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Foundations’ Investment Returns Continue to Grow

July 23, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Investment returns at private foundations continued their strong gains last year, rising to an average of 15.6 percent according to a new study by the Commonfund Institute and the Council on Foundations (CoF).

Fidelity Charitable Gifts Exceed $1 Billion

July 17, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Grants by one of the nation’s largest donor-advised funds jumped almost 20 percent during the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2013, while an increase in mergers and acquisitions activity helped to push a 33-percent spike in contributions.

Memorials Established For Priya Haji

July 17, 2014       Mark Hrywna      

Legendary social innovator and self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur Priya Haji, who launched four different enterprises during her career, died suddenly Monday night at her home in San Francisco. Early indications are that Haji suffered a pulmonary embolism, according to a statement from her family, though autopsy results are still pending.

America Gives More Act Targets Nonprofit Deductions

July 16, 2014       Patrick Sullivan      

The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to debate this week a legislative package concerning IRA distributions to charity, food donations, deduction filing, conservation easement and foundation excise taxes. H.R. 4719, “America Gives More Act of 2014,” was reported out of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Children’s Aid Society Boasts New Boss

July 15, 2014       Mark Hrywna      

The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) today announced the appointment of the first female president and chief executive officer (CEO) in its nearly 160-year history. Phoebe Boyer, executive director of the Robertson Foundation, will succeed Richard Buery, Jr. as of Oct. 1.

Study: Orgs With Annual Funds Meet Fundraising Goals

July 14, 2014       Zach Halper      

Nonprofits that have an annual fund are more likely to meet their fundraising goals, according to a new study from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC).

“Pink Slips” Win Big At MAXI Awards

July 10, 2014       Zach Halper      

Sending “pink slips” to prospective donors as an illustration was the top creative program, capturing the Platinum Big Idea Award – Fundraising That Works prize, during the 35th annual MAXI Awards last night on the opening night of the Bridge to Integrated Marketing Conference in National Harbor, Md., near Washington, D.C.

IRS Releases New, Shorter Application

July 2, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unveiled a new, shorter application for small organizations seeking 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in an effort to reduce paperwork for charities, speed up the application process and focus resources on large, more complex applications.

10 Issues To Address In Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Policy

July 2, 2014       Gene Takagi      

The Internet remains the Wild Wild West of information. And even though it all seems available for the taking, you can run into a huge legal issue if you are not careful regarding grabbing and using the data. It can also cost you if people pirate information from your site or if an employee does something on social media that makes you look bad.

3 Myths About Captives

July 2, 2014       Melanie Lockwood Herman      

During the hard market phase of the property and casualty insurance market cycle — when coverage is more restrictive and expensive — many nonprofit leaders admit feeling pretty helpless. You might say that one feels “captive” by an industry that is hard to avoid.