Category: Giving & Politics

Albertans want deductions intact

Many Albertans aren’t happy about changes to charitable donations tax credit, saying it’s shortsighted and will reduce giving (and a new petition is gaining traction). “Thousands of Albertans have taken to the web to express their distaste for changes to the Alberta’s Charitable Donations Tax Credit contained in the recent provincial budget.… MORE >>

So far, so good

“[L]argest infusion of private philanthropy into community development that I can recall”: MA officials happy with adoption rate of new, “complicated” tax credit. “The tally is in on a new Massachusetts tax credit designed to promote a specific type of charitable giving, and state officials say they’re pleased with the outcome.… MORE >>

Happy Tax Day!

Last year, the Obamas paid $93K in taxes, and donated $70K– nearly 15% of their income– to charity, including Red Cross, United Negro College Fund, and daughters’ school.… MORE >>

NY AG sounds “ringing alarm”

Just as it veered from donor intent and started charging tuition, Cooper Union rouses NY attorney general, now investigating possible “mismanagement” of endowment. “In what should be a ringing alarm for nonprofit boards across the country long accustomed to minimal scrutiny or accountability, Attorney General Eric T.… MORE >>

Bloomberg, codified

Michael Bloomberg believes philanthropy ought to “embolden” policy, through leverage and partnership– but does anyone really think government is too meek? “Michael Bloomberg, who has become one of the world’s most ambitious philanthropists since leaving the New York mayor’s office last year, says modern philanthropies should work with governments to encourage them to experiment and take risks that they can’t or won’t take on their own.… MORE >>

Making healthy options a SNAP

Ann Arbor’s Fair Food Network just got $5.2m from Dept of Agriculture to expand healthy food options for those on SNAP benefits, using their “Double Up Food Bucks”.… MORE >>

Philly PILOTs

Philadelphia City Council floats idea of having nonprofits make voluntary payments to help fund city’s schools, but Mayor Nutter said to be “ambivalent”. ” day after City Council called on Mayor Nutter to ask tax-exempt nonprofit organizations to make voluntary payments to help fund city schools, Nutter expressed ambivalence toward the proposal….… MORE >>

NY mayor’s nascent nonprofit

NY mayor de Blasio “quietly soliciting donations” for new nonprofit, Campaign for One New York, designed to “buttress” policy goals thru ads, social media. “Mayor Bill de Blasio is ramping up a political campaign to promote his housing and education priorities, with an eye toward amassing a financial war chest that can compete with well-financed opponents.… MORE >>

Star Tribune headline says it all

FBI and IRS are investigating “misspending” at now-defunct Community Action of Minneapolis, where audit found $800k in “questionable spending”. “The FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are investigating Community Action of Minneapolis, a defunct nonprofit organization whose leaders allegedly misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money.… MORE >>

Nonprofit postage rate hike rejected

Postal Regulatory Commission rejected proposed rate hikes that would affect periodicals of nonprofit publications, and asked Postal Service to redraft. “The Postal Regulatory Commission today rejected a rate increase proposal that had angered many nonprofits that publish printed magazines like Consumer Reports and Guideposts.… MORE >>

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