Bill expands reporting requirements for non-profits

Two bills sponsored by Senator Therese Terlaje, which passed during the emergency session, provide the Governor with tools and flexibility to rapidly respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Senator Therese Terlaje has introduced Bill No. 267-35 (COR), which calls for the expansion of current reporting requirements for non-profit organizations that receive funding through the government of Guam.

Specifically, the bill includes the option for termination of funding if reporting requirements are not followed. The bill also calls for funding sources to be acknowledged on all non-profit or sub-grantee program advertisements.

“These nonprofits provide critical services for our island community that the government cannot currently provide. This bill in no way discourages them from continuing their great work; it only ensures that the government can accurately account for all tax-payer funds,” Terlaje stated in a release.

There are many Government of Guam agencies who currently contract non-profits. Among these agencies are the Department of Public Health and Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness. These contracts are vital to address issues of substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness in our community.

The Guam Cancer Trust Fund is also used to contract nonprofits and charitable organizations that specialize in cancer screenings, treatment, support services, cancer education, and outreach programs.

For Fiscal Year 2020, $640,000 from the Tourist Attraction Fund is set to be distributed through the Guam Visitors Bureau to 17 non-profits. The work of these non-profits encourage the revitalization of the island’s language and culture through educational programs and media.