Monthly Archives: March 2011
|March 18, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Federal Government, News, Policy||
If you play a role in crisis response, risk management or disaster planning and preparedness at your agency or organization, you may be interested in the video and audio content of the recent RAND Corporation briefing Partners in Preparedness: How Governments Can Leverage the Strengths of NGOs in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery (available at the RAND website).
Speakers Joi Acosta, Ann Williamson and Thad Allen discuss the roles of non-government organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits in increasing the capacity of communities to better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, challenges to coordination and resource allocation, policy recommendations and suggestions for implementation strategies. Their message is clear – a well-defined, coordinated effort between the government and the private sector to address public needs at the various stages of catastrophe response and recovery is critical.
For this blogger, the multiple crises in Japan related to the recent 9.0 earthquake underscore the relevance of this topic area.
|March 15, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management, News, Research||
A report out of Maryland shows the ability of nonprofits to not only weather shaky economic times but also grow employment. Maryland Nonprofits, an association of over 1,500 member nonprofits recently released their 2010 Nonprofits by the Numbers report that demonstrates a 2 percent growth in nonprofit employment in Maryland during 2009. This is exemplary performance considering that employment across the state fell by over 3 percent during the same time period.
Even more promising news is that this resilience appears to be a trend. Maryland nonprofit employment grew by 22,205 positions (nearly 10 percent) between the years of 2004 and 2009 and early data reports indicate that this growth will hold for 2010. During the recession years, the number of nonprofits organizations in Maryland increased by 7 percent.
|March 11, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Budget, Management, News, Philanthropy||
Results from a survey of nonprofits conducted earlier this year by the United Way of Pennsylvania highlight the disturbing occurrence of donors now needing the services they may have once helped to fund. Nonprofit agencies across the Commonwealth reported a spike in first time requests for assistance (51 percent), with directors stating that those who once made charitable gifts to nonprofits now requested assistance from the same agencies.
Have you seen a change (or expansion) in your organization’s client base in light of the double whammy of a poor economy and deep budget cuts?