Monday, March 30, 2015

Vermont Nonprofits Fight State Plan to Limit Deductions - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Vermont Nonprofits Fight State Plan to Limit Deductions - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Vermont charities are pushing state senators to reject a measure passed by the Vermont House on Friday that would cap taxpayers' itemized deductions, including those on charitable donations, the Burlington Free Press reports.
The measure would set maximums of $15,500 and $31,000 for single and married joint filers, respectively, 2&frac; times the federal standard deductions."



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Friday, March 27, 2015

Five things charities need to know ahead of the general election | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

Five things charities need to know ahead of the general election | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "On Tuesday political representatives from Labour, the Conservatives, the Green Party, the Lib Dems and Ukip debated their stance on the voluntary sector at the Social Leaders Debate, which was hosted by Acevo and Charities Aid Foundation. Here are five things that charities learned."



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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Nonprofit Tax-Exemption Approvals Double, Thanks to Simplified Form - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Nonprofit Tax-Exemption Approvals Double, Thanks to Simplified Form - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "he Internal Revenue Service approved 94,365 applications from organizations seeking 501(c)(3) designations in fiscal year 2014, more than double the number approved in the previous two years.

The one-year jump was due to the introduction of an alternative, three-page electronic version of the 26-page form 1023, the IRS said in its 2014 Data Book, an annual report released Tuesday. The electronic option, 1023-EZ, first became available in July 2014 and provides a streamlined way for organizations with annual gross receipts of less than $50,000 to apply for tax-exempt status."



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AFP Texas Lobbying Event a Huge Success - Member News - Member - AFP

AFP Texas Lobbying Event a Huge Success - Member News - Member - AFP: "AFP Texas Lobbying Event a Huge Success
March 25, 2015

AFP chapters from across Texas came together in Austin at the State Capitol building in early March to raise awareness of philanthropic and fun"



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Charities snared in effort to limit power of Kansas unions | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

Charities snared in effort to limit power of Kansas unions | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star: "A proposal to bar public employers from deducting union dues was amended last week to include a ban on non-mandatory deductions, such as charitable contributions, for state employees and school districts.

That move — drawing stiff opposition from United Way chapters — could torpedo the much broader legislation backed by conservatives and business groups."



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Charity soliciting on roads is 'against the law' in Michigan, says MDOT | MLive.com

Charity soliciting on roads is 'against the law' in Michigan, says MDOT | MLive.com: "While a recently enacted Flint Township ordinance mimics state law to stop solicitors and panhandlers on roads, a Michigan Department of Transportation official said it can be enforced statewide.

"Charities have to find ways to accomplish what they're doing in a legal fashion," said Linda Burchell, Davison Transportation Service Center manager for MDOT."



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State and Local Govs Look to Nonprofits to Help Plug Budget Gaps - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

State and Local Govs Look to Nonprofits to Help Plug Budget Gaps - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Revenue-raising proposals in Philadelphia and Vermont illustrate the need for nonprofits to engage in the legislative budget process earlier rather than later. In both instances, political leaders are looking toward the nonprofit sector for a way to balance their budgets.

The Daily Pennsylvanian, the University of Pennsylvania’s student newspaper, reports that a Philadelphia city councilman, who also happens to be a graduate of the university, is asking Mayor Michael Nutter to create a PILOT (payments in lieu of taxes) agreement between the City and “mega-nonprofits…to address the City’s school funding crisis.”"



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The Daily Pennsylvanian :: City Councilman proposes resolution for U.'s to pay PILOTs

The Daily Pennsylvanian :: City Councilman proposes resolution for U.'s to pay PILOTs: "The push for PILOTs has gone from Penn President Amy Gutmann's house to City Hall.

City Councilman At-Large and College graduate W. Wilson Goode, Jr. wants Mayor Michael Nutter to create a Payments in Lieu of Taxes agreement between the City and “mega-nonprofits.""



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"CAGP Presents a Special Webinar: Canada's New Estate Donation Rules - Understand; Get Ready
As new rules on estate donations are now enacted into law and poised to take effect in 2016, Canada's charities, estate trustees and administrators, as well as donors and their advisors are expressing serious concern. Rightly so - while some estates may benefit from these changes, for many others it may cause significant challenges in realizing the tax benefits associated with charitable bequests, putting estate donations at serious risk."



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Monday, March 09, 2015

IU Philanthropy Alumnus Joins White House Staff : FundRaising Success

IU Philanthropy Alumnus Joins White House Staff : FundRaising Success: "Dave Wilkinson, a former Jane Addams Fellow at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, has been named director


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Monday, March 02, 2015

Document requirement for nonprofits under fire

Document requirement for nonprofits under fire: "Philadelphia's plan to bring in new revenue by requiring nonprofits and charities to justify their tax-exempt status is not receiving a warm reception.

After the city this month sent out letters detailing the requirements, scores of churches called City Council members to complain. The president of the Philadelphia Black Clergy threatened a lawsuit. Two Council members introduced bills looking to relieve the burden."



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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Nonprofit university becomes a 'benefit corporation,' further blurring for-profit divide @insidehighered

Nonprofit university becomes a 'benefit corporation,' further blurring for-profit divide @insidehighered: "Late last week the distinction between for-profit and nonprofit college blurred yet again, with the announcement that Alliant International University, a California nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, had become the first of what are expected to be several universities becoming for-profit benefit corporations as part of a new system of health sciences institutions, Arist Education System."



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Monday, February 23, 2015

Foundation Ties Carry Political Risk for Hillary Clinton - - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Foundation Ties Carry Political Risk for Hillary Clinton - - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "As Hillary Clinton gears up for a presumed presidential race, a spate of headlines about her family foundation’s acceptance of multimillion-dollar donations from foreign governments and major corporations points up the political risks arising from her philanthropic work, the Associated Press writes."



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