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How to Choose a Nonprofit Financial Advisor

Introduction Choosing a nonprofit financial advisor can be a difficult task. Nonprofit organizations can benefit from selecting an advisor who specializes in the unique financial considerations of nonprofits. Different service offerings, fee schedules, and investment approaches pose challenges in the…

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Interest Rate Commentary – October 2021

Federal Reserve Comments & Projections In response to economic fears from COVID-19, the U.S. Federal Reserve initiated a series of Fed Funds rate cuts (including an emergency rate cut) to bring the Fed Funds target rate to 0.00% – 0.25%…

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CORNERSTONE 3RD QUARTER 2021 COMMENTARY

If you want to keep on learning you must keep on risking failure – all your life John W. Gardner We do not believe if we do not live and work according to our belief Heidi Willis The soul is…

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Options for Receiving Cryptocurrency

Many brokerage firms are not yet equipped to hold cryptocurrency on behalf of clients.  To accept gifts of cryptocurrency, nonprofits may consider options such as the ones below.  Please note that these options differ in which specific cryptocurrencies they accept,…

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What is a Donor Advised Fund?

Introduction to Donor Advised Funds Donor advised funds (DAFs) are a rapidly-growing giving tool:  DAF assets nearly doubled from 2015 to 2019.  They provide flexibility in the timing of the charitable deduction, the timing of the ultimate charitable gift, and…

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How to Grow Your Charitable Gift Annuity Program

Has your charity’s gift annuity program gone stale? When was your last charitable gift annuity (CGA) written? In the current economic environment, some charities are busier than ever writing new gift annuities. The donors are excited about gifting funds to…

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2Q 2021 Cornerstone Commentary

Market risk tends to be poorly rewarded when market valuations are rich and interest rates are rising.” -John P. Hussman, Ph. D. Relative to Q1 of 2021, Q2 was decidedly anticlimactic!  However, the positive news for investors was that the…

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1Q 2021 Cornerstone Commentary

There have been three great inventions since the beginning of time: fire, the wheel, and central banking. -Will Rogers The first quarter of 2021 witnessed a dramatic extension of the 2020 global equity rally.  Led by smaller capitalization equities, virtually…

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Is GameStop a Game Changer?

The recent move in GameStop has raised eyebrows and set the social media world on fire.  Like most fires, once the wind begins fanning the flames, the fire spreads and others begin to take notice!  In today’s hyperconnected world, those…

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