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Do 9 Out of 10 Nonprofits “Fail”?

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has repeatedly said that nine out of ten nonprofits “fail”. Where does this statistic come from? The Washington Post looked at data from the Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Statistics to determine if the data backs up Carson's claim.
Posted on: November 2, 2015
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Automatic 6-Month Extension for Form 990 & Form 990-PF Filers

A provision of the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 included an automatic 6-month extension for all Form 990 filers.
Posted on: October 9, 2015
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Mulling the Effects of a Minimum Wage on Nonprofits

Rick Cohen of Nonprofit Quarterly looks at how California foundations and nonprofits are reacting to the ongoing debate about raising the minimum wage.
Posted on: September 25, 2015
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IRS Standing Down for 2016 as Nonprofits Boost Campaign Role

“The Internal Revenue Service appears certain to delay any attempt to tighten regulations on nonprofit politicking until after the 2016 election, according to The New York Times.”
Posted on: July 6, 2015
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Nonprofit Quarterly's Post-Election Special Report

Nonprofit Quarterly's Rick Cohen put together a two-part special report on the mid-term elections from a nonprofit perspective.
Posted on: November 5, 2014
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Nonprofits Can't Fix Paul Ryan's Poverty Plan

Rep. Paul Ryan believes that charitable organizations should be a guiding light for the federal government — the anti-thesis of a Washington bureaucracy that he says is bloated and ineffective. But the kind of intensive case management that he’s proposed for every recipient of major federal benefits — ranging from food stamps and heating aid to housing vouchers and child-care assistance — isn’t cheap. Ryan hasn’t accounted for the costs and suggested Wednesday that charitable organizations, state, and local governments should help foot the bill.
Posted on: August 12, 2014
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Reform on Indirect Costs Payments Effective Soon

In less than six months new reforms governing payments to nonprofits for their indirect (overhead) and other costs will go into effect. To prepare the National Council of Nonprofits has pulled together resource to help nonprofits learn what the reforms do and why they matter to nonprofits.
Posted on: July 15, 2014
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IRS Chief: New Rule on the Way for Tax-Exempt

The Internal Revenue Service is prepared to rewrite a proposed rule regulating the political activities of non-profit groups to address complaints from the right and left that it goes too far, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Monday.
Posted on: April 15, 2014
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Foundations Can Rewrite History by Focusing on the States

Like Robert Frost nearly a century ago, today’s foundation leaders stand where two roads diverge. They can continue down the usual road of fixating solely on federal policy debates, such as the one over the charitable deduction. Or they can take the road “less traveled by” to where the real action is: the states. If they choose the latter, then years from now they too can look back with Frost’s sigh of satisfaction because that choice will have “made all the difference”—for their missions, their grantees, and the individuals and communities they serve.
Posted on: March 7, 2014
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Obama Budget Caps Charitable Deduction at 28% for Wealthy

Nonprofits criticized a plan offered by President Obama on Tuesday that would limit the value of all tax deductions, including the charitable deduction, for wealthy taxpayers.
Posted on: March 6, 2014
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Where Biden Should Look for Job Training Ideas (Nonprofits and Governors)

Highlighting the value nonprofits contribute to economic development - this recent Nonprofit Quarterly article proposes that a new commission on job training led by Vice President Biden “convene the nation’s best locally-focused job training nonprofits” as a means to develop policy based on the most successful practices from around the nation.
Posted on: February 26, 2014
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501(c)(4) Proposed Regulations

The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is leading an effort to block implementation of proposed regulations from the Treasury Department that would redefine what constitutes electioneering activities of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations under the Internal Revenue Code.
Posted on: February 5, 2014
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Thune, Wyden Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators to Call for Maintaining the Charitable Tax Deduction

U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), members of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, today led a bipartisan group of senators in a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) underscoring the importance of maintaining the charitable tax deduction as the committee considers comprehensive tax reform.
Posted on: January 27, 2014
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Houston, We Have a Budget Deal in Washington

Rick Cohen of Nonprofit Quarterly examines the Ryan-Murrey budget deal, which adds $45 billion to the top-line budget number in discretionary spending for 2014.
Posted on: December 20, 2013
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Treasury Dep’t Proposes Overhaul of 501(c)(4) Political Spending

A draft proposal released by the Treasury Department yesterday would target the political spending of so-called social welfare organizations that receive 501(c)(4) tax exemptions. Treasury is taking aim at whether these groups do too much political activity and too little social welfare programming. Although it has been reported in the press as an Obama administration crackdown, at this stage it is only a proposed statement of guidance around which the IRS (which is part of Treasury) is soliciting reactions and feedback.
Posted on: December 2, 2013
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An Assessment of the Strengthening Communities Fund Capacity-Building Program

The Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was part of the Federal government’s response to the recession. Because people often turn to nonprofit organizations for assistance in difficult financial times, SCF was designed to build organizational capacity of faith-based and community organizations so they could better serve people in need and contribute to the economic recovery. This research brief highlights the interplay between the recession and SCF capacity-building efforts.
Posted on: December 2, 2013
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Pittsburgh’s New Mayor Clashes with Nonprofit Coalition over PILOTs

At the end of this year, the City of Pittsburgh’s accord with a coalition known as the Pittsburgh Public Service Fund will end, and it’s already caused friction between local nonprofits and the city’s newly elected mayor, Bill Peduto.
Posted on: November 27, 2013
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Impact of the Government Shutdown and Threat of Default on the Nonprofit Sector

Despite its obvious negative consequences, the recent government shutdown has afforded us yet another opportunity to illustrate how critical the nonprofit sector is to New Hampshire's communities and economy.
Posted on: November 1, 2013
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Future of Campaign Finance Reform

This is a fluid time in campaign finance, with the potential for lots of money to shift around in the wake of some very unpopular political actions in Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court is about to rule on another campaign finance reform case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. If the court rules against the FEC, it will be another step toward the domination of federal elections by big-money people and institutions. This article from the Nonprofit Quarterly explores this issue.
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Posted on: October 17, 2013

Gov't Shutdown: Impact for Nonprofits?

Big swaths of the federal government closed shop at midnight Monday (9/30) after Congress failed to reach a deal to keep the money flowing. What does the shutdown mean for nonprofits?
The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Quarterly have both weighed in with their thoughts.
Posted on: October 1, 2013

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