Treat legislators like major donors

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Government.

If you don’t tell them, who will? Elected officials need to know what matters to the nonprofit sector and to your organization—this was a key message of The Giving Institute’s webinar last week, in which I participated as a GI member. Jason Lee, general counsel for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, stressed how important this year… Read more »

How does last night’s State of the Union affect charitable giving?

Posted , by Kaitlin Robb, Consultant. Topic: Government.

As president for the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, I’m fortunate to receive timely information and updates about public policy at the national level. Jason Lee, general counsel for AFP, included an analysis in an email today regarding last night’s State of the Union address. In terms of an impact on charitable… Read more »

Fiscal Cliff Legislation Provides Favorable Opportunity for Senior Donors this Month

Posted , by Erin Phillips, Campaign Consultant and Marketing Director. Topic: Government.

On January 1, 2013, the House and Senate passed H.R. 8, The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, a bill to avert the “Fiscal Cliff.” The president subsequently signed the bill into law. Those age 70-1/2 and older can donate up to $100,000 from Roth or traditional IRAs to certain charitable organizations without including the… Read more »

Will Donors Give Less if Taxed More?

Posted , by Natalie McGaughey, development coordinator. Topic: Government.

A recent article in Philanthropy Matters examined the current Obama administration’s proposal on changes in charitable deductions for taxpayers with adjusted gross income over $250,000 for couples and $200,000 for individuals. This proposal suggests reducing the value of itemized charitable deductions from 35% to 28%, and raising the marginal income tax from 35% to 39.6%… Read more »

U.S. Economy Shows Considerable Progress in Recovering From the Great Recession

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Government.

I attended a luncheon today hosted by the Economics Club of Hampton Roads and Old Dominion University, which featured an interesting presentation by Jeffrey Lacker,  president of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank and voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee. Lacker addressed the “considerable progress of the U.S. economy in recovering from the great… Read more »

Impact of Proposed Tax Changes on U.S. Giving

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Government.

The Giving Institute recently hosted an informative webinar on the proposed changes to the U.S. tax code and what it means for giving in our country. We wanted to share some of the valuable information presented in the webinar, led by Patrick Rooney, PhD, Executive Director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. The webinar… Read more »

Charitable Giving Forecast: How Potential Changes in the U.S. Tax Code Could Encourage an Increase

Posted , by Erin Phillips, Campaign Consultant. Topic: Government, Philanthropy Research & Events.

The nonprofit industry is keeping a close watch on Washington in 2012 as this year could bring about some significant changes in tax legislation that will affect American’s charitable giving. While most of the proposed policies are not favorable to organizations filing as 501(3)c, fundraisers could see an increase in donations this year as people… Read more »

Right Time For Tax Change?

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Government.

We recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal regarding nonprofits campaigning against a provision in President Obama’s jobs bill that would limit itemized deductions, including charitable contributions, for individuals with an annual income of $200,000 or more. The federal proposal, which would cap itemized deductions at 28% from the current 35%, provoked an… Read more »

IRA Charitable Rollover – Eight Months Left to Participate

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Government.

With only eight months left to participate in the IRA charitable rollover provision (unless Congress extends it), now is the time to be talking to your donors and prospects who are age 70-1/2 and older. Neal Brodsky, an attorney with LeClairRyan, and Nan Edgerton, vice president of development for the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, recently… Read more »

How Tax Changes Will Affect Donors

Posted , by Nancy Chapman. Topic: Government.

Development professionals should be sure to review The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s helpful summary of how tax proposals being considered by Congress will affect donors. For example, if the income-tax rate goes up for wealthy Americans, people who now pay 33 percent of their income in taxes would pay 36 percent, and those who now pay 35 percent… Read more »