Monday, May 14, 2012

Study: D.C. Nonprofits Could See Better Days This Year

Washington, D.C.-area nonprofits, which received fewer dollars in 2011, are bracing for better times this year, according to a new study by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement (CNA).

The study, as reported on by The Washington Post, showed that nearly half of the organizations surveyed report that their donors plan to maintain or increase contributions in 2012. This is in contrast to only 27 percent last year, and 15 percent in 2009. The CNA study canvassed nonprofits in D.C., Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.

Another huge problem for D.C.-area organizations in 2011 was the amount of "rainy-day" reserves they had to use up as a result of the declined contributions. This practice appears to be fading in 2012, ad the CNA study found that the number of nonprofits dipping into reserves fell from 46 percent to 31 percent. In addition, organizations reporting a decline in revenue dropped from 48 percent to 40 percent.

Glen O'Glvie, CNA's chief executive, told The Washington Post that the reason for this comeback in giving appears to come from individual donors. He noted that it's much easier for one person to donate than for foundations and corporations. This notion appears to be validated because, as was reported in The NonProfit Times, corporate philanthropy is experiencing a sharp decline, according to a new study from the Council on Foundations.

Although the decline in donations seems to be slowing, CNA warns that it's not enough to quell the increasing demand for nonprofit services. 53 percent of respondents reported a higher demand for their services last year as a direct result of the economic downturn.

You can read the full story in The Washington Post.

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