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Trend of the Week:  December 27, 2015 - January 2, 2016

US Child Homelessness Increasing

2.5 million children in America - one in every 30 children - go to sleep without a home of their own each year. America's Youngest Outcasts, a report prepared by The National Center on Family Homelessness, ranks the 50 states on how they are addressing child homelessness from best (1) to worst (50). Major causes on child homelessness in the U.S. include: (1) the nation's high poverty rate; (2) a lack of affordable housing across the nation; (3) the continuing impacts of the Great Recession; (4) racial disparities; (5) the challenges of single parenting; and (6) the ways in which traumatic experiences, especially domestic violence, precede and prolong homelessness for families. America's Youngest Outcasts documents the number of homeless children in every state, their well-being, their risk for child homelessness, and state level planning and policy efforts. The report uses the newest federal and state data related to child homelessness, including the most recent annual count of homeless children in public schools made by the U.S. Department of Education (2012-2013 school year; released in September 2014) and U.S. Census data. The report notes that while progress has been made in reducing homelessness among veterans and chronically homeless individuals, no special attention has been directed toward homeless children, and their numbers have increased. For more information, go to: www.homelesschildrenamerica.org
 

December 20 - 26, 2015

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2016

Blueprint 2016 is the annual forecast for the industry of philanthropy, written by leading scholar Lucy Bernholz. This year's report explores how changes in the structure of work, especially the emergence of the "gig economy" made possible by new technologies, will precede an associated shift in the role and approach of civil society organizations. In addition to documenting the changes underway in the nature of employment, Bernholz presents her insights on the spread of automation and the fluctuating value and liabilities associated with prevalence of digital data (the need to balance data collection against personal privacy rights). In its seventh installment, Blueprint provides signature features such as predictions of global events in the coming year and a "Buzzword Watch." For the first time, it also includes a new worksheet to help philanthropies and other social enterprises assess how prepared their organizations are for the broader societal shifts. To download the report, go to: www.grantcraft.org
 

December 13 - 19, 2015

The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground

After more than four decades of serving as the nation’s economic majority, the American middle class is now matched in number by those in the economic tiers above and below it. In early 2015, 120.8 million adults were in middle-income households, compared with 121.3 million in lower- and upper-income households combined, a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Over the same period, however, the nation’s aggregate household income has substantially shifted from middle-income to upper-income households, driven by the growing size of the upper-income tier and more rapid gains in income at the top. Fully 49% of U.S. aggregate income went to upper-income households in 2014, up from 29% in 1970. The share accruing to middle-income households was 43% in 2014, down substantially from 62% in 1970. And middle-income Americans have fallen further behind financially in the new century. In 2014, the median income of these households was 4% less than in 2000. Moreover, because of the housing market crisis and the Great Recession of 2007-09, their median wealth (assets minus debts) fell by 28% from 2001 to 2013. For more information, go to: www.pewsocialtrends.org
 

December 6 - 12, 2015

Latino Leadership: Foundation Board Trends

Published jointly with Hispanics in Philanthropy, Latino Leadership: Foundation Boards presents data on foundation staff and board diversity and lifts up the perspectives of Latino leaders themselves, based on interviews with 15 current and former board members. The analysis synthesizes interviewees' experiences, highlighting the contributions Latinos bring to the boardroom, the challenges they face, and recommendations for moving forward. The report presents data on foundation staff and board diversity and lifts up the perspectives of Latino leaders themselves, based on interviews with 15 current and former board members. Hispanics/Latinos are 17 percent of the U.S. population. However, in 2013, the latest year for which there are data, Hispanics accounted for only 2.3 percent of foundation CEO or president positions (an increase from 1.5 percent in 2004). They were better represented in program officer roles where they held 11.2 percent of these positions in 2013, up from 8 percent 10 years earlier. To download the report, go to: foundationcenter.org
 

November 29 - December 5, 2015

Negative Impact of Inequality on Giving

A new study by Stéphane Côté, a professor at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management with colleagues from Toronto and Stanford, found wealthy people in states with skewed income scales were less generous. This research that suggests inequality makes wealthy people less generous. The study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to probe how inequality influences altruism. The team used existing data from a nationally representative survey of 1,500 Americans called the Measuring Morality study. For more information, go to: Negative Impact of Inequality on Giving
 

November 22 - 28, 2015

Growing Racial Disparity in Wealth

The Great Recession, fueled by the crises in the housing and financial markets, was universally hard on the net worth of American families. But even as the economic recovery has begun to mend asset prices, not all households have benefited alike, and wealth inequality has widened along racial and ethnic lines. The wealth of white households was 13 times the median wealth of black households in 2013, compared with eight times the wealth in 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances. Likewise, the wealth of white households is now more than 10 times the wealth of Hispanic households, compared with nine times the wealth in 2010. The current gap between blacks and whites has reached its highest point since 1989, when whites had 17 times the wealth of black households. The current white-to-Hispanic wealth ratio has reached a level not seen since 2001. For more information, go to: www.pewresearch.org
 

November 15 - 21, 2015

Disaster Funding From Foundations and Other Sources

The Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) have jointly launched a new online dashboard and interactive funding map, along with the second edition of their annual research report, Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2015: Data to Drive Decisions. The online tools combine information from six global sources and allow users to view and interact with multiple streams of data simultaneously. These resources provide a detailed picture of how institutional philanthropy is situated within the broader landscape of funding for disasters and humanitarian crises and help donors, NGOs, government agencies, and media understand the true scale of global disaster-related philanthropy. The report examines funding for disasters by U.S. foundations and, for the first time, bilateral and multilateral aid, corporate giving, and online giving. In all, the report documents $27.6 billion from seven sources of data on funding for disasters and humanitarian crises in 2013, the majority of which was directed to immediate response and relief efforts. For more information, go to: disasterphilanthropy.foundationcenter.org
 

