News & Articles

Health Groups Project Millions Will Lose Coverage, Lawsuit Planned

October 13, 2017       Andy Segedin      

With an executive order and late-night announcement, President Donald J. Trump has placed the constructs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in jeopardy. The moves have drawn the ire of nonprofits and state attorneys general and would potentially alter the responsibilities of organizational employers.

Universal Deduction Bill Draws Measured Praise

October 12, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Leaders of nonprofit advocacy organizations have applauded legislation introduced to create a universal charitable deduction for all taxpayers but note concerns about limiting it to a third of the standard deduction.

Boy Scouts Of America Votes To Admit Girls

October 11, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Girls will be allowed to join Boy Scouts of America starting in fall 2018 and eventually will be able to earn scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.

Lilly School Opens Fundraising Research Site To Public

October 11, 2017       Paul Clolery      

Neighbors often have car envy, lawn envy, even patio envy and even child achievement envy. Leaders at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy want to add philanthropy envy to that list in hopes it will pump up donations and research about the process of giving.

U.S., Canadian Healthcare Systems See Giving Hike

October 10, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Giving to nonprofit hospitals and health care systems in the United States was up by 5 percent last year while giving to their Canadian counterparts saw the first increase since 2013.

Crooks Use Online Donations To Test Credit Card Fraud

October 10, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

When about a dozen online donations came in to Equality Now on one day in June, Andrea Edman didn’t need Spider-Man-like ESP to realize something was amiss. “I could tell they were fishy because they came from the same ZIP code in Florida, different cities that didn’t exist,” she said. All of the information typed into forms was lower case and each had email addresses with animal names, like FunkyDuck27 and GrizzlyBear42.

Donors Pledge $336 Million To Two Schools

October 5, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Two universities on opposite ends of the United States were recipients of their largest-ever contributions, together totaling almost a half-billion dollars.

Regulators Debate Vendor Vs. Professional Fundraiser Issue

October 3, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office has issued eight enforcement actions or notice of intended action against nonprofits during the past year. Digitization of nonprofit tax Form 990s has led to the increased use of data for compliance and enforcement by the New York state Attorney General’s Office.

Opinion: Tax Reform Has Potential To Unlock Giving

October 3, 2017       Kevin Washington      

Tax reform is once again the focus of many discussions, debates and deliberations taking place on Capitol Hill. Considering that comprehensive federal tax reform was last enacted in in 1986, most agree that an updated tax code is needed — but not at the expense of our nation’s charities.

Tax Plan Doubles Standard Deduction, Leaves Charitable Deduction In Place

September 27, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Nonprofit leaders applauded the preservation of the charitable deduction but are wary of other changes that might hurt charitable giving, such as doubling the standard deduction and repealing the estate tax, under a framework for tax reform presented by Republican leaders.