News & Articles

Uneven, Long Recovery Continues For Houston Arts Groups

December 21, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Hurricane Harvey displaced thousands of Houstonians this past August and the Houston Symphony’s 88 orchestra members counted themselves among them. The symphony’s native Jones Hall was shut down for seven weeks following the storm and 13 musicians and crew members incurred damage to their own homes, according to Amanda Dinitz, interim executive director and chief executive officer.

Stable Markets Keep Nonprofit Portfolio Strategy Intact

December 20, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Investors are optimistic about the economy although the outlook is slightly less rosy than it was in the last quarter of 2016, according to a poll of managers of endowments and foundations. Those surveyed are less worried about a slowdown in global growth but concerns have risen regarding geopolitics and political uncertainty.

Tax Changes Impact Philanthropy, Revenue Generation

December 19, 2017       Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna      

The largest piece of tax reform since the Reagan administration is complete. The House of Representatives voted 224 to 201 in favor of the Republican-pushed tax plan on Wednesday, less than 24 hours following a 51-48 vote in favor of it in the Senate.

Johnson Amendment Saved, For Now

December 15, 2017       Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna      

Repeal of the Johnson Amendment is off the table in tax reform negotiations after the Senate parliamentarian yesterday ruled it violates the Byrd rule.

FCC Pulls Plug On ‘Net Neutrality, Nonprofits To Sue

December 14, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Nonprofit advocacy groups and state attorneys general plan to fight today’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to roll back Net Neutrality rules enacted during the Obama Administration.

New System Might Spike Postal Rates

December 12, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Postal rates could climb as much as 40 percent during the next five years under a proposal by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

Predicting Donors’ Actions Via Behavioral Science

December 5, 2017       Jacklyn P. Boice      

“Make up your mind.” How many times have you heard that expression or said it yourself? The decision-making process is more complex than many realize. As Albert Einstein once said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Final Senate Bill Provides Little For Nonprofits

December 4, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The United States Senate wheeled and dealed Friday night into Saturday morning, voting 51-49 in favor of the most sweeping piece of tax reform in over 30 years. When nonprofit leaders woke up Saturday morning, if they had in fact even gone to bed, few liked what they saw.

#GivingTuesday Hits Record $274 Million

November 28, 2017       Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna      

In its sixth iteration, #GivingTuesday hasn’t slowed in spite of a year filled with natural disasters that implored donors to contribute to charities, reaching another new record yesterday.

#GivingTuesday Is Here But Giving Days Lasting Much Longer

November 28, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Giving Days have become a popular tool for charities and foundations in recent years to spur giving both during select dead periods and the holiday season through efforts such as #GivingTuesday. As the days increase in popularity, with improved technical functionality and social media awareness, organizations are faced with the conundrum of whether or not to dip into the well earlier.