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Lisa Pelofsky

Congressional Earmarks are Back: What it means for nonprofits

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After being terminated nearly a decade ago, the practice of funding home-state projects is back. Members of Congress are once again accepting earmarks for spending bills for the next fiscal year allowing lawmakers to direct funds towards specific projects in their home states or districts. The practice was reinstated because lawmakers argue that the absence of these earmarks has weakened…

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The American Rescue Plan – How does the Biden Stimulus Package Help Nonprofits?

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Both the stimulus plan enacted in December 2020 and the Biden Administration’s proposed plan contain measures aimed at relieving stress on nonprofits that are providing critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s in the December 2020 Stimulus Package? The main highlights from the December stimulus package include the extension of the temporary charitable deduction available to people who don’t itemize…

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Make Your Grants Successful in 2021: Top 4 Tips Before You Hit Submit

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By Lisa Pelofsky Co-Founder + CEO So, your organization is making grant funding a big priority for 2021. It’s not a bad idea considering that COVID-19 has dramatically changed the grant-making environment for nonprofits. Many foundations have pledged to increase their giving next year, grant restrictions are loosening up and foundations are giving more than ever. But before you sit…

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What Fundraisers Can Learn From Political Campaigns

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By Lisa Pelofsky Co-Founder + CEO I began my professional fundraising career on Capitol Hill in 1986 working on a Senatorial political campaign. My candidate was challenging an incumbent, and although we lost the race, we broke the Senate fundraising record at the time. I went on to serve in various fundraising positions on Congressional and Senatorial political campaigns across…

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Grant Making is Changing: It’s About Time

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By Lisa Pelofsky, Co-Founder + CEO Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Byrne Pelofsky grants team has been paying close attention to how funders are responding to the rapidly evolving needs of nonprofits. Funders are reevaluating the way they conduct grant making activities requiring our team to pivot and refocus our strategy with a number of our grant…

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Happy Birthday to Byrne Pelofsky!

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By Lisa Pelofsky Co-Founder + CEO Around this time last year, Jeffrey Byrne and I merged our two firms. It was a paced, methodical process that brought us to this point, but after a year of laying the groundwork, we merged to form Byrne Pelofsky + Associates in January 2019. One year later, here is what I have learned and…

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