News & Articles

Initial Tax Proposal Leaves Charitable Deduction Alone

April 26, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The White House released a preliminary tax plan this afternoon that would double the standard deduction, keep the itemized deduction for charitable contributions and eliminate the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.

Study: It Took 2,000 Emails To Get 1 Gift In 2016

April 25, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The nation’s nonprofits increased spending by 69 percent on digital advertising last year, with almost half of that was devoted to new donor acquisition as online and monthly revenue grew by double digits.

Donors vs. Feds: Executive Order Sparks Interest in Immigration Related Groups

April 24, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The American Immigration Council (AIC) used to get about 10 unsolicited donations through its website each month. Lately, it’s been more like 10 per day. “People are coming to us just to give. That’s their first engagement with us. It’s something we’ve never seen in the past,” said Megan Hess, development director.

Giving Days Get Cluttered So Charities Start Their Own

April 24, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Giving days don’t have to be huge, elaborate, all-encompassing events that drain the time and resources of your nonprofit staff. The biggest giving day of the year, #GivingTuesday, can suck up a lot of attention and effort but fundraisers can just as easily find themed days that match the organization’s mission.

Volunteer Time Value Pegged At $193 Billion

April 20, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The value of a volunteer hour was estimated to be $24.14 in 2016, up 2.5 percent from $23.56 the previous year. More than 63 million Americans volunteered about 8 billion hours, which would equate to about $193 billion based on that hourly value.

Paulsen Stepping Down At EIF, Focuses On SU2C, Education

April 20, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), has stepped down from her post after 27 years leading the Los Angeles-based organization. Paulsen will remain with the foundation, her focus shifting toward creating new fundraising and revenue-generating initiatives for foundation projects such as Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), which she co-founded, and foundation efforts in the education arena.

UK Donations Steady Since Brexit Vote

April 20, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Uncertainty has shrouded UK charities following the June 24, 2016 vote to exit the European Union. Early indications, however, indicate that the Brexit referendum has done little to affect giving – with Brits donating £9.7 billion in 2016, up slightly from £9.6 billion in 2015. The sum, when factoring in the margin for error, shows little or no change in giving. The figure lags behind 2010’s high-water mark of £11.6 billion, according to Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) report – CAF UK Giving 2017 – but is in-line with figures from recent years that have kept within the £10 billion range.

Osberg Stepping Down At Skoll Foundation

April 19, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Sally Osberg will step down as president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation after 16 years, only hold those posts in the foundation’s history. She will remain in the role until a new president is in place.

Advocacy Groups Challenge Ethics Laws

April 17, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Two advocacy organizations for nonprofits have challenged provisions of an ethics law approved last year in New York State that they contend is unconstitutional and harmful to nonprofits.

Feed The Children Sued By Former CEO

April 13, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Feed The Children (FTC) is under fire again, this time by the short-lived CEO who leveled accusations about the board’s oversight in a lawsuit filed this week. Former Congressman J.C. Watts directed his concerns to the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Public Protection Office in October weeks before a joint announcement that he would no longer be chief executive.