A slew of surveys and studies have been conducted recently by a number of different organizations and agencies throughout the U.S. I offer selected information from a few of them to provide some insight into how nonprofits are doing.
Snapshot of Issues Facing Nonprofits: Fundraising Outlook for Fiscal Year 2009: [pdf] Prepared in March 2009 by the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, this report finds:
The Quiet Crisis: The Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Nonprofit Sector [pdf]. Released in March 2009 by Civic Enterprises and Democratic Leadership Council, this report says:
Reversing the nonprofit plunge is a matter of jobs, not just charity. With 9.4 million employees and 4.7 million full-time volunteers nationwide, nonprofits constitute 11 percent of the American workforce -- greater than the auto and financial industries combined. If the nonprofit sector were a country, it would have the seventh largest economy in the world. We cannot afford for it to go the way of Iceland, whose financial system collapsed.
Nonprofit Fundraising Trends 2009 [pdf]. Released 2/25/09 by Retriever Development Counsel, LLC, this report says:
Organizations that are doing well are not necessarily the ones with the biggest budgets or the ones that had the best fundraising year in 2008. Hallmarks of these organizations include:
Nonprofit Mergers and Acquisitions: More Than A Tool for Tough Times. Issued in February 2009 by Bridgespan Group, which states:
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are much more common in the nonprofit world than most would think, as our study of 3,300 deals across four states over 11 years shows. But nonprofit mergers often come about through default—due to financial distress or leadership vacuums. At the same time, relatively few nonprofits are using M&A strategically, as a way to strengthen organizations' effectiveness, spread best practices, expand reach, and to do all of this more cost-effectively. Yet the potential for M&A to create real value in the nonprofit sector exists, particularly if more philanthropists take on the mantle of matchmaker and help nonprofits explore and evaluate M&A opportunities. This article discusses research conducted by the Bridgespan Group on nonprofit M&A; explores the Child and Family Services (CFS) field, where "market" conditions are especially favorable to combinations; and profiles two nonprofits making the most of acquisitions. It also issues a call to action to philanthropists to further strategic, social sector M&A.
A Snapshot of the Effects of the Economic Downturn on Nonprofits [pdf]. Issued by Management Consulting Services in January 2009, this white paper attempts to gauge the impact of the economy on Massachusetts nonprofits. Here's a sampling of findings:
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(Thanks to Cindy Bailie, director, Foundation Center - Cleveland, for sharing this post.)