For anyone looking for signs that the recession is over and that things are brightening, a just released survey of 1,900 nonprofits in the United States offers little comfort. Findings from the survey conducted by Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, show that the heads of these organizations expect that they'll be tested again in 2011 as they try to cope with increased demands for their services from people who also are struggling.
Of those responding to the survey, some 85 percent expect they'll be asked, as they have over the past several years, to do more, but less than half – 46 percent – feel they'll be able to fully deliver. This year marks the third in as many years in which more than 70 percent of organizations have been seeing increased demand for services.
Nonprofits are coping by either getting creative through strategic collaborations with other service providers in their communities, finding ways to cut costs, or relying on more volunteer help.