November 8 - 14, 2015

Nonprofits Use of Social Media With Donors

Nonprofits are using social-media platforms like billboards rather than as tools for reciprocal communication, according to a study by Dunham and Company and Marketing Support Network, which examined 161 nonprofits’ use of social media to interact with donors. Researchers analyzed how well integrated the charities’ websites were with their social-media accounts and tested how long it took charities to respond to inquiries and posts about making donations. While all of the nonprofits used Facebook and most used Twitter, only slightly more than half linked to those social-media platforms on their home pages. About half of the charities didn’t respond to questions via Facebook or Twitter, and when they did, it often took several days. Among other findings:

bullet All of the nonprofits had Facebook accounts, but only 58 percent linked to their Facebook pages from their home pages; 85 percent had Twitter accounts, but only 55 percent linked to them from their home pages.
bullet About 76 percent of nonprofits didn’t have text or links on their gift acknowledgments that suggested donors share news about their contributions using own social-media accounts.
bullet Roughly 55 percent of nonprofits didn’t respond to questions on Twitter; 49 percent of nonprofits didn’t respond to questions on Facebook.
bullet When researchers wrote questions or comments directed at the nonprofits’ social-media accounts, 55 percent of nonprofits took at least three days to respond on Twitter, and 48 percent took at least three days to respond on Facebook.
bullet When researchers made $10 donations to the nonprofits and posted about them using social media, 72 percent of nonprofits took at least three days to respond to tweets; 92 percent took at least five days or never responded at all to Facebook posts.

To download the study, go to: www.dunhamandcompany.com
 

October 25 - November 7, 2015

Giving in Retirement Trends

Generosity is at the heart of America. And while people of all ages give, retirees lead the nation in donating and volunteering finds this latest research report. According to the study, two thirds of retirees say retirement is the best time in life to give back. As a result of this generosity coupled with the enormous baby boomer generation entering retirement, there is the potential for a giving surge valued at an estimated $8 trillion in the United States over the next two decades. This study, the latest in a series exploring new retirement realities, takes a close look at the priorities, rewards and challenges of giving in retirement, as well as the benefits of giving back in retirement — for retirees, their families and society at large. Key insights from the study include:

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How retirement transforms giving, and why retirees are able to give more, and with greater impact, than younger age groups

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Giving gives back, and how retirees who give report feeling happier and healthier, and their retirement more purposeful

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Strategies for creating a meaningful legacy, and advice from retirees on teaching generosity to the next generation

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Challenges to giving in retirement, and what is most important to retirees when seeking guidance and advice

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Creating a retirement giving game plan to give strategically while protecting one’s own financial security

To learn more about the findings, download the study here: mlaem.fs.ml.com
 

October 18 - 24, 2015

Giving Trends Among Women

Women Give 2014 investigates how the nexus of religiosity, gender, and age is related to charitable giving. The religiosity-giving relationship, which has been assumed to be the same regardless of gender and age, is a more complex relationship than previously thought. For the first time, this research examines the intersection of religiosity, gender, and age in a single analysis and finds a significant change in patterns of giving. In an important shift from the standard religiosity-giving story found in most previous research, young single women who are religiously unaffiliated – the ”Nones” – give roughly two times larger amounts to charitable organizations than women who are affiliated but infrequently attend religious services. Other key findings include:

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Among younger single women, Nones give roughly two times larger amounts to Not-religiously identified organizations (NRIOs) than they do to religiously identified organizations.

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Among younger single people who are Nones, young women give roughly two times larger amounts to charitable organizations than do young men.

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Considering giving to all charitable organizations (i.e. religiously identified organizations and NRIOs combined), younger women who are Nones give more than two and a half times larger amounts than middle-age and older women who are Nones.

 To download the report, go to: scholarworks.iupui.edu
 

October 11 - 17, 2015

Fundraising Effectiveness Trends 

The 2015 Fundraising Effectiveness Project report produced by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute summarizes data from 8,025 survey respondents covering year- to-year fundraising results for 2013-2014. The report shows that:

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While there was a positive $173 million net growth-in-giving, every $100 gained in 2014 was offset by $95 in losses through gift attrition. That is, 95 percent of gains in giving were offset by losses in giving for a net gain in gifts of 5 percent.

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There was a negative (97,649) growth-in-donors and every 100 donors gained in 2014 was offset by 103 in lost donors through attrition. That is, 103 percent of the donors gained were offset by lapsed donors for a net loss in donors of -3 percent.

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The largest growth in gift dollars/donors came from new gifts/donors, and the pattern was most pronounced in the organizations with the highest growth-in-giving ratios.

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The greatest losses in gift dollars came from lapsed repeat and downgraded gifts, particularly in the organizations with the lowest growth-in-giving ratios. The greatest losses in donors came from lapsed new donors in all growth-in-giving categories.

To download the report, go to: www.afpnet.org
 

October 4 - 10, 2015

Internet Campaigns Motivate Users To Respond To Humanitarian Crises

Online campaigns about humanitarian crises need to be more surprising if they are to successfully engage the public, according to a researcher from the University of East Anglia. Research by Dr Martin Scott, published in the journal International Communication Gazette, aimed to explore why British citizens respond to some online campaigns and communications concerning overseas crises and not others. It is often suggested that the internet promotes greater understanding of humanitarian crises and encourages people to become more involved through forums and social media and by signing online petitions, making ethical purchases and donating money. However, this new research identified a number of key reasons people give for not responding to campaigns or actively seeking out more information. These include the time needed to find and search through material online and a lack of trust in sources such as governments and charities. Information from most non-news sources -- including blogs and social media -- was frequently rejected by many in the study for being inaccurate or biased. However, participants reacted more much more positively to campaigns and information from organizations they did not recognize, such as Charity Navigator -- which helps people make decisions about how and where they donate their money -- Poverty.com and the Overseas Development Institute, compared to well-known charities like Oxfam, Christian Aid and Save the Children. Study authors suggest that audiences have become accustomed to, and are often dismissive of, traditional campaigns and appeals. Go to: www.sciencedaily.com
 

September 27 - October 3, 2015

The Future of Fundraising

How will advanced technology enable nonprofits to overcome today’s most fundraising challenges? What role will big data play? What will your organization look like in 2020? Will it even exist?  "The Future of Fundraising: Four Trends that Will Change the Nonprofit Landscape by 2020", a resource published by Pursuant, a fundraising consultancy takes an in-depth look at four emerging fundraising trends in today’s world of fundraising and offers predictions for how they might significantly change the nonprofit landscape in the next five years. The resource also includes practical next steps your organization can take to adapt and leverage each trend to make an even greater impact in the next five years. The four key trends include the following:

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Trend #1: Nonprofits will engage donors face-to-face at every giving level through advances in technology.

