National Philanthropic Trust's Blog
What lies ahead for charitable giving in 2018? Here are three predictions on trends to watch…
Wondering how the new tax laws may impact you? A donor-advised fund is one solution to help you reduce your tax bill in 2018 and beyond. Experts are recommending that Americans give more to charity in 2017 in order to reduce income this year when tax rates are higher and the tax benefit is available to more people.
NPT is proud to release our 11th annual Donor-Advised Fund Report. This year's report shows record numbers that were reached at a slower, more sustainable rate of growth than in year's past. After several years of historic and dramatic growth, we are now “on the other side.” The numbers in this year's report show slower rates of growth that reflect the “new normal.”
On December 31, 2017, the sun will set on a tax provision that allowed hedge fund managers to avoid paying income taxes on certain offshore deferred compensation. This is big news in the hedge fund world and it should be big news in the charitable sector, but hardly anyone is talking about it. Until now.
An enormous challenge in disaster relief is how to keep donors interesting and contributing to relief efforts after the headlines disappear. News stories that inspire people to give only last a few days or weeks, but recovery efforts take years. To date, NPT donors have recommended grants totaling more than $3.5 million to hurricane and earthquake recovery. I encourage everyone who is generously giving to the effected communities now to continue supporting them.
Donating illiquid assets—those that cannot be easily sold or exchanged for cash—is an increasing trend. We’ve seen all types of assets offered as charitable donations, from antique furniture to real estate. While there have been a few that we could not accept, such as a surf board collection and a military tank, those we have accepted have had a major philanthropic impact.
Americans across the country want to help the sruvivors of Hurricane Harvey. In this post, we offer tips for effective disaster giving, with a spotlight on select organizations providing targeted services or requests. In addition to money or materials, people can volunteer their time, donate blood and dedicate unique skills to rebuilding efforts in the weeks to come.
The double bottom-line benefit of impact investments means philanthropists can generate both a social and financial return. Investors can use impact investments as part of their personal financial portfolios or through giving vehicles such as donor-advised funds (DAFs).
The calendar year is halfway over, so it’s time to think about how to maximize your charitable giving in 2017. Here are a few things to consider for your philanthropy in the second half of the year: