Tax Reform Moves to Conference Committee
House and Senate conferees are meeting this week to negotiate a final version of tax reform to be passed to the President. While there are some similarities in the two versions of the bill, there are differences that must be worked out prior to presidential approval.
More on tax reform:
- What Comes Next? [Alliance for Charitable Reform]
- It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: Tax Law Update 12/08/17 [The Sharpe Group]
Proposed Postal CPI Cap System Changes Bad News for All
The Postal Regulatory Commission has released its proposed changes to the Consumer Price Index cap system for postage increases and the proposal is simply bad for all concerned—customers, citizens, the Postal Service, and its employees. The PRC proposal would cause annual 7% postage rate increases for at least the next 5 years, compounding to 40%, for much of the mail that nonprofits use.
NCDC is following this proposal closely. Our partners at the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers are having a Board of Directors meeting this week to discuss strategy and we will let you know the resulting recommendations.
More on the PRC proposal:
- USPS Bail Out Could Hike Postal Rates 41% in Next Five Years [Publication Executive]
- U.S. Postal Service gets rate wish and more [Linn’s Stamp News]
More need to know news:
- 4 Things We Learned from #GivingTuesday 2017 [Nonprofit Hub]
- Facebook Plans on Saying 'Goodbye' to Donation Fees for Nonprofits [Nonprofit Pro]
“[A] new study, by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, does more than establish "most generous" bragging rights. It’s a first-of-its-kind longitudinal analysis of household giving, drawing on a gold-standard survey of 9,000 households conducted nationwide every two years since 2000.” [Chronicle of Philanthropy]
More emerging trends:
- Approaches to philanthropy: giving while living, donor intent, and anonymity [Philanthropy Daily]
TIPS & TACTICS
“Whenever we ask for a donor’s support, we implicitly if not explicitly tell the donor why he or she should give. And in doing so, we express what we believe to be the donor’s most basic and important motivations. Unfortunately, few organizations stop to think about how they’re asking for support and what that says about how they relate with their donors.” [Philanthropy Daily]
More tips and tactics:
- An Analysis of 83 #GivingTuesday 2017 Email Appeals [Bloomerang]
- Anonymous Gifts and Nonprofit Transparency: A Concern for Nonprofit Boards [Nonprofit Quarterly]
- The Afterglow: 6 Steps to Follow After #GivingTuesday [Network for Good]
- How to Use Your Smartphone to Make a Donor Thank You Video [JC Social Marketing]
- 10 Ways to Make The Biggest Impact with Small Gift Donors [Mary Cahalane]
- After pope’s Myanmar visit, Catholic Relief Services continues its humanitarian aid to Rohingya [America]
- Featured NCDC Member: Catholic Relief Service
- U.S. Bishops: G.O.P. tax plan violates ‘basic principles of justice’ [America]
Inspirational insight of the week:
"Christmas isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event); Christmas is more … Christmas is an encounter!"
- Pope Francis