10 Things Your Board Can Do RIGHT NOW to Move the Philanthropic Needle

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10 Things Your Board Can Do RIGHT NOW to Move the Philanthropic Needle

As summer approaches and volunteers start to enter “vacation mode,” it’s easy for your organization’s board expectations to fall by the wayside. Beyond their fiscal and governance responsibility, the crux of nonprofit board members’ responsibilities rest in the ability to move the philanthropic needle.  Sure, not every board member fancies himself or herself a fundraiser.

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Deep Dive: Giving USA 2021

Giving USA Foundation has released its highly anticipated annual report on giving—perhaps the most eagerly awaited report ever as those in the nonprofit industry waited to see how the events of 2020 would impact philanthropy. Facing a worldwide pandemic, economic shutdown, social injustices, and a tense Presidential election, Americans came together to support the greater

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Biden’s Tax Proposals and Potential Implications on Giving

President Joe Biden’s proposed tax changes could impact high-net-worth individuals and their charitable giving choices. While the proposals include increasing the top rate on taxpayers making more than $400,000 and increasing capital gains and dividend tax rates for taxpayers earning more than $1 million annually, these changes have the potential to spur charitable giving by

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Board Committees: Why Are They Important?

Regardless of where a Board of Trustees is in its “life cycle” (for instance, a start-up board looks very different from a mature, 20-year+ Board with multiple programs and facets), functional committees become a key ingredient of the ongoing capacity building efforts of the organization. Indeed, as board authority BoardSource notes in Governance as Leadership,

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Help! My Donors Are Moving to Florida!

When I first sat down to write this blog, it occurred to me that this topic would be most applicable to our NY/NJ/CT clients. After all, these are the “sister states” of Sunny Florida. But as I thought about it further, in an increasingly digital and remote world, the phenomenon applies to all of us.

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COVID-19’s Unexpected Upside: Lots of New Donors. Now What???

The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly an unprecedented crisis, but for nonprofits weathering its effects, it is also a mandate—one that demands organizations communicate with donors with empathy, proactivity, and creativity. In difficult times, successful organizations “step on the gas” rather than retreat, knowing that this is a time to do more, not less. With cancelled

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Planned Giving: A Tactful Approach

Many people have approached us for advice about asking for gifts, including planned gifts, which may be particularly sensitive in these times. Below, senior consultant Greer Polansky answers the most commonly asked questions about planned giving and COVID. 1) Is it appropriate to continue planned giving discussions right now? The short answer is yes, for

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