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Month: November 2016

How to Make Your Nonprofit’s Emails Stand Out on Days Like Giving Tuesday

How to Make Your Nonprofit’s Emails Stand Out on Days Like Giving Tuesday

Although it has been around only since 2012, Giving Tuesday (on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving) has become the established “opening day” for year-end online donations to nonprofit organizations. Last year (in 2015) for example, almost 700,000 online donors collectively gave over $116 million dollars to charitable causes, according to a report by ImpactLab. Suffice it to say that no nonprofit wants to be left out of the action. And judging from the number of emails in my inbox this morning…

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Trump Plan to Cap Itemized Deductions a Concern for Nonprofits

Trump Plan to Cap Itemized Deductions a Concern for Nonprofits

As has been widely reported, President-Elect Donald Trump’s plan to change the U.S. tax system includes placing a cap on itemized deductions–$100,000 for a single person, and $200,000 for a married couple. Sound like plenty to cover your deductions? (It sure is for mine.) But we all have cause for concern about the impact on U.S. nonprofit organizations, because charitable donations are on the list of potential U.S. tax deductions. Suddenly, the wealthiest of donors will have less incentive to give….

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Online Places to Do Holiday Shopping for a Cause

Online Places to Do Holiday Shopping for a Cause

A shout-out to Nonprofit Tech for Good for compiling a list of 30 Online Stores That Benefit Nonprofits, just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season. My family could have used this the year I announced (in classic Berkeley style) that I wanted to reduce consumerism and overconsumption by having us give and get only gifts from nonprofits that year. I think I confused them. I received things like shrunken wool sweaters from Goodwill. Perhaps, like many people I’ve…

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If Obama Was “Deporter in Chief,” What Will Trump Be?

If Obama Was “Deporter in Chief,” What Will Trump Be?

During President-Elect Donald Trump’s November 13, 2016 “60 Minutes” interview, he vowed to immediately deport up to three million immigrants. According to him, the U.S. needs to remove people who “are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers.” It sounds like a bold plan—but is it different from existing policy? During President Barack Obama’s eight years in office, he earned the nickname “Deporter in Chief” from various immigration advocacy groups. His administration reportedly deported more than 2.5 million people…

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Fewer First-Time Buyers Than Ever Entering U.S. Housing Market

Fewer First-Time Buyers Than Ever Entering U.S. Housing Market

The latest Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers (2015) from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) contains a stark statistical representation of how difficult it is for young (and possibly not so young) people to buy their first home: only 32% of buyers were first-timers last year. That’s the lowest share since 1987, when it came in at 30%. The reasons are widely known and discussed: high home prices (and therefore needed down payments), low inventory of homes for sale,…

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