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Trend #2: “Permanent” nonprofit organizations will increasingly be challenged by transitional organizations focused on solving problems and then disbanding.

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Trend #3: Big data will become ubiquitous, and easier to manage and understand.

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Trend #4: Nonprofits will become proactive, rather than reactive, to opportunistic fundraising campaigns.

 To download the trend report, go to: www.pursuant.com. Free registration is required.
 

September 20 - 26, 2015

Study Finds Nonprofits Rely On Unsustainable Operating Models

As a generation of nonprofit leaders approaches retirement and the economic climate continues to stress financial resources, organizations in the social sector should shift their approaches to planning, governance and investment, according to a new report “Leadership New England, Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit Sector.”  The findings of the report, were presented to about 100 directors, board members and staff representing a wide range of organizations that deliver basic needs, youth, health, education, arts and other social programs in the New Haven region. While nonprofits have proven to be resilient in the face of an economic downturn, many rely on operating models that are not sustainable, according to the report, based on surveys taken from 1,200 nonprofit leaders and board members throughout New England. The survey results show: leaders are overworked and stressed about cash flow; staff is underpaid and not given adequate professional development; and directors and boards do not share an understanding of their roles and responsibilities. A lack of planning for a new generation of leadership is one of the biggest issues facing the nonprofit sector, according to the report. Overall, more than half of the nonprofit leaders responding to the survey (53 percent) are 55 or older. In the New Haven region, 63 percent of the leaders are over 55. Other findings included shifting the vision of board governance beyond short-term fundraising and investing in leadership development and high-quality staff. To download the report, go to: tsne.org
 

September 13 - 19, 2015

Latest Community Foundation Trends

Sustained Growth in an Expanding Field: 2014 Columbus Survey Findings is the latest analysis of U.S. community foundation assets, gifts, and grants based on the FY 2014 Columbus Survey. Established by the Columbus Foundation more than 25 years ago, and administered by CF Insights since 2008, the Columbus Survey is the census of the community foundation field. This year's report finds that, even as the number and diversity of community foundations continues to grow, asset growth remains strong for individual foundations of all sizes. On average, the 2014 assets of survey participants increased 11 percent over 2013 levels. To download the full report, go to: www.cfinsights.org
 

September 6 - 12, 2015

Greater Knowledge of Donors' Motives is Key

Nonprofits could reap billions of dollars more in donations by tailoring their fundraising to fit people’s preferences, according to the Camber Collective in a new report based on interviews with about 50 people and online-survey results from 3,000 respondents with annual household incomes of at least $80,000. Key findings include:

bullet 49 percent of survey respondents said they were concerned about how nonprofits use their donations.
bullet 98 percent of those people ranked it among their top three concerns.
bullet 75 percent of people surveyed thought they gave at an average level (3.6 percent of household income among participants) or higher, but in reality, 72 percent gave less than the survey’s average.
bullet 61 percent of respondents indicated that they prefer giving to well-known nonprofits. Among respondents who used employer-match programs, 33 percent maximized the match.
bullet 39 percent of those who didn’t said it was because the organizations they prefer to give to weren’t offered by the program.

To access the full report, go to: www.cambercollective.com/moneyforgood
 

August 30 - September 5, 2015

American Attitudes About Poverty

The Center for American Progress has published "50 Years After LBJ’s War on Poverty -- A Study of American Attitudes About Work, Economic Opportunity, and the Social Safety Net". Here are the most important findings from the research:

bullet One-quarter to one-third of Americans—and even higher percentages of Millennials and people of color—continue to experience direct economic hardship…
bullet A majority of Americans have a direct personal connection to poverty…
bullet Americans vastly overestimate the annual income necessary to be officially considered poor…
bullet Americans now believe that nearly 40 percent of their fellow citizens are living in poverty.
bullet Americans strongly believe that poverty is primarily the result of a failed economy rather than the result of personal decisions and lack of effort…
bullet Despite mixed feelings about the original War on Poverty, there is strong support for a more realistic goal of reducing poverty by half over the next 10 years…
bullet The public is clear about its priorities for reducing poverty: jobs, wages, and education…

Americans also express very strong support for a number of policies to help reduce poverty rates, particularly with jobs, wages, and education but also on more traditional safety net items. According to the authors, policymakers should feel confident that the American public will support efforts to expand economic opportunity, increase access to good jobs and wages, and maintain a robust social safety net. Harsh negative attitudes about the poor that seemingly defined political discussions throughout the 1980s and 1990s have given way to public recognition that many Americans—poor and middle class alike—are facing many pressures trying to stay afloat and get ahead in the difficult economic environment. Supporters of anti-poverty efforts should not be complacent in their efforts, however, and should recognize that although Americans back government action to reduce poverty, questions remain about the structure and scope of these efforts and how effective they have been over time. To download the report, go to: cdn.americanprogress.org
 

August 16 - 29, 2015

Growing Racial Disparity in Wealth

The Great Recession, fueled by the crises in the housing and financial markets, was universally hard on the net worth of American families. But even as the economic recovery has begun to mend asset prices, not all households have benefited alike, and wealth inequality has widened along racial and ethnic lines. The wealth of white households was 13 times the median wealth of black households in 2013, compared with eight times the wealth in 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances. Likewise, the wealth of white households is now more than 10 times the wealth of Hispanic households, compared with nine times the wealth in 2010. The current gap between blacks and whites has reached its highest point since 1989, when whites had 17 times the wealth of black households. The current white-to-Hispanic wealth ratio has reached a level not seen since 2001. For more information, go to: www.pewresearch.org
 

August 9 - 15, 2015

US Community Foundation Trends

Sustained Growth in an Expanding Field: 2014 Columbus Survey Findings is the latest analysis of U.S. community foundation assets, gifts, and grants based on the FY 2014 Columbus Survey. Established by the Columbus Foundation more than 25 years ago, and administered by CF Insights since 2008, the Columbus Survey is the census of the community foundation field. This year's report finds that, even as the number and diversity of community foundations continues to grow, asset growth remains strong for individual foundations of all sizes. On average, the 2014 assets of survey participants increased 11 percent over 2013 levels. To download the report, go to: www.cfinsights.org
 

