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Posted November 12th, 2018

Putting Tax Motivations for Giving in Perspective

by Robert F. Sharpe Jr. Understanding the what, when and how is key. Some commentators have predicted that this growth may slow down or reverse in light of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act). That is because the Act can be expected to affect nonprofits in ways not previously experienced. Unlike… read more

Posted November 12th, 2018

Tips for Success in 2019

As we approach the end of 2018 and the beginning of a new year, the world around us continues to change. These changes will undoubtedly have a real impact on the way we pursue our future gift development efforts. While there are many steps you might consider now to help ensure success next year and… read more

Posted October 15th, 2018

Final Substantiation Regulations Issued

The IRS has released final regulations on substantiation of charitable gifts that closely track proposed regulations issued in 2008. Among the final rules contained in T.D. 9836: Pledge cards – A blank pledge card provided as part of a workplace giving campaign does not constitute adequate substantiation because it does not show the information required… read more

Posted October 15th, 2018

Charitable IRA Gifts Are Particularly Attractive This Year

Because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will significantly reduce the number of taxpayers who are able to itemize their charitable gifts on their income tax return, it may be especially advantageous to encourage your donors to consider making all or a portion of their gifts this year through a qualified charitable distribution… read more

Posted October 15th, 2018

Consultant’s Corner—Tips for Making Your Donor Communications More Effective

By Aviva Shiff Boedecker 1. Make the most of your budget. Frequent mailings to low-priority or far-future donors about estate gifts can be an unwise use of resources. Thoughtful selection of your mailing lists will save you money on printing and postage. Bonus 1: You will automatically use staff time more efficiently because you will… read more

Posted October 15th, 2018

Thoughtful Partnership Leads to Success–A Conversation with Guide Dogs for the Blind

Since 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind has trained puppies to become highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals with vision loss in the United States and Canada. Guide Dogs provides all services free of charge. Sue Dishart (pictured, left), Planned Giving Officer at Guide Dogs for the Blind, spoke to Give &… read more

Posted October 15th, 2018

Tommy, Can You Hear Me?

By Barlow Mann, J.D. Make sure you are communicating effectively with your best prospects for major and planned gifts. It doesn’t take a pinball wizard to understand that communications with your donors can be challenging, but they don’t have to be. Read on to see if you have inadvertently overlooked some of the primary obstacles… read more

Posted September 12th, 2018

Year-End Fundraising Critical for 2018

With the recent tax law changes, many people have questions about the impact this new law will have on their charitable giving in 2018. They should be pleased to hear that the charitable income tax deduction was preserved and enhanced in many cases, and there are still many smart ways to make tax-advantaged gifts whether… read more

Posted September 12th, 2018

SHARPE newkirk Welcomes Laura Knitt, J.D.

SHARPE newkirk is pleased to welcome our new Senior Consultant, Laura Knitt, J.D. Previously, Laura worked for 13 years with a large national nonprofit, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where she served in progressive roles as Associate Director for Planned Giving, Director for Legal and Regulatory Compliance and Assistant General Counsel. She brings valuable… read more

Posted September 12th, 2018

Claiming a Charitable IRA Gift on the 2018 1040 Form

Your marketing efforts have worked, and eligible donors are beginning to make qualified charitable distributions from their IRAs to your organization. Early next year these donors will receive Form 1099-R from their custodians showing their total distributions, even though some or all of that amount was sent to charity. To avoid frantic phone calls, explain… read more

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