News & Articles

Giving Hit Record $390 Billion For 2016

June 13, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Giving in the United States set a record for the third consecutive year, topping $390 billion for 2016. Giving was up 2.7 percent and increases were reported in all major categories of nonprofits for only the sixth time in 40 years.

Opinion: Enhanced Incentives for Charitable Giving Make Good Tax Policy

June 12, 2017       Susan N. Dreyfus and Brian A. Gallagher      

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the charitable tax deduction, an element of the tax code that has incentivized millions of Americans to support philanthropic causes, from human and social services to arts, education, and religious charities.

NPT/Bluewater Study Shows NPOs Paying Up for Employee Healthcare

June 12, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNL) and Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) might seem as if they are worlds apart, separated by some 1,500 miles. Like any nonprofit though, they face their unique challenges when it comes to salaries and benefits to attract and retain employees.

Trump Golf Tournaments Bogeyed Charities

June 8, 2017       Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna      

Philanthropy by the First Family is under scrutiny again. This time it is charity golf outings at Trump properties staged by the son of President Donald J. Trump.

Nonprofit HR Managers Getting Ulcers Over Health Plans

June 6, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Benefits are hotter than normal of late, as employees worry about health coverage, particularly those at nonprofits where benefits are minimal or non-existent. Employers are starting to respond.

Change.org Gets $30 Million Infusion

June 1, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

A $30-million infusion led by LinkedIn.com co-founder Reid Hoffman will help Change.org grow its online petition platform and scale fledgling efforts to generate revenue through crowdfunding and membership. Also participating in the latest round of funding are Microsoft founder Bill Gates and venture capitalist Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator.

Telefundraising Finding Ways Around Cell Phones, Avoidance

May 25, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Jerry is just about to hear how his pitch went with the network executives when the phone rings. He picks it up to find that it’s a telemarketer. He’s busy, he explains, but he’ll call him back later if the telemarketer provides him with his home number. “Oh, I guess you don’t want people calling you at home,” Jerry says after the telemarketer explains that he can’t provide his home number. “Now you know how I feel.”

Federal Budget Proposal Cuts Holes In Safety Nets

May 24, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Leaders from nonprofits across the country are voicing their displeasure with President Donald J. Trump’s fiscal year 2018 federal budget proposal, dubbed “A New Foundation For American Greatness.” Criticisms have specifically centered on cuts to federal safety nets such as Medicaid and food subsidy programs.

Red Noses Getting More U.S. Exposure

May 23, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Red Nose Day USA organizers are looking for the event to be bigger and bolder in Year 3, a strategy becoming of its prime-time television time slot. Increased airtime, a more expansive retail presence, and a social media initiative aimed at converting supporters into fundraisers are among the strategies in place to take the event to another level for its May 25 broadcast on NBC.

NAACP’s Future To Include Listening Tour, New President

May 19, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Leaders at the NAACP are preparing to embark on a listening tour to inform the future, more locally focused direction of the organization. Cornell William Brooks, president of the organization for the past three years, will not be joining them. Brooks’ contract, which expires on June 30, will not be renewed, Leon W. Russell, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, and Derrick Johnson, vice chairman, told reporters late Friday afternoon.