News & Articles

IRS Lightens Up On Retroactive Reinstatement

January 8, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has eased its rules on retroactive reinstatement of tax-exempt status after revocation, effective for applications submitted after January 2. Revenue Procedure 2014-11 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-14-11.pdf) makes retroactive reinstatement of exempt status easier to receive for organizations where the status was automatically revoked for failing to file a federal Form 990 for three consecutive years.

Overall Charitable Giving Increased Leading Up To November

January 6, 2014       Zach Halper      

Nonprofits had a pre-holiday increase in charitable giving during the three months ending in November 2013, though the increase in online giving was slightly less than the same period a year ago.

Judge Blocks Boise Anti-Street Solicitation Ordinance

January 3, 2014       Patrick Sullivan      

A federal judge has blocked implementation of a street solicitation ordinance in Boise, Idaho, at least initially agreeing with the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho (ACLUI) and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) . U.S. District Federal Court Judge Edward J. Lodge ruled the ordinance violates the First Amendment rights of street solicitors.

Five Outstanding Low-Budget Websites

December 31, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Your website is your most visible and visited marketing piece. It says a lot about an organization. Websites are supposed to level the playing field — small versus big — when it comes to generating support and pushing advocacy.

Pay-What-You-Can Concept Challenged By Thin Margins

December 31, 2013       Marty Daks      

Panera Bread Co. wants to give something back to the communities it serves, and one way it has is to launch a series of “community cafés” where “suggested donations” replace fixed prices on the menu. The concept is fine, but “it is challenging,” said Kate Antonacci, director of social impact initiatives for the Panera Bread Foundation, which operates the Panera Cares cafés.

Interfaith Community Services CEO Retires

December 27, 2013       Zach Halper      

Richard Batt will retire as chief executive officer at Interfaith Community Services (ICS), the organization announced. The news comes nearly two years after he joined the Escondito, Calif.-based agency.

Survey: Fundraising Events Discouraging Volunteer Firefighters

December 18, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

The retention of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania was found to be very low at organizations that sponsored a high number of fundraising events, according to recent survey by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

The Lottery: Ya’ Win Some, Ya’ Lose Some

December 17, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

When you buy a lottery ticket you are casting luck to the weather. For several charities it will be sunny skies – another barely has enough for an umbrella if it rains.

Fr. Edward Cappelletti, Religious Fundraising Leader, Has Died

December 16, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

Fr. Edward Cappelletti, former director of the Salesian Missions in New Rochelle, N.Y., has died. He was 93.