Deductions Lost

November 15, 2004       Robert Ford      

Nonprofits that rely on donations of cars and intellectual property expect to suffer severe financial setbacks because of new regulations included in the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2005.

Special Report: Asset Allocation

January 1, 2003       Todd Cohen      

The stumbling economy is fueling a quest for stability in endowments, which are taking a hard look at how they build and invest their assets. If they haven’t already, endowment officials are assessing investment strategies, shifting assets to investments they believe will be less volatile and encouraging donors to consider alternative gifts, such as real estate or art.

Special Report-Charities and Donors Turn to Endowments

January 1, 2003       Todd Cohen      

Help, Inc. Center Against Violence near Greensboro, N.C., scrambles year-round to secure grants it needs to cover its $550,000 budget. “It’s a constant worry,” said Cynthia Pugh, executive director.

IRS Seeks Ideas For New Form 990

December 1, 2002       Jeff Jones      

Corporate scandals and demands for better accountability in the for-profit world are influencing change in the nonprofit sector, albeit in an unintended way.

Sweepstakes Make a Slight Rebound

November 1, 2002       Tom Pope      

Perry Chapdelaine hopes to win big in a sweepstakes. His view of winning would be his nonprofit’s sweepstakes fundraising rebounding from the decline it and most sweeps have suffered during the past few years.

Special Report: Public Support Growth Beats GDP by 309 Percent

November 1, 2002       Craig Causer      

The philosopher Plato might as well have been referring to the Form 990 when he said, "A good decision is based on knowledge and not numbers."

Hunting For Missing Kids

October 1, 2002       Richard Williamson      

When Elizabeth Smart joined the list of missing children in the early morning hours of June 5, the search for the 14-year-old quickly expanded from her affluent Federal Heights neighborhood to the greater Salt Lake City area. By the end of the day, the entire nation was involved.

Special Report: Safety or Censorship

October 1, 2002       Craig Causer      

During a recent session at the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Conference in New York City speaker Jennifer Donahue, assistant director of development at the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), contributed a Freudian slip by referring to a segment of pro-life advocates as "enemies."

Most Donors Believe Money Was Used Unwisely

September 1, 2002       Jeff Jones      

Despite screaming headlines in newspapers decrying the speed and method at which nonprofits paid out September 11 charitable donations, more than two-thirds of the people who gave, believe charities used the money appropriately. And, almost half the people polled said that they gave to September 11 causes, according to a new national survey.

Kids And Careers

August 1, 2002       Todd Cohen      

Two years ago Geoff Cramer was a residential real estate developer in Fayetteville, N.C., who was volunteering as an assistant high school wrestling coach. He became dismayed when seniors on the team told him they had never talked to the school’s career counselors.

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