Minnesota Philanthropists Focus On Putting People to Work

Many charities serving low-income or homeless people operate in crisis mode: they operate soup kitchens to relieve hunger, provide shelters for people to sleep at night, or provide emergency financial assistance, for example. But things are changing in Minnesota. There, philanthropic organizations have realized that these emergency programs are stabilizing people and families in crisis, […]

GuideStar Removes Hate Group Flags From Directory Listings

Early in June, GuideStar, a website that maintains a database of information about U.S. charities, flagged 46 nonprofits for being labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Those 46 nonprofits included a nonprofit run by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right” to describe the anti-immigration, white supremacist movement. But […]

Bezos Crowdsources His Next Philanthropic Effort

On June 15, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos wrote a tweet nobody expected. It was an image with the text “This tweet is a request fro ideas. I’m thinking about a philanthropy strategy that is the opposite of how I mostly spend my time—working on the long term. For philanthropy, I find I’m drawn to the […]

Millennials’ Activities Indicate They Will Likely Give More As They Age

It’s not surprising that Millennials aren’t busy giving copious amounts of money to charity. Saddled with student debt and low-paying jobs, many of them have all they can do to meet their basic needs. But according to a new study, there are signs that Millennials are poised to become very generous donors as they age. […]

Tax Reform Proposals Could Cost Nonprofits

According to a new report commissioned by Independent Sector, the tax reforms being proposed by Republican lawmakers and the Trump administration could decrease charitable giving by up to $13.1 billion. The report, Tax Policy and Charitable Giving, estimates that current proposals to lower the top marginal tax rate and raise the standard deduction could reduce […]

NASCAR Puts Philanthropy In High Gear

NASCAR CEO Brian France and his wife, Amy, have set the pace for the sport’s philanthropy. With a recent million-dollar partnership with Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone, the family has helped many children who otherwise may not have received medical care. “We don’t charge patients for our services, so we rely […]

$5 Million Gift Will Create Native American Artifact Museum

The University of Akron is the beneficiary of a new $5 million gift from long-time UA benefactors Jim and Vanita Oelschlager. The gift will be used to create the Oak Native American Museum as part of the Institute for Human Science and Culture. The museum will provide research opportunities and community access to the Oelschlagers’ […]

New York State Law Targets Donor Confidentiality

The state of New York has a law on the books that targets the confidentiality of donors to 501(c)(4) nonprofits, those focused solely on social welfare. While that definition is broad, and the Tea Party is such a nonprofit, the problem is that the New York law essentially puts up what some refer to as […]

Should You Start a Nonprofit or a Social Enterprise?

The rise of social enterprises has helped to make the world a slightly better place, as companies that care try to do good by the world around them, through partnerships, direct donations, or any number of other plans. But while they have contributed to the good in the world, they’ve also complicated the charitable field, […]

Founders of Nonprofit Charged With 15 Felony Counts

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress, have been charged with 15 felony counts in California for falsifying their identities and using a fake bioresearch company to covertly record videos of themselves trying to obtain fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. The Center for Medical Progress is a nonprofit organization that describes […]