CFW 17.11.07

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on Nov 7, 2017 1:43:00 PM

NCDC Releases Statement on Tax Reform

This week House Republicans released H.R. 1, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Despite months of NCDC advocating along with our partners in the nonprofit sector for extending the charitable gift deduction to all taxpayers, rather than only itemizers, the bill does not include the measure. In addition, the bill includes provisions related to the Estate Tax, donor advised funds, university endowments, foundation excise tax, church political activity, and nonprofit executive compensation. Forecasters are predicting up to a $13 billion decrease in giving based on the current version of the bill.

“For 100 years, the Charitable Tax Deduction has been a landmark institution that exemplifies the charitable spirit of Americans. Protecting this deduction and expanding it to the greatest number of people possible encourages charitable giving by all socioeconomic levels. Tax reform should protect and expand this deduction to recognize the impact of charitable gifts, regardless of size, to support those most vulnerable in American society and worldwide,” said Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF, President/CEO of NCDC.

The House Ways and Means Committee will meet next week, where there is still hope the broadened tax deduction will be added via amendment to the bill.

The Senate is expected to release its version of tax reform shortly, perhaps as early as next week.

More on the tax bill:

Giving Tuesday is fast approaching. Make sure your organization is ready!


Tilting Upward: Skewed Giving Trends and Inequality in the Nonprofit Sector

“Rising inequality in America over the past four decades has undermined living standards and social mobility, dampened economic growth, and corrupted U.S. politics.

“But what about the effects of inequality on civil society and the nonprofit sector? That question has gotten much less attention. Yet there are growing signs that the vast chasm between the super-wealthy and everyone else is also having negative effects in these realms, too.” [Inside Philanthropy]

More emerging trends:

Tell Us Tuesday

Tell us what matters to you! Use the hashtag #TellNCDC to share your answer to this week's question on Twitter and Facebook.


How Donors Respond to Your Emails: What Works and What You Should Be Doing Differently

What are the best ways to increase email performance and response rates? How do colors and fonts impact readability? Does the date and time that emails are sent affect donor interest? [NCDC]

More tips and tactics:


Inspirational insight of the week: 

"The times are evil, the times are troubled, that’s what people say. Let us live good lives, and the times are good. We ourselves are the times. Whatever we are like, that’s what the times are like."

- St. Augustine, Sermon 80, pp. 8

Turning Facebook Likes into Donors and Dollars

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