August 2 - 8, 2015

Giving Up 8% in First Half of 2015

According to a new report from Atlas of Giving, in 2015 first half, U.S. charitable giving has been strong – up a total of 7.6% to $238.88 Billion from $222.03 Billion for the same period in 2014. Atlas of Giving attributes most of this strong giving performance to improving employment rates. Individual donors, who account for 74% of all U.S. giving, are finding jobs, less fearful of losing their jobs, and enjoying some splendid economic conditions like low interest rates, low gas prices, and little inflation. This leaves them with more disposable income that can be applied to charitable giving. Giving results vary from sector to sector, source to source, and geography. How sectors and individual nonprofits and churches raise money and from whom greatly impact their results.

bullet Sector giving growth is led by Environmental Organizations, Human Needs Organizations, Education (especially colleges and universities), and Donor Advised Funds.
bullet Source giving is interesting. Foundation grants show the strongest growth but account for only 14% of all giving. Individual giving is making the greatest overall impact with 7.3% growth and accounts for 74% of all gifts made nationally
bullet Lagging sectors continue to be Churches and Health. Church membership and participation continues to decline, and this is very significant – especially since most of their giving comes from many individual donors. The Atlas of Giving believes that declines in Health giving are a direct result of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Many individual donors are under the impression that the federal government is now taking care of all the health needs of the less fortunate, the homeless, and the unemployed and, as a result, have curtailed their support. Additionally, there has been a significant decline in the number of nonprofit hospitals. As a result, donors seem less interested in lending support.

For more information, go to: www.atlasofgiving.com
 

July 26 - August 1, 2015

Increase in Poverty Among Children

The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book reports that 14% of children — 10.1 million total — are now living in areas of concentrated poverty.  These numbers represent an unsettling trend: An increase of nearly 4 million more children living in high-poverty areas since 2000. State-by-state, the percentage of children living in high poverty varies widely. For instance: Just 1% of children in Vermont live in areas of concentrated poverty. In Mississippi, this rate hits 27%. The KIDS COUNT Data Book also reveals that black, American Indian and Latino children are much more likely to live in high-poverty areas relative to peers from other racial and ethnic groups. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this is huge because research tells us that:  

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Compared to children living in wealthier areas, children growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods are much less likely to have access to high-quality schools and safe places to play that can help them thrive.

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Concentrated poverty puts whole neighborhoods at risk. Relative to their more affluent counterparts, high-poverty communities are much more likely to have high rates of crime and violence, unemployment and other problems.

For more information and to download the 2015 Kids Count Databook, go to: www.aecf.org
 

July 19 - 25, 2015

Global Human Rights Funding Trends

The 2015 edition of Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking analyzes $1.8 billion granted by 774 foundations in support of nearly 11,000 organizations worldwide. Among a consistent subset of human rights funders, giving increased 6 percent between 2011 and 2012, the latest year for which data are available. The third in an annual series produced jointly by Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), this report is part of an ongoing effort to advance knowledge and facilitate strategic decision making in the field of human rights philanthropy. Advancing Human Rights explores grantmaking by issue, population, and regional focus. Among the areas of human rights activity it analyzes — such as access to justice and equality before the law, sexual and reproductive rights, and environmental and resource rights — the area that benefited from the largest share of funding in 2012 (24 percent) was equality rights and freedom from discrimination. By population, women and girls were a stated focus of 26 percent of funding, followed by children and youth (21 percent) and migrants and refugees (11 percent). The new report captures giving by 774 funders from 45 countries. Of the top 20 human rights funders, five are located outside of the United States. The Open Society Foundations and Ford Foundation ranked as the largest human rights funders by grant dollars, providing more than $200 million each. For more information, go to: foundationcenter.org
 

July 12 - 18, 2015

Religion and Charitable Giving

Connected to Give offers important new insights on religion and American charitable giving, challenging assumptions about where religious donors make charitable contributions and offering comprehensive information about behaviors and motivations among religious and non-religious Americans. Connected to Give: Risk and Relevance, the sixth report in the series, focuses on issues of particular concern to American religious and ethnic communities as they face increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity in the philanthropic environment. It looks at how donors balance tradition and innovation, the importance of organizations’ trustworthiness relative to their track records, the role of political ideology, and how religiously affiliated donors balance in-group giving with more universal concerns; it also offers an overview of social giving (including charitable crowdfunding, giving circles, and micro lending). To download the report, go to: connectedtogive.org
 

June 28 - July 11, 2015

Millennials Respond Better to Peers When Asked to Give

Peer-to-peer encouragement is key to boosting participation in workplace charity efforts among Millennials, according to a new study. Nearly half of the young people surveyed for the 2015 Millennial Impact Report said they were likely to donate if a coworker asked them to, while only a fifth said they’d probably do so at the request of their companies’ chief executives. Sixty-five percent of Millennials said they were more likely to volunteer if their coworkers participated, while 44 percent said they were more likely to if their supervisor participated. Appealing to the charitable instincts of Millennials — people born from 1980 to 2000 — is of increasing interest to organizations because of the generation’s interest in doing good. The report’s findings on young employees’ giving and volunteering behavior and attitudes are based on responses from 1,584 millennial employees and 1,004 managers nationwide. To download the  2015 Millennial Impact Report, go to: fi.fudwaca.com
 

June 21 - 27, 2015

US Charitable Giving Trends

Charitable giving in the United States is expected to grow by 4.8 percent in 2015 and by an additional 4.9 percent in 2016, according to The Philanthropy Outlook, a new report researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Among the key results:

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Contributions from individuals/households, estates, corporations and foundations are all expected to increase in 2015 and 2016

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Individual/household giving is predicted to increase by 4.4 percent in 2015 and by 4.1 percent in 2016. It includes giving by both households that itemize charitable deductions on tax returns and those that do not itemize.

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Foundation giving is projected to rise by 7.2 percent in 2015 and by 6.7 percent in 2016.

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Giving by estates is predicted to increase by 2.7 percent in 2015 and by 6.3 percent in 2016.

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Corporate giving is expected to grow by 6.0 percent in 2015 and by 4.8 percent in 2016.

