The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Government http://philanthropy.com/section/Government/253/ Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:51:15 EST <![CDATA[Court Orders IRS to Release Computer-Readable Charity Tax Forms]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151521/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Court-Orders-IRS-to-Release/151521/ A nonprofit advocate today won a victory in his battle to force the tax agency to make information about tax-exempt groups more accessible.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:30:00 EST
<![CDATA[Obama Emphasizes Tax Plan in State of the Union Speech]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151317/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Obama-Emphasizes-Tax-Plan-in/151317/ The president's proposal would encourage gifts to charities.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:04:35 EST
<![CDATA[How Much Major Nonprofit Players Spend on Lobbying]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151225/ http://philanthropy.com/article/How-Much-Major-Nonprofit/151225/ Nonprofits tend to budget tens or hundreds of thousands to make their voices heard, far less than the millions that major banks spend.

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Nonprofits Find Much to Like in Obama Tax Plan]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151305/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Find-Much-to-Like/151305/ A proposed increase in the estate tax that exempts charitable gifts could spur more giving in the form of bequests and charitable trusts.

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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:29:00 EST
<![CDATA[Key Court Victory Closer for IRS Open-Records Activist]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151215/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Key-Court-Victory-Closer-for/151215/ A judge signaled he planned to rule in favor of an effort to force the tax agency to release machine-readable nonprofit data.

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:37:03 EST
<![CDATA[Sen. Grassley Asks Red Cross to Explain Its Finances]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/151093/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Sen-Grassley-Asks-Red-Cross/151093/ The lawmaker is concerned about news-media reports saying its claim that 91 cents of every dollar goes to charity is wrong.

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Thu, 08 Jan 2015 18:28:09 EST
<![CDATA[Nonprofits Hold Out Hope for Tax Bill Despite Setbacks]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150775/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Hold-Out-Hope-for/150775/ The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on legislation that would make permanent several temporary tax provisions that help charities.

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:57:55 EST
<![CDATA[Obama to Announce $1-Billion in Grants for Preschool Education]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150767/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Obama-to-Announce-1-Billion/150767/ Private donors are committing $330-million of the new money, while the federal government will provide the rest.

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:29:21 EST
<![CDATA[Nonprofit Impact Investing Assets Up 77% in 2014, Report Says]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150353/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofit-Impact-Investing/150353/ Assets managed with "sustainable" and "responsible" strategies reached $6.57-trillion at the start of the year, compared with $3.74-trillion in 2012.

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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:08:00 EST
<![CDATA[Congress Aims to Clear ‘Tax Extenders’ Package This Month]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150329/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Congress-Aims-to-Clear-Tax/150329/ Some lawmakers had hoped for broader legislation, but that effort will have to wait until next year.

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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:29:03 EST
<![CDATA[New Deadline for Tax-Free Giving Stalls in Congress, but Supporters Fight On]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150331/ http://philanthropy.com/article/New-Deadline-for-Tax-Free/150331/ Allowing people to make tax-deductible gifts until April 15 would boost cash for charities, supporters say, but opponents fear a shift in focus away from the holidays.

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Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:29:03 EST
<![CDATA[Pay-for-Success Is Gaining Momentum, Study Finds]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/150107/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Pay-for-Success-Is-Gaining/150107/ A new study outlines benefits of having private investors fund social programs, with financial incentives for exceeding goals.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:44:20 EST
<![CDATA[GOP’s Senate Wins Boost Prospects of Nonprofit Tax Changes]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149847/ http://philanthropy.com/article/GOP-s-Senate-Wins-Boost/149847/ Action this and next year is possible, and Utah’s Orrin Hatch, who will chair the Senate Finance Committee, is expected to exercise less nonprofit oversight than his predecessor.

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Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:08:17 EST
<![CDATA[Government Expands Official Outreach to Businesses and Nonprofits, Study Says]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149665/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Government-Expands-Official/149665/ These arrangements sometimes produce growing pains, including a deep cultural divide and frustrations dealing with bureaucracies.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:21:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Somaly Mam Foundation Shutters Operations]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149517/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Somaly-Mam-Foundation-Shutters/149517/ The move follows a controversy over charges that the namesake founder, renowned as an anti-trafficking activist, fabricated her personal history.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:23:22 EDT
<![CDATA[Conference to Debate Whether Current Charity Rules Promote the Public Good]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148637/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Conference-to-Debate-Whether/148637/ Philanthropic leaders, scholars, and others want to pave the way for an update on rules that govern giving and nonprofits.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Michelle Nunn’s Senate Run Puts Nonprofit Leadership in the Spotlight]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148365/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Michelle-Nunn-s-Senate-Run/148365/ Her salary at Points of Light and the organization’s grant making come under scrutiny.

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:30:53 EDT
<![CDATA[What Government Liaisons Can Do for Nonprofits]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148219/ http://philanthropy.com/article/What-Government-Liaisons-Can/148219/ The officials are helping to streamline state programs and help nonprofits that are stretched thin.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Government Liaison Offices Need Community Support to Resist Electoral Winds]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148237/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Government-Liaison-Offices/148237/ When people who advocate for nonprofits are tied to a particular politician, their positions are often eliminated when new people take office.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Government Liaisons Help Nonprofits Get Attention They Need]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148217/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Government-Liaisons-Help/148217/ Interest in creating these hybrid positions, paid for by government and foundations together, has grown as money woes force states and cities to rely more on charities.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[House Passes Bill Designed to Encourage Gifts to Charity]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147801/ http://philanthropy.com/article/House-Passes-Bill-Designed-to/147801/ The legislation would make permanent three tax items that have been regularly extended on an annual basis, as well as lower the excise tax on private foundations.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[House to Vote on Bill to Encourage Charitable Giving]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147777/ http://philanthropy.com/article/House-to-Vote-on-Bill-to/147777/ The legislation would boost the tax benefits of giving IRA funds to charity and let people claim charitable deductions on their previous year's taxes until April 15.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:53:51 EDT
<![CDATA[Activist Challenges IRS Over Release of Social-Security Numbers on Tax Forms]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147727/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Activist-Challenges-IRS-Over/147727/ Carl Malamud says the tax agency’s failure to remove the personal data from 9,000 Forms 990 that he bought from the IRS is a violation of federal privacy laws.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:45:23 EDT
<![CDATA[IRS Releases EZ Application for Charity Status]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147469/ http://philanthropy.com/article/IRS-Releases-EZ-Application/147469/ The federal agency says 70 percent of new nonprofits are likely to use the short form.

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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:30:51 EDT
<![CDATA[Judge Rejects IRS Effort to Dismiss Open-Records Case]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147299/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Judge-Rejects-IRS-Effort-to/147299/ Public.Resource.Org is seeking to force the tax agency to release Form 990 data in a digitally searchable format.

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Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:15:33 EDT
<![CDATA[IRS Open-Records Lawsuit Likely to Proceed, Judge Says]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147251/ http://philanthropy.com/article/IRS-Open-Records-Lawsuit/147251/ A public-interest group wants changes in Form 990 to make information on nonprofits searchable online.

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:00:00 EDT