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How To Kill Your Program

May 16, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Some institutions seem bent on making sure their estate giving programs don’t grow and thrive. While reasons for marginalizing estate giving donors and treating them as if they don’t matter aren’t clear, these are highly effective strategies for discouraging planned gifts.

Former Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Employee Sentenced To 10 Months

May 15, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

A Rockville, Md., man was sentenced to 10 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a scheme involving stolen IT equipment and fraudulent invoicing during his tenure at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).

Rate Of Legit Email Getting Caught In Spam Filters Jumped

May 15, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Fundraising emails were caught up in spam filters twice as often last year compared with 2015, costing the average nonprofit as much as $25,000 in lost revenue last year, including more than $6,000 on #GivingTuesday alone, according to a new report.

Tax Reform Has Charity Officials Debating Strategy

May 15, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

After years of fighting the previous administration’s efforts to limit the charitable deduction, many nonprofit sector leaders have shifted to embrace the idea of a universal deduction for all taxpayers as an incentive to boost charitable giving.

Crooks Grabbing Nonprofit Websites, Demanding Ransom

May 8, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Joy O’Neal, executive director of The Red Barn, received an unexpected telephone call from her brother early one April morning in 2015. He had been out with a friend and talking about the Leeds, Ala.- based organization, when they visited the website. It had been hacked and taken over by a terrorist sympathizer group.

Executive Order Relaxes Johnson Amendment Enforcement

May 4, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

An executive order (EO) signed by President Donald J. Trump this morning could welcome more overt political activity by charities and churches. It also appears to open the door for more litigation against his administration.

Report: Net On $100 In Giving Is Just $5

May 2, 2017       Paul Clolery      

SAN FRANCISCO — It appears that donors gave 3 percent more during 2016 than in 2015 but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Data from more than 10,000 nonprofits that collectively raised $9.1 billion during 2016 shows getting $100 cost $95.

U.S. Fundraising Up And Down At Same Time

May 1, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Three out of five (60 percent) American nonprofits saw an increase in receipts in 2016. While constituting a majority, the figure was down from 2015’s 65 percent and represented the lowest percentage of organizations since 2010.

Civil Rights Orgs Pan Trump’s First 100 Days

April 27, 2017       Andy Segedin      

“It’s been the worst of times and the best of times,” said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), as he wrapped up the organization’s conference call discussing President Donald J. Trump’s first 100 days in office Thursday morning. The Dickens reference came after an opening 100 days that Romero described as “disastrous for human and civil rights and offers to have a devastating effect on real and ordinary people across the country.”

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.