Elections and Economy Offer Challenges to Fundraisers in 2016

Election-Year 'Noise'

Many fundraisers are anxious about the impact of the election, fearing it will divert money from charities to candidates. But a big danger for nonprofits is simply the "noise" generated by so many appeals, says Shaun Keister, vice chancellor for development and alumni relations at the University of California at Davis.

"People who are so tired of being overwhelmed by solicitations from candidates, they’re just going to check out for a period of time — stop answering their phones, delete their email, and throw their mail out. Our solicitations in the nonprofit sector can get ignored. We’ve seen that in past elections, so the idea that it could happen again is very viable."

The contentious climate of an election year could also intensify some ongoing policy debates that affect charities. Irv Katz, interim chief executive of the National Human Services Assembly, expects to see more challenges to nonprofit tax exemptions.

"There is the politicization of issues, such as the attacks on Planned Parenthood, but also the unwarranted, unnecessary complicating of the charitable process, such as the proposed requirement that nonprofits associate gifts with donors’ Social Security numbers," he writes in an email to The Chronicle.



Excerpt from an article written by Heather Joslyn that appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on January 6, 2016 titled "Elections and Economy Offer Challenges to Fundraisers in 2016" in which the National Human Services Assembly's Interim President and CEO, Irv Katz, was quoted. Read full article >>