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  • New Study Finds Generosity Links Women Across Race and Ethnicity

    Generosity is a value shared by all communities, and that women across races and ethnicities are leading through philanthropy. That’s among the findings of a new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) called Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color,

    The finding show that households across all racial groups give to charity and a donor’s race does not have a significant effect on the amount given, after adjusting for factors such as wealth, income and education. Gender patterns previously identified by WPI — specifically, that single women and married couples are more likely to give than single men — hold true within each of the communities studied (African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, and White households were included in the analysis).

    The report, which was funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, demonstrates the unique perspectives women of color bring to philanthropy and underscores the importance of understanding and engaging donors from diverse backgrounds.

    “Women Give 2019 highlights the universality of giving. Women in communities of color may take different pathways to their philanthropy, learning from their families or religious traditions, or starting to give later in life, according to the findings. But the act of giving their time, talent, and treasure is consistent for women across race and ethnicity,” said Debra J. Mesch, Ph.D., the Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

      Key findings from Women Give 2019 include:

    • Households across all racial groups give. A substantial portion of all racial groups give to charity, and high net worth households are especially likely to give.
    • Households across all racial groups give to similar causes, including both religious and secular causes. Religion and basic needs are the top two causes supported across race and income.
    • A donor’s race does not have a significant effect on the amount given to charity, when taking income and other factors into account. When factors known to affect giving (such as wealth, income, and education) are taken into consideration, and giving is measured as a percentage of income, race does not appear to affect the amounts that households donate. Other demographics, such as income and wealth have a stronger impact on household giving amounts.
    • Overall gender differences in giving appear consistent across racial groups. For all groups, single women are more likely than single men to give to charity; married and cohabiting couples are more likely than either single men or single women to give to charity.
    • Formal volunteering shows greater racial and ethnic gaps. Communities of color appear to be less engaged in formal volunteering. Other research has shown that informal volunteering rates (giving time, but not via a formal program or organization) are higher in communities of color.

    “This year’s Women Give report raises awareness that the generous philanthropy that takes place in diverse communities often goes unrecognized. Women in communities of color can see themselves and their experiences reflected in this empirical research about generosity,” according to Una Osili, Ph.D., associate dean for research and international programs and dean’s fellow for the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “To overcome outdated stereotypes of who a philanthropist is, the philanthropic sector must be more intentional about embracing and including diverse perspectives and approaches

    Women Give 2019 uses data from both the Philanthropy Panel Study and from the U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. Both studies are produced by the school. WPI also conducted case study interviews to supplement findings with real-life experiences of women philanthropists in communities of color. Across the board, the women described how their giving has been shaped by their racial and gender identities — and often by both at the same time.

    The previous Women Give reports are available at: https://philanthropy.iupui.edu/ResearchWPI.

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  • Nonprofits Face $12,000 Each In UBIT Without Law Change

    To hear U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware) tell it, the 21 percent tax on the value of fringe benefits awarded by nonprofits, such as free parking or transportation assistance, is “an important mistake that deserves to be addressed and rectified.”

    Coons is co-sponsoring with Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla) the LIFT for Charities Act to eliminate the tax, which is part of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017. “This is a bill that has rough edges, that was not thoroughly vetted,” Coons said, adding that no one on the tax committees in Congress or at the IRS is defending the tax.

    Coons spoke at a briefing at the U.S. Capitol Thursday to discuss the findings of a report commissioned by Independent Sector to assess the impact of the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT). The report surveyed 723 organizations with $9.5 billion in revenues. Almost half, 46 percent, with $8.6 billion in revenues, provided information related to the new UBIT.

    Elizabeth T. Boris, a fellow at the Urban Institute where she is the founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, highlighted the findings in the report. Notably is the cost of taxing transportation benefits and the burden that goes along with such reporting would add an average of $12,000 to a nonprofit’s operating cost. Respondents found the UBIT “confusing” and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance little help.

