How we give is changing

How we give is changing

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Recently, Jan Masaoka found out that a friend with multiple sclerosis created a GoFundMe to help make her sister’s home wheelchair accessible. She didn’t hesitate to help.

But the CEO from the California Association of Nonprofits doesn’t believe that giving to her friend with MS hurts the bottom line for the tens of thousands of nonprofits in California.

“They’re both expressions of the same values that people have,” she said.

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There can be complications when it comes to nonprofits using crowdfunding sites for their own charity. When tax time rolls around, some of those who have been giving have been surprised to find out their donation isn’t tax deductible, said Rick Cohen from the National Council of Nonprofits.

“People who are either starting a crowdfunding campaign or going into it should make sure they’re going into it with their eyes open and know the specifics of what can and can’t be done,” he said.

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