Independent Sector

Estate Tax Uncertainty Riles Charities
November 12, 2009

NEW YORK, November 10, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — The wealthy and their advisers aren't the only ones riled by the lack of certainty over next year's estate tax. Charities also have a big stake.

Youth Volunteering on the Rise
September 8, 2009

BOSTON, Ma, September 8, 2009 — An astonishing 73% of 12-17 year olds in the U.S., or 18.8 million youth, have engaged in a volunteer activity according to a recent study commissioned by The Volunteer Family and conducted by Harris Interactive®.

Independent Sector Kicks Off Unprecedented Initiative to Strengthen the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Community
July 29, 2009

Washington, D.C., July 28, 2009 — Today Independent Sector kicked off an innovative, collaborative initiative focused on strengthening the future of America’s 1.4 million charitable organizations. Drawing on people with wide-ranging nonprofit expertise, this effort is designed to empower individual organizations and the charitable sector as a whole to make a greater impact on lives and communities.

BoardSource and Independent Sector Partner on 'Principles' Workbook to Advance Good Governance and Ethical Practice
July 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2009 — BoardSource, the nation's leading resource on nonprofit governance, has collaborated with Independent Sector to produce a new tool to help nonprofits, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs examine and improve their governance practices. The Principles Workbook: Steering Your Board toward Good Governance and Ethical Practice is designed to help the nonprofit community meet its commitment to upholding the highest standards of accountability -- and do so in a cost-effective way.

Obama Defends Push to Cut Tax Deductions for Charitable Gifts
March 26, 2009

President Obama defends his proposal to cut the tax deductions that wealthy Americans can claim for their charitable donations by arguing that the shift would not have an adverse effect on giving, but two independent analyses concluded that the proposal could result in a drop of as much as $3.87 billion for the already reeling nonprofit sector.

Launch of the New NonProfit National Resource Directory
February 23, 2009

Marcia Bloomberg, CEO of The Bloomberg Group, announces the launch of the internet-based NonProfit National Resource Directory, connecting nonprofits to the resources they need to succeed. The directory provides a one-stop-shop for nonprofit leadership to research consultants, coaches, specialists and vendors who will assist them to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of their organization or institution.

Government Cutbacks Leave Faith-Based Services Hurting
February 20, 2009

Faith-based charities, which provide an enormous array of private social services to the nation's sick, elderly and poor, are facing unprecedented cutbacks from one of their biggest funders: the government.