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Dialing Back Donor Dollar Expectations

CEO Notebook | Charitable giving by individuals declined last year and may continue to do so into the future. What does the trend mean for independent schools? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO This past fiscal year, NBOA staff content experts have focused on...


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New Tax Law's Impact on Giving

(from Associations NOW) The repercussions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 are only now coming to fruition. The main issue is with the change in standard deductions. A significant number of people went from itemizing their taxes to taking the standard deduction, meaning they can’t write off...


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Mistaken Appraisal Leads to School's Financial Trouble

(from the Washington Post) A small music-education-focused school in Oakland, California, has run into trouble after taking out loans based on two appraisals of donated artwork. Four paintings together were valued at $2.8 million, and the school took out $400,000 in loans against the art, which...


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Grandparents' Donations on the Rise

(from the Wall Street Journal) A growing number of U.S. private schools are courting donations from students’ grandparents. The efforts are working: In 2017-18, grandparents donated $42.5 million to annual funds, compared with $38.5 million in 2015-16, according to data from nearly 900 schools...


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Higher-Ed Giving Rises 7.2 Percent

(from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) U.S. colleges and universities raised a record-breaking $46.73 billion during the 2018 academic fiscal year, an increase of 7.2 percent from the previous year. A strong stock market and overall economy are credited for much of the...


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Donations from Ponzi Fraudster Retracted

(from Nonprofit Quarterly) Arthur Lamar Adams, a $400,000 donor to the University of Mississippi’s Athletic Foundation, has been convicted of running a Ponzi scheme that apparently netted around $100 million. Now, although no one suggests that the university or the foundation had any...


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Holiday Giving on the Rise

(from the Chronicle of Philanthropy) Giving Tuesday, the annual day devoted to philanthropy on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, raised roughly $380 million for charities from 4 million people, organizers said. The results represent an increase of 27 percent from last year. Reports of this year’s...


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Why Donors Give on Social Networks

(from Associations NOW) Nearly 40 percent of donors who give on social networks are giving to a nonprofit for the first time, according to a recent report. They often know little about the cause before showing their support. The number-one reason why social donors are motivated to give is...


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Is Philanthropy-Based Financing Our Future?

CEO Notebook | Could a mammoth fundraising push enable independent schools to lower tuition? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Strained as independent schools’ financial aid budgets may be, they are relatively healthy compared to those at private colleges, where the...


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Charitable Giving Could Drop by $17.2 Billion

(from the American Enterprise Institute) Charitable giving, including gifts to nonprofit independent schools, could drop by $17.2 billion as a result of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to a recent analysis. The new law nearly doubles the standard deduction, making it more difficult for...