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8 Jun 2017

Shh! Don’t Call it a “Charitable” Strategy

Advanced charitable strategies like charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) are one of the few remaining ways that individuals can lower their taxes significantly if the circumstances fit.  So why aren’t CRTs and other similar strategies more widely used?
18 Apr 2017

Dear Charities: Don’t Overdo the Thanks

Charities love their donors.  Sometimes charities love their donors a little too much.
19 Jan 2017

Why Charities Should Sue Donors’ Estates (Or At Least Consider It) To Collect on a Gift

When a significant donor passes away, the organizations that donor supported mourn the loss, express gratitude for the donor’s generosity, and move on.  Except when they don’t.
1 Mar 2016

Why We Must Stand Up Against Philanthropy-Bashing

Another mega-gift announced.  Another article disparaging the gift and criticizing the donor and the recipient organization.  We’ve seen this movie before.  
16 Feb 2016

What’s In a Name? Three Tips for Your Next Naming Opportunity Gift

In the second episode of the new Showtime series Billions, lead character / billionaire hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (played by Damian Lewis) visits with the head of a prestigious venue named Ellis Eads Hall
3 Aug 2015

Enforceable Gift Pledge Redux: Foundation Suing Donor’s Estate

In my last post, I wrote about the pros and cons of signing an enforceable gift pledge.  Now comes word of a case in California involving a gift pledge that was rescinded.
16 Jul 2015

Should You Sign an Enforceable Gift Pledge?

Charities love them.  Donors, not so much.  The enforceable pledge is a double-edged sword, with advantages and disadvantages to charity and donor alike. As a generous donor who is bound to be solicited for a major gift
9 Jul 2015

In Defense of a $400 Million Gift – A Fundraiser’s Perspective

When Harvard announced that billionaire John Paulson had made a $400 million gift to name the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, you would think that the philanthropic community would applaud such a mega-gift.
2 Jun 2015

Fallout from the Cancer Charities Fraud: How to Protect Yourself as a Donor

The non-profit world was reeling recently in the wake of the announcement by the Federal Trade Commission that they, along with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, had filed a complaint against four cancer charities,
30 Dec 2014

Top Top Three Philanthropy Stories of 2014

With 2014 at an end, it’s time to look back at the top stories in philanthropy for the year.