SPECIAL REPORT
November 17, 2016
Updated December 22, 2016

Nonprofits and the Trump Agenda

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The incoming president has charities pondering the big changes that lie ahead in the new administration and what they mean for fundraising, tax policy, spending, immigration, regulation, advocacy efforts, and more. 

Below is a round of coverage by The Chronicle of these momentous changes, along with opinion pieces by the top experts and thinkers in philanthropy.

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November 29, 2016

Nonprofits Brace for Big Changes Under Trump Administration

A Republican-controlled White House and Congress means sweeping efforts to overhaul tax laws, redirect spending, and roll back programs important to many charities.

 

Article
December 22, 2016

Trump Win Prompts New Fund to Offer Speedy Grants

Two donor networks teamed up to create a fund designed to quickly distribute money to nonprofits and activists working to protect vulnerable people.

Article
December 20, 2016

California Endowment Commits $25 Million to Fight Trump Changes

The wide-ranging effort aims to help people who lose health care and food stamps and to stem hate crimes and deportation of immigrants.

Article
December 19, 2016

Progressive Foundations Brace for Trump Administration

Some are taking immediate measures, such as holding money in reserve in case grantees need to shift their tactics. But many foundations aren’t planning sweeping changes.

Article
December 12, 2016

Trump Relief Pledge Urges Donors to Give Tax Savings to Charity

More than 100 people have signed the pledge to give the money they retain through tax breaks under the Trump administration to progressive nonprofits.

Article
November 17, 2016

Advocacy Is Battle Cry as Nonprofit Leaders Convene After Trump Victory

At the annual Independent Sector conference, the discussion centered on the presidential election, what it means for nonprofits, and how they should work now to get things done — and prevent bad things from happening.

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November 15, 2016

Nonprofits See Unprecedented Support Following Trump’s Win

The American Civil Liberties Union has received more than $7 million since the election, and 128,000 people have contributed to Planned Parenthood in the past several days.

Article
November 10, 2016

Liberal-Leaning Groups Flood Supporters With Urgent Post-Election Messages

Organizations are working to buck up supporters deeply anxious about a Donald Trump presidency, with many urging backers to donate or take action to challenge the new administration on immigration, climate, and other issues.

Article
November 10, 2016

Election Loss Muddies Clinton Foundation Transition Plans

But the organization has much work to do to shake off the damaging effects of months of political attacks, and it may need to rethink whether it wants to do business in the same way as before the election.

Article
November 09, 2016

Nonprofits Worry About Financial Struggles as Trump Takes Over

Charitable tax deductions and direct spending cuts — along with economic turbulence — worry many leaders.

Article
December 19, 2016

Opinion: Foundations Must Muster Their Money and Courage to Fight Trump

At a time of profound challenges to our democracy, grant makers must spend generously and be strong advocates for the vulnerable, writes Gara LaMarche, former leader of the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Open Society Institute.

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December 13, 2016

Opinion: Blame Big Foundations for Assault on Public Education

Donald Trump’s appointment of billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos as education secretary caps years of donor-driven undermining of a key democratic institution.

Article
November 15, 2016

Opinion: Trump Should Take the Giving Pledge While Nonprofits Play Offense

It’s not enough for charity and foundation leaders to defend causes that matter across the nonprofit world; they need to go on the offense.

Article
November 14, 2016

Opinion: In the Trump Era, Nonprofits Need a New Social Contract With Foundations

The new reality confronting organizations that work for equity and social justice demands that grant makers think and act differently.

Article
November 14, 2016

Opinion: Charities Must Keep in Mind That Trump Is No Reagan

The president-elect may struggle to enact policies to allow charities to take a political stand, and he won’t have an easy time enacting some of his promises on immigration, energy, and the environment.

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November 14, 2016

Opinion: Hoarding Endowments and Multiculturalism in the Arts Among Trump Targets

Colleges could lose federal aid if they don’t change their ways, and grant makers may get a new push to limit their lifespans.

Article
November 11, 2016

Opinion: Election Day Message: Nonprofits Must Reach Out to Trump Voters

Communicating with authenticity, not arrogance, and listening to the concerns of rural, conservative America are essential for foundations and charities.

Article
November 10, 2016

Opinion: New Realities for Philanthropy in the Trump Era

Grant makers have their work cut out for them: addressing the mistrust that many Americans have of the political and philanthropic elite.

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November 10, 2016

Opinion: Messages for Philanthropy From the Trump Victory

Ties between politicians and donors will become even more suspect, and the role of the charitable deduction will be up for debate.

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November 09, 2016

Opinion: It’s Day One of the Trump Era: Let’s Defend Philanthropy

Too few spoke out in a campaign that portrayed rich donors as corrupt, stingy, or interested only in power grabs, not altruism.