Human Service Nonprofits and Government Collaboration Findings from the 2010 National Survey of Nonprofit Government Contracting and Grants

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 26, 2010

Urban Institute – Human Service Nonprofits and Government Collaboration – Findings from the 2010 National Survey of Nonprofit Government Contracting and Grants, Elizabeth T. Boris, Erwin de Leon, Katie L. Roeger, Milena Nikolova, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, October 2010: “The recession crippled the budgets of many nonprofits just as demand for their services rose. On top of shrinking revenue from donations and fees, many organizations struggled with ongoing payment problems from one of their biggest funders—government agencies. As a result, many were forced to cut services and staff or close program sites, hurting the communities they serve. While pain from the recession may have been unavoidable, better government management of contracts and grants can at least avoid adding to nonprofits’ financial stress.”

  • See also National Council of Nonprofits – Special Report: Costs, Complexification, and Crisis: Government’s Human Services Contracting “System” Hurts Everyone, October 7, 2010 – The decisions to rely on nonprofits to provide services have sound policy, economic, and administrative justifications. Yet the convoluted, disjointed, and patch-worked laws and practices by which governments contract with nonprofits have led to nonpayment, underpayments, and late payments to nonprofits, in part because contracting and reporting processes have become excessively complex and irrational (through continual “complexification” as opposed to simplification).”
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