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Need money? Feds have it

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | Kathy Souchet-Downey is big on making lists. Lists that nonprofits can use. As a staff member of Congressman André Carson in Indianapolis, she regularly pulls together a list of recently released federal grants and emails it to organizations. All an organization has to do to receive it is […]

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IRS nixes charitable donation substantiation rules

By Diane Freda, reporter, Daily Tax Report Bloomberg BNA | Jan. 7 — The IRS has withdrawn proposed rules that would have allowed charities to directly report donors’ contributions to the agency, saying it won’t implement an exception to the current “contemporaneous written acknowledgement” (CWA) requirement for substantiating contributions of $250 or more. The Internal […]

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State of the sector survey

By Nonprofit Finance Fund, survey results | NFF’s 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey focuses on the underlying causes of these dynamics by exploring the programmatic, financial, and operational issues facing nonprofits across the U.S. It launched the Survey in 2008, when economic crisis threatened the viability of many organizations. Seven years later, results […]

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Six trends that will set the pace for 2016’s philanthropy

By Bruce DeBoskey, The DeBoskey Group, for The Denver Post | With record levels of giving, new approaches to marshaling philanthropic assets for impact, and better approaches to philanthropic strategy, 2015 was a great year for philanthropy. This trend will continue in 2016. Increasingly, leaders in businesses, foundations and families understand that philanthropy is more […]

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Nonprofits assail IRS rule

By Tim Devaney, staff writer, The Hill | Nonprofit groups are assailing a proposed rule from the Internal Revenue Service, warning the regulations could dry up donations and leave them vulnerable to hacking. The IRS is proposing new requirements for nonprofits to collect the Social Security numbers of their donors. Currently, nonprofits send donors a […]

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Congress passes bill to make charitable IRA rollover, other tax incentives permanent

By Sherri Welch, senior reporter, Crain’s Detroit Business | The U.S. Congress has approved a bill that would make three charitable tax incentives permanent, according to Washington, D.C.-based Independent Sector, which called the move “a monumental victory on Capital Hill” in an open letter to its members. Independent Sector and the nonprofit sector as a […]

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Zuckerberg’s pledge reflects a new era in philanthropy

By David Crary, reporter, Associated Press | The huge philanthropic pledge by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife — totaling perhaps $45 billion — reflects the fast-paced emergence of a new Gilded Age of giving. The changes excite many in the charity world, but also raise questions about effectiveness, ethics and the impact on […]

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Donations with dividends, like cruises and puppies

By Deborah L. Jacobs, reporter, The New York Times | Concerned about how the deepening financial crisis would affect its Oct. 17 fund-raiser and auction, the Helen Hayes Awards, a nonprofit organization that supports Washington theater, sent a letter the week before the event to supporters who had not yet responded to the invitation. It […]

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