    Some would take “a real financial hit,” said Coons. For smaller nonprofits, the number would be smaller, but the percentage would be high. In Delaware, his home state, DuPont donated a building some years ago to house nonprofits. There are currently 73 nonprofits at that address. Some are small, like a closet, Coons said, while others take up half a floor. They share a dedicated parking garage with 473 slots, which are now being assessed at $130 per employee per parking space.

    This is a real challenge for nonprofits that have never had to calculate the value of these benefits for employees, much less divide them up multiple ways. Stuart Comstock-Gay, president and CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation, who participated in a panel at the briefing, said that he had heard of one nonprofit that was not repairing the pot holes in its lot “because they don’t want to deal with the UBIT.”

    Taxing the expenses of a nonprofit does seem an odd way to raise money, even by federal government standards. But one questioner challenged Coons’ description of the tax as “a simple mistake.” The senator conceded he was being “gracious” with that description, adjusting his language to describe it as “ill-conceived tax policy.”

    Others on the panel said there was a scramble to find money to offset some of the costs of the 2017 tax cut, and the impact of the UBIT wasn’t thought through. If repealed, it would cost the U.S. Treasury “a couple billion,” which all agreed in the scope of the tax bill, is not much. In fact, U.S. Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who chaired the tax committee, Ways and Means, said last year that there were unintended consequences to the UBIT that needed to be fixed. He advanced an amendment, but Congress ran out of time. Now Brady is the ranking member on Ways and Means, and it’s up to the Democrats to take the lead in the House of Representatives.

    “I love legislating,” Coons said, especially when there’s an issue that is “good policy, good politics, and makes a difference in the world.” Repealing the UBIT is “so focused and so important,” he said. The only problem is there is no moving vehicle, congressional parlance for the legislative vehicle that can carry the UBIT repeal through both chambers and to the president’s desk.

    “There are very few trains leaving the station,” he said, urging those in attendance and the nonprofits they represent to not just have a pleasant meeting with a junior staffer but to pigeonhole lawmakers and demand to know how they will get this done, what bill will they attach it to? Coons raised the defense authorization bill and the end of the year omnibus bill as possible vehicles on which the UBIT repeal could piggyback.

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  • Moore DM Group Picks Gretchen Littlefield As CEO

    Moore DM Group has again hired away a leader from a leading firm in the nonprofit direct response industry. Gretchen Littlefield, president of Infogroup Media Solutions, is going to the Tulsa, Okla.-based firm as chief executive officer.

    Company founder Jim Moore will continue as chairman focusing on acquisitions and strategic growth. Geoffrey W. Peters will move into the role of chairman of the Moore DM Group executive board, focusing on product innovations and advancement of neuroscience and its impact on fundraising.

    “The addition of Gretchen will bolster our already strong leadership team as we continue on our path of strategic growth and transformation,” said Moore. “Gretchen’s knowledge of the ever-transforming marketing landscape will play a pivotal role in furthering the Moore DM Group commitment to being thought leaders and innovators in the nonprofit industry.”

    In her role at Infogroup, Littlefield directed the nonprofit, business-to-business and business-to-consumer integrated data and marketing services business units. Under her direction, the media strategy group experienced rapid growth with innovative products that were vertically focused, serving major industry sectors including retail, nonprofit, publishing, consumer, business and technology. Insiders said those roles will probably be split between two executives, at least one of whom is already with the firm.

    “I am excited about the amazing growth taking place at Moore DM Group. The company is well-positioned to be the leader in marketing automation and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” said Littlefield. Littlefield is well-known in the nonprofit arena, launching multi-million-dollar fundraising programs, building services and helping lead nonprofit and marketing advocacy organizations. She had been with Infogroup for 13 year. Littlefield is also vice chair of The Nonprofit Alliance.

