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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 the calendar year ending December 31, 2009, 10.77 percent of the annual NASW dues payment is not deductible. The percentage is based on the amount of association lobbying activity in 2009.
For tax planning purposes, the nondeductible portion of the NASW dues payment to be made for the calendar year ending December 31, 2010 is estimated to be 10.94 percent.


Nominees Sought for Recognition Awards

NASW and the NASW Foundation are accepting nominations through April 16, 2010, for the 2010 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 will be accepting applications through March 26, 2010, for its 2010-2011 fellowships, scholarships and research awards. For details: NASW Foundation; e-mail; (202) 408-8600, ext. 504.


2010 NASW Election Slate

As this News went to press, NASW's National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification was meeting to develop the slate of candidates for the association's 2010 election. The slate will be posted in January at Governance and will be published in the February News. Only persons whose names were submitted to the nominations committee by the Oct. 30, 2009, deadline but were not included in the slate may be included by petition on the final ballot. Petitions are due at the NASW national office by Feb. 8, 2010.

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From the Director
Looking Back, Looking Forward
By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

American Indian Social Workers Optimistic
Obama Vows 'More to Address Disparities in Health Care Delivery'
American Indians disproportionately suffer from a lack of access to quality health care.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

The Board Takes Action
October 2009

Delegation Explores Egypt
Leaders Eager to Exchange Social Work Skills
Egypt is making progress in promoting social work education and the profession.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Hate Crimes Law Expansion Signed
Federal hate crimes law now covers sexual orientation and gender identity.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Women Appointees Celebrated
"Reform will change the world for women," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Push for Health Care Overhaul Continues
While the Senate works on its bill, the association will continue to press its message to lawmakers.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Accurate Mental Health Stories Garner Honors
Ceremony Highlights Those Who Have Shown Leadership in Their Communities
Event recognizes writers, producers who respectfully depicted people with mental health problems.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Social Work Month Toolkit Is Available
The Social Work Month Toolkit is available on NASW's Web site.

Leadership Webinars Offer CEs
Eight leadership sessions and continuing education credits will be offered in 2010.

NASW Plans to Add 2 Sections
In the latest poll, social work and the court system was the most popular topic.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Montana Custody Case Decision Applauded
Association Files Amicus Brief in Similar Cases in New York, Ohio Courts
Montana Supreme Court upholds an NASW-supported ruling in a lesbian parenting case.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

Lifetime Achievement Honoree Herman Stein Dies
Stein received numerous awards and was a consultant for many professional agencies and organizations.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Honoring Pioneers

NTOCC Lauds Tools Support
Cultural Competency Aid Draws on Standards
"Social workers play an integral role in preventing and addressing problems related to care transitions."
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

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