News & Articles

Museum’s Hoodie Tied To TV Tops $1.1 Million

November 14, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The second season of the Netflix hit series “Stranger Things” was an unexpected boon to the Science Museum of Minnesota — to the tune of $1 million and counting.

Mobile Use Up, But Online Gifts Are Via Desktops

November 14, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

More than half of the visitors to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) website are via mobile devices, compared with 36 percent from desktop computers, and another 9 percent from visitors on tablets. Despite the increasing proportion of mobile visitors, 80 percent of gifts still come via desktop users compared with 20 percent via mobile.

Women-Led Giving Circles On Rise

November 14, 2017       Andy Segedin      

From peer-to-peer events to crowdfunding, nonprofits are enjoying the fruits of donors’ independent initiative like never before. The next up-and-coming trend might be giving circles, with tens of millions of dollars per year potentially in play.

Senate Tax Bill Keeps Johnson Amendment Intact

November 10, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The House of Representatives came down on the charitable sector last week, cutting into charitable coffers with an increased standard deduction and removal of the estate tax.

BREAKING: House Bill Sunsets Johnson Amendment For All 501(c)(3)s

November 9, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The House Ways and Means Committee advanced tax reform legislation along a party-line vote this afternoon, including an amendment that would allow political activity not only by houses of worship but extend it to all 501(c)(3) organizations.

Bank Error Reported On 1,200 ACLU Donors’ Checks

November 9, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

More than 1,000 donors to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) made contributions to the organization in the spring but only recently were alerted to the fact that their donations were not processed.

AGs Force VietNow To Dissolve

November 6, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

A Vietnam veterans charity that last year paid professional fundraisers 88 percent of the nearly $2 million it spent will be dissolved as part of an agreement with charity officials across 24 states.

Johnson Amendment Repeal Attempt Cites ‘Churches’ Only

November 6, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Somewhat buried in the deluge of Thursday’s 429-page tax proposal from the House of Representatives was Sect. 5201, permitting churches to make political statements during the ordinary course of religious services. The section, the second to last of the bill, runs counter to the Johnson Amendment, which has prohibited partisan political activity among all 501(c)(3)s since 1954.

Federal Tax Bill Targets Deductions, Endowments, Lobbying

November 2, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The year of speculation is over. Nonprofit leaders finally know what proposed tax reform will mean for the sector and the earlier reports look grim, with estimates predicting that a doubled standard deduction without a universal deduction will, alone, lead to a $13 billion loss in giving.

2017 NPT 100: Program Service Revenue And Donors Do The Heavy Lifting

November 1, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The nation’s largest nonprofits had continued revenue growth last year not only from increased giving from the public but also fees and revenue derived from their programs. The ups-and-downs of the stock market knocked around some portfolios but nonprofits generally still were in the black when it came to gains.