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Learn to love “No”

When it comes to fundraising, don’t take that first “no” for answer.

King Wenceslas mural depicting king self sacrifice and charity.
On the Feast of Stephen

As goes the popular carol, on this chilly night a Good King spied a poor man gathering wood, flexed his charity, and made himself an inspiration.

Will Americans Excommunicate Religious Charities?

A new study finds a diminished standing for religious organizations and their tax status.

Is feeding the homeless in a public park illegal?

Some local municipalities have outlawed food sharing in public places. How should the philanthropically minded address the complex problem of homelessness?

Thoughts on philanthropy from books featured in The Giving Review in second half of 2022

An end-of-year collection of interesting and insightful passages.

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How Albert Barnes’s donor intent was flagrantly ignored

Albert Barnes loved art as much as he hated the Philadelphia art establishment. The bylaws for his foundation reflected that . . . but they were not respected.

Three vie to chair powerful House Ways and Means Committee

Jurisdiction includes nonprofit tax law and its oversight.

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Religious congregations deserve tax-exempt status for non-pecuniary reasons, too

Religious organizations make us more charitable, but they provide a more basic benefit: giving individuals a social identity.

How handwritten thank you notes will improve your donor retention rate

Existing donors, both lapsed donors active, are already engaged in a conversation with you, one that they’re happy to participate in. You can leverage this existing relationship to boost their lifetime value and increase the percentage of donors giving at any moment. And handwritten thank you notes are a powerful ally in this effort.

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Inside Philanthropy survey finds support for reform of philanthropy’s legal structure

Editor David Callahan notes that philanthropic and nonprofit trade groups might “be out of touch with their own communities.”