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  • Rural Nonprofits Lag On Revenue, Access

    By Samuel Fanburg — November 1, 2011

    Even though 22 percent of the nation’s poor live in rural areas, those areas account for only 8 percent of the total spent by nonprofit organizations. And with such poverty issues, only 10.4 percent of nonprofits in rural areas are dedicated to human services.

  • Workplace Still Is Productive

    By Michele Donohue — November 1, 2011

    Jobs – the only word that seems to be on Americans’ minds. The U.S. unemployment rate was 9.1 percent for August and September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared to 9.6 percent for 2010. As the Dow Jones fell 12 percent during the third quarter of this year, some financial analysts are not ruling out a double-dip recession. With the unemployed looking for work and the employed trying to hold on to the jobs they have, running a successful workplace giving campaign is a tough sell but it’s happening.

  • General Ramblings: Gathering And Loitering

    By Paul Clolery — November 1, 2011

    I’ve been to a lot of protests in my day, supporting this or being against that. I just don’t get the end game for the Occupy Wall Street contingent.

  • Crop Circles & Sleeping Late

    By Mark Hrywna — November 1, 2011

    For most fundraisers, it wouldn’t help much if they told their donors to get lost. It has become a windfall for the Life Adventure Center (LAC) of the Bluegrass in Versailles, Ky.

  • Scaring Up Revenue For Halloween

    By Samuel Fanburg — October 28, 2011

    While many of the nation’s charities eagerly anticipate the holiday season as their peak time for fundraising, Halloween is prime time for some nonprofits.  For Goodwill Industries International, Halloween has become a welcome opportunity to sell more merchandise and raise more money.

  • Study: Tax Hikes Would Affect Giving More Than Deduction

    By Mark Hrywna — October 28, 2011

    Allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire after next year would have a greater negative impact on charitable giving than reducing the charitable deduction, according to a new study released today.

  • Nonprofit Standard Mail Postal Rate To Drop

    By Samuel Fanburg — October 21, 2011

    Postage rates are going up for nonprofit mail on average 2.1 percent but some categories will see a decrease. The United States Postal Service (USPS) has petitioned the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for the increase beginning Jan. 22, 2012.

  • Study: Summer Doldrums Hit Giving

    By Samuel Fanburg — October 19, 2011

    Overall charitable revenue grew 6.8 percent for the three months ending August 2011, compared to the same period in 2010. Online giving is on the up swing as well, increasing 6.1 percent for the same period of time.

  • Charitable Deduction The Focus of U.S. Senate Hearing

    By Mark Hrywna — October 19, 2011

    How much would charitable giving be impacted — and which donors and organizations would be affected most – dominated a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday regarding charitable giving incentives. Amid talk of floors and ceilings on tax deductions and potential tax credits, some warned that now is not the time to experiment with tax policy that affects charities while others favored overall tax reform during “Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Charitable Giving.”

  • Car Donations In IRS Spotlight–Again

    By Samuel Fanburg — October 18, 2011

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is calling for public comment on a scheduled reevaluation on the codes that stipulate rules for charitable contributions of certain motor vehicles, boats and airplanes.

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