News & Articles

Richards Stepping Down From Planned Parenthood

January 26, 2018       Andy Segedin      

Cecile Richards will step down as president of Planned Parenthood at a to-be-announced date in 2018, the organization announced today. The move puts an end to Richards’ 12 years at the helm of New York. N.Y.-based health and family-planning organization.

Endowment Returns Hit 12.2% But Still Playing Catch-Up

January 25, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

Strong returns in U.S. equities boosted one-year returns of the nation’s college and university endowments to an average 12.2 percent, extending a decade of volatility since the recession. But, the 10-year returns continue to trail expenses and inflation, annualized at an average 4.6 percent last year.

Save The Children Facility Attacked, 3 Dead

January 24, 2018       Andy Segedin      

An attack on Save the Children’s Jalalabad, Afghanistan facility has reportedly left three dead and 20 injured. Multiple reports have described the attack, which took place Wednesday morning local time, as targeted with the Islamic State claiming responsibility. Reuters is reporting that the attack began as a suicide bombing and was followed by gunmen.

Building Bench Strength, Developing Professional Skills

January 23, 2018       Andy Segedin      

Career changes within the American Red Cross were predominantly employee-driven 15 years ago. Today, talent movement, leadership development and succession planning all help the Red Cross match employees to skillsets they are interested in within the organization.

Nation’s Human Services Agencies In Financial Trouble

January 22, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

More than 218,000 human services community-based organizations (CBOs) collectively have the economic impact equivalent of the airline industry yet many are potentially skating on thin ice.

Nonprofits Face ‘Foreign Agent’ Tag

January 16, 2018       Andy Segedin      

Recent Congressional interest in limiting foreign interference in the U.S. political process risks ensnaring nonprofit organizations. A bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) to up enforcement of the seldom-used Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is expected to receive a markup by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Number Of Itemizers Estimated To Drop 56.7%

January 15, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

It remains to be seen exactly how charitable giving will be impacted by tax reform legislation passed last month but the latest estimate has the number of taxpayers who itemize dropping from 37 million to 16 million.

Bezos Donates $33 Million For Dreamers’ Educations

January 12, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, took to Twitter in June 2017 to ask for ideas about a philanthropy strategy. Specifically, he was seeking ways to help people in the short term as well as long term.

Direct Mail Continues Driving Planned Giving

January 9, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

The national office of the Make-A-Wish Foundation has seen revenue from planned gifts just about triple during the past four years, growing from about $2 million to $6 million. Chief Financial Officer Paul Mehlhorn credits at least part of that success to actively promoting the planned giving program for several years, whether it’s including a mention in direct mail or active online campaigns. Those efforts are now paying off.

Fundraisers, Influencers Plan Summit To Move Giving Needle

January 2, 2018       Paul Clolery      

Approximately two dozen fundraising and nonprofit influencers are slated to meet in Dallas on Feb. 7 in an attempt to come up with a plan for a national push to increase giving past the stagnant roughly 2 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).