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Hardware Glitch Slows Give Local America

Hardware Glitch Slows Give Local America By Mark Hrywna

Technical difficulties brought Give Local America to a screeching halt yesterday, forcing some communities to extend the 24-hour crowdfunding event for at least another day. Give Local America kicked off at midnight Eastern time on Tuesday and was to run nonstop until today at midnight Pacific (3…   Read More »

Schedule B Target Of Federal Legislation

Schedule B Target Of Federal Legislation By Mark Hrywna

Federal legislation released by the House Ways and Means Committee would eliminate the requirement of nonprofit organizations to identify major donors when filing annual tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act” (H.R. 5053) was …   Read More »

Easter Seals Is Now Easterseals In National Rebranding

Easter Seals Is Now Easterseals In National Rebranding By Andy Segedin

Easterseals has dropped the space previously separating the two components of its name, a subtle change that is part of a rebranding effort geared toward preserving the 97-year-old organization’s heritage while making it more relevant to today’s supporters and constituents. Gone is the lily o…   Read More »

California Charities Pan Philanthropic ‘Warning Label’

California Charities Pan Philanthropic ‘Warning Label’ By Andy Segedin

Nonprofits in California are rising up in opposition against a proposed bill that would serve as a “warning label” to charitable solicitation in the state. About 800 state charities have come out in opposition. Assembly Bill 2855, sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-11), would require tha…   Read More »

Boards: 5 Trends That Require Serious Discussion

Boards: 5 Trends That Require Serious Discussion By Mark Hrywna

Foundation board members should be having critical conversations and asking questions around five relevant trends to ensure their philanthropy is done well, according to a new report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP). The Cambridge, Mass.-based CEP today released “Big Issues, Man…   Read More »

California Can’t Have Donor Info

California Can’t Have Donor Info By Mark Hrywna

A California judge is “unconvinced” that the state Attorney General’s Office has procedures in place to prevent disclosures of confidential donor information, which has been used in less than 1 percent of investigations during the past decade anyway. Those were among the arguments made by J…   Read More »

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History Of Philanthropy Highlighted In New Website

By NPT Staff — April 26, 2016

The past 500 years of global philanthropy has been chronicled in a free, permanent digital exhibit.

California Health Providers Plan To Merge

By NPT Staff — April 22, 2016

A pair of California service providers is merging to form a single organization that will assist 40,000 people annually and operate with a $115 million budget.

Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy Gets New Name

By NPT Staff — April 22, 2016

The Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy (CSP) at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom has received a $1million (USD) donation to expand its work from Hartsook Companies, a U.S.-based global fundraising consulting organization based in Kansas City, Mo.

Digital Fellowship Slated For 11 Cities

By Mark Hrywna — April 20, 2016

The Digital Inclusion Fellowship (DIF), a program to increase digital literacy and broadband adoption within communities that are struggling with access to technology, will expand to 22 Fellows this year in 11 cities.

Survey: Donors Bored By Long-Winded Charities

By NPT Staff — April 14, 2016

Organizational messaging can drive donors to action or bore them to tears, the difference drastically affecting willingness to provide support.

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