Talk to your Donors

No surprise, 2018 has brought a lot of anxious questions about the implications of the new tax bill, especially when it comes to charitable giving.  At this point, we don’t know what is going to happen, but rather than wasting time worrying, let’s learn the facts and be proactive.

As soon as a change to the charitable deduction was proposed, studies came out of the woodwork forecasting how much money would be lost to charities by increasing the standard deduction.  The predictions were all over the Read more

Let’s Start a Nonprofit

In this first quarter of the calendar year I have been giving lots of talks on the latest trends for nonprofits.  Apparently a lot of people think about “what’s on the horizon” at the beginning of the calendar year, even though it’s neither their fiscal year nor their board’s terms.  And while I have five or six key trends, depending upon the audience and time I’m allotted, I don’t discuss all five.

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Two factors that I always do discuss are the growth of Read more

Take Heart

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  Unless this year is the exception to the rule, nonprofits should not be worrying about whether or from where their next dollar will be coming.  Relax; it will be coming.

According to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University (the Center), philanthropy is stronger than the stock market, social upheaval Read more

The Power of Numbers. Or Not.

I believe in the power of statistics. But I also believe that statistics can be manipulated. They can be manipulated by the method of their collection and by the method of their presentation. And while both bother me tremendously, it is the latter that worries me the most, as the naïve reader/listener may be easily duped. And once duped, bad decisions may follow.Take, for example, the following. Ted Hart has been tracking online giving since 2001, when a mere $550 million dollars was given Read more

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