The good news about Trump
Newspapers and nonprofits are seeing a burst of support
Here’s the U.S. president-elect last week trying to foment antipathy for America’s newspaper of record:
But like much of what Donald Trump says and tweets, his allegation was completely fabricated. The New York Times public relations team set him straight:
In fact, the Times added 41,000 new subscribers after Trump’s election. Across the board, news organizations reported increased readership, subscriptions and donations, including ProPublica, The Guardian, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, The Washington Post and others. Many have specifically called on their readers to lend support to their journalism operations to combat the rise of misinformation and anti-democratic forces.
The same is true in the nonprofit world. People are fearful that right-wing governments will start to claw back civil liberties, and advocacy groups say they’ve seen a surge of donations. The American Civil Liberties Union has been particularly active.
It took out a full-age ad in The New York Times.
Fortune reported other organizations have also benefited from the Trump effect, including the Anti-Defamation League (against anti-Semitism), the Human Rights Campaign (gay rights), Sierra Club (environmental protection), the National Immigration Law Center and the NAACP.
Of course, organizations working to limit people’s rights have also received support, according to Fortune, including anti-immigrant and anti-abortion groups.
And nonprofits are also worried about what Trump will do once he’s in office that could affect the resources of philanthropic organizations, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
Many analysts believe that Mr. Trump and Republican lawmakers will quickly propose a sweeping tax overhaul that would likely include big tax cuts. Some tax proposals from lawmakers will probably also contain limits on charitable-giving incentives and large spending reductions, too, said Steven Taylor, counsel for public policy at United Way Worldwide and a former Congressional aide.
Nonprofits should be calling their elected officials now, reminding them of the importance the charitable deduction plays in financing nonprofit work, Mr. Taylor said. He said some Republicans might warm to the idea of nonprofits playing a larger role in providing services to needy people in light of possible reductions to welfare programs, he said.
But if Congress “made further cuts to social-service spending and at the same time limits incentives for charitable giving, then that would be disastrous,” Mr. Taylor said.
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