Monthly Archives: October 2010
|October 22, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Budget, Management, Research||
The recently released report from The Urban Institute entitled Human Service Nonprofits and Government Collaboration – Findings from the 2010 National Survey of Nonprofit Government Contracting and Grants examines the contracting process between human service organizations and the government as well as the impact of the recession on agencies. Report authors Elizabeth T. Boris, Erwin de Leon, Katie L. Roeger and Milena Nikolova surveyed 9,000 service organizations across the nation with annual of budgets over $100,000.
When asked about challenges that arise with government contracts, common themes among the surveyed organizations included:
- Very limited (10 percent or less) resources to cover overhead expenses which, incidentally, include rent, telecommunications and other equipment, management of and support staff to service programs, fund raising and research or evaluation departments.
- Contracts that do not cover the full program cost but expect the full range of services described in the proposal.
- Involved, complex applications and reporting procedures (see the first point on strict limitations on overhead).
- The contract not in place at the time the work begins (or was planned to begin).
- Changes to the contracts with little or no notice.
- Excessive delays in payments, some over 3 months delinquent.
Due to the recession, nearly every state froze or slashed spending which greatly impacted nonprofits as many rely on government contracts to pay for the majority of services they provide to various segments of the public. Nonprofit agencies met this decline in funding by reducing expenses through layoffs or service cuts, borrowing additional capital or closing program or office sites.
Download the entire report at The Urban Institute website. Also available at the website are the state-by-state profiles of the data on government contracting experiences and agency reactions to the recession.
|October 21, 2010||Posted by M. P. under News, Philanthropy||
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting that the Richard Mellon King Foundation has bestowed a $5 million grant to Robert Morris University School of Business and the university’s Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management. The article Robert Morris receives $5 million gift by Eleanor Chute, reports that $3 million of the grant will go toward the construction of a new building on the university’s main campus in Moon, Pennsylvania while the remaining funds will be used as an endowment for the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management.
The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University has been in operation in Pittsburgh since 1999, and provides a variety of consulting services, professional workshops, certificate programs and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management degree program.
|October 20, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Research, Youth Development||
The study Lifetime Prevalence of Mental Disorders in U.S. Adolescents: Results from the National Co-morbidity Survey Replication–Adolescent Supplement by Kathleen Ries Merikangas, Ph.D., Jian-ping He, M.Sc., Marcy Burstein, Ph.D., Sonja A. Swanson, Sc.M., Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D., Lihong Cui, M.Sc., Corina Benjet, Ph.D., Katholiki Georgiades, Ph.D., and Joel Swendsen, Ph.D. in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, reports that 20 percent of children in America have a mental health disorder.
This study looked closely at prevalence data on mental illness in a representative sample of U.S. children. The researchers estimated that approximately 1 out of 5 children in the country met criteria for a mental disorder serious enough to be disruptive to their daily activities and interactions. The most prevalent condition was anxiety disorders at nearly 32 percent, followed by behavior disorders at 19 percent, then mood disorders at 14.3 percent and substance use disorders at 11.4 percent.
This data can only help inform priorities for future research and policies regarding prevention efforts. Early recognition, screening and appropriate interventions may play a role in addressing mental health concerns before they become possibly debilitating later in life.
The full citation for the study summarized above is:
Merikangas KR, He J, Burstein M, Swanson SA, Avenevoli S, Cui L, Benjet C, Georgiades, Swendsen J. Lifetime prevalence of mental disorders in U.S. adolescents: Results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication — Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2010; 49:980-989.
|October 19, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Federal Government, Health, News||
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced $727 million in funding for over 140 community health centers across the nation. This funding, from the Affordable Care Act, is intended to address immediate construction and renovation needs in centers and expand access to health care. The initiative hopes to provide employment opportunities as well as increased accessibility and options in health care services for underserved communities.
A list of the community health care centers in Pennsylvania benefiting from this funding is located here.