News & Articles

Tax Changes Impact Philanthropy, Revenue Generation

December 19, 2017       Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna      

The largest piece of tax reform since the Reagan administration is complete. The House of Representatives voted 224 to 201 in favor of the Republican-pushed tax plan on Wednesday, less than 24 hours following a 51-48 vote in favor of it in the Senate.

Johnson Amendment Saved, For Now

December 15, 2017       Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna      

Repeal of the Johnson Amendment is off the table in tax reform negotiations after the Senate parliamentarian yesterday ruled it violates the Byrd rule.

FCC Pulls Plug On ‘Net Neutrality, Nonprofits To Sue

December 14, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Nonprofit advocacy groups and state attorneys general plan to fight today’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to roll back Net Neutrality rules enacted during the Obama Administration.

New System Might Spike Postal Rates

December 12, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Postal rates could climb as much as 40 percent during the next five years under a proposal by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

Predicting Donors’ Actions Via Behavioral Science

December 5, 2017       Jacklyn P. Boice      

“Make up your mind.” How many times have you heard that expression or said it yourself? The decision-making process is more complex than many realize. As Albert Einstein once said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Final Senate Bill Provides Little For Nonprofits

December 4, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The United States Senate wheeled and dealed Friday night into Saturday morning, voting 51-49 in favor of the most sweeping piece of tax reform in over 30 years. When nonprofit leaders woke up Saturday morning, if they had in fact even gone to bed, few liked what they saw.

#GivingTuesday Hits Record $274 Million

November 28, 2017       Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna      

In its sixth iteration, #GivingTuesday hasn’t slowed in spite of a year filled with natural disasters that implored donors to contribute to charities, reaching another new record yesterday.

#GivingTuesday Is Here But Giving Days Lasting Much Longer

November 28, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Giving Days have become a popular tool for charities and foundations in recent years to spur giving both during select dead periods and the holiday season through efforts such as #GivingTuesday. As the days increase in popularity, with improved technical functionality and social media awareness, organizations are faced with the conundrum of whether or not to dip into the well earlier.

Giving Down 4 Percent From 2016

November 21, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Giving has rebounded slightly in the third quarter of 2017 as compared to the half-year mark but still trails 2016 figures, according to a Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) report. The number of year-to-date donors (4.8 million) and revenue ($4.7 billion) remain 5 percent and 4 percent behind 2016 numbers, respectively.

House Signs Off On Tax Bill That Hurts Charities

November 16, 2017       Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna      

The House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Thursday by a 227 to 205 vote. The bill, roundly criticized by leaders in the nonprofit sector, marks a significant step in what has been an accelerated process for the most significant tax reform in more than three decades.