Holiday Season 2018 to Test How Much Donors Are Motivated by Tax Deductions

Holiday Season 2018 to Test How Much Donors Are Motivated by Tax Deductions

End-of-year giving traditionally gives struggling nonprofits a way to make up for any lost ground and get a budgetary boost into the new year. Starting with Giving Tuesday (November 27 this year), the public is treated to, or annoyed by, a chorus of messages from needy nonprofits. Despite any annoyance, many generous people respond, such that approximately 30% of individual giving happens in December. We are weeks away, however, from what could be a seismic shift. The timing of holiday…

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Too Many Would-Be U.S. Citizens Blocked by Slow-Grinding Bureaucracy

Too Many Would-Be U.S. Citizens Blocked by Slow-Grinding Bureaucracy

Approximately three quarters of a million people who were eligible for U.S. citizenship long, long before this election—who had, per the eligibility requirements, held a U.S. green card for at least five years (in most cases), lived in the U.S. continuously with that green card, and studied up on their English and civics—are still waiting to become citizens. The bureaucratic backlog for naturalization is at historic, some say shocking levels, according to a report from the National Partnership for New…

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Election Day: Do I Get Time off Work to Vote?

Election Day: Do I Get Time off Work to Vote?

By Aaron Hotfelder If you haven’t already cast a ballot through your state’s early voting process, you might be wondering whether you’ll get time off work to vote on Election Day. In most states, workers receive at least a couple hours off to cast a ballot—unless they have enough time to vote during nonworking hours. Whether hours taken off to vote are paid or unpaid depends on the state. For example, Colorado allows up to two hours of paid time off,…

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Let’s Say Birthright Citizenship CAN Be Ended by Executive Order: What Would Be the Result?

Let’s Say Birthright Citizenship CAN Be Ended by Executive Order: What Would Be the Result?

Long before Trump became president, conservative commentators began pressing for an end to what’s widely called “birthright citizenship.” That means the right, under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, of: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, [to be] citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” For well over a century, this amendment has been interpreted by courts and legal scholars to mean that anyone born…

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Transgender Rights at Risk: Trump Administration Says Gender Is Defined at Birth

Transgender Rights at Risk: Trump Administration Says Gender Is Defined at Birth

The Trump Administration is trying to establish a legal definition of sex that could reverse Title IX protections for transgender individuals. Defining Gender Last week, The New York Times reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) circulated a memo advocating for a restrictive definition of “sex” under Title IX—the federal law that bans gender discrimination in education. DHHS wants government agencies that enforce Title IX—including the Departments of Labor, Justice, and Education—to adopt the following definition:…

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