Category: Federal Government


Will Congress Act to Reform Philanthropy?

By Jan Masaoka  While this may surprise those who follow philanthropy’s every move, Congress only rarely passes laws that directly regulate philanthropy. The last truly foundational law regarding philanthropy was passed in 1969. That was the law that mandated a 5% minimum payout from private foundations, among other provisions (such as prohibitions against self-dealing). Of course, a lot has changed in philanthropy since 1969! Consider, for example, the donor-advised fund, or DAF. The first DAF may date back to 1931, but the significance of DAFs has increased markedly in the past half century, with the number of assets held in

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How to Win a Government Grant

By Laurence A. Pagnoni, MPA, and Perry W. Kaplan Federal and state agencies provide significant support to nonprofits each year through government grants. But the process for applying for government grants is far from easy. In fact, it’s quite complicated. Competition for government support is intense — and the application process is fraught with complexity. Winning a government grant requires nonprofits to carefully align the main pieces of their grant proposals. Here are seven tips for effectively competing for — and winning — a government grant. Match the Funder’s Priorities More than ever, getting funded requires that you propose projects

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Jar of coins with a plant growing. LAPA Fundraising

Biden’s Tax Policy: What’s Ahead for Nonprofits?

By Laurence A. Pagnoni, MPA The Biden administration has been making the case that to avoid paying the administration’s proposed additional taxes on high earners — an increase from 37% to 39.6% — wealthy Americans will give more to nonprofits. You can hear a detailed discussion about this on our recent webinar. Indeed, President Biden’s  plan to raise taxes  on high earners and the wealthy is likely to entice more rich Americans to give property or other assets to charities before they die to avoid paying large tax bills. For example, taxpayers making more than $400,000 per year would be taxed

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SAMHSA Funds Your Competitors

By Laurence A. Pagnoni, MPA SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. As a Federal Agency, SAMHSA increases awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders by providing resources for treatment options, publishing peer reviewed materials on mental health and substance abuse recovery, and awarding grants. Consider what SAMHSA is doing for your competitors: SAMHSA is funding your competitors. While SAMHSA certainly funds some of the larger, more established organizations, like The Acacia Network and New York University School of Medicine, they also fund mid-size and smaller nonprofits like Baily House and FACES. In fact

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