Nonprofits & The Economy Survey: South 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 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 results with a special focus on South Palm Beach County.

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Nonprofits & The Economy Survey: South Palm Beach County Results

  1. 1. Nonprofits & The Economy 2nd Annual Survey 2010<br />Understanding our community<br />South Palm Beach County Perspective<br />
  2. 2. <ul><li>Tax-exempt, 501 (c )(3) public charity More than 250funds
  3. 3. Supported by hundreds of donors
  4. 4. $100 million in total assets
  5. 5. Last year awarded nearly $9 million in grants and scholarships
  6. 6. Cumulative grants of nearly $81 million</li></li></ul><li>Allegany Franciscan Minstries<br />A non-profit Catholic organization focused on improving the overall health status of individuals<br />Guided by the tradition and vision of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, provides grants to organizations in three regions of Florida<br />
  7. 7. Nationwide Trends in Responding<br /><ul><li>Typical Cost-cutting Measures
  8. 8. Limiting travel
  9. 9. Eliminating employer contributions to health insurance, retirement
  10. 10. Eliminating professional development options
  11. 11. Enforced furloughs, job sharing, reduction from full-time to part-time
  12. 12. Cutting salaries
  13. 13. Across-the-board budget cuts</li></ul>The New-New Thing:<br />Strategic planning <br />became even more essential<br />
  14. 14. Nationwide Trends in Responding<br />Governance Front & Center<br />Board members becoming activated on issues of policy & practice<br />The Dreaded 990s<br />Environment of increased public scrutiny and concern with education and communication<br />Conflict of interest, whistle blower policies, compensation<br />Exec., audit and investment committees became more active, emphasis on oversight & fiscal responsibility<br />
  15. 15. Local Perspective: 2nd Annual Nonprofits and the Economy Survey<br />Pulse of the nonprofit community<br />367 (28)responses representing:<br />21,704 full-time staff members (611)<br />5,796 part-time staff members (146)<br />4,437 Board members (282)<br />49,911 Volunteers (1,715)<br />Average years operating: 30 (18)<br />
  16. 16. The Respondents<br />
  17. 17. Challenges<br />
  18. 18. What We Found: Challenges<br />Similar results as last year & for South Palm Beach County<br />
  19. 19. What We Found: Challenges<br /><ul><li>Funding for operating expenses emerged as a top priority for organizations in light of increase of demand for service.
  20. 20. 75% felt some degree of vulnerability and 2% noted that the organization would cease operations if the economy did not improve soon.</li></ul>“Our entire population has critical needs, as we serve the working poor. Our population has always been poor. In this economy, our patients are not finding work. Families are experiencing severe difficulties covering their most basic expenses.”<br />-Boynton Beach<br />
  21. 21. Areas of Highest Need<br /><ul><li>Majority of the population has been affected in light of the economic downturn.
  22. 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).</li></ul>“People need jobs. If they don't work they can't pay their bills, are being evicted and facing homelessness. People are emotional and stressed as so many have never been in this situation and in the past were able to provide for their families…”<br />- Boca Raton<br />
  23. 23. What We Found: Capital Campaigns<br />54 respondents currently undertaking a capital campaign.<br />Avg. goals: $7 million+<br />42% of funds have been acquired ($87.7 million)<br />34 respondents are postponing plans to launch a capital campaign. <br />South Palm Beach<br />One organization<br />Stalled campaign due to economy <br />$80 Million increase over last year<br />
  24. 24. What We Found: Organizational Actions<br />
  25. 25. What We Found: Organizational Actions<br /><ul><li>Continuing to cut expenses and increase fundraising activities.
  26. 26. South PBC- Equal increase and decrease in demand for services
  27. 27. New trend: more organizations reported they are collaborating with other nonprofits.
  28. 28. 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.</li></ul>“Our strategic planning consultant determined that staff is "red-lined". We cannot afford to hire more staff to relieve our current staff. Our Board has frozen salaries and stopped employer 401K contributions. Staff is overworked and very underpaid.”<br />-Boynton Beach<br />
  29. 29. Other findings<br />TOP FOUR AREAS OF INTEREST<br />LARGEST DECREASE IN FUNDING MIX<br /><ul><li>Building endowment (higher rate in South PB County)
  30. 30. Increasing volunteer opportunities
  31. 31. Undertaking collaborative fundraising efforts
  32. 32. Many respondents also expressed an interest in the “greening” of business operation.
  33. 33. Foundation grants
  34. 34. Individual contributions
  35. 35. Corporate donations</li></li></ul><li>What We Found: Endowments Suffered<br />
  36. 36. Suggestions to Funders in addition to Giving<br />Nonprofits repeatedly noted the need for operational support and assistance in establishing partnerships.<br />Many also indicated the need for training and advocacy on behalf of the nonprofit sector.<br />“Facilitate collaborations and mergers among and between nonprofit providers of essential quality of life services.”<br />-Delray Beach<br />
  37. 37. Positive Impact<br />Respondents were asked to share some good news in this year’s survey. Respondents praised:<br />The dedication of staff and volunteers<br />Increased partnerships<br />Improved business operations<br />“The good news is that we have had to approach our programs very methodically to ensure we can develop sustained funding streams. This has led to the development of business systems that streamline processes and allow us to serve more people with less overhead than traditional providers.”<br />-Boca Raton<br />
  38. 38. Good News<br />
  39. 39. National Outlook<br /><ul><li>Some states revoking charities’ tax exemptions
  40. 40. Public entities looking at taxing nonprofits for new, public sources of revenue
  41. 41. Private/nonprofit partnership as new models
  42. 42. Mergers and acquisitions
  43. 43. Increased use of technology
  44. 44. Some shifts toward eligibility to enable operational support as a foundation funding priority
  45. 45. Giving is down but donors remain engaged in 2010</li></li></ul><li>The Future Outlook: Local View<br /><ul><li>Leveraging is key to meeting critical needs
  46. 46. Restructuring: Tough choices ahead: consolidate, collaborate, merge or exit
  47. 47. Necessity of increased cost efficiencies
  48. 48. Technology/social media as an enabler
  49. 49. Best guess: Funding is going to continue to be constrained and highly competitive</li></li></ul><li>Your Insights<br />Your feedback is appreciated! Share your suggestions, comments and insights at<br />Sign up for Community Foundation E-News on our website to receive announcements on future funding and collaboration/training opportunities. <br />
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