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Jul
2022

15
Jul
2022
More conservatives than liberals say taxpayers “should not have to subsidize” creation of foundations, poll finds

Overall, 81% oppose such tax incentivization, according to new survey from Institute for Policy Studies and conducted by Ipsos. Ninety percent of conservatives oppose it; 80% of liberals do.


12
Jul
2022
From the archives, Congressional questions about politicized philanthropy almost half a century ago

As excerpts of a Watergate hearing show, concerns about the political activity of tax-incentivized charity are not new—having arisen soon after the 1969 Tax Reform Act that still provides the legal structure of nonprofitdom.


29
Jun
2022
Thomas Piketty proposes specific tax scale for nonprofit endowments

Don’t miss influential author, in new book, floating idea “in order to avoid an excessive concentration of power within a small number of entities and to enable less wealthy entities to develop.”


21
Jun
2022

07
Jun
2022
Inside Philanthropy survey finds support for reform of philanthropy’s legal structure

Editor David Callahan notes that philanthropic and nonprofit trade groups might “be out of touch with their own communities.”


20
May
2022
Trust in nonprofits down since 2020, according to Independent Sector survey

High trust in nonprofits and philanthropy correlates with high socioeconomic status. Democrats trust philanthropy appreciably more than the general population.


16
May
2022
“It all needs to stop”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s promise that any efforts to “clean up” the politicization of nonprofits will be pursued regardless of various practical effects on those engaging in it may present an opportunity.


02
May
2022
“Democracy funders” lopsidedly liberal

As tracked by Candid, of top 200 givers, 121 are left-of-center and 21 are right-of-center. All but two of top 20 are left-leaning.


27
Apr
2022
Senate Finance Committee subcommittee to hold hearing on tax-exempt nonprofits and politics

Congressional interest in sector’s activities seems to be increasing.