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Upcoming Publication Dates for Network News:

May 22, 2018


April 12: Volunteer Engagement Call,12:00 EST  Topic: Exploring Options To Better Manage Your Unemployment Exposure. See details below. Call in # 888-402-6958


April 23-25: The 2018 Disability Policy Seminar, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC. Register here.


April 29-May 1:2018 UCP Annual Meeting, Embassy Suites, Downtown St. Louis, MO. Hotel and registration information below.


June 7-9: The National Self Advocacy Conference, SABE (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered), Birmingham, AL.

Information and registration info can be found at sabeconference.org.


June 21: Affiliate Topical Call 3:00 PM EST Topic: How Tax Reform Could Impact Tax-Exempt Organizations  Topical Call Date Change- The Topical Call originally scheduled for June 20th at 3:00 EDT has been changed to June 21, 2018 at 3:00 EDT. Please make the change in your calendars. The change was necessary to accommodate our presenters.

CEO Briefing for Affiliates


Dear Affiliate Executives:


May this note find everyone well. One of our valued team members, Kaitlyn Meuser, Marketing Specialist, will be leaving UCP National after 3 + years of dedication and commitment.  Kaitlyn was instrumental in all aspects of marketing for UCP National, working with affiliates on brand standards, reenergized UCP’s social media accounts, content cultivation, creating blogs, coordinating of both Network News and Life Without Limits newsletters, were a few of Kait’s  responsibilities. She also engaged in Public Policy, led the UCP.org Website Revamp Project and assisted our subtenants as needed. We wish Kaitlyn the very best in her new job and we express our sincere gratitude for her tremendous efforts in bringing greater awareness and presence of UCP and Affiliate Members to the public.


With Kaitlyn’s departure, I would like to invite any Affiliate interested in submitting a proposal to take over the Marketing component of UCP National. Please send me an email to AContreras@ucp.org if you are interested in receiving further information.


Anita, Kaitlyn, Michael, Trudy and myself are in the last stages of preparation for the 2018 Annual Meeting.  For those that have registered thank you! We look forward to a productive, informative and successful network convening. See you on April 29!




Armando A. Contreras

Annual Meeting 2018 Information


The annual meeting  will be held on April 29-May 1, 2018 at the Embassy Suites, Downtown St. Louis, MO.


UCP Annual Meeting 2018 Registration


Registration for the annual meeting will be open until April 22, 2018.


The registration fee is $200.00 and you can register here. There will be no refunds for a cancellation after April 6, 2018.



The UCP room block closed on April 7, 2018. Rooms may still be available so please check with the hotel at Embassy Suites by Hilton, St. Louis Downtown


Hotel Address:


610 North 7th Street

Saint Louis, Missouri



Phone Number: 314-269-5900

Annual Meeting Agenda:


For planning purposes, we will begin the conference on Sunday April 29th with RAC meetings starting at 1:00 PM CST. We plan to end the conference Tuesday May 1, 2018 at approximately 1:00 PM CST, following lunch. The voting at the Members of the Corporation meeting will occur on Tuesday morning. Dress will be business or business casual.


View the Final Agenda here.


Attendee Offer from Presenter Valerie Jones


Valerie M. Jones will share her fundraising training method, Golden Ask with attendees on May 1, 2018 at the annual conference.


Val, a noted philanthropic consultant with 25+ years’ experience, has delighted audiences from Baltimore to Beijing with her dynamic presentations. Her upcoming book, Nonprofit Hero, is based on The Golden Ask, which builds on your strengths, enabling you to fundraise authentically and successfully. In the Golden Ask, you’ll learn who, how and where you should ask, as well as the fundraising step where you’ll shine. Although designed for board members, development professionals consider this a great guide to “making the ask” themselves. You can learn more about Val and her training: http://vmja.com/talks/.


Val has generously offered to provide an in-depth Asking Personality Profile for any attendee who sends their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) by April 20. I will collect the MBTI’s and submit to Val. If you don’t know your MBTI, Val suggests you can take the official online version http://www.mbtionline.com/ ($49) or take a free one, which should be close enough for Val’s purpose





Please send your MBTI to aporco@ucp.org by April 20, 2018. This offer is only for attendees of the annual meeting.


Voting and Credentials for 2018 Annual Meeting


Notice of the Annual Meeting of the Members and proxy/voting forms were sent to all affiliates on March 30th. Please look for them in your email, complete them, and return. If you do not plan to attend the meeting you can assign your proxy to someone else who is attending or to the Proxy Committee. Voting members will need to sign for credentials at the annual meeting based on the information provided on the forms. Affiliates must be in “good standing” and current on dues in order to vote at the annual meeting.


Materials for the annual meeting will be sent out by April 13, 2018. Please make a copy of the materials and bring them with you to the annual meeting or have them available electronically. We will not have materials available for each attendee at the annual meeting.