For more information, go to: www.philanthropy.iupui.edu
 

June 14 - 20, 2015

Nonprofits Not Prepared for Executive Transition

In Fall 2014, Third Sector New England reached out to nonprofit leaders and board members to investigate their current challenges and document what is needed to keep New England's nonprofits healthy and sustainable in the coming decade. In response, over 1,200 respondents (877 leaders—primarily executive directors—and 330 board members) completed the survey. Survey responses, summarized in the report Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit Sector point to critical findings including:

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64% of executives plan to leave their jobs within the next five years.

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60% of organizations do not have succession plans.

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Just one-third of leaders believe they have staff in their organization who can step up into leadership positions.

The report is the newest and most comprehensive look at nonprofit leadership in the region. These results underscore the reality that nonprofits continue to operate in a world of challenges unique to the sector. Leaders report that they need more support and investment in preparing for transitions by developing sustainability strategies, cultivating leadership within their organizations, and staff development. Other significant survey findings:

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Six in ten New England leaders (58%) and board members (62%) said their organizations do not have any type of succession plan in place.

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A majority of both leaders and board members reported fundraising as the number one challenge in their organization.

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Almost half of leaders (49%) who plan to leave their organizations within two years report that a more highly performing board would make them more likely to stay with the organization.

To download the full report, go to: tsne.org
 

June 7 - 13, 2015

Millennials’ Political News Habits In Contrast to Boomers

When it comes to where younger Americans get news about politics and government, social media look to be the local TV of the Millennial generation. About six-in-ten online Millennials (61%) report getting political news on Facebook in a given week, a much larger percentage than turn to any other news source, according to a Pew Research Center analysis. This stands in stark contrast to internet-using Baby Boomers, for whom local TV tops the list of sources for political news at nearly the same reach (60%). At the same time, Millennials’ relatively low reliance on local TV for political news (37% see news there in a given week) almost mirrors Baby Boomers’ comparatively low reliance on Facebook (39%). Gen Xers, who bridge the age gap between Millennials (ages 18-33 at the time of the 2014 survey) and Baby Boomers (ages 50-68), also bridge the gap between these news sources. Roughly half (51%) of online Gen Xers get political and government news on Facebook in a given week and about half (46%) do so on local TV. For more information, go to: www.pewresearch.org
 

May 31 - June 6, 2015

The Wall Street Takeover of Nonprofit Boards

The Summer 2015 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review includes an article entitled "The Wall Street Takeover of Nonprofit Boards". The article summarizes recent research on a significant change in the composition of many nonprofit boards: Wall Street investment bankers, hedge fund managers and others from the financial industry are occupying an increasing number of board seats. We have referred to this trend as the "corporatizing" of nonprofit boards. Among other things, this change in board composition may help to explain why so few nonprofits engage in advocacy and public policy work on critical issues in their communities.

The following quotes from the article capture some of the highlights of the research:

"Over the past twenty-five years the composition of the boards at some of America’s most important nonprofit organizations has dramatically changed. Without much notice, a legion of Wall Street executives (investment bankers, hedge fund managers, and others) has taken a growing number of seats in nonprofit boardrooms. Not only that, they hold a disproportionate share of the leadership positions on these boards. … This quiet yet dramatic self-transformation of the nonprofit boardroom has come about with little notice and discussion. To understand fully these trends and the impact, the nonprofit sector should ask itself some tough questions: What is sparking these changes in board composition? What values are being represented and promoted? What are the consequences for organizations and the people they serve? How might they affect the quality of board governance? How might the sector respond? This study begins to shed light on the increasing influence of the finance industry on nonprofit boards. In addition to examining the data, it explores some of the explanations and consequences of these prevailing governance composition choices—and they are choices—that deserve attention and reflection from nonprofit leaders, trustees, and constituents." To access the article, go to: www.ssireview.org
 

May 24 - 30, 2015

Nonprofit Trends to Watch in 2015

The National Council of Nonprofits highlights trends that affect charitable nonprofits throughout the year  through two e-newsletters, Nonprofit Knowledge Matters and Nonprofit Advocacy Matters, and on the nonprofit sector trends hub on its website. The Council has compiled a list of trends to watch in 2015 and beyond:

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The resource squeeze: Nonprofit leaders’ biggest challenge for 2015 remains finding resources, including raising the money needed to sustainably advance nonprofit missions.

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Increasing needs in communities: In a trend that started just before the Great Recession hit, increasing needs in communities will continue to outpace the nonprofit sector’s current capability to meet those needs.

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Governments shifting burdens to nonprofits: State and local governments will likely continue to look to the limited resources of charitable nonprofits to fill their own budget holes or expect nonprofits to fill the gaps when governments walk away from existing needs in communities.

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Advancing missions through advocacy: Nonprofit staff, board members, and grantmakers alike are becoming more aware of the need to engage in advocacy to remove barriers and protect and promote nonprofit missions.

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Truth trumps myths about overhead: Nonprofits are increasingly pushing back against the widespread misunderstanding of overhead and using transparency to help donors, grantmakers, and governments understand that it costs something to deliver a nonprofit’s mission.

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The sharing economy: Collaboration in the age of the sharing economy looks a little different than in the past. In addition to more shared back office operations, space sharing by nonprofits is more common; the Council is seeing a trend that is expanding sharing to many administrative functions, including shared workers.

For the full list, go to: www.councilofnonprofits.org
 

May 17 - 23, 2015

U.S. Foundation Giving for Latin America

This research brief from the Foundation Center provides a glimpse at funding by U.S. foundations for Latin America between 2010 and 2012, with a special focus on Central America. The analysis includes grants awarded directly to organizations in Latin America for work in the region or other parts of the world, as well as support to organizations in the U.S. and abroad with international programs targeting Latin America. Based on Foundation Center’s research, 319 foundations awarded 5,084 grants totaling $1.7 billion to 1,978 organizations. These grants were awarded to recipients located in Latin America, as well as to organizations in the U.S. and abroad with international programs targeting the region. This total reflects 9.8 percent of all international grant dollars awarded by U.S. foundations. Grants awarded directly to organizations in Latin America (for work in Latin America or elsewhere) totaled $456.8 million, representing 6.7 percent of all cross-border (overseas) giving by U.S. foundations. Go to: foundationcenter.org
 

