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YouTube Adds Video Donation Option

January 28, 2016       Mark Hrywna      

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YouTube has unveiled donation cards that can be added to videos, allowing users to donate to a nonprofit through the online video platform. Cards can add interactivity to videos, pointing users to a specific URL or display customized images, titles and calls to action, and now donations.

Jerry’s Back. MDA To Rebrand

January 27, 2016       NPT Staff      

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Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will lean on its star power as it unveils its revitalized brand on Friday at a Carnegie Hall event. Jerry Lewis, the longtime host of the organization’s Labor Day telethon, will provide a taped message for the event. “Today” anchor Natalie Morales, TNT sportscaster Ernie Johnson, “Small Town Big Deal” host and long-time MDA volunteer Jann Carl and “The Voice” winner Jordan Smith will also participate.

Microsoft Philanthropies Offers $1B In Cloud Services

January 20, 2016       Andy Segedin      

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Microsoft Philanthropies has committed to donating $1 billion in Microsoft Cloud Services to nonprofits and universities during the next three years. The commitment is part of a three-stage initiative by the software giant to use its cloud computing tools for the public good.

IRS Cuts ACT Members, Changes Focus

January 19, 2016       NPT Staff      

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is making changes to its Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) including a reduction in the number of people on the committee and a change in its focus.

Beware Of Election Cycle Tax Plans

January 13, 2016       Andy Segedin      

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) cannot grow the economy, but it can work toward preventing governmental barriers to generating income. That was the message of Jason Lee, general counsel of AFP, to those in attendance at Wednesday’s annual meeting of the New York City chapter.

Penn State Convicted Sex Offender’s Charity To Close

January 12, 2016       Mark Hrywna      

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A charity founded by convicted sex offender Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has petitioned to permanently shut down.

Philly Newspapers Given To Foundation

January 12, 2016       Andy Segedin      

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A Philadelphia nonprofit has entered into the newspaper business. H.F. Lenfest, sole owner of Philadelphia Media Network (PMN), which houses The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com, has donated the news sources to a newly created tax-exempt organization that will operate under The Philadelphia Foundation.

The Civil Investigative Demand

January 12, 2016       Mark Hrywna      

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The stable of lawyers for the Hu­mane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been busy the past year responding to re­quests from a number of state regulators, including Colorado, Oklahoma and Tennessee (in addition to North Dakota a few years ago). Some of those state charity regulators closed the investigations with no evidence of violations.

Charity Fuels PayPal To Guinness World Record

January 11, 2016       Mark Hrywna      

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PayPal was awarded the Guinness World Record title for “Most money raised online for charity in 24 hours,” with users giving more than $45.8 million globally on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, more than doubling the previous record of $19 million.

Nonprofits Lose Donor Confidentiality Appeal

January 6, 2016       Mark Hrywna      

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A California appeals court overturned a lower court ruling that blocked the state attorney general from gaining access to the names of major donors to nonprofits.