    Prior to joining Infogroup, Littlefield launched the fundraising program for a national organization which raised more than $80 million in two years. She also served as a director in one of the nation’s leading direct response marketing agencies. In 2009, she was selected as a Rising Star by Marketing Edge, the educational foundation of The Direct Marketing Association. She is currently co-chair of Marketing Edge.

    Moore DM Group is comprised of 32 companies with more than 2,000 employees devoted to nonprofit work. The organization provides services including strategic consulting, creative development, media planning and buying, research and analytics, production management and product fulfillment, database services and public relations to nonprofit, association, commercial and government clients, and is a key contributor to strengthening the sector.

    Among the Moore DM Group companies working in the nonprofit industry are CDR Fundraising Group, Barton Cotton, Direct Donor TV (DDTV), Production Solutions/PS Digital and Redfield & Co. Moore DM Group has operations in California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Virginia, Hong Kong and Toronto.

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  • Southern Poverty Law Center Fires Co-Founder Dees

    Morris Dees, the controversial co-founder of The Southern Poverty Law Center, was fired by the organization and the notification was delivered via email. The organization did not specify in a public statement why he was terminated.

    The 82-year-old co-founded the Montgomery, Ala., SPLC in 1971 with Joseph J. Levin, Jr., who still has “board emeritus” status. Dees’s bio has been scrubbed from the SPLC website. He had ratchetted down his involvement with the organization in recent years. In the only public statement from the organization, it was implied that the termination had to do with workplace conduct.

    “You may see in the news today that our founder, Morris Dees, is no longer working at the SPLC,” the statement from SPLC President Richard Cohen started. “When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action.” Cohen also said via the statement: “But our work is about the cause, not the person. We’re committed to ensuring that our workplace embodies the values we espouse — truth, justice, equity, and inclusion.”

    In a comment to The New York Times, Dees said he did not know why he had been terminated. “All I can say is it was not my decision,” Dees was quoted by the New York Times. Asked whether he had engaged in any behavior that could have been perceived as improper, he was quoted by The New York Times saying, “I have no idea how people take things.”

    The Los Angeles Times is reporting that employees sent a letter to management and the board complaining about Dees.  According to the L.A. Times, “A letter signed by about two dozen employees — and sent to management and the board of directors before news broke of Dees’ firing — said they were concerned that internal allegations” of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism threaten” put the organization jeopardy.

    The organization was spun out of his legal practice, started with Levin and civil rights leader Julian Bond. The first big win came in 1981 when a jury awarded $7 million in a case against United Klans of America. King Center in Atlanta awarded highest honor in 2016, Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize.

    The SPLC’s most recent federal Form 990, for 2017 and filed in October 2018, showed that Dees earned more than Cohen. Listed as the “chief trial counsel,” the Form 990 shows he was paid $375, 181 with other compensation of $41,767. Cohen was paid $364,799 with other compensation of $42,742. The organization, known in nonprofit circles as a fundraising powerhouse, had total revenue of $121,975,162 on contributions of $111,176,287. The Form 990 also showed investments totaling $471,046,609.

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  • Pursuant Buys Data Firm Advizor

    The Pursuant Group, the Dallas, Texas-based fundraising firm, has acquired database company Advizor Solution. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Advizor, in Downers Grove, Ill., specializes in predictive modeling and data visualization tools. It was spun out of Bell Labs in 2003 by Doug Cogswell and has been a leader in fundraising analytics. The firm has targeted the higher education and healthcare spaces.

    Advizor will remain in Downers Grove. In addition to working with nonprofits, Advizor will continue to serve the IT, Cybersecurity, and Manufacturing industries. The firm lists Salesforce, Blackbaud, Agilon, Mart& Lundy and WealthEngine as strategic partners in the nonprofit space.

    “The Advizor team has served their clients with excellence and is able to provide analytics solutions that fill a very necessary function in the nonprofit market,” said Pursuant CEO Trent Ricker.

