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16 Apr 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

We are pleased to announce that Daniel Felix has joined the PGDC as a contributing author.

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16 Apr 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

A recent article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy supports a widely held belief that the charitable income tax deduction is safe for at least the year 2014. What remains unknown is whether or not such items as the charitable IRA rollover will be extended...

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10 Apr 2014 | Marketing | National Publication | Article | 2 comments
Nonprofits who work with professional advisors can increase their chances for success and yes, survival.

I believe nonprofits who chose to reduce their planned giving and endowment building efforts to chase current dollars made a mistake that may cost them their very survival. Read what The Chronicle of Philanthropy article reported and come to your own...

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9 Apr 2014 | Information Release | National Publication | News story | 1 comments

In a recent release, IR-2014-31, Karen L. Hawkins, Director of the Office of Professional...

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The IRS requests comments in Federal Register/ Volume 79, No. 66/Monday April 7, 2014. The notice is regarding Rev. Proc. ...

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Recently, the IRS issued clarification for Private Foundations regarding the responsibilities of the granting organizations and its grantees, to assure that the granted funds were utilized for their intended purposes. Generally, grantees must now provide reasonable...

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In Notice 2014-21, The Internal Revenue Service provided guidance regarding the tax treatment of "convertible virtual currency", i. e. Bitcoin. For those who were thinking that Bitcoin or other similar ideas was a panacea for trading freely without the need for...

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21 Mar 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

We are pleased to announce that Randy Fox has joined the PGDC as a contributing author.

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17 Mar 2014 | National Publication | News story

The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AiP) Conference on Philanthropy will take place April 23-25 at the Hilton, Rosemont Hotel near Chicago's O'Hare...

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For purposes of determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or a term of years, or a remainder or a reversionary interest, the applicable federal rate under section 7520 for April 2014 is 2.2%; Stable with last month's rate.

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7 Mar 2014 | National Publication | News story

Richard Fox is the first of many new contributing authors we will be highlighting on the PGDC over the coming months.

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For purposes of determining the deduction for pooled income funds less than three years old the rate for 2014 has dropped from 1.8% in 2013 to 1.4% creating a very high charitable deduction. Can we do anything with it?

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For purposes of determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or a term of years, or a remainder or a reversionary interest, the applicable federal rate under section 7520 for March 2014 is 2.2%; a decrease of .2% since last month.

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22 Feb 2014 | General | National Publication | News story | 30 comments
Many of us make it through life. Only some define it.

This is a news story I never thought I would have to write. Marc Hoffman, my brother, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of the Planned Giving Design Center, my business partner of thirty-one years and eight years my junior, passed away peacefully at his home in Midway...

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Nearly fifty years ago, entomologist and Smithsonian researcher Dr. Carl Drake left the Smithsonian Institution his collection of insects subject to certain restrictions.  In addition, he created an endowment at the Smithsonian with $250,000 (worth about $4,000...

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13 Feb 2014 | Outright Gift | National Publication | News story

If the history of our reporting on IRA contributions on the PGDC can be any indication, this popular method of charitable giving may continue. Read the recent article on the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

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5 Feb 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

The Blackbaud Index shows overall giving was up 4.9 percent in 2013, while online giving grew 13.5 percent. Read more for links to the full report and video.

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For purposes of determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or a term of years, or a remainder or a reversionary interest, the applicable federal rate under section 7520 for February 2014 is 2.4%; an increase of .4% in the last two months.

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A substantial and material change in the sources of support of a public charity described in IRC Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) or 509(a)(2), which are dependent on a sufficient amount of public support for their public charity status, may potentially cause an...

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