In the latest report from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, fewer organizations are reporting growth in charitable receipts in 2016, compared to 2015, but the number of organizations reporting growth in planned gift revenue has not decreased. CGP has partnered with the Nonprofit Research Collaborative since 2013 to collect data on charitable giving across the nonprofit sector. Among the 800 U.S. nonprofits that responded to the most recent NRC survey, 51% reported on new planned gift commitments and 69% reported on gifts that were realized in the past year. When compared with 2015 results, planned giving continued to be a strong source of development revenue. (Read an earlier post, Tips from Research: Preparing for the Next Recession, to see how planned giving has performed since 2004.)
Over 50% of our adult population (120 million adults) does NOT have a current or up-to-date estate plan to protect themselves and their family's assets; that can include half your family, friends, and associates.
H.R. 1337 –Legacy IRA Act was introduced and referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. The purpose of the bill is to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts to include rollovers for charitable life-income plans for charitable purposes.
The rules prohibiting self-dealing are contained in Internal Revenue Code Section 4941. They are broad and complex and, unfortunately, they are often counter-intuitive. Being able to recognize when a self-dealing issue may be present is an essential skill for all planned giving professionals. You can help your donors and your organization avoid tax penalties by studying up on disqualified people and prohibited transactions. Jeffrey Davine's presentation at NCPP 2016, “Dealing with the Self-Dealing Rules,” addressed this very issue.
Find out how well you know the self-dealing rules.
The number of individuals supporting charitable organizations around the world appears to be shrinking. In Australia, a recent study found that 81% of Australian adults gave a total of $12.5 billion dollars to charities over 12 months in 2015/16, up from $7.7 billion in 2005. In 2016, the average donation was $764.08 and the median donation was $200. However, the research also pointed to a trend of fewer people giving more. While the percentage of people donating slightly decreased, the average donation increased in real terms by $210.16.
With the holidays right around the corner, most lawmakers have left Washington for the year. Congress is now in recess, save some brief pro forma sessions meant to thwart any attempts at recess appointments, until the 115th Congress officially convenes on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Lets take a brief look at how 2016 ended and what we might expect from Congress in 2017.