    The move represents Pursuant’s plan to invest in data-driven, technology-enabled solutions for nonprofits and impact-focused organizations. Pursuant official said via a statement that the plan is to accelerate investment in Advizor’s staff and product development and integrate with Pursuant Insights’ suite of analytics and technology solutions.

    “I look forward to partnering with Doug and his team to bring the Advizor platform alongside our capabilities in Pursuant Insights. The Advizor platform puts actionable data at the fingertips of fundraising and advancement teams in a deeper and more targeted way than in our current portfolio of offerings. This benefits us and our clients. I’m excited to partner in our efforts to bring this more holistic suite of offerings to great causes,” said Hilary Noon, executive vice president at Pursuant Insights said via a statement.

    Workforce details were not disclosed.

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  • Annual Red Kettle Drive Raised $142.7 Million

    Giving to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign was essentially flat across all channels for 2018. End-of-year-donations totaled $433.7 million between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, down 0.85 percent from the $437.4 million reported for 2017, according to an announcement by The Salvation Army national headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

    Donations to the traditional Red Kettle campaign were down between 1 and 2 percent for the third consecutive year. The campaign raised $142.7 million, about 1.25 percent less than the $144.5 million reported in 2017, following declines of 1.9 percent and 1.54 percent in 2017 and 2016, respectively. It’s the lowest total since 2013 when $135.9 million was reported.

    Online giving through salvationarmyusa.org totaled $31.4 million, down 1.26 percent from the $31.8 million reported for 2017. Donations through direct mail, 1-800-SAL-ARMY and other cash gifts totaled the largest portions of year-end-giving at a total $259.6 million. The decline mirrors what many national charities encountered at year-end 2018.

    The 2018 Red Kettle Campaign kicked off with a satellite media tour at AT&T Stadium in Irving, Texas, the day before Thanksgiving. The Dallas Cowboys also showcased #FightForGood on national television just before Meghan Trainor’s live halftime performance of the Thanksgiving Day game.

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott reprised his “red kettle leap” during the Thanksgiving Day game, donating $21 and “donating” quarterback Dak Prescott to the giant Red Kettle in the end zone. After the game, Elliott, Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys joined forces to match all $21 donations, donating up to $21,000 each. Additionally, a portion of all sales from shopzeke21.com were donated to The Salvation Army.

    With the help of Amazon Alexa, The Salvation Army made the ability to donate easier. Amazon Alexa owners contributed to The Salvation Army’s efforts by simply saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army” and specifying the amount to give. The Salvation Army did not report specific results by digital channel.

    Corporate partners play a big part in the annual Red Kettle campaign. Red kettles outside nearly 6,700 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the U.S. collected $43.2 million, which contributed about 30 percent of the $142.7 million total. The Kroger Co. hosted Red Kettles at more than 2,700 locations, raising $16.2 million, or about 13 percent of the total. Red kettles at JCPenney stores nationwide raised approximately $2.1 million, nearly 1,500 Walgreens locations raised $2.2 million, 550 Big Lots locations raised $728,000, and 90 Bass Pro Shops locations raised $600,000.

    As part of their annual sock drive, Hanes donated 25,000 pairs of socks to The Salvation Army for those in need, bringing the total number of socks donated during the past nine years to more than 2.4 million pairs.

    For every “like” to a local Cricket Wireless store page, Cricket Wireless donated $1 toward the purchase of toys for The Salvation Army, totaling $50,000.

    UPS ran its fifth annual “Wishes Delivered” campaign, a global initiative that spreads goodwill and inspiration by delivering special wishes to individuals in the communities UPS serves. For every video wish shared with the campaign’s hashtag, UPS donated $1, culminating in $100,000, that was then equally split among three selected charity partners including The Salvation Army.

    The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign originated in 1891 in San Francisco, Calif.

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  • Nonprofit Magicians – Nothing Up Their Sleeves

    There are competing studies but the results are pretty close – giving increased between 1.5 percent and 1.6 percent during 2018. That puts charities behind the nation’s economic growth, which at this writing is still being tabulated by the federal government but projected to be about 2.6 percent.

