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  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Basics of Donor-Advised Funds

    May 3, 2018

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President Have you seen this article that the Chronicle of Philanthropy posted this week? Our friend Rachel Earl from the St. Labre Indian School discusses best practices and some of the information shared answers some basic questions about donor-advised funds, as well as some of the information I discussed in last week’s DMAW webinar and in previous […]

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  • Donor-advised funds webinar: looking at different ways to ASK

    April 27, 2018

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President This week, I was invited by the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW) to present a webinar on donor-advised funds to nearly 100 attendees. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on this webinar, including: …the two sides of DAFs involve two completely separate teams here (donor stewardship and marketing), […]

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  • We’ll be monitoring these popular organizations for best practices

    February 27, 2018

    The recent session on donor-advised fund giving at the 2018 DMA Nonprofit Federation Conference in Washington, DC was a highlight for the attendees. There was a lot of information provided and a lot learned! As a follow-up, I just made 15 new DAF grants to some of the organizations on the Fidelity Charitable list of […]

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  • 2018 giving in wake of tax changes

    January 8, 2018

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President What are you going to change in your 2018 fundraising strategies? I’ve seen a number of ideas and opinions expressed, some of which were helpful, so I will pass along and share with my opinion added. Fundraisers shouldn’t be giving tax advice, but telling the stories of your donors who […]

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  • Fundraisers giving tax advice?

    December 26, 2017

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President Might not be a good idea. Unless you stayed at a Holiday Inn… What if we repeat suggested ideas and let the donors decide? The top-of-fold front-page story in the Friday December 22, 2017 edition of The Boston Globe was about taxpayers prepaying their future local taxes. The tax paying […]

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  • Why we don’t fear less money will be raised

    December 22, 2017

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President “We fear less individual contributions to charity….” was the lead story from the DMANF on December 20 because of tax reform. For that to happen, a lot of bad things would need to align—future tax payers who choose not to itemize their deductions would have to stop making voluntary charitable […]

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  • Stop complaining and take steps to raise more of this money

    December 20, 2017

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President Hard to believe this is being published in December of 2017. Here’s an article on donor advised funds with a mix of tiresome worries that haven’t died. What’s good about this form of giving? There are immediate tax advantages for the modest investor who donates appreciated stock. I donated $12,000 worth of […]

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  • The secondary impact of hurricanes

    October 9, 2017

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President I have received a LOT of questions on this subject and I’m seeking advice. One answer isn’t suitable for all. A great number of people have lost everything. They need a LOT of our dollars and our prayers. They will need both for a long time as they try to […]

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  • Follow up: Fidelity Charitable webinar

    September 21, 2017

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President You can get a copy of the webinar presentation Fidelity Charitable hosted for 160 non-profit development professionals on donor-advised giving. I had the pleasure of being one of the speakers, along with Rachel Earl of St. Labre and Amy Pirozzolo of Fidelity Charitable. The session was recorded and will be […]

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  • Is this the biggest missed opportunity?

    August 31, 2017

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President Why hasn’t EVERYONE heard of this? Is it because there has been no effort to be “multi-channel”? We’re hearing reports that Hurricane Harvey might be the worst natural disaster to hit the U.S. Regular broadcast and print news channels have listed all the usual places to send money. The iTunes […]

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