Nonprofit Finance Fund Survey: America’s Nonprofits in Danger

July 24, 2010 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Survey of 986 Nonprofit Professionals Finds Half Expect the Recession to Have Long-Term or Permanent Negative Effect on their Organizations

America’s nonprofits, including the “lifeline” organizations that many depend on for food, shelter, and other basic services, are strained to the breaking point, according to a survey released today by Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). The survey of 986 nonprofit leaders in markets nationwide captures the financial state and particular challenges facing these organizations.

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Key findings include:

  • Only 12% expect to operate above break-even this year.
  • Just 16% anticipate being able to cover their operating expenses in both 2009 and 2010.
  • 31% don’t have enough operating cash in hand to cover more that one month of expenses, and another 31% have less than three months’ worth.
  • 52% of respondents expect the recession to have a long-term (2+ years) or permanent negative financial effect on their organizations.
  • 93% of lifeline organizations that provide essential services anticipate an increase in demand in 2009.

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