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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

Posted September 12th, 2018

Noncash Gifts Fuel Recovery in Giving

IRS reports provide key information about charitable giving. The way in which donors report their charitable giving to the IRS has evolved through the years. Prior to 1969, donors used IRS Form 1040 to itemize their gifts. Starting that year, taxpayers transitioned to a separate Schedule A to detail charitable gifts. In 1985, the IRS introduced… read more

Posted September 12th, 2018

All That Glitters…

A planned giving pipeline is like a gold mine. It is important to measure not only the value of what is coming out but also the value of the time and other resources being devoted to the mining process. Nonprofit organizations measure the effectiveness of their gift planning efforts in many different ways. Some place… read more

Posted August 8th, 2018

Structuring Gifts in Light of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

By Kathy Sperlak, Executive Vice President The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 doubled the standard deduction, which will mean fewer taxpayers will be itemizing their deductions for 2018. Many experts believe this will have a significant impact on charitable giving this year. In addition to the options mentioned in other articles in this… read more

Posted August 8th, 2018

Charitable Lead Trusts Can Do “Double Duty” Under New Tax Law

By Robert F. Sharpe, Jr., Chief Consultant As the dust settles and the many implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act) on income and estate tax planning become increasingly clear, a number of new and different uses for familiar charitable planning tools are beginning to emerge. Take charitable lead trusts… read more

Posted August 8th, 2018

Giving Trends in 2018

This July, we undertook a poll to see how respondents were doing through the first half of the year. Slightly more than half (51%) of the respondents reported an increase in current charitable gifts through the end of June, while the remainder of respondents indicated their gifts were flat (29%) or down (20%). Given the… read more

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