nursing homes, visiting patients and Missing Annual Reports AND running bingo games for their Rosters (due Oct. 31, 2005) District 6 Corpus Christi entertainment. District 1 She also volunteers at the local St. Joseph, Marietta Missing Financial Reports From community clothes closet, sorting District 2 Year End (due Oct. 15, 2005) clothes and packing food bags. Holy Spirit District 2 St. Peter Chanel Congratulations to Eleanor Nagele, St. Peter Chanel, 3rd and 4th quarter Sacred Heart of Jesus’ Woman of the District 4 District 4 Sacred Heart, Atlanta Year! Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, St. John the Evangelist 3rd and 4th quarter Birdies for Charity Sacred Heart, Atlanta, 4th quarter The BellSouth Classic PGA Tour golf tournament is hosting a special golf event at the Sugarloaf Country Club Hunger Walk, cont. H&R Block Program in Duluth to raise funds for local The H&R Block company offers a charities. To help you organize your team, free promotional posters, brochures and fundraising program to benefit non- Birdies for Charity hopes to collect donation envelopes are available from profit organizations like the Society. donor pledges of 1 cent or more for the Council office. The Nonprofit Referral Program will every birdie made by the PGA Tour give $20 to the Society for every players during the BellSouth Classic Serious runners can enter the 10K Society-referred client that uses H&R (March 27 - April 2). Certified Race, which is a qualifier Block to prepare their income tax for the annual Peachtree Road Race. Several Conferences have already returns. registered as Birdies charities. To Casual runners and walkers can enter The clients must use special referral participate, Vincentians must select the Fun Run and Walk, which offers forms when they have their taxes one of these Conferences to receive the option of 5K or 10K courses. done. The clients also receive $10 their donations. Those who would rather watch than from H&R Block. Other Conferences that wish to walk can become Phantom Walkers The Nonprofit Referral Program runs register may still do so. For more and simply make a donation to the from January 1 through April 15. For information, contact Jay Dahlquist at Society. more information, contact Sean email@example.com. Hunger Walk/Run will be held at O’Neill at H&R Block, 404-252- Turner Field in downtown Atlanta. 2615. Conference Moves Registration starts at 12:00 noon, and the 10K Certified Race begins at 1:00 The Prince of Peace Parish and pm. The Fun Run/Walk begins at 2:30 Volunteers Needed Conference have moved from Buford pm. For more information, contact Volunteers are needed to sort donated to Flowery Branch. The new address Marsha at firstname.lastname@example.org. merchandise and assist customers in is: 6439 Spout Springs Road, Flowery the Council office thrift store and our Branch, GA 30542; 770-945-2244. Hunger Walk/Run is an excellent Vinny’s Weigh-n-Pay. Call Susan at opportunity for all Vincentians to get 770-576-4077 for schedule informa- Food Pantry Low together for a worthy cause. We hope Conferences are asked to schedule to see you there. tion or email email@example.com. food drives to replenish the Council’s - Martin Kraft Food Pantry. Contact Susan at 770- Communications Director 3 576-4077 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Tax Rules for Charitable Giving Set for Reform Tax incentives for charitable giving change under the panel’s proposals. Finally, the panel issued a broad could alter dramatically if recommen- To assist taxpayers in claiming recommendation that Congress recon- dations made by a presidential com- deductions and the IRS in verifying sider the types of organizations quali- mission become law. In November deductions, charities would be obli- fying for tax-exempt status, arguing 2005, President Bush’s Advisory gated to report gifts over $600 direct- that a tax exemption should only be Panel on Federal Tax Reform released ly to the IRS and the taxpayer. extended to organizations “truly an extensive set of proposals for The panel also recommended simpli- serving the public interest.” reforming and simplifying the U.S. fying the tax rules surrounding chari- Without offering specific advice, the tax code. A comprehensive tax bill table donations made using IRA panel suggested that lawmakers passed later in November by the funds. Because donors who contri- review the standards for qualifying Senate incorporates elements of the bute assets from a traditional IRA to a and maintaining tax-exempt status, as panel’s recommendations on charity must include the amount in well as tighten the oversight and charitable giving. income and claim a charitable contri- governance of charitable The most radical change to charitable bution when filing taxes, some donors organizations. giving incentives proposed by the are currently unable to deduct the This article is reprinted with panel is the recommendation that entire amount, the panel observed. permission of Tauber & Balser, P.C. It taxpayers be permitted to deduct only To alleviate this problem, the panel originally appeared in the Winter charitable contributions exceeding recommended that taxpayers over the 2006 issue of the NFP Newsletter. 1% of income. The panel observed in age of 65 be permitted to make tax- its report that the current deduction free gifts from their traditional IRAs for giving is only available to those directly to qualified charities. taxpayers who itemize deductions. Volunteer Thanks The panel also addressed the chal- The panel also noted that more than lenge of valuing non-cash donations Several groups of volunteers came to three-quarters of the estimated tax for tax purposes. “Valuation is espe- the Atlanta Council office in January. expenditure for charitable contribu- cially difficult for unique property They included groups from Hands On tions in 2004 benefited the 12% of that does not have an established Atlanta/Americorps; Successful taxpayers with cash income of market value,” the report said. “In Women Making a Difference; Kraft $100,000 or more. addition, the IRS does not have a Foods; Druid Hills Cadets; Alpha Phi “Americans by their nature are gener- cost-effective way to verify the value Omega, Oglethorpe University; and ous and have always supported chari- of donated property. This provides an St. Philip Benizi Youth Group. table causes, not only as a regular opportunity for some taxpayers to Many thanks to all of the parishes and routine of giving back to the com- overstate the value and inflate the other groups that referred volunteers munity, but also in response to times amount of the tax deductions claim.” to us. If you would like to volunteer of great need or natural disasters,” the Particular problems arise when cer- at the Council office, please contact panel said. “This support is likely to tain types of donated property, espe- Susan at email@example.com or 770- continue, even if changes in law cially used cars and partial interests in 576-4077. affect the tax benefits of giving.” real estate, are sold by middlemen or The recommendation that taxpayers brokers who receive greater benefit be permitted to deduct charitable gifts than the charities themselves, the Food/Clothing Drives of more than 1% of their income, the panel asserted. Special thanks to the Immaculate panel added, “is based on the obser- To prevent these abuses, the panel Heart of Mary Conference (Atlanta) vation that most taxpayers already recommended that taxpayers be per- for hosting a food and clothing drive, contribute more than 1% of their mitted to sell property and claim a full and to the St. Benedict Conference income to charity.” charitable deduction if the entire sales (Duluth) for hosting a food drive. In 2003, nearly three-quarters of proceeds are donated to charity within If your Conference would like to con- individual taxpayers who claimed 60 days of the sale. No capital gains duct a food or clothing drive, contact deductions for charitable contribu- taxes would be levied on the appreci- Jane: firstname.lastname@example.org or 770- tions gave more than 1% of adjusted ation of the property. 576-4082. gross income, the report said. Putting Better standards for appraisals are in place a fixed percentage of income needed, as are new penalties for as the threshold for charitable deduc- appraisers who misstate the value of Congratulations tions would provide a uniform incen- property, the panel maintained. The Congratulations to Society members tive to contribute, regardless of use of do-it-yourself receipts should Debbie Garoni and Gary Shane on income, the panel observed. be replaced by itemized receipts from their recent marriage. Both are mem- Reporting requirements for both charities. bers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus charities and donors would also 4 Conference in Hartwell.