Paul D'Alessandro

Paul D'Alessandro

Paul D’Alessandro, JD, CFRE, is founder and chairman of D’Alessandro, Inc., a fundraising and strategic management consulting company. He is also a lawyer and a tax law specialist for nonprofits.

Overcoming the Nonprofit Revenue Challenge

Nonprofit revenue is one of the toughest challenges for organizations. If you’ve worked at a nonprofit, then you’ve participated in one of the continual discussions to come up with something creative.

Impact Investing Changes the Way Donors Help Nonprofits

Today, impact investing has become an essential topic for philanthropic engagement and discussion, and even the Catholic Church has gotten on the impact investment train. Under the direction of Pope Francis, the Church understands that it also takes making money to make a difference...

Nonprofit Legal Compliance: Why It matters

As tax season draws to a close, I’m reminded of a discussion I had with a colleague not too long ago about a small charitable organization. What often happens is that people with good intentions decide to create nonprofits, but they do not realize the special obligations that come with entities that do not pay tax...

Is Your Nonprofit at Risk? Donor Data Protection Is a Global Priority

On May 25, 2018, the European Union set into law the General Data Protection Regulation. Although it is intended to protect people living in Europe, you might recall when it came into effect, how your email inbox got cluttered with hundreds of messages from practically every organization that you subscribe to...

Freedom of Speech: How It Affects Charitable Giving

Recently, the U.S. elevated its latest Supreme Court justice to the highest court in the land. While there has been a lot of debate about the rightward tilt of the Supreme Court and what that will mean for many aspects of our society, there is also a lot at stake for nonprofits and charitable giving...

Nonprofit Board Liabilities: What Are the Legal Responsibilities of Your Board?

If you’ve ever worked or have been associated with volunteer leadership at a nonprofit board, then you are probably aware of a situation that can expose individuals to legal jeopardy. One of the most essential aspects of serving on a board and having board members is to ensure that everyone has an understanding for their legal and fiduciary obligations. Unfortunately, many do not realize that ignorance of the law is not a defense... 

Donor Intent: What It Is and Why It Matters

Years ago, Charles Francis “Chuck” Feeney, a successful Irish-American capitalist, philanthropist and the founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies decided to contribute a gift of $350 million to Cornell University. It was one of the many gifts he and The Atlantic Philanthropies were making while he was alive...