News & Articles

Rate Of Legit Email Getting Caught In Spam Filters Jumped

May 15, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Fundraising emails were caught up in spam filters twice as often last year compared with 2015, costing the average nonprofit as much as $25,000 in lost revenue last year, including more than $6,000 on #GivingTuesday alone, according to a new report.

Tax Reform Has Charity Officials Debating Strategy

May 15, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

After years of fighting the previous administration’s efforts to limit the charitable deduction, many nonprofit sector leaders have shifted to embrace the idea of a universal deduction for all taxpayers as an incentive to boost charitable giving.

Study: Generation Gap Persists in Giving By Women

May 11, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Millennial women are more likely than their Baby-Boomer counterparts to give spontaneously and encourage others to support the organizations that they support, according to a new Fidelity Charitable study. Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of Millennial women report that they are often motivated to give in the moment as opposed to strategically, while only 48 percent of Baby Boomers feel the same way.

Study Shows ‘Big Bets’ Are Mostly Add-Ons

May 11, 2017       Andy Segedin      

When it comes to making big bets in philanthropy, U.S. donors are generally more comfortable adding on to what already exists than building a campaign or system from scratch. The result is that a half-dozen of the 10 most common types of big bets are seldom utilized.

Museum Boards Get Low Marks on Diversity, Policy

May 9, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The school year is winding to a close this year and, when assessing their own boards’ performance, chairs of museum boards and their directors believe that they are passing, but not excelling. The average self-graded performance is a B-, with improvement to be found particularly in the arenas of diversity and monitoring policy.

Investing In Donors: Facilitate Cyber Conversations

May 9, 2017       Allison Fine      

Imagine overhearing this conversation in the hall at a fundraising conference: “We’ve decided to invest more on donor retention than donor acquisition this year.”

Substance Lacking In Lobbying Executive Order

May 8, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

President Donald Trump’s latest Executive Order (EO) was titled, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” but whether it does either remains to be seen. Observers said the EO doesn’t change existing regulations much, if at all, since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) so rarely enforces the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charities from directly endorsing political candidates and electioneering .

Crooks Grabbing Nonprofit Websites, Demanding Ransom

May 8, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Joy O’Neal, executive director of The Red Barn, received an unexpected telephone call from her brother early one April morning in 2015. He had been out with a friend and talking about the Leeds, Ala.- based organization, when they visited the website. It had been hacked and taken over by a terrorist sympathizer group.


Healthcare Fight Goes To Round 2

May 5, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The Republicans’ replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is garnering a chorus of groans from the nonprofit healthcare community, with organizations perturbed – in particular – by the plan’s proposed cuts to Medicaid.

Executive Order Relaxes Johnson Amendment Enforcement

May 4, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

An executive order (EO) signed by President Donald J. Trump this morning could welcome more overt political activity by charities and churches. It also appears to open the door for more litigation against his administration.