May 10 - 16, 2015

Wealthy to Leave Most for Kids, Little for Charity

American millionaires plan to leave the vast majority of their wealth to their kids, giving less than 10 percent to charity, according to a new survey. The CNBC Millionaire Survey, which polled Americans with a net worth of $1 million or more, found that more than half plan to leave each of their children $1 million or more. One in four plans to leave the kids at least $500,000 and only 4 percent plan to leave their kids less than $100,000. Among those with $5 million or more in wealth, 88 percent plan to leave each of their kids at least $1 million and one in five plan to leave their kids at least $100 million. The numbers point to a massive cascade of wealth that could pour down from parents to their kids in the coming decades. They also stand in stark contrast to high-profile megadonors such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, who have said they plan to leave almost all of their fortune to charity. For more information, go to: www.cnbc.com
 

May 3 - 9, 2015

Nonprofits and the Communities they Serve Under Stress

The Nonprofit Finance Fund has shared a number of key findings from recent research. Under-resourced communities are going without because nonprofits can't meet demand. Americans, particularly those in low-income communities, are still struggling to secure jobs, affordable housing, and healthcare.

bullet 76% of nonprofits reported an increase in demand for services—the 7th year that a majority have reported increases.
bullet 52% couldn't meet demand—the third year in a row that more than half of nonprofits couldn't meet demand.
bullet Of those who reported that they could not meet demand, 71% said that client needs go unmet when they can't provide services.

Recovery of the U.S. economy hasn't addressed the systemic and perpetual funding challenges facing nonprofits. While there are some positive economic indicators, in many cases nonprofits are still hampered by insufficient funding and a lack of investment in long-term sustainability. For some nonprofits, financial health indicators have improved: 47% ended 2014 with a surplus, the highest in the history of our survey. However, 53% are reporting 3 months or less of cash-on-hand. Nonprofits said that top challenges were: Achieving long-term sustainability (32%); The ability to offer competitive pay and/or retain staff (25%); Raising funding that covers full costs (19%). Nonprofits are navigating a time of immense need and change, while pursuing ways to build long-term sustainability and viability. Nonprofits continue to prove their ability to survive and thrive in tough conditions. They are working to ensure their ability to meet community needs now and in the years to come. Here are some of the ways they are investing in their futures:

bullet 51% collaborated with another organization to improve or increase services offered.
bullet 44% hired staff for new positions.
bullet 33% upgraded hardware or software to improve service or program delivery.
bullet 29% conducted long-term strategic or financial planning.

For more information, go to: nonprofitfinancefund.org
 

April 26 - May 2, 2015

Online Revenue Surges 13% for Nonprofits

Online revenue at nonprofits increased 13 percent from 2013 to 2014, a change attributable to the number, not the size, of online gifts, according to the 2015 benchmarks study by the marketing firm M+R. The study, which analyzed fundraising, email, and marketing practices, examined data in eight categories — environmental, health, international, rights, wildlife and animal welfare, domestic hunger and poverty, cultural, and miscellaneous — from 84 nonprofits in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. While the number of online gifts to the participating nonprofits increased by 13 percent, the average gift size fell 2 percent. Overall, groups raised an average of $40 for every 1,000 fundraising messages they delivered. Large groups had an average of $25.40, medium groups had an average of $52.95, and small groups averaged $124.12. Other key findings include:

bullet Giving was down for international organizations, which M+R attributed to the lack of high-profile natural disasters in 2014.
bullet Environmental groups had the greatest growth in the number of online gifts (a 28 percent increase).
bullet The percentage of visitors to nonprofits' websites that made donations was the highest in the category of hunger and poverty, at 3.6 percent.

For more information, go to: mrbenchmarks.com
 

April 19 - 25, 2015

Foundation Support for Black Men and Boys Grows Sharply

Giving for causes benefiting black males more than doubled from 2010 to 2012, according to a new report. Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, released today by the Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, explores grant-making trends for major foundations from 2003 to 2012. In 2012, the latest year for which the data were available, 98 foundations made grants totaling $64.6 million specifically designed to benefit black men and boys, up from $40.4 million in 2011 and $28.6 million in 2010. Grants to charities that help ethnic minority males and economically disadvantaged males also increased during that time, a portion of which likely benefited black men. Philanthropy aimed at minority males has increased in recent years on a number of fronts. To generate more funding dedicated to the issue, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement recently spun off from Open Society Foundations as a separate organization. And in 2013, when more than 40 foundation leaders created the Executives’ Alliance, a group that looks for ways to expand opportunities for young minority males, the White House took note and launched My Brothers Keeper, an effort supported by a dozen foundations. Though education-related causes typically get the most support, an almost equal proportion of grants in 2012 went toward human-service and public-affairs causes related to black men. The Open Society Foundations, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies gave the most grants designated for such causes in 2012. Half of the top 10 grant recipients are black-led organizations. The report notes that giving rates for supporting women and girls of color have consistently outpaced those of men, though that trend appears to be leveling off. In 2012, foundations awarded $125 million for activities supporting black women and girls. The full report can be downloaded for free at www.BMAfunders.org
 

April 12 - 18, 2015

Global Community Foundation Trends

The "Community Foundation Atlas" is the most comprehensive directory of the world's community foundation movement that has ever been published. The online platform, available at CommunityFoundationAtlas.org, maps the identities, locations, assets, roles and achievements of place-based philanthropies around the world. It includes a directory and map of foundations, downloadable infographics and analyses of baseline data, and first-person accounts that show how place-based foundations are helping to advance their communities' aspirations, large and small. Among the key findings: The global community foundation movement is gaining momentum. Embracing an inclusive definition of "community philanthropy" field, the Atlas has identified 1,827 place-based foundations in 67 countries. While the movement began 100 years ago, the last three decades have seen explosive growth. In just the past 14 years, the number of known community foundations and community philanthropies nearly doubled, growing from approximately 1,000 in 2000 to more than 1,800 in 2014. To access the Atlas, go to: communityfoundationatlas.org
 

April 5 - 11, 2015

Foundation Giving for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure 2004-2012

In the special report Foundation Giving for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure 2004-2012, Foundation Center presents the first-ever analysis of U.S. foundation support globally for nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure organizations and services. This analysis spans nine years of funding, encompassing 717 different funders and 12,200 grants. It finds that a set of the largest U.S. foundations provided $134 million in support for nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure organizations, networks, and services in 2012; since 2004, their support has totaled more than $1 billion. About 41% of this giving funded philanthropy-specific organizations and networks — from the Mexican Center for Philanthropy to Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. The other 59% targeted a range of organizations and activities — from funding nonprofit-related research at major universities and think tanks to providing operating and project support to Foundation Center. This special report was created with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. To download the report for free, go to: foundationcenter.org
 

March 29 - April 4, 2015

Internet Security Measures People Take Post-Snowden

According to a Pew Research Center survey, nearly two years after Snowden’s revelations, 87% of Americans say they have heard about U.S. surveillance programs. Among them, 25% say they have changed their own technological behaviors in some way. Some are altering their use of information and communication technologies. The respondents to this survey who knew about the government monitoring programs were asked if they had changed the way they used a variety of communications and information tools since they had learned about the government’s programs.

