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Rebuilding Lives After Harvey, Irma, Jose And Maria

October 16, 2017       Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna      

Powerful hurricanes cut a swath of destruction through the Caribbean and southeast United States early last month, prompting what’s likely to be the largest philanthropic response to natural disasters in at least a half-decade. Hurricanes Jose and Maria were on their way at presstime.

Health Groups Project Millions Will Lose Coverage, Lawsuit Planned

October 13, 2017       Andy Segedin      

With an executive order and late-night announcement, President Donald J. Trump has placed the constructs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in jeopardy. The moves have drawn the ire of nonprofits and state attorneys general and would potentially alter the responsibilities of organizational employers.

Universal Deduction Bill Draws Measured Praise

October 12, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Leaders of nonprofit advocacy organizations have applauded legislation introduced to create a universal charitable deduction for all taxpayers but note concerns about limiting it to a third of the standard deduction.

Church Membership Becoming A Consumer Choice

October 11, 2017       Andy Segedin      

“Biblical times” is a term often used to denote an event or custom that is disparate to the ways of today, millennia later. Congregations throughout the United States need not look too far into the past to see drastic change. Changes in church missions and congregants’ consumer behaviors have resulted in membership declines all while the proportion of members’ overall disposable wealth given to congregations trends steadily downward.

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.