News & Articles

Survey: Donors Bored By Long-Winded Charities

April 14, 2016       NPT Staff      

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

Most Donors Give Cash, Unaware Of Alternatives

April 12, 2016       Andy Segedin      

Donor-advised funds, IRA distributions and charitable gift annuities might be buzz terms in the nonprofit community, but word has yet to spread to key players in the discussion: donors. Just 36 percent of donors report being aware of donor-advised funds, while 37 percent know of IRA charitable distributions and 51 percent are familiar with charitable gift annuities.

Time To Solicit Alaskans

April 7, 2016       Andy Segedin      

Alaskans have donated portions of their Permanent Fund Dividends (PFD) to the tune of $3,192,725 thus far in 2016 through the Pick. Click. Give program. Though the deadline to apply for PFDs was March 31, state residents who have applied for PFDs can still donate by using the program through Aug. 31.

Applications For Tax Exempt Status Drop Again

April 7, 2016       Mark Hrywna      

Tax-exempt applications to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) dropped more than 13 percent last year after spiking in 2014 but some 94 percent of applications were approved for the second year in a row.

IRA Rollover, Excise Tax Included in CHARITY Act

April 6, 2016       Mark Hrywna      

Legislation introduced in the Senate today would expand the IRA charitable rollover to include distributions to donor-advised funds (DAF) and create a 1-percent private foundation excise tax. The measure also contains a non-binding sense of the Senate that states charitable giving should be a goal of comprehensive tax reform.

$100 Million Goes To Connecticut Nonprofits

April 1, 2016       NPT Staff      

Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn. has received the largest gift in its 120-year history, $50 million. The gift represents half of a $100 million charitable trust given from the estates of long-time Stamford resident Kingsley Gillespie and his son, Kenyon Gillespie. The Rotary Club of Stamford and The First Presbyterian Church of Stamford are among the trust’s other beneficiaries, each receiving 10 percent.

Growth In Giving Database Offers Behavior Analysis

March 21, 2016       NPT Staff      

Fundraising is all about donors. That seems obvious. And yet, for the longest time executives at charities and the fundraising profession
didn’t have basic information about some of the most obvious and fundamental aspects of fundraising.

Two Government Watchdogs Come Together

March 18, 2016       Mark Hrywna      

After 33 years, the Center for Effective Government (CEG) will be folded into the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).

Nothing But Net For The NPT Bracket-Busters

March 17, 2016       Mark Hrywna      

The NonProfit Times NCAA bracket challenge is back with an expanded field of nonprofit executives jockeying for the crown of wisest charity hoopster this year. We invited last year’s top finishers to return for 2016 as well as the NPT staff – despite their dead-last finish in 2015 – and a few new faces.

HIV Charities Change Fundraising Direction

March 1, 2016       Andy Segedin      

Leaders at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) are continuing the fight against HIV by taking a long look at housing, social justice and co-occurring conditions among patients. The priorities are part of a new three-year strategic plan and eye toward AFC’s future that call for evaluating the needs of older adults and long-term survivors of the virus.