CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations Update: CARES Act

        501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations Update: CARES Act and Importance of Developing Comprehensive Charitable Giving Opportunities During COVID-19 Pandemic

        On March 27, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"). The CARES Act included provisions enhancing the opportunities for individuals and corporations to make charitable contributions.

        Under Section 2204 of the Act, taxpayers will be able to claim up to $300 for qualified contributions made to a charity this year as a deduction from their gross income if they take the standard deduction on their 2020 tax return. This deduction will reduce the amount of taxable income to a donor. The percentage of taxpayers itemizing deductions fell by more than half since the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, impacting annual giving for charities. This measure will provide an incentive for donors.

        Section 2205 of the CARES Act also increases the limitations on deductions for charitable contributions by individuals who itemize, as well as corporations. For individuals, the cap for cash contributions, previously limited to sixty percent (60%) of a person’s adjusted gross income in a year, now has no limitation. For corporations, the ten percent (10%) limitation is increased to twenty-five percent (25%) of taxable income. Organizations should take this opportunity to inform donors about these changes.

        Additionally, organizations heavily reliant on event fundraising are now seeing a demonstrated need to enhance or initiate annual and deferred giving programs to replace lost revenues, both immediately and to plan for the future. Our Charitable & Nonprofit Organizations team advises charitable clients with regard to the formation of these important fundraising programs. These services, recommended when starting or evaluating a program, include:

        • Ways to maximize charitable giving strategies in light of tax benefits
        • Reviewing or drafting gift acceptance policies and procedures
        • Reviewing procedures related to proper receipting and processing of gifts for donors
        • Trainings related to charitable giving, including ways to give
        • Endowment management and gift agreements
        • Advice related to tax benefits for complex gifts
        • Administration of bequests and probate issues
        • Drafting appropriate messaging and marketing to donors
        • Minimizing risk to nonprofit organizations
        Partridge Snow & Hahn’s Charitable & Nonprofit Organizations Group is ready to answer questions and to provide advice on how to address general and specific risks posed by the coronavirus. For additional information and resources, visit Partridge Snow & Hahn's COVID-19 Advisory Group page.

        For current information and resources visit our COVID-19 Advisory Group page