More Predictions of Doom

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018

Three links on the impact of the new tax law on the charitable sector—affordable housing, giving incentives and the inability of the sector to compensate for government cuts: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/business/economy/tax-housing.html...

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Nonprofit Journalism Flourishes

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018

The Columbia Journalism Review writes about the Guardian’s foray into philanthropic support for its work, with some help from my alma mater, USC’s Annenberg School: https://www.cjr.org/business_of_news/guardian-nonprofit-philanthropy.php

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Mindshare

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018

Mindshare describes the level of awareness that your nonprofit has in people’s minds. It’s less about what people think about your nonprofit and more about how much they think of you. If they aren’t thinking about you much, you lack mindshare, and that’s bad for fundraising and advocacy:...

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Foundations Step Up & Join the Resistance

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018

In PA, one files an amicus brief in a state gerrymandering case; in CA, funders develop a rapid-response ethos & inject more than $40 million in emergency support to DACA nonprofits: https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/pittsburgh-foundation-files-amicus-brief-in-state-gerrymandering-case...

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I Love Debunking Conventional Wisdom

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018

Did the new tax act reduce the value of charitable tax deductions? The answer, it turns out, is not “Yes.” Instead, the answer is, “It depends.” For some, the value has gone up. For some, it has gone down: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-2018-tax-law-increases-charitable-giving-russell/

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Local Politics

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018

Why it’s important for community-based nonprofits that receive grants & contracts from local government to be fully engaged with local politics—the City of San Antonio is rethinking the way it funds local charities in the wake of a couple of scandals:...

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Two Tools to Help You Advocate

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018

Two helpful public policy and advocacy downloads for nonprofit leaders—how changes in federal law and regulations will impact you this year, and how to track pending legislation in whatever state you are in:...

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A Money Quote

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

“Millions of middle-class donors will be effectively shut out from claiming any charitable deduction under the new tax law . . . [while] the wealthy will get a still larger share of the tax benefit, even when sacrificing a smaller share of their income:” ...

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It’s Not Lobbying

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

So What is the Technical Advice Exception?  It means your nonprofit’s representatives can provide technical advice, assistance or testimony to a governmental body, committee, or agency in response to a written request, and it’s NOT lobbying:  https://bolderadvocacy.org/blog/technical-advice-exception

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For Folks Not Used to Traditional Fundraising

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

How to start a development program in a small nonprofit & and an unconventional approach to fundraising at a successful nonprofit news site: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-start-major-gift-fundraising-program-even-your-cabral-ma-cfre/ How the Texas Tribune is enlisting the newsroom to grow membership...

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