    Even more troubling is that giving went off a cliff in December 2018, the time of year that charities rely on for a hefty chunk of revenue. Depending on whether it’s the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact or the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) numbers or any of the siloed calculations, giving plunged between 4 and 6 percent when the months of December 2017 and December 2018 are compared.

    The number of donors likewise dove to dangerous levels. According to statistics from the FEP and its Growth in Giving Database, the number of donors declined 4.5 percent during 2018. When donors are divided into three groups – general (less than $250), mid-level (between $250 and $999), and major donors (at least $1,000) – the only quadrant to increase in revenue was the major gift area.

    The sector’s backbone donors, those who respond to direct mail, make a call when seeing an infomercial at 3 a.m., fill Red Kettles during the holiday, are disappearing. The number of “general donors” declined 4.4 percent and mid-level donors dropped 4 percent, according to the FEP statistics.

    The database results showed new donors declined 7.3 percent year over year. The number of new retained donors dropped 14.9 percent, and the number of lapsed donors who were recaptured dropped 1.6 percent. The only year over year increase was in repeat retained donors and that was just 0.2 percent.

    Some nonprofit analysts say that the tax reform bill that doubled the standard deduction while eliminating others is a culprit of the decline. It might be part of the reason but there is a larger issue.

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics estimates that 4.9 percent of American workers hold down two jobs to make ends meet. The percentage of unemployed Americans was 3.9 percent in December 2018, up from 3.7 percent the previous month and the highest rate since July of that year. December is a bad time to be out of work – for families and for charities. Those year-end gifts turn into egg nog so that families can feel a little festive and normal.

    What the federal numbers don’t account for is the gig economy of workers grabbing whatever cash and part-time positions they can find. With online buying sitting at between 9 and 10 percent, finding those holiday positions is tougher. Have you recently tried to find someone to help you at a department store? And, Amazon can only contract with so many drivers.

    PepsiCo just announced a $2.5-billion restructuring and plans to jettison thousands of workers, positions taken by what company officials called “relentlessly automating.” General Motors, Kraft Heinz, Goodyear, Wells Fargo, Starbucks, Verizon, Union Pacific and multiple media companies recently announced tens of thousands of layoffs. The Payless shoe chain is closing 2,100 stores and the venerable Sears is teetering in and out of bankruptcy.

    Some financial professionals are predicting an economic slowdown or even recession at some point in 2019. Even the Boy Scouts has floated the idea of a bankruptcy filing.

    Nonprofit board members and senior staff need to start looking more seriously at mergers. That’s not just the local little organizations. Bold steps need to be taken to merge chapters and possibly at the national level with such organizations – dare it be said — as the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts merging.

    Fundraising might also need to return to fundamentals. Digital storytelling has become vital to the sector but actually putting something in a potential donor’s hands is possibly longer lasting. Communicating with donors and asking how they want to interact with a charity is imperative. It saves money and endears the donor to the nonprofit.

    The 2020 election cycle is upon us and it is going to get sour. Money will be drained from charities for political campaigns, especially when a dozen or more candidates vie for a party nomination. Charities have the unique potential of changing the discussion from the screaming on television, radio and online to deliver a message of hope. Think back a few presidential campaigns ago and remember how that idea resonated with Americans.

    Charities have also been a place of support and hope. That message has to get out, street by street, town by town and state by state. The revenue will follow.

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  • Female Fundraisers Still Earn Less Than Male Colleagues

    There is a 10 percent difference in salaries between male and female fundraisers, according to new research published by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). And, previous surveys indicate that the gender gap has not narrowed appreciably during the past 18 years.

    The research, based on more than 10,000 responses to AFP’s Compensation and Benefits surveys from 2014 to 2018, found that controlling for all other factors, women fundraisers make 10.5 percent less than their male colleagues. Across the five years of the survey, women accounted for 77 percent of all the respondents.

