Tax, Legal & Compliance

More Donors Starting Funds Rather Than Giving Directly to Charities
April 19, 2017 at 9:13 am

For the first time on record, the nonprofit that received the most in donations in the country is not what you typically think of as a nonprofit—and that has some in the nonprofit sector worried that the new model is upending traditional philanthropy. Giving accounts allow donors to get an immediate tax benefit when they…

UK Charities Fined by Watchdog for Wealth Screening of Donors
April 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm

Eleven of Britain’s best-known charities have been fined for breaching data protection rules. Some were secretly subjecting millions of their donors to “wealth-screening” operations to target them for additional fundraising. The Royal British Legion, Oxfam, Cancer Research UK and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association are among those found by the Information Commissioner’s Office…

Does the Charitable Tax Deduction Motivate You to Donate?
March 24, 2017 at 8:18 am

I spend a great deal of time thinking about potential donors. I believe research is one of the keys to success in fundraising. My excitement comes when I engage with people and ask for a gift. The greatest percentage of a fundraising person’s time, unfortunately, is not exciting...

Association of Fundraising Professionals Weighs in on Johnson Amendment Repeal
February 23, 2017 at 11:11 am

Earlier this month, President Donald J. Trump publicly announced that he intends on repealing the Johnson Amendment. Last week, we published an article about our thoughts on the Johnson Amendment and how its repeal could affect nonprofit organizations. Slowly nonprofits are voicing opinions about what this could mean for the nonprofit sector...

Trump Reverses Abortion Policy for Aid to NGOs
January 24, 2017 at 8:00 am

President Donald Trump signed an executive action on Monday reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy, which bars international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving U.S. government funding. "The President, it's no secret, has made it very clear that he's a pro-life president," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his…

Clinton Foundation Shuts Down Clinton Global Initiative
January 19, 2017 at 10:12 am

The Clinton Foundation has shut down the Clinton Global Initiative in a move that political opponents have taken as confirmation that the organization is a slush fund. The Clinton Global Initiative is a division of the Clinton Foundation that “convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges,” according…

Gates Foundation Open-Access Policy Goes Into Effect
January 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation now requires all its grant recipients to make their published, peer-reviewed work immediately available to the public, the latest development in a larger push to make research more accessible. The foundation rolled out the new policy in 2015, but allowed for a two-year transition period during which grant recipients…

The Bizarre Saga Playing Out at a Florida Bird Sanctuary
January 5, 2017 at 10:37 am

A seabird sanctuary founder is continuing to seek donations for his nonprofit, even after being fired and replaced by his son. Now the two generations are heading to court. Ralph Heath, 71, founded Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in 1972 as a not-for-profit corporation. Located in Indian Shores, Fla., Suncoast hit some turbulence recently when Heath’s children…

Sudden Growth in Charities Has Colorado Attorney General Seeking New Oversight Unit
December 30, 2016 at 9:46 am

Growth in charities in Colorado has the state’s top prosecutor seeking more funds to create a new unit to ferret out nonprofit fundraising fraud. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman wants to spend about $350,000 annually on a new charities oversight unit. The money would finance two full-time attorneys, an investigator, office equipment and operating costs. The…