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18% of the Americans who are aware of the surveillance programs say they have changed the way they use their email accounts “somewhat” or a “great deal.”

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17% say they have changed the way they use search engines.

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15% say they have changed the way they use social media.

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15% say they have changed the way they use their cell phones.

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13% say they have changed the way they use mobile apps.

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13% say they have changed the way they use text messages.

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9% say they have changed the way they use their landline phone.
 

For more information, go to: www.pewinternet.org
 

March 22 - 28, 2015

Studies Suggest Microloans May Not Live Up to Expectations

A collection of six independent studies published in The American Economic Journal suggest that microlending may not be providing the income boost once expected, The Wall Street Journal reports. While some critics of the studies say that the increasing popularity of microfinance programs over the last decade has helped lift millions of people out of poverty globally, the studies found that giving individuals loans tended not to result in better economic outcomes or positive social change. One study cited evidence that the loans may even encourage some families to remove their children from school so they could work. The loans, which are intended to help the poor start businesses, were first tried on a broad scale by Muhammad Yunus’s Grameen Bank of Bangladesh. In 2006, Mr Yunus and the bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. www.wsj.com
 

March 8 - 21, 2015

America's Young Adults - Key Demographic Trends

The report, "America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014" published by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, describes the demographic status and well-being of today's young adults against a backdrop of the traditional milestones of adulthood—Education; Economic Circumstances; Family Formation; Civic, Social, and Personal Behavior; and Health and Safety. Hyperlinks to data sources referenced in the America's Young Adults: Special Issue, are included in the report. This Special Issue provides data on young adults, focusing on their demographic characteristics, living situations, and overall well-being. The data come from several nationally representative, federally sponsored surveys. Together, the data from these surveys show a snapshot of the status and well-being of young adults, defined wherever possible as ages 18–24. To access the report, go to: www.childstats.gov
 

March 1 - 7, 2015

Social Media’s Empowerment of the Individual

Social media’s empowerment of the individual means anyone can be an influencer. That presents an opportunity and challenge to every cause-minded organization: What does influence truly mean and how do you harness it? To explore these questions, the Georgetown University Center for Social Impact Communication and Waggener Edstrom Communications partnered to conduct an exhaustive study of more than 2,000 digitally engaged cause supporting adults. The study provides insight into the habits, behaviors, and motivations of these individuals, as well as information on how to engage them to produce greater awareness and support of causes. For example, among digitally engaged, charitable Amer¬icans today, the decision to visibly support a cause or social issue apparently has less to do with appearing knowledgeable or charitable to their peers, and more to do with influencing others to join them in their support of the cause. More than 3 in 4 respondents (76%) agree that it’s important to them personally to influence others to care about the charities and causes that they care about. Just over half of respon¬dents agree that it’s important to them to be seen as knowledgeable about causes (55%), or to be seen by their peers as charitable (51%). To download the study, go to: waggeneredstrom.com
 

February 15 - 28, 2015

Racial Segregation in Social Networks

If physical segregation creates a problem, you would believe that technology can provide a virtual bridge to close the segregation gap. Today’s digital landscape gives us the opportunity to interact with other parts of the world that were out of reach decades ago. This instantaneous exposure to other cultures provides opportunities to widen our knowledge and conversations. However, an analysis of social media contacts based on the 2013 American Values Survey by Public Religion Research Institute demonstrates that segregation is also prevalent in the virtual world. The analysis illustrated, “the degree of racial and ethnic diversity in Americans’ social networks varies significantly according to their particular race or ethnicity. Among white Americans, 91 percent of people comprising their social networks are also white, while five percent are identified as some other race. Among black Americans, 83 percent of people in their social networks are composed of people who are also black. Among Hispanic Americans, approximately two-thirds (64 percent) of the people who comprise their social networks are also Hispanic.” Most surprisingly, eight percent of Americans do not have a single friend of another race/culture in their network. Go to: publicreligion.org
 

February 1 - 14, 2015

County Level Economic Trends

County economic trends are an essential measure of the well-being of county residents. The conditions of a county economy can constrain and challenge county governments, residents and businesses, while also providing opportunities. This analysis from the National Association of Counties (NACO) of county economic conditions identifies patterns of growth and recovery in 2014 across the 3,069 county economies by examining annual changes in jobs, unemployment rates, economic output (GDP) and median home prices. In addition, it explores 2013 wage dynamics, by adjusting average annual wage in county economies for the local cost-of-living and inflation. The overall analysis reveals that job growth accelerated in 2014, while economic output expansion and county housing markets stabilized across the country. Almost half of county economies saw growth across all four indicators included in the 2014 analysis, an 11 percent increase over the previous year. Western county economies have seen the most improvement, with more than a half recording growth across the board. Sixty-three (63) percent of county economies witnessed faster job growth than in 2013, with 130 additional county economies closing their jobs gap in 2014. Economic output (GDP) expanded in more than half of county economies, though at lower rates in most of them. In 81 percent of county economies, the housing prices continued to rise in 2014, but at a much slower rate than in the previous year. To access the companion interactive maps, individualized county pdf profiles and others, go to www.naco.org
 

January 25 - 31, 2015

Use of Management Tools by Nonprofit Leaders

The Bridgespan Group announced its release of a report aimed at understanding the role management tools play in the efforts of nonprofit leaders to boost their organizations’ performance. The study also highlights the gaps between leadership attitudes on key nonprofit management trends and actions regarding which tools to use, how often and for what purpose. Highlights from the study’s findings include:

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Tool use is widespread and poised for further growth (91% said they plan to use 11 tools or more in 2015).

