Posts in Philanthropy
Inspiring a Cheerful Question Mark

“Graham Smith is still in his twenties. He majored in business at Wheaton, an evangelical Christian liberal arts college in Illinois, where he was influenced by a professor who repeatedly warned of embracing “golden handcuffs” that can trap workers in well-paying yet unfulfilling jobs. When British theologian N. T. Wright came to campus, Smith walked away from the talk with a haunting question: How can you do things in the world that cause others to “write a cheerful question mark” over your life? “ To keep reading click here.

Source: Philanthropy Roundtable

Make the Most of Your Charitable Donations Under the New Tax Law

“Deducting charitable donations made in 2018 may pose a problem for many taxpayers this year. That’s not because last year’s tax overhaul limited these donations — most are still deductible, just as they were in prior years. However, the new tax law did increase the standard deduction and limited the deduction for state income and property taxes. That means more filers will find they’re better off simply claiming the standard deduction rather than itemizing deductions, including those for charitable donations. Here are the details behind the changes — and what you can still do to gain tax breaks from your charitable deductions. Click here to read more. .

Source: CBS News

Urban Peak

Urban Peak, a Denver based nonprofit, works to provide services to Denver’s homeless youth. Their goal is to equip young adults with the skills to overcome difficult challenges and become self-sufficient.  Urban Peak provides overnight shelter, employment programs, a drop-in day center, street outreach, educational and employment services and supportive housing. In 2016, Urban Peak served 1,814 youth, with many moving on to have stable lives. On Monday, October 22nd, Urban Peak is hosting its annual fundraiser, “Plates for the Peak”. Come enjoy specialty drinks, fabulous food, music and a silent auction to support Urban Peak! Tickets are available for purchase online.

5 Tips to Support High-Impact Charities not Good Marketing

Giving back to charities and nonprofits is something that many people value and do on a regular basis. However, increased competition in the nonprofit landscape has caused some organizations to develop misleading donor pitches. Matt Aspegren helps explain why individuals should be wary of where they place their donor money. His main piece of advice: be very careful when selecting charities and nonprofits to invest in. This article offers five tips on how to distinguish between donor pitches that are just good stories versus ones that are legitimate and could truly benefit from a substantial investment. Click here to read more about how you can support high-impact charities and not just good marketing.

Source: Excellence in Giving

The Art of the "Ask": Six tactics frequently ignored by nonprofit fund developers & CEOs

"Most nonprofit board members and managers have acquired a measured of savvy when it comes to raising funds for their organizations. They have learned that building trust with current and prospective donors is the key to maintaining meaningful support." Click here to learn more ways to strengthen donor relationships and possibly increase contributions.

 

Source: Nonprofit Management

 

Philanthropy Is the Lifeblood of Family Continuity

"Because philanthropy causes people to think of something bigger than themselves, it can be one of the most powerful forces for keeping a family together. If your client's goal is to keep her family members together across the generations, this may be the best way of achieving it" . Click here to read more.

Source: Wealth Management.com