Nonprofits & The Economy Survey: Overall Results
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Nonprofits & The Economy Survey: Overall Results



The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, in partnership with Allegany Franciscan Ministries, conducted the 2nd Annual Nonprofit Survey to gather data regarding the needs in the ...

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, in partnership with Allegany Franciscan Ministries, conducted the 2nd Annual Nonprofit Survey to gather data regarding the needs in the community, the state of nonprofits and how best funders could be of assistance. Respondents were asked about their current challenges, the impact the economic downturn has had on the services they offer and their most pressing funding needs. Here are the overall results. A recording of a webinar that corresponds with this presentation is also available at



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Nonprofits & The Economy Survey: Overall Results Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Nonprofits & The Economy 2nd Annual Survey 2010
    Understanding our community
  • 2.
    • Tax-exempt, 501 (c )(3) public charity More than 250funds
    • 3. $100 million in total assets
    • 4. Last year awarded nearly $9 million in grants and scholarships
    • 5. Cumulative grants of nearly $81 million
    • 6. Supported by hundreds of donors
  • Allegany Franciscan Minstries
    A non-profit Catholic organization focused on improving the overall health status of individuals
    Guided by the tradition and vision of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, provides grants to organizations in three regions of Florida
  • 7. Nationwide Trends in Responding
    Typical Cost-cutting Measures
    Limiting travel
    Eliminating employer contributions to health insurance, retirement
    Eliminating professional development options
    Enforced furloughs, job sharing, reduction from full-time to part-time
    Cutting salaries
    Across-the-board budget cuts
    The New-New Thing:
    Strategic planning
    became even more essential
  • 8. Nationwide Trends in Responding
    Governance Front & Center
    Board members becoming activated on issues of policy & practice
    The Dreaded 990s
    Environment of increased public scrutiny and concern with education and communication
    Conflict of interest, whistle blower policies, compensation
    Exec., audit and investment committees became more active, emphasis on oversight & fiscal responsibility
  • 9. Local Perspective: 2nd Annual Nonprofits and the Economy Survey
    Pulse of the nonprofit community
    367 responses representing:
    21,704 full-time staff members
    5,796 part-time staff members
    4,437 Board members
    49,911 Volunteers
    Average years operating: 30
  • 10. The Respondents
  • 11. Challenges
  • 12. What We Found: Challenges
    Similar results as last year
  • 13. What We Found: Challenges
    Funding for operating expenses emerged as a top priority for organizations in light of increase of demand for service.
    75% felt some degree of vulnerability and 2% noted that the organization would cease operations if the economy did not improve soon.
    “Client needs are overwhelming with no solution in sight. Staff reductions for administrative and development positions has the agency running leaner than it ever has: 7% administrative cost overall.”
    - Survey respondent
  • 14. Areas of Highest Need
    Majority of the population has been affected in light of the economic downturn.
    Many of most vulnerable are newly affected (children, low to mid income families, elderly, jobless, etc.) and people are facing difficulties in many areas (education, unemployment, housing, healthcare, hunger).
    “People are in such need that they line up hours before we give out a simple box of food and then will wait hours more in their cars in the Florida heat to get their food. They are desperate. Most are skipping meals, even the children.”
    - Survey respondent
  • 15. What We Found: Capital Campaigns
    54 respondents currently undertaking a capital campaign.
    Avg. goals: $7 million+
    42% of funds have been acquired ($87.7 million)
    34 respondents are postponing plans to launch a capital campaign.
    $80 Million increase over last year
  • 16. What We Found: Organizational Actions
  • 17. What We Found: Organizational Actions
    Continuing to cut expenses and increase fundraising activities.
    New trend: more organizations reported they are collaborating with other nonprofits.
    40% of respondents reported experiencing negative cash flow in the past 12 months (a 15% increase over last year’s results) and 30% of those attributed the need to borrow money due to unmet fundraising goals.
    “More non-profits are willing to work together in fundraising activities and share in the profits in order to continue to service their clients…. I believe we are learning to collaborate more effectively and to think out of the box more!”
    -Survey Respondent
  • 18. Other findings
    • Building endowment
    • 19. Increasing volunteer opportunities
    • 20. Undertaking collaborative fundraising efforts
    • 21. Foundation grants
    • 22. Individual contributions
    • 23. Corporate donations
  • What We Found: Endowments Suffered
  • 24. Gauging Interest
    Nonprofits demonstrated a strong interest in:
    Building endowment
    Increasing volunteer opportunities
    Undertaking collaborative fundraising efforts
    Many respondents also expressed an interest in the “greening” of business operation.
  • 25. Suggestions to Funders in addition to Giving
    Nonprofits repeatedly noted the need for operational support and assistance in establishing partnerships.
    Many also indicated the need for training and advocacy on behalf of the nonprofit sector.
    “As funders, you are in a unique position to observe our local non-profit world and how service agencies interact with one another and impact our communities as a whole. Given this, you also may be in a unique position to act as a catalyst for change, for improvements to the overall effectiveness of non-profits...what each of us wants and works to achieve -- a better life for all.”
    -Survey Respondent
  • 26. Positive Impact
    Respondents were asked to share some good news in this year’s survey. Respondents praised:
    The dedication of staff and volunteers
    Increased partnerships
    Improved business operations
    “Some of our supporters have been hit hard by the economy and can no longer give as they have in the past. Many still give...but not as much. Many have offered to volunteer since they no longer can give. It warms my heart to see so many believe in our mission!”
    -Survey Respondent
  • 27. Good News
  • 28. National Outlook
    Some states revoking charities’ tax exemptions
    Public entities looking at taxing nonprofits for new, public sources of revenue
    Private/nonprofit partnership as new models
    Mergers and acquisitions
    Increased use of technology
    Some shifts toward eligibility to enable operational support as a foundation funding priority
    Giving is down but donors remain engaged in 2010
  • 29. The Future Outlook: Local View
    Leveraging is key to meeting critical needs
    Restructuring: Tough choices ahead: consolidate, collaborate, merge or exit
    Necessity of increased cost efficiencies
    Technology/social media as an enabler
    Best guess: Funding is going to continue to be constrained and highly competitive
  • 30. Upcoming Local Information/Networking Sessions
    Network and share your insights!
    North Palm/Martin County: June 18, 3-4:30 p.m. , Hobe Sound
    Central/Western Palm Beach County: June 14, 9-10:30 a.m. , Royal Palm Beach
    South Palm Beach County: June 28,9-10:30 a.m., Boca Raton
    Sign up online at
  • 31. To learn more:
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