Category Archives: Charitable Deductions

Retroactive Deductions for Philippines Relief Donations

The Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, enacted March 25, 2014, allows taxpayers who make cash contributions on or before April 14, 2014 for Philippines typhoon relief to claim charitable deductions for the contributions on their 2013 returns. Eligible contributions may … Continue reading

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Charitable Deduction Under Attack – AGAIN

How much does your nonprofit rely on donations from wealthy individuals? Many nonprofit leaders are asking themselves that very question right now. Once again, calls from both Democrats and Republicans threaten to limit the charitable deduction. In his proposed budget … Continue reading

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How to Best Help Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

Following the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, many are trying to figure out the most effective way to help. We’ll cut to the chase: it’s money. Often at times of disaster people want to donate new and used clothing, canned … Continue reading

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Extending Time for Charitable Donations

Have you ever experienced the anxiety of making all of your charitable donations before December 31? The Charitable Giving Extension Act, introduced by House Ways and Means Committee member Mike Kelly (R-Pa), would allow you to focus on present giving … Continue reading

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How do You Measure a Nonprofit’s Effectiveness?

Earlier this week, we blogged about a letter from three prominent organizations strongly refuting the use of overhead costs to measure a nonprofit’s effectiveness. But, in seemingly direct contradiction to this letter, a new Oregon law requires that nonprofits spend … Continue reading


Will High Admin Costs Mean No State Charitable Deduction?

What if high admin costs caused your nonprofit to lose the ability to take donations that received a state charitable deduction? The Oregon legislature is considering a bill that will do just that. The bill mandates that charities devoting less … Continue reading

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Republicans Seek to Protect the Charitable Deduction

Yesterday we told you about Democratic Senators’ proposals to cut charitable deductions. Now Republican Rep. David Reichert is spreading the word that Republicans don’t agree. In an interview with The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Reichert affirms that he has never supported … Continue reading

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Another Call for Reducing Charitable Deductions

Would your nonprofit survive if suddenly private donations dwindled? If the Senate Democrats have their way, you may be forced to find out. They want to reduce the value of itemized deductions, which includes the charitable deduction, taken by the … Continue reading

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The History of the Charitable Deduction

As happens intermittently in Congress, the charitable deduction is once again closing in on the chopping block. But before you get involved with the debate, have you ever wondered where the charitable deduction came from? The charitable deduction first appeared … Continue reading

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Great News for Nonprofits with LLC Subsidiaries

501(c)(3) organizations frequently create single member limited liability companies to hold assets, some as subsidiaries to protect against risk. However, until now, the IRS would not state whether donations to these single member LLCs were deductible as charitable contributions. As … Continue reading

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