Giving USA Report Has Troubling News

On June 18, 2019, the Giving USA Foundation issued Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018, its once-a-year publication that is the “longest-running and most comprehensive report of its kind in America.”  In 2017, charitable giving was at a record rate. But in the landmark Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), effective January 1, 2018, Congress hurriedly jammed through dramatic Read More

CA’s New Budget: Boon to Nonprofit Sector

Gavin Newsom began his term as governor of California in January 2019, having served for the previous eight years as lieutenant governor while fellow Dem, Jerry Brown, was the Golden State’s chief executive.   It’s not just the weather that’s sunnier in California than in most of the nation: Newsom inherited a massive, $22-billion, surplus along with a Democratic supermajority in both houses of the Read More

Pharmaceuticals & Nonprofits: Apparently, It’s Working

It’s no longer unusual to hear ideas tossed around about “unusual businesses that are run as nonprofits. In some cases, the nonprofits solve unique problems, such as preserving video libraries. Increasingly, … nonprofits [are] stepping in to preserve local journalism.” Some [thought leaders] like Douglas Russkoff see potential for nonprofits to play a much larger role in” an economy radically restructured away Read More

The Census (Non)Decision: What’s Next?

[7/2/19 Update: Multiple sources including the New York Times confirming that the government has sent the Census forms to the printer without the citizenship question, apparently abandoning its legal battle to include that question for the 2020 Census; also confirmed by gov't to NBC News at 2:15 pm PDT] [7/319 Update: Rapid developments as to apparent backtrack ordered by White House; district court, in emergency Read More

Help with Charity Board Meeting Minutes

“It’s not surprising that nonprofit board meeting minutes are often either overlooked or under-utilized,” according to the helpful folks over at Wild Apricot. There’s too much to do in any organization, large or small, to focus on minute-taking and this duty may be brushed aside as a quaint formality or custom from a bygone era. And, of course, taking minutes is intimidating because the document to be produced Read More

Gifts in Kind: CA Takes Aim, Again

“Charitable donations come in different forms; while cash is king, other types of contributions are useful, too. Among them are ‘gifts in kind,’ sometimes also called ‘in-kind gifts’ or ‘in-kind donations.’” They are a form of charitable giving where the donor doesn’t give money to buy goods and services the recipient needs but, instead, gives the goods and services themselves. In-kind gifts can be valuable to a Read More

Monkey Business at the Austin Zoo

Update: Previously published versions of the blog identified the zoo director as "Patti Cook." The correct name for the zoo director is "Patti Clark." HT @changeforATXZoo. First, there was Monkey Gets Day in Court (July 2018). Then, it was Gorillas, Guerrillas, and 501(c)(3)s (March 14, 2019). Was this the beginning of a new series for our blog; a “primates & philanthropy” theme? In concluding the March Read More

Philanthropy Thought Leaders: Hot Topics

As we choose the topics for each month’s blog posts, there are certain items that miss the cut-off for no reason other than we have too much to write about - not too little. In the online feeds that each day bring us so much tantalizing information, there are often intriguing articles and writings that have a philosophical “big-ideas” tone. We’ve selected several noteworthy ones here for a brief mention - and Read More

Mandatory e-Filing for 990s on the Way

Pending legislation in Congress will, if passed, affect tax-exempt organizations in two ways: (1) it will make e-filing the mandatory method for all exempt organizations for filing any required information returns, including the Form 990 Series, and (2) it will require the Internal Revenue Service to send a notice to organizations which have missed filing two consecutive information returns before it’s too late to Read More

Nonprofit Thought Leaders: 10 Useful TED Talks

From time to time, we engage in random policy wonkery, recommending to readers provocative tidbits from policy experts, observers, and other thought leaders. For example, in Nonprofit Sector Featured in New Slate Series, (August 28, 2018), we highlighted a series that Slate magazine launched in May 2018, featuring noted philanthropy commentator, Felix Salmon.  Titled Introducing the Slate 90: A dive into the Read More