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2018 Individual Giving Data: What’s the Bottom Line?

The last few weeks have been filled with headlines about the state of individual giving to nonprofits in 2018. Depending on what you read, overall giving statistics show either new record highs or portend disaster. And, whether those indicators are positive or negative, it’s all because of the changes to the tax law – unless it isn’t. So, what’s the real story and what does it mean for your nonprofit?

2018 Individual Giving Data: What’s the Bottom Line?

The last few weeks have been filled with headlines about the state of individual giving to nonprofits in 2018. Depending on what you read, overall giving statistics show either new record highs or portend disaster. And, whether those indicators are positive or negative, it’s all because of the changes to the tax law – unless it isn’t. So, what’s the real story and what does it mean for your nonprofit?

The Give (by donors) and Take (by taxes) of Nonprofit Funds

The mere words “tax policy” may put some people to sleep, but small changes quickly add up to big impact on nonprofits’ bottom lines. Changes to income taxes can significantly influence charitable giving, leading to more or less. Changes to sales and property taxes can impact an organization’s sustainability for years to come. Nonprofit missions – and therefore nonprofit leaders – all have a stake in the outcomes of tax policy debates, as well as the responsibility to influence the decisions through individual and collective advocacy.

The Give (by donors) and Take (by taxes) of Nonprofit Funds

The mere words “tax policy” may put some people to sleep, but small changes quickly add up to big impact on nonprofits’ bottom lines. Changes to income taxes can significantly influence charitable giving, leading to more or less. Changes to sales and property taxes can impact an organization’s sustainability for years to come. Nonprofit missions – and therefore nonprofit leaders – all have a stake in the outcomes of tax policy debates, as well as the responsibility to influence the decisions through individual and collective advocacy.

Have a Fundraising Plan, Work the Plan, Improve the Plan

Ever since passage of the 2017 federal tax law, with its potential threats to charitable giving among middle-income households (and even among very wealthy households, due to the doubling of the estate tax exemption), nonprofits have asked us—again and again—“What should we do? How can we continue to raise money successfully under the new tax law?”

Trendspotting: Smaller Nonprofits and Foundations Working with PEOs

Compliance, competition, capacity: the three main challenges facing smaller nonprofits and foundations when it comes to human resources.

The Importance of Measuring Employee Satisfaction with Healthcare Benefits

A recent survey conducted by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) indicates that 56 percent of U.S. adults with employer-sponsored health benefits say that whether or not they like their health coverage is a key factor in deciding to stay at their current job. Another 46 percent say health insurance was either the deciding factor or a positive influence in choosing their current job.

The Secret Struggle of Leadership

Every leader has a secret struggle, even (and maybe especially) highly successful leaders. Underneath the outwardly projected success are a thousand balls they are juggling at any given moment – a handful of challenges on their team, at least one HR issue, and a host of decisions they need to make that do not yet have a direct or determined course of action. Research among leaders in 21 countries showed that role conflict, ambiguity, and overload were constant themes in their leadership.

Policy Traffic Backed Up at the Wall

Legislative action largely has been placed on hold so far this year as Congress and the Administration have tried to resolve the issues that led to the longest government shutdown in American history: funding major parts of the government and the borde…

Regulators and Nonprofits – Working Together to Protect the Public Trust

State charity regulators and the nation’s 1.5 million charitable and philanthropic organizations share a common goal: protecting the public’s trust in the charitable sector.

How can we accomplish this shared goal? We can work together continuously to communicate information “internally” with each other and provide education “externally” for donors and the public about our respective organizations’ activities and the sector we mutually serve.

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