Monthly Archives: July 2010
|July 22, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Budget||
As states face the continuing economic uncertainty and in some cases, budget crises, layoffs are occurring, budgets are being slashed, waiting lists for services grow and nonprofits are expected to meet this increased need with less than ever before. When it comes to the impact of the recession on nonprofits the news is indeed, “terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad”.
- According to a brief at Stateline.org, mental health budgets are being cut for the first time in over thirty years. Emergency rooms, shelters and the justice system may not be able to provide adequate or appropriate coverage for the lack of access to services.
- The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Off the Chart blog reports that 46 states faced budget shortfalls for fiscal year 2011, and for 2012, it is projected that states will face approximately $120 billion in shortfalls. There’s more – next year they will not receive American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) assistance.
- The ability of nonprofits to deliver needed services or provide programming has been seriously limited by the recession according to a report by the John Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies . However, the paper indicates that there is a silver lining to the recession cloud of gloom and doom – human services organizations have suffered somewhat less due to ARRA funding and remain resilient in the face of a bumpy future by utilizing coping strategies and flexibility.
|July 21, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Drug and Alcohol, Education, Federal Government, Health, Research, Youth Development||
The recently released report, America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2010, presents federal data on over 40 indicators of child health and wellness across seven domains: Family and Social Environment, Economic Circumstances, Health Care, Physical Environment and Safety, Behavior, Education, and Health.
- 75% of children ages birth through 17 years old live with at least one parent who is employed full time, year round.
- 22% of children from birth to 17 years old are living in “food insecure homes” (the highest ever since data monitoring commenced).
- 8% of 8th-graders, 18% of 10th-graders, and 23% of 12th-graders reported personal illegal drug use in the past 30 days.
- Nearly 1 in 5 children (19%) ages 6–17 are obese.
- 19% percent of all children ages birth through 17 are living in poverty.
The complete report is available at Childstats.gov.
|July 20, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Evaluation, Philanthropy, Research||
“Performance measurement”, “outcomes” and “innovation” are all popular buzzwords used by funders looking to support programs that are innovative but also tested, analyzed and otherwise proven. Earlier this year, the John Hopkins University Center for Civil Policy Studies conducted a survey to examine use of innovative programs and strategies, program evaluation and the challenges nonprofits face in balancing both. The project sampled nonprofits nationwide from the areas of child and family services, community development, economic development, the arts and elderly services.
The brief, entitled, Nonprofits, Innovation and Performance Measurement: Separating Fact from Fiction, discusses their findings, including:
- Over 80% of respondents implemented a minimum of one innovation in the past 5 years.
- Over 66% reported at least one innovation that they had wanted to implement but couldn’t in the past 2 years.
- The majority (85%) conducted measurement of effectiveness of at least some of their services annually while 66% did so for over half their programs.
Challenges to being both innovative and evidence-based included use of complex, time-consuming and often unclear measurement tools and little to no funding for effectiveness measurement and evaluation.