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Nonprofits & The Economy Survey: Central and West Palm Beach County Results


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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 results related to Central and Western Palm Beach County.

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  • 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
    • 8. Limiting travel
    • 9. Eliminating employer contributions to health insurance, retirement
    • 10. Eliminating professional development options
    • 11. Enforced furloughs, job sharing, reduction from full-time to part-time
    • 12. Cutting salaries
    • 13. Across-the-board budget cuts
    The New-New Thing:
    Strategic planning
    became even more essential
  • 14. 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
  • 15. Local Perspective: 2nd Annual Nonprofits and the Economy Survey
    Pulse of the nonprofit community
    367 (79) responses representing:
    21,704 full-time staff members (2,000)
    5,796 part-time staff members (415)
    4,437 Board members (464)
    49,911 Volunteers (7,270)
    Average years operating: 30 (28)
  • 16. The Respondents
  • 17. Challenges
  • 18. What We Found: Challenges
    Similar results as last year & for Central/Western communities
  • 19. What We Found: Challenges
    • Funding for operating expenses emerged as a top priority for organizations in light of increase of demand for service.
    • 20. 75% felt some degree of vulnerability and 2% noted that the organization would cease operations if the economy did not improve soon.
    “[We need] morefunds and resources to meet the needs of the clients. Families are coming from all areas of the county for resources and information to help meet their basic needs: homeless, food stamps, work search, help with children, transportation, food etc..”
    - Riviera Beach
  • 21. Areas of Highest Need
    • Majority of the population has been affected in light of the economic downturn.
    • 22. 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).
    “Our numbers are up about 100% for food. We are seeing people that have volunteered in the past asking for help
    - Lake Worth
  • 23. 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.
    Goal: $32,375,000
    Raised: $10,736,000
    $80 Million increase over last year
  • 24. What We Found: Organizational Actions
  • 25. What We Found: Organizational Actions
    • Continuing to cut expenses and increase fundraising activities.
    • 26. New trend: more organizations reported they are collaborating with other nonprofits.
    • 27. 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.
    “While the organization did not lay off any employees, many of the non-direct services positions, which were vacated during the year were not replaced.”
    -West Palm Beach
  • 28. Other findings
    • Building endowment
    • 29. Increasing volunteer opportunities
    • 30. Undertaking collaborative fundraising efforts
    • 31. Many respondents also expressed an interest in the “greening” of business operation.
    • 32. Foundation grants
    • 33. Individual contributions
    • 34. Corporate donations
  • What We Found: Endowments Suffered
  • 35. 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.
  • 36. 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.
    “Funds should be shared among all nonprofit organizations. We are all of the people and for the people.
  • 37. 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
    “These are challenging times but it also presents an opportunity to expand and analyze current programs and services to ascertain that they are fulfilling the mission of the agency.
    -West Palm Beach
  • 38. Good News
  • 39. National Outlook
    • Some states revoking charities’ tax exemptions
    • 40. Public entities looking at taxing nonprofits for new, public sources of revenue
    • 41. Private/nonprofit partnership as new models
    • 42. Mergers and acquisitions
    • 43. Increased use of technology
    • 44. Some shifts toward eligibility to enable operational support as a foundation funding priority
    • 45. Giving is down but donors remain engaged in 2010
  • The Future Outlook: Local View
    • Leveraging is key to meeting critical needs
    • 46. Restructuring: Tough choices ahead: consolidate, collaborate, merge or exit
    • 47. Necessity of increased cost efficiencies
    • 48. Technology/social media as an enabler
    • 49. Best guess: Funding is going to continue to be constrained and highly competitive
  • Your Insights
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    Stay tuned for future announcements.
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