In 2022, a war began in Europe, the Supreme Court ended nearly 50-years of precedent by overturning Roe v. Wade, inflation rose, and climate change continued to be one of the defining issues of our time. Here is our list of 10 significant news events of 2022 affecting the nonprofit sector in the United States, and a few links discussing each:

  1. Russia Invades Ukraine – Conflict in Ukraine (Global Conflict Tracker); All Eyes on Ukraine – How Americans Are Responding to the Crisis (Fidelity Charitable); The Racial Politics of Solidarity with Ukraine (Nonprofit Quarterly)
  1. U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Abortion Rights U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ends constitutional right to abortion (Reuters); Abortion Should No Longer Be a Dirty Word for the Nonprofit Sector (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
  1. Large Gifts to 501(c)(4) Organizations –  Billionaire No More: Patagonia Founder Gives Away Fortune (NY Times); How a Secretive Billionaire Handed His Fortune to the Architect of the Right-Wing Takeover of the Courts (ProPublica)
  1. Continuing Controversy Over DAFs and Consideration of Legislation – Accelerating Charitable Efforts (ACE) Act (Congress.gov); Summary and Key Context (Independent Sector)
  1. The Fall of FTX and Sam Bankman-FriedFTX and Sam Bankman-Fried: Your Guide to the Crypto Crash (Wall Street Journal);  Sam Bankman-Fried’s Donations To Effective Altruism Nonprofits Tied To An Oxford Professor Are At Risk Of Being Clawed Back (Forbes)
  1. Iranians ProtestIran’s moment of truth: what will it take for the people to topple the regime? (The Guardian); Iranian protesters look to outside world for help (BBC)
  1. A Redwood Forest Returned to Native Tribes – Save the Redwoods League Donates 523 Acres of Forestland to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council for Lasting Protection (Save the Redwoods League)
  1. Student Debt ReliefStudent Loan Rollercoaster and How It Impacts Nonprofit Workers (Council of Nonprofits); 360,000 student loan borrowers received $24 billion in forgiveness from fix to Public Service Loan Forgiveness (CNBC)
  1. InflationTurbulence in the Economy Poses Continued Challenges for Nonprofits That Serve the Needy (Chronicle of Philanthropy); Giving USA Data Shows $18.6B Lift Flattened By Inflation (Nonprofit Times)
  1. Continuing Effects of Climate Change – 2022 review: Climate philanthropy increased amid growing urgency (Philanthropy News Digest); A Planet to Win—Where Do We Start? (Nonprofit Quarterly); 2022 Was Almost a Disaster for Climate Change Action. Instead, There Was Hope (TIME)