Strategic Alliance Building Success…

Business and governing have always had well established, time-tested guidelines for success. Individuals in all sectors of industry, non-profits, and government are increasingly becoming aware of a new factor for achieving 21st century success: building strategic alliances. Networking and strategic partnerships have become a staple of modern day business optimization.


To read more about the importance of strategic alliance building, visit an insightful article at Forbes by clicking here.

Nonprofit Strategic Partnerships Event – Thank you for attending and or participating online!

Thank you for attending our presentation in coordination with the Venable LLP Nonprofit Practice Group.  If you were unable to attend or would like a copy of the handout or would like to hear the presentation in full, please click on either link below:

Recorded Presentation


Impact of proposed Healthcare and Education Reductions …

With the current focus on cost-cutting in Washington, Healthcare and Education programs are preparing for significant funding cuts.  In the recent report released by OMB, titled “Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future – The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction”, the President proposes $320 Billion in program cuts over the next 10 years.  Key areas for targeted for funding reductions include Medicare and Medicaid related programs.

Healthcare industries and organizations potentially affected by these cuts will likely include pharmaceutical, rehabilitation, nursing facilities and government agencies including the National Institutes of Health.

Funding cuts are not limited to Healthcare, in fact, proposed cuts in programs such as the Carl D. Perkins Act, the main source of funding for programs that build the capacity of high schools and post secondary institutions of higher education to prepare our nation’s future workforce will have an impact on Career and Technical Education in states across the nation.  The Association for Career and Technical Education ( is leading awareness efforts on Capitol Hill to ensure that lawmakers understand the likely impact these potential cuts will have in states across the nation.

While it is vital that the Congress and the White House reduce spending, it will be equally critical that cuts are not made to programs that are successfully impacting our nation’s health and future workforce.  Indeed, the Super Committee in the Congress has a major task ahead in the next several weeks.

Washington Strategic Advocacy Communications Plans for Corporate and Non-Profit Organizations

Corporations and Non-Profit organizations routinely develop strategic communications plans that are broad in scope and national or regional in effect.  When contemplating a Washington Strategic Communications plan for an advocacy issue, focusing on the decision making institutions is a key initial element in preparation for successful development and implementation.

I have included an excerpt from our forthcoming Axela Washington Guide below which includes our perspective on the key elements necessary to develop successful Washington Strategic Communications Plans.

Having a strategic communications plan is vital to the success of your advocacy campaign. Before implementing your communications strategy, it’s important to narrow the focus of your communication initiatives and hone in on your key messages, so that it reaches and resonates with the intended target audience. Before moving forward with any communications effort and plan, spend some time examining your organization and whom your organization is serving. What does your organization stand for, what’s the mission, beliefs, and what community does it serve? What issue is most important to your organization right now and who is most affected by the issue you are championing for?  These questions will provide you with the necessary insights that will help you determine your communications goals and objectives, and enable you to implement a successful campaign. When planning a communications campaign it is also important to differentiate between expected short-term and long- term objectives, so that the appropriate strategies and tactics are utilized to meet those desired outcomes.” - Axela Washington Guide Excerpt – Alicja Patela, Senior Communications Fellow

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) discretionary funding

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) includes discretionary funding opportunities that will result in increased funding for existing programs and include funding funding for new programs.  Funding for these programs, however, must be approved by the respective appropriations committees in Congress.

Some examples of discretionary program funding includes the National Health Service Corps and services provided by the Indian Health Service.  Included in this post is a link to a recent Congressional Research Service Report released on July 25, 2011 which includes a comprehensive overview of all discretionary funding opportunities included in the PPACA.

The provisions included in the CRS Report are grouped by general topic with following headings:

(1) Health Centers and Clinics; (2) Health Care Workforce; (3) Prevention and Wellness; (4) Maternal and Child Health; (5) Health Care Quality; (6) Nursing Homes; (7) Health Data Collection; (8) Emergency Care; (9) Elder Justice; (10) Biomedical Research; (11) Biologics; (12) 340B drug pricing; (13) Medical Malpractice; (14) Pain Care Management; (15) Medicaid Demonstrations; (16) Medicare; and (17) Private Health Insurance.

Link to CRS Discretionary Funding in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA):


Nonprofit Strategic Partnerships: Building Successful Ones and Avoiding the Legal Traps

With many facing economic uncertainty and challenges, nonprofits are increasingly focused on developing and maintaining valuable partnerships — with for-profits, other nonprofits, governmental entities, and more. Solid strategic partnerships can lead to increased revenues, members or constituents, and message resonance, among other benefits.

Does your nonprofit have a blueprint for developing strategic partnerships, joint ventures, affiliations and collaborations, or commercial co-ventures? Has your organization reached a plateau with message distribution and grassroots impact? Have you structured your partnerships to maximize legal protection and minimize taxable income?

Obtain a road map to building long-lasting, successful strategic partnerships and get answers to your organization’s critical partnership challenges. Also learn what contractual, corporate governance, copyright and trademark, and other legal hurdles you may encounter along the way and how to creatively and proactively structure partnerships to overcome these hurdles. Join us to hear what charitable solicitation registration and reporting requirements may apply, and how to minimize unrelated business income from your partnerships and other ventures.

Led by some of the nation’s leaders in this area on both the consulting and legal side, this is an invaluable session you (and your advisers) will not want to miss.

Jeffrey Tenenbaum, Esq., Venable LLP, Partner and Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Practice

Lisa Hix, Esq., Venable LLP, Associate
Audra Heagney, Esq., Venable LLP, Associate
George Sifakis, Axela LLC, Chief Executive Officer


October 6, 2011
Lunch and Networking – 12:00 p.m. EST
Presentation and Webinar – 12:30 p.m. EST

RSVP to Please indicate if you will attend the luncheon or participate via webinar. There is no cost to attend.

Super Committee Members Announced

As attention turns toward the post-debt ceiling agreement, the Congress, including the leadership of both parties in the House and Senate have announced their picks for those members that will serve on the Super Committee,  The Committee will be focused on identifying areas where cuts can be made within the federal budget.  At this point, it appears committee will be focused on Defense and Healthcare with other areas also under fiscal scrutiny.