Only 30% of the organizations received federal funds. About ½ of the organizations received state and local funds. Of those who received state and local funding, 63% received the same or more funding in 2012 as they did in 2011. The % was about the same for federal monies. I had expected government funding to decrease. Based on the federal debt and looming state pension benefit funding requirements, I suspect these figures will go down in the future.
I had also expected that more nonprofits would have less cash on hand. However 44% had 4 or more month’s expenses on hand and 32% had 2-3 months. It is not good—especially for those organizations that are likely to experience cuts in government funding. And 25% of those responding to the survey had one month or less, which is very sobering. But considering how lean the last few years have been, the nonprofits have really worked hard to hang onto some reserves.
The section of the survey on organizational management actions related to finance and operations asked respondents to check off actions they had taken from a list of prepared actions (in other words—it was not an open ended question). I would have expected the highest responses to include changing the way funds were raised and spent. However, that was actually the 4th most frequent response (39%) compared to attending conferences and networking (58%); advocating to the government on behalf of cause (46%) and upgrading technology to increase efficiency (46%). Many nonprofits had already pursued funding differently and cut expenses in prior years. Nonprofits had cut back and even eliminating attending training. We see a lot of great networking and collaboration come out of seminars. It is great to see that nonprofits are able to get out again for training and networking.
The statistic that jumped out at me the most was on measuring impact—that is a whole post in itself so I will address that next time.