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Suzanne Coffman

Recent Posts by Suzanne Coffman:

Did the 2016 Presidential Election Affect Charitable Giving?

After the 2016 presidential election, news outlets reported that donations to charities associated with liberal causes had increased. Pundits termed these contributions “rage giving” and hypothesized they were a direct response to Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. Yesterday, the Woman’s Philanthropy Institute published a new report exploring this and other issues related to philanthropy immediately before and after the election.


What Will Donors Find Out about Your Nonprofit This Giving Season?

Giving Tuesday and the end-of-year giving season are fast approaching. Although traditional methods of giving still predominate, the number of people who give online is steadily increasing. How can you ensure that these tech-savvy donors get the right information about your organization, especially if they give through third parties such as Facebook, GuideStar, JustGive, Network for Good, community foundations, and the major donor-advised funds? 


Just Published: 2018 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report

Today GuideStar published the 2018 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report, the 18th edition in our annual series. Over the years, thousands of nonprofits—more than 2,400 in the past two and a half years alone—have used the GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report to benchmark compensation practices, determine appropriate compensation for specific positions, and protect their leaders from IRS penalties.


Hidden Gems of GuideStar Data: Health Care Information

Recently, a representative of a health care consultancy contacted us. He needed to benchmark compensation for a range of medical jobs. Could GuideStar help?

It turns out we could. After talking with the client to define exactly what he needed, our data analysts were able to return (that’s data talk for “pull” or “produce”) a data set with compensation information for more than 2,000 job titles held by 17,000 individuals at 5,000 nonprofit medical facilities. Many of the positions were highly specialized, such as Physician Radiation Oncologist (we found one) and Physician—Women's Clinic (we found three).


Men and Women Really Are Different. At Least When It Comes to Charitable Giving Around Retirement.

Did you know ...

  • Although most households reduce spending after retirement, their level of charitable giving tends to remain the same?
  • Single women and married couples are more likely to give than single men, and to give more, before and after retirement?

New Report: Cross-Border Philanthropy and Counterterrorism Regulations

In 2016, U.S. charitable giving to international causes totaled $22 billion, a 5.8 percent increase over the previous year. Given the myriad natural and man-made disasters that struck last year, totals for 2017 will probably equal or exceed this amount. (Well know for sure when Giving USA 2018 comes out in a couple of weeks.) With this generosity comes risk, however.


Half of U.S. Nonprofits on Financial Precipice, New Report Finds

Around 50 percent of the nation’s nonprofits are operating with less than one month’s cash reserves, a new report by Oliver Wyman, SeaChange Capital Partners, and GuideStar reveals.


What Nonprofits Need to Know about the New Tax Law

There’s been much discussion recently about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became law on December 22, 2017, will affect charitable contributions. It’s an important conversation. But there are other issues arising from the act that nonprofits should be aware of. Here are several from the 2018 Tax Law Checklist published by the National Council of Nonprofits. To view the complete list and get more information, view the checklist and the Council’s resource page for charitable nonprofits.


The GuideStar Blog Posts You Read Most in 2017

Earlier this month, we published a list of the GuideStar Newsletter articles subscribers read most last year. Today, we're looking at the GuideStar Blog posts that caught your attention. Because the first 8 were also in the newsletter top 10, we're extending this list to 15 posts.


The GuideStar Newsletter Articles You Read Most in 2017

Happy New Year! It’s time for our round-up of the GuideStar Newsletter articles you read most last year. As was true in 2016—and to an extent in 2015—you veered away from the traditional formula of fundraising, boards, and boards and fundraising. You were still interested in those topics, but you read articles about other subjects as well.


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