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Relationship-oriented tools are more popular than analytic tools, with partnerships and collaboration leading in use and satisfaction.

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Satisfaction with tools used is generally high but varies with effort invested.

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Tools and trends at times diverge: Misalignment occurs between opinions on trends and related tool usage in two prominent cases: First, nonprofit leaders see a need to increase performance measurement both to strengthen impact and their case for program funding, but few believe funders will increase support for evaluations. Also, many nonprofits consider talent management a key issue, but 60% have failed to take advantage of tools that could help assess and develop employees.

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Leaders’ attitudes toward specific pathways to grow impact vary dramatically by size of organization (e.g., organizations of all sizes are betting on partnerships and collaborations, but larger ones are more likely to explore technology and for-profit models).

To download the executive summary and full report, go to: Use of Management Tools
 

January 18 - 24, 2015

Philanthropy and the Social Economy

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015 is the annual forecast for the industry of philanthropy, written by leading scholar Lucy Bernholz. The latest edition provides evidence that beyond the realm of traditional nonprofits and foundations in the U.S., global civil society is also made up of for-profit firms, religious bodies, informal associations, and networks that are making investments in the social good and using digital tools to do it. Bernholz presents big ideas that matter about digital civil society, makes predictions for big shifts in 2015, and considers questions for the future with regard to the use of digital tools in impact investing, the sharing economy, and political funding. For more information, go to: www.grantcraft.org
 

January 11 - 17, 2015

Increased Social Media Use

In a new survey conducted in September 2014, the Pew Research Center finds that Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site. While its growth has slowed, the level of user engagement with the platform has increased. Other platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn saw significant increases over the past year in the proportion of online adults who now use their sites. The results in this report are based on the 81% of American adults who use the internet. Other key findings:

bullet Multi-platform use is on the rise: 52% of online adults now use two or more social media sites, a significant increase from 2013, when it stood at 42% of internet users.
bullet For the first time, more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) use Facebook. This represents 31% of all seniors.
bullet For the first time, roughly half of internet-using young adults ages 18-29 (53%) use Instagram. And half 0f all Instagram users (49%) use the site daily.
bullet For the first time, the share of internet users with college educations using LinkedIn reached 50%.
bullet Women dominate Pinterest: 42% of online women now use the platform, compared with 13% of online men.

For more information, go to: www.pewinternet.org
 

January 4 - 10, 2015

Future of Fundraising

Curt Swindoll, executive vice president for strategy at Pursuant, writing in the SSIR Blog, has identified four trends that will change the nonprofit landscape over the next few years.

  1. Nonprofits will use advances in technology to engage donors face to face and at every giving level. Most nonprofits recognize that face-to-face interaction is the most valuable way to build donor relationships, but it’s traditionally reserved for major gift development because it’s expensive, less scalable, and time-intensive. To justify the cost of doing more, nonprofits will increasingly use new technology to identify prospects for giving before donors make mid-level and major gifts, and then use that data to drive face-to-face visits and upgrade solicitations.

  2. Transitional organizations focused on solving problems and then disbanding will increasingly challenge “permanent” nonprofits. Boomers and their parents donated to nonprofit organizations as if they were paying a bill; many of today’s donors donate based on perceived needs, not because they have a history with an organization. As donors become increasingly motivated to see results, we will see more nonprofits formed for brief, 3-to-5-year stints. What would it look like if more nonprofits formed for the purpose of addressing an immediate challenge and then ceased operations? How might it change the way we form, fundraise, fix … and finish?

  3. Big data will become ubiquitous, and easier to manage and understand. Collecting and analyzing non-financial, behavioral data is no longer prohibitively expensive. Nonprofits have the opportunity to leverage robust, publicly available donor data points to improve their relationships with donors. Some large organizations have already started down this path. Big data is available—now—to all organizations, not just the big ones. With it comes a relatively untapped treasure trove.

  4. Nonprofits will become proactive, rather than reactive, to opportunistic fundraising campaigns. The well-known ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $100 million in 30 days and in some ways—like giving and volunteerism in response to the 2012 Haiti earthquake—defined viral fundraising. Both of these examples teach us that donors are willing to respond to social needs even if the nonprofits that benefitted never anticipated or even solicited their support. Enter the world of opportunistic fundraising. Effective nonprofits will increasingly prepare well for future crises, large or small, and approach them as catalytic moments when they can make real progress.

Go to: www.ssireview.org
 

December 28, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Arts Groups in Flux but Trying Out New Ideas

The Nonprofit Finance Fund received more than 5,000 responses to its annual State of the Sector survey in early 2014, including 919 arts and cultural organizations covering a broad cross section of artistic disciplines and budget sizes. Key findings include:

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Program demand among arts & culture respondents continues to grow, but at a slower pace than across the nonprofit sector.

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A majority of cultural organizations are keeping up with rising demand for their programs. Organizations report increasing demand for programming that is interactive, affordable, and appealing to all ages.

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Arts & culture organizations are pursuing a range of strategies (e.g., program adaptation, data collection, targeted marketing) to build and engage their audience/visitor base. 65% of arts respondents report growth in their audience/visitor base as a result of engagement strategies. However, far fewer report positive financial return on their investments.

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Organizations do not feel overly threatened by competition from other arts and non-arts experiences. Of those who did experience competition, <15% reported financial ramifications.

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Arts & culture organizations cite some of the positive effects of competition: stronger programs, a more engaged audience, and opportunity for collaboration.

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71% of arts & culture organizations reported break-even or better operating results in 2013. Trend data show declines in the percentage of arts organizations reporting deficits.

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Nearly 50% of arts respondents cite “achieving long-term financial sustainability” as their greatest challenge.

Looking ahead, the survey identifies the following steps cultural nonprofits & their funders can take to propel change:

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Develop strategies that integrate financial planning with operational and program planning,

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Understand and seek funding for the full costs of projects/programs,

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Budget and manage to operating surpluses,

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Prioritize working capital and savings for periodic risk-taking and change, and

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Clearly communicate your financial goals, priorities and timeline in the context of your art-making.

For more information, go to: nonprofitfinancefund.org
 

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