The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Government http://philanthropy.com/section/Government/253/ Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:44:26 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
<![CDATA[Open Records Activist Shuts Down Nonprofit Data Website in Protest]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147177/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Open-Records-Activist-Shuts/147177/ Carl Malamud, who is suing to get the Internal Revenue Service to release nonprofit tax forms in digital format, shut down the free online database he maintained containing millions of nonprofit filings going back to 2002.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:28:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Lawsuit Would Force IRS to Release Nonprofit Tax Forms Digitally]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147077/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Lawsuit-Would-Force-IRS-to/147077/ Tired of waiting for data, watchdog groups are creating new ways to shed light on charity operations.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Public Access to Nonprofit Finances: a Timeline]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147131/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Public-Access-to-Nonprofit/147131/ Nonprofits were first required to file annual returns known as Forms 990 to the Internal Revenue Service in 1942.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Tax-Credit Stalemate Leaves Nonprofit Projects in Limbo]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146761/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Tax-Credit-Stalemate-Leaves/146761/ A tax break for investors in low-income areas expired earlier this year, and nonprofit projects are waiting to see if it will be revived.

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Thu, 22 May 2014 16:07:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Wage Fight Poses Dilemma for Nonprofits Squeezed by State Funding]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146573/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Wage-Fight-Poses-Dilemma-for/146573/ Because so many charities work with poor people, few contest the idea of raising the minimum wage, but some groups are worried they can't afford it.

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Sun, 18 May 2014 19:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Critics Say New Form for Nonprofit Status Will Draw Cheats]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146613/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Critics-Say-New-Form-for/146613/ Some worry the IRS's abbreviated application for federal tax-exempt status will ask for so little information, it will invite fraud.

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Sun, 18 May 2014 19:30:00 EDT