Politics & Giving

Should the NRA fear losing its ‘nonprofit status’?

More likely dangers include administrative hassles and fines.

Following its crisis, will the SPLC truly change?

“The SPLC,” staffers would joke, “Making hate pay.”


Democracy takes practice

As local civic associations dwindle, Americans lose essential democratic habits needed for self-governance.

Charitable deduction as “subsidy”: does it really mean what some think it means?

John E. Tyler examines the use of the charitable deduction as “subsidy,” analyzing its implications for the nonprofit sector.


Nonprofits must bargain with both donors and the state

Policy-oriented groups are making the most of IRS regulations so they can bargain with both the government and their donors.

Deductions or credits?

Rob Reich and the tax code’s role in encouraging philanthropy.


Nonprofit groups are restructuring themselves to be political players

The increasing prevalence of 501(c)(4)s is shaping the political landscape.

Why ex-churchgoers flocked to Trump

This is a story about how the breakdown of civil society, not factories, inspired a Middle American movement around one man.


The government shutdown is an opportunity for self-reflection

The government shutdown is a good opportunity for taxpayers to think carefully about what they are getting for their money. Likewise, it’s a good opportunity for those invested in nonprofits to think about the relationship between their funding and the services they provide.

Outside groups maintain public lands as government shutdown goes on

In response to the government shutdown, individuals, nonprofits, private businesses, and even political groups have all started to pick up the slack as well as the trash.




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