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Membership Dues Income Tax Deduction

Members who qualify to deduct membership dues payments from income taxes should note the following:
For tax year 2008, 10.13 percent of the annual NASW dues payment is not deductible. The percentage is based on the amount of association lobbying activity in 2008.
For tax planning purposes, the nondeductible portion of the NASW dues payment to be made in tax year 2009 is 10.66 percent.


Nominees Sought for Recognition Awards

NASW and the NASW Foundation are accepting nominations through April 17, 2009, for the 2009 National Recognition Awards. Awards include: NASW - Social Worker of the Year, Public Citizen of the Year, Public Elected Official of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award; Foundation - Rhoda G. Sarnat Award, Knee/Wittman Health and Mental Health Achievement Awards.


Foundation Offers Scholarships, Research Awards

The NASW Foundation is accepting applications through March 13, 2009, for its 2009-2010 fellowships, scholarships and research awards: Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship; Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship; Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarships; Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship; Ruth Fizdale Award. For details: NASW Foundation; e-mail; (202) 408-8600, ext. 504


Sanctions in Force Listed Online

NASW adjudicates certain allegations of violations of its Code of Ethics by members, and if violations are found, may impose sanctions. For the list of sanctions of public notification imposed within the past 10 years that remain in force: Sanctions in Force


Log On to the NASW Web Site

Access members-only resources and information, update your member profile, and change your NASW username and password. Go to www.socialworkers.org, click "Log In," and enter your NASW username and password. Click "Member Center" to update your email, address, phone number, and mail preferences, and change your username and password.


Renewal Courtesy Calls

In order to better reach our members, who lead very busy lives, NASW has added renewal courtesy calls to the membership renewal process. These courtesy calls will be made around the time of your membership expiration date as a helpful reminder to renew your NASW membership so you continue your benefits uninterrupted. You will be able to renew your membership immediately over the phone, as well as renew your ACSW credential or Specialty Practice Sections membership. If you prefer to renew online instead, or via the renewal invoice mailed to you, please do. It is an exciting time to be an NASW member, and we are making every effort to make sure you are a part of it. For more information on the renewal courtesy calls, please call NASW Membership Services at (800) 742-4089 or (202) 408-8600 ext. 499. If you haven't visited the NASW Web site recently, go there today for the latest updates on the Social Work Reinvestment Act and the National Social Work Public Education Campaign and to register for free NASW WebEd online courses, which offer free CEUs.


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From the Director
Embracing the Wisdom of 'We'
By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

Hurricane Response Improves in 2008
Gulf Coast Communities Embrace Lessons Learned from 2005's Katrina
Getting help to the people who needed it greatly improved since the lessons learned in 2005.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

2009 NASW Slate

Foundation Honors Munson and Davis
The awards recognize the values exemplified by two dedicated NASW Social Work Pioneers.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

NASW Welcomes Obama's Win
Political Action Board Made Final Election Push
NASW has prepared a transition document for the Obama administration.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

Former Board Member Ruth Knee Dies at 88
Knee launched her career with the U.S. Public Health Service.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

Clark Leads Delegation to South Africa
Delegates visited major cities for exchange sessions, site visits and cultural activities.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

C-Change Toolkit in Demand
The toolkit was initially introduced in November 2007 to national cancer-related organizations.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

President Bush Signs New Adoption Bill
The law supports relatives caring for foster children.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

NASW Hopeful New Congress Will Address Social Work Goals
More than 87 percent of PACE-endorsed candidates won their race.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

Victory for Mental Health Parity
The new law will help people who suffer from mental illness.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

HHS Proposal Needs Input
NASW Letter Requests a 90-Day Comment Period
Clark stated that the proposed regulation lacks involvement from stakeholders.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Paper on Case Management
The paper is posted on NASW's Web site.

Brief Filed in Custody Dispute
NASW argues that the finality of the adoption order should be respected.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

NASW Supports Give an Hour's Efforts
The organization provides mental health services separate from the military establishment.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

Social Work Month Materials Released
A Web page will highlight "50 Ways to Use Your Social Work Degree."

Conference Details Announced
NASW Program Focuses on Practice in Aging Field

New Report Explores Safety Issues
Employment Characteristics of Social Workers Also Examined
"A growing concern for social workers while on the job is the issue of their safety," the report states.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

Web Survey Reveals Public's Interests
Ninety-two percent said they would recommend the HelpStartsHere site to family and friends.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

CMS Rule Criticized by NASW
The new rule changes requirements for social work jobs in hospice settings.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

Chapters recognize, honor leaders

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