Health insurer Blue Shield of California has lost its state tax-exempt status. The California Franchise Tax Board stripped the insurer of its tax-exempt status this past August for reasons unknown, and ordered it to file state income taxes back to 2013. The organization already pays federal income taxes.
Global Links, a Pittsburgh-based humanitarian agency, has been shipping medical aid to Cuba through Canada for 20 years. President Barack Obama’s announcement of soon-to-be-renewed diplomatic ties with Cuba might render those extra miles, and costs, unnecessary.
It’s almost a time-honored tradition that some charities — and donors — don’t want to talk about. Someone makes a fortune on the misfortune of others and turns to charity to help shine up their public perception.
Is #GivingTuesday advancing the needle on charitable giving or just moving it around during charities’ busiest time of year? That’s the question that remains to be answered after #GivingTuesday last month. But, nonprofit leaders are still pleased with the huge jump in donations and funds raised during the second iteration of what is intended to become a national day of giving.
Online donations for #GivingTuesday through four of the nonprofit sector’s larger payment processors totaled more than $27 million, according to preliminary estimates. Their totals were slightly more than $12 million last year.
Nonprofits around the nation have taken to social media, email and most any avenue available today to push charitable giving during the second annual #GivingTuesday. It has trended in first place on Twitter for most of the day.