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AB 556 is being fast-tracked in California. In brief, the bill would require California-registered charities to “disclose” the use of a fundraising counsel in any solicitation (phone, mail, email, web site, person-to-person) being made “with the participation” of fundraising counsel. Who knows how many letters, web pages, emails, etc. would be implicated.  Every bit of…

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The USPS decided on March 27 to delay the implementation of new market-dominant and competitive rates and classification changes until all of the proposed market-dominant changes are approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”). This decision was primarily motivated by a desire to eliminate potential adverse impacts on postal customers that might result from a…

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A proposal to give the Pennsylvania General Assembly the authority to decide when hospitals and other not-for-profit organizations receive tax exemptions was approved by the Pennsylvania Senate. The proposal, which would amend the state Constitution, passed both legislative chambers in 2013. If it passes the House this year or next, it will appear on a…

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If you haven’t heard about it yet…if you’re not talking about it and budgeting for it, then you will be in for a surprise come Sunday, April 26, as that is when the US Postal Service has announced its Consumer Price Index (CPI) base rate increase will go into effect. The overall increase is 1.966%,…

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Submitted by Geoffrey Peters, CEO, Moore DM Group On January 21, 2015, The Humane Society of the United States (“HSUS”) filed suit against the State of Oklahoma alleging that Oklahoma’s Attorney General, E. Scott Pruitt, despite not having received a single complaint from any contributor to HSUS that they were misled by any HSUS charitable…

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Submitted by Geoffrey Peters, CEO, Moore DM Group In conjunction with his State of the Union address, President Obama released his budget and capital gains proposal.  In his budget, as in the past, he proposed a 28% cap on the charitable deduction despite substantial research by many economists and others that any such cap reduce…

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The Attorney General of California has issued new regulations regarding charities, fundraisers, the solicitation process and registration requirements. The new regulations go far beyond the statutes passed by the state legislature and arguably far beyond what is permitted under the United States Constitution. First some background. This is the same Attorney General who recently settled…

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Submitted by Darin Marks, Resource Director, Production Solutions As the Postal Service’s mail volume and revenue continued to decrease in the late 2000’s they were forced to analyze the efficiencies of their operations; including the number of processing facilities, equipment and employees. In August 2011, the Postal Service introduced Network Rationalization; which would originally consolidate…

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Thanks to the current elections, legislators have most recently had their attention turned to the polls rather than moving forward any new legislation on fundraising. Nothing new to report.

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Information extracted from the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), ADRFCO notes and other sources Exigent Surcharge Update The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has denied the Postal Service’s request to make the Exigent increase of 4.3% permanent. The original purpose of the exigent increase was for the Postal Service to recoup their losses from the Great…

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