Efforts in Massachusetts and Oregon to place new financial restrictions on nonprofits have failed to become law.

In Massachusetts, lawmakers last week rejected a proposal that would have prohibited nonprofits from paying their boards of directors.

Oregon lawmakers, meanwhile, have failed to approve a measure that would have required charities to spend at least 30 percent of their expenses on programs or else be unable to allow donors to get a charitable deduction.

April 28, 2009, Nonprofit Recession Watch Blog — In late January 2009, a study authored by Retriever Development Counsel LLC, was conducted in the US, assessing the impact of the economy on the fundraising efforts of over 180 organizations. The survey was conducted in partnership with Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Meyer Memorial Trust.

PHILADELPHIA, April 16, 2009 — ACE USA, the U.S.-based retail operating division of the ACE Group of Companies, today announced that its environmental liability division, ACE Environmental Risk, has joined with American Forests, the nation’s oldest nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization, in a year-long campaign to improve the environment by planting 5,000 trees in five locations across the United States. In appreciation for its clients’ support in 2008, ACE Environmental Risk is making this donation as part of American Forests’ Global ReLeaf Campaign for the second consecutive year.

Fueled by anonymous, unlimited contributions, nonprofit organizations have emerged as the latest weapon of choice in political advertising, rivaling congressional campaign committees in the last election cycle.

In a webinar last month titled "Positioning for Wealth Transfer," Campbell & Company Vice President Bruce Matthews talked about the need for organizations to prepare programs that take full advantage of this boon.

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