Congratulations to ADAPT Community Network on their Inaugural Gala!

Adapt Community Network held their inaugural gala at Cipriani’s in NYC on March 9, 2018. They received great press coverage and the event hosted 475 guests and raised $620,000 during the second of three snow storms that hit the area. Find out more.


American Red Cross UCP Benefit


An email was sent to all affiliates on March 19, 2018 announcing the continuation of its relationship with the American Red Cross and the establishment of  “National Pricing” for UCP affiliates. In addition to “National Pricing”, UCP will also have a primary point of contact in Jeffery Moody at ARC.


Affiliates will need to continue to sign individual provider agreements with ARC so please be in touch with Jeffery at Jeffery.moody@redcross.org or call him at 240.278.5300. If the affiliate experiences any issues with billing, training or customer service issues please copy in Anita Porco on any email to Jeffery. We hope that you will continue to take advantage of this pricing and benefit for affiliates. Questions can be directed to aporco@ucp.org.


Affiliate Topical Call


June 21: Thanks to UCP Board of Trustee member, John Hancock, the firm of Moss Adams will be presenting on How Tax Reform Could Impact Tax-Exempt Organizations. The Moss Adams Not-for-Profit practice serves more than 1,200 nonprofit clients and provided over 2.5 million hours of service to organizations throughout the country. The presenter will be Wendy Campos, Partner at Moss Adams and will highlight relevant aspects of the legislation, including changes to:

·        Fringe benefits and compensation

·        Unrelated business income

·        Individual, business, and international provisions that may affect your organization


After completing this training, participants will be able to:

·        Describe the impact of tax reform on tax-exempt organizations

·        Identify effective dates for new tax law provisions

·        Summarize next steps and immediate actions to take in response to the new tax law


Volunteer Engagement Call


July 10: Topic: How Tax Reform Could Impact Tax-Exempt Organizations The presenter will be Wendy Campos, Partner at Moss Adams and will highlight relevant aspects of the legislation, including changes to:

·        Fringe benefits and compensation

·        Unrelated business income

·        Individual, business, and international provisions that may affect your organization


Information on Tax Reform for Tax Exempt Organizations


In addition to their willingness to present on this topic and answer questions for the Topical Call, Moss Adams has made available these links for articles that may be helpful. Once again we thank John Hancock and Moss Adams for providing this information for reference material to affiliates.


How the New Tax Reform Could Impact Nonprofits

Introduction to Tax Reform



Reminder Finance Change for UCP

Effective January 22, 2018, UCP National moved its finance functions to the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. Your dues invoices look a little different, and for now will continue to be sent by mail.

Please note the new address for submitting your dues payments is:


648 N. Plankinton Ave, Suite 425 Milwaukee, WI 53203


You are encouraged to submit payment electronically via ACH (Automated Clearing House).  Included with the affiliate invoice for the next few months will be an additional slip of paper with both the physical address, and the information needed to pay via ACH.  If you have any questions, you can contact Andrea Corner directly at (414) 359-6523, or Maris Edgar directly at (414) 359-6520.

Any checks to affiliates(Bellows, Online donations, Car Donations etc) will also be coming from this address.

Condolences to Cheryl Hines, UCP Honorary Trustee


Our sincere sympathy to the family of Chris Hines, brother of UCP Honorary Board of Trustee member, Cheryl Hines. Chris passed away March 15, 2018 at the age of 55.


Cheryl Hines Kennedy, called her brother a man of “grace and grit.”

“He was my older brother,” she said in an email. “Chris truly loved his two sons, Michael and Griffin, and his wife, April. I always appreciated watching him marvel at every sunset he witnessed. He found beauty in everything around him.

“He devoted his life to his family, including taking care of Michael, who has cerebral palsy,” she wrote. “Chris took Michael everywhere, never complained about the extra effort it took and always called him ‘Buddy.’  Read More…

Passing of George Dolim


UCP received notification that George Dolim passed away, at the age of 93, the week of March 19, 2018.  George was UCPA President from 1983-1985. From 1977-1981 he was Executive Vice President, and from 1981-1983 he had the title of President Elect. He served on the board for approximately twenty years. He was also a member of the Board of the UCP Research and Scientific Foundation from 1983-2005.

He has been described by many as “kind and caring” and UCP acknowledges his thoughtful leadership and involvement in the key discussions/issues of that time that helped to shape UCP. Quoting Vonny Sturgeon, Board Member of UCP of Central California,”George’s leadership was exemplary and filled with grace, devotion and deep commitment.” Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. You can read the obituary here.


“Look Into My Eyes” Music Video for Affiliates


Some additional edits to make the images more generic needed to be addressed in the “Look Into My Eyes” Other changes that have been made include: a new vocalist, the addition of a female vocalist, a more contemporary ending, new images, and a more diverse group of images. If you are interested in seeing the video or using it for an upcoming event, please contact Anita Porco at aporco@ucp.org.