    The Impact of Gender on Fundraising Salaries 2014 – 2018 was published through AFP’s Women’s Impact Initiative (WII), a campaign to assess, address and highlight the specific issues and challenges that women in the fundraising profession face, including pay equity, harassment, inclusion in leadership, and others. A similar study using data from the AFP Compensation & Benefit Surveys for 2000 – 2005 found that controlling for all other factors, women were paid 11 percent less than men during the period.

    In contrast, a 2018 study by the Pew Research Center found that, on average, women overall working in the U.S. made 84 percent as much as men. Research from Statistics Canada shows that Canadian women earn 87 cents on the dollar compared to every dollar earned by a man.

    “While women may be doing better in fundraising compared to other sectors, the study shows that we still have a long way to go to achieve equity between the genders,” said Tycely Williams, CFRE, chair of the AFP Women’s Impact Initiative. “We need to have more education and awareness about these issues, and this research will serve as the baseline for our future work. Now that we understand the size of the gap and some of the issues involved in determining salary, we can begin to develop programs and resources and work to close the gap.”

    In addition, one quarter of women (25.7 percent) reported experiencing one or more “negative factors” compared with 15 percent of women. Negative factors include taking time off to care for family members, relocating for a spouse or other actions that result in being out of the workforce. Negative factors contributed to a 5.7 percent decrease in pay.

    “With so many variables affecting salary, we have a number of different ways we can address these issues,” said Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA, president and CEO of AFP. “Education of CEOs, board and other nonprofit leaders is a key part of this. We’re also going to look at specific skill-building, such as negotiating salary, as another important avenue, and we’ll be announcing an important partnership in this area at our International Conference on Fundraising in late March. The bottom line is: we won’t have an equitable profession, or a profession that is as effective as it could be, until we have closed the gender salary gap.”

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  • Legislation To Repeal Nonprofit Tax Getting Bipartisan Support

    Bipartisan legislation to repeal a 21-percent tax on the value of fringe benefits, such as free parking or mass transit assistance, has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The provision was part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

    James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the legislation in the U.S. Senate. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) introduced the companion bill in the House of Representatives. U.S. Representatives Randy Weber (R-Texas), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), and Jody Hice (R-Ga.) are also co-sponsors on the House of Representatives version.
    A copy of the House version is available here.

    The Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) is proving to be a burden for tax-exempt groups, including churches and small charities that have little or no experience dealing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and insufficient guidance on how to calculate the value of parking and other benefits provided to their employees, according to Lauren Precker, social communications and strategy manager at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.

    A new report commissioned by Independent Sector (IS) shows that the new tax will annually divert an average of $12,000 from each nonprofit’s mission. About 10 percent of nonprofits are considering dropping transportation and parking benefits entirely, although these employer-provided benefits are mandated in some metropolitan areas like Washington, D.C., New York, and San Francisco.

    “These (UBIT) provisions divert precious funds away from missions and the communities who need it most,” said Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of IS. “We heard from nonprofit leaders who were concerned about the impact of these taxes and confused about how they were going to be implemented. We commissioned this research to educate the nonprofit community and urge Congress to quickly repeal these two provisions.”

    Momentum for repealing the tax on nonprofit employee benefits is growing on both sides of the aisle, and “ASAE is hopeful Congress will move repeal legislation this session so that nothing distracts associations and other nonprofits from their core mission. Bipartisan support is growing to repeal this onerous tax on nonprofit employee benefits,” said ASAE President and CEO John Graham, FASAE, CAE.

    “Churches and charities serve on the frontline of our battle against the generational cycles of poverty and the traps of government dependence,” Walker said via a statement. “Washington should ensure their work in our communities is not restricted by unnecessary taxes and strenuous compliance processes. The LIFT for Charities Act will maintain that non-profits and places of worship remain uninhibited by federal burdens.”

