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Kent County
Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund
Nonprofit Needs Assessment Brief

October 2013
Nicole Notario-Risk
Program...
Introduction
The Kent County Nonprofit Technical Assistance (NPTA) Fund is a collaborative program designed to address the...
Perspectives on Challenges
Barriers to Service Provision
When asked to indicate the challenges or barriers to service prov...
Critical Needs
When asked to select the three most critical areas of need for their organizations, 69% of respondents sele...
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2013 Nonprofit Needs Assessment Brief

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2013 Nonprofit Needs Assessment Brief

  1. 1. Kent County Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund Nonprofit Needs Assessment Brief October 2013 Nicole Notario-Risk Program Manager
  2. 2. Introduction The Kent County Nonprofit Technical Assistance (NPTA) Fund is a collaborative program designed to address the need for capacity building and technical assistance among local nonprofits. To further explore challenges and barriers faced by nonprofits and identify common areas of need, a survey was distributed during late spring 2013 to 230 previous applicants and grantees of the NPTA Fund. This brief highlights key findings gleaned from 85 respondent organizations. Respondent Profile Representatives from eighty-five West Michigan nonprofit organizations completed the needs assessment survey. Executive directors made up 71% of respondents, followed by 15% program staff and 11% board members. Over 65% of respondents have been in their current position for less than ten years. The organizations they represent vary in mission and budget size, as shown in the charts below. Organization Type The largest percentage of respondents, 55%, were health and human service organizations. Public and societal benefit organizations made up 18%, followed by environmental and recreation 11%, arts and culture 8%, and education 7%. Just fewer than 60% of respondent organizations have been in existence over 20 years. 15% of respondents have been in operation for less than ten years, with only one less than three years old. Health/Human Service Public/Societal Benefit Environment/Wildlife/Recreation Arts/Culture Education Religious Total 47 55% 15 18% 9 11% 7 8% 6 7% 1 1% 85 100% Education Religious 1% 7% Arts/Culture 8% Environment/ Wildlife/ Rec 11% Health/Human Service 55% Public/ Societal Benefit 18% Organizational Budget Just over half of respondent organizations operate with budgets less than $500,000. Another 42% have budgets between $500,000 and $2 million. Under $50,000 $50,001 - $100,000 $100,001 - $250,000 $250,001 - $500,000 $500,001 - $1,000,000 $1,000,001 - $1,999,999 Over $2,000,000 Total 7 8% 6 7% 17 20% 15 18% 15 18% 20 24% 5 6% 85 100% Over $2,000,000 6% $1,000,001 - $1,999,999 24% $500,001 - $1,000,000 18% $250,001 - $500,000 18% $100,001 - $250,000 $50,001 - $100,000 Under $50,000 20% 7% 8%
  3. 3. Perspectives on Challenges Barriers to Service Provision When asked to indicate the challenges or barriers to service provision experienced in the last two years, 56% of responding organizations reported lack of staff time. Strong competion for funding was listed by 51% of respondents, followed by low commitment or ineffective board of directors and lack of awareness of programs and services. Lack of staff time Strong competition for funds and/or oversaturated nonprofit sector Low commitment or ineffective board of directors Lack of awareness of programs services or societal conditions Challenges with volunteer recruitment/management Difficult political climate across sectors Burdensome regulations and/or accountability and outcomes requirements from funders Ineffective collaboration both within and between organizations Total Organizations 48 43 27 24 23 14 12 11 85 56% 51% 32% 28% 27% 16% 14% 13% 100% “It is challenging to attract volunteers and those willing to take on leadership roles of any depth needed to achieve significant impact.” Fund ing Landscap e Organizations were asked about the changing funding landscape; whether they had experienced an increase or decrease in revenues in the last twelve months. The results were mixed as 44% reported experiencing an increase, 39% a decrease, and 18% seeing no change in levels of funding. Some organiations experienced the highest increases among individual contributions and foundation funding, while others saw the largest decreases in government funding and individual contributions. Decreased Did not change Increased Total 33 39% 15 18% 37 44% 85 100% Individual contributions Government funding Foundation funding Earned income 26% 2% 4% 0% 19% 1% 0% 19% 12% 11% 9% 2% Increased Did not change Decreased
  4. 4. Critical Needs When asked to select the three most critical areas of need for their organizations, 69% of respondents selected fund development, 52% marketing and communications, 38% board development, and 31% strategic planning. Legal and advocacy needs accounted for less than 3%. Fund Development Marketing/Communications Board Development Strategic Planning Program Evaluation Information Technology Leadership/Management Community Needs Assessment Volunteer Management Financial Management Human Resources Facilities Management Legal Advocacy 59 44 32 26 19 17 11 9 8 7 6 4 2 1 69% 52% 38% 31% 22% 20% 13% 11% 9% 8% 7% 5% 2% 1% Fund Development 69% Marketing/Communications 52% Board Development 38% Strategic Planning 31% Program Evaluation 22% “We have strengthened our fundraising abilities, but the needs of our community are so great. We would like to find systemic ways and sustainable ways for funding.” We struggle greatly with having a diversified, strong fund development plan. We believe this ties closely to lack of awareness and branding for our organization in the community which, in turn, impacts the size of our membership. Desired Capacity Building Serv ices When asked what type of capacity building services would be most beneficial to their organization within the next two years, 91% of respondents overwhelmingly selected capacity building grants. 31% desired opportunities for peer learning, while 26% listed face to face workshops as beneficial. 20% felt access to consultant information was helpful, and 35% desired online tools, resources and trainings. Capacity building grants Opportunities for peer learning and networking with other organizations Half or full day workshops Access to local consultant information Online tools/resources Online training or webinars 77 26 22 17 15 14 91% 31% 26% 20% 18% 16%

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