News & Articles

Postal Service Files For Rate Increase

October 11, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The United States Postal Service (USPS) filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for a rate increase that, if approved, would increase postage rates anywhere from 2 to 4 percent, depending the class and category of mailings. The new rates would take effect on Jan. 21, 2018 after review by the PRC.

Boy Scouts Of America Votes To Admit Girls

October 11, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Girls will be allowed to join Boy Scouts of America starting in fall 2018 and eventually will be able to earn scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.

Lilly School Opens Fundraising Research Site To Public

October 11, 2017       Paul Clolery      

Neighbors often have car envy, lawn envy, even patio envy and even child achievement envy. Leaders at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy want to add philanthropy envy to that list in hopes it will pump up donations and research about the process of giving.

U.S., Canadian Healthcare Systems See Giving Hike

October 10, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Giving to nonprofit hospitals and health care systems in the United States was up by 5 percent last year while giving to their Canadian counterparts saw the first increase since 2013.

Crooks Use Online Donations To Test Credit Card Fraud

October 10, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

When about a dozen online donations came in to Equality Now on one day in June, Andrea Edman didn’t need Spider-Man-like ESP to realize something was amiss. “I could tell they were fishy because they came from the same ZIP code in Florida, different cities that didn’t exist,” she said. All of the information typed into forms was lower case and each had email addresses with animal names, like FunkyDuck27 and GrizzlyBear42.

Donors Pledge $336 Million To Two Schools

October 5, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Two universities on opposite ends of the United States were recipients of their largest-ever contributions, together totaling almost a half-billion dollars.

SVdP-USA Launches Disaster Services Corporation

October 5, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP-USA) has launched Disaster Services Corporation, SVdP-USA to better respond to disasters such as those seen in recent weeks in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The corporation, which will remain under the auspices of SVdP-USA’s national council, represents a necessary change in legal structure to help the organization better focus its disaster-response efforts, said Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, CEO of the corporation.

Regulators Debate Vendor Vs. Professional Fundraiser Issue

October 3, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office has issued eight enforcement actions or notice of intended action against nonprofits during the past year. Digitization of nonprofit tax Form 990s has led to the increased use of data for compliance and enforcement by the New York state Attorney General’s Office.

Opinion: Tax Reform Has Potential To Unlock Giving

October 3, 2017       Kevin Washington      

Tax reform is once again the focus of many discussions, debates and deliberations taking place on Capitol Hill. Considering that comprehensive federal tax reform was last enacted in in 1986, most agree that an updated tax code is needed — but not at the expense of our nation’s charities.

Online Giving Up, But Overall Giving Declines

October 2, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Fundraising can sometime be an enigma wrapped in a riddle and folded into a question, as any fundraiser might attest. Recent overall and online-giving trends illustrate that unpredictability as overall giving for the three months ending in August was down 0.8 percent as compared to the same three-month period of 2016, according to the latest Blackbaud Index. Online giving, conversely, went up by 9.8 percent when the two periods are compared.