    “Last year’s tax bill placed a new tax on religious institutions and nonprofits. That’s simply wrongheaded.” Suozzi said via the same statement. “That is why I am proud to co-lead this bipartisan bill with my colleague so that nonprofits and places of worship can continue their important work without an unnecessary financial burden.”

    Examples of employee benefits that would be subject to taxation if the LIFT for Charities Act is not adopted include parking spots, provided meals, and transportation benefits. For example, many Goodwill centers offer transportation to employees.

    An additional impediment to nonprofits without the passage of the LIFT for Charities Act is compliance burdens and fees. These organizations traditionally have not been required to file returns with the Internal Revenue Service. Without the passage of this legislation, these organizations will spend millions collectively on IRS compliance, further diminishing the resources they are able to spend on serving communities.

    Randy Weber (R-Texas), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), and Jody Hice (R-Ga.) are also co-sponsors on this bill in the House of Representatives.

    Said Tim Delaney, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Nonprofits, “Taxing tax-exempts is the very definition of an oxymoron. But worse, this tax is also illogical, unworkable, and unfair. Almost everyone in Congress acknowledges it was a mistake, an error, and this legislation shows there is bipartisan support for its repeal. Hundreds of thousands of nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations will be forced to divert money away from their missions to make tax payments soon unless this tax is repealed – retroactively — in the coming weeks.”

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  • Mass Resignations At Nonprofit Where Patient was Raped

    The C-Suite at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix is pretty much cleaned out with at least 10 executives tendering their resignations in the middle of a scandal where an incapacitated patient was raped, impregnated and gave birth this past December.

    Nathan Dorceus Sutherland, a certified practical nurse responsible for the victim’s care, was arrested in late January after DNA evidence showed he was a match to the woman’s baby. Hacienda voluntarily gave the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) licensing authority over its operations, and last month announced it would close that facility, one of its four locations in the state.

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s Office issued a statement regarding the mass resignations. “The Arizona Department of Health Services was notified late today that some members of senior management staff are no longer with Hacienda, along with the termination of Mr. Romley’s contract. Since then, ADHS has been onsite and coordinating to ensure the health and safety of the patients at their facilities. ADHS is working to gather more details.”

    The Mr. Romley mentioned in the statement is former Maricopa County attorney Rick Romley, who was contracted as an internal investigator to review Hacienda HealthCare’s practices. He, too, announced he would no longer be involved with the organization.

    Announced via a statement reported by KGUN-TV in Phoenix, Romley said: “My issues are with the Board of Directors and not with senior management. I felt that senior management was making tremendous progress towards addressing many issues, but it was the Board of Directors that were the problem. As I stated in my initial press conference that if I felt that the Board of Directors would not address the issues appropriately and if I did not have full cooperation then I would resign.”

    A spokesman with the ADHS said its employees have been monitoring the facility on-site and patient care shouldn’t be affected.

    In a Friday statement in response to the announcement of multiple high-level resignations, the ADHS announced that the state had “met with Hacienda leadership and their independent third-party administrator to discuss Hacienda’s management situation and review the progress of the voluntary regulatory agreement. This agreement will give the department increased regulatory oversight over Hacienda, putting in place additional accountability and quality control measures. ADHS hope to have an agreement in place next week.”

    Those who resigned include: CEO Patrick White, Vice President of Corporate Communications Nancy Salmon, COO-Clinical Kayte del Real, COO-Clinical, COO-Operations Kevin Payne, CFO Joe O’Malley, Director of HealthCare Support Services Tina Meredith, Director of HealthCare Support Services, Director of Corporate Compliance Marianne Love-Day, Director of Patient Care Services McKenzie Gillies, Director of Patient Care Services, Director of Nursing Valerie Brehm and board member Kevin Berger, M.D.

    Tom Pomeroy, who was Hacienda’s board chairman for 38 years, also resigned. CEO Bill Timmons had resigned in January.

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