News & Articles

Operation(s): 5 Things That Are Making Regulators Buzz

March 7, 2017       Tracy L. Boak and Karen I. Wu      

Changes in the way nonprofits operate alter the face of many discussions but a number of the underlying legal issues and compliance considerations seem to be perpetual. Internal operational issues are of great interest to regulators. Among them are five hot-button areas — everything from fundraising to finances to online activity.

Red Cross Selling Building For $315.5 Million

March 6, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The American Red Cross has begun the process of selling its building on E Street in Washington, D.C., transferring staff to other facilities.

PayPal Sued For Redistributing Donations

March 1, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

A class action lawsuit against PayPal and PayPal Giving Fund claims that the digital and mobile payment portal misrepresents its charitable giving platform, requiring charities to create accounts to access donations and ultimately redistributing funds elsewhere in some cases.

Online Hyper-Targeting Big Dollar Donors

February 28, 2017       George Weiner      

Familiarity is a powerful factor in the human decision-making, something that top brands such as Coca-Cola have known for many years. If you have a base level of familiarity with a product, you are significantly more likely to choose it.
This idea is not a new one and has been proven across multiple studies with movies and restaurants showing preferences toward what is familiar.

75% Disapproval Of Federal PBS Funding Cuts

February 27, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

With Republicans back in control of both Congress and the White House, several federal agencies that are routinely targeted for spending cuts appear to be back on the chopping block.

Giving Stagnant, Slowly Moving To Mobile

February 22, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Increases in online giving outpaced overall giving nearly eight-fold in 2016, 7.9 percent versus a paltry 1 percent. Though still representing just a fraction of gifts, donating online showed a staying power in 2016 that had yet to be previously seen, according to Steve MacLaughlin, vice president, data and analytics for Charleston, S.C.-based Blackbaud.

Nonprofits Targeted for Federal Funding Cuts

February 21, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

With Republicans back in control of both Congress and the White House, several federal agencies that are routinely targeted for spending cuts appear to be back on the chopping block.

72% Hike In Donor-Advised Fund Contributions

February 16, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Contributions to the National Philanthropic Trust shot up to $1.7 billion in 2016, a 72-percent increase from 2015. The spike was likely a result of favorable market conditions and concern over potential future changes in tax policy, according to Eileen R. Heisman, president and CEO of the Jenkintown, Pa.-headquartered donor-advised fund.

A Valentine Story: Most Couples Decide On Giving Together

February 14, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

More than 80 percent of donors make giving decisions as a couple and on average only 11 percent said they disagree on those decisions, according to a recent survey.

Besser To Replace Lavizzo-Mourey At RWJF

February 13, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Richard Besser, M.D., former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ABC News’ current chief health and medical editor, will be the new president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in Princeton, N.J.