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On the day we opened NFF's 2014 Annual Survey, a water main burst beneath an intersection near our New York office, shutting down public transit, flooding the street, and drying up taps in thousands of homes. A critical piece of the city's infrastructure had failed, creating a domino effect felt by those even miles away. Later that day, we learned of another threat to the city's infrastructure: a Human Services organization that responded to our survey, with hundreds of employees and exclusively serving a low income community, reported just one month of cash in the bank. To make ends meet, they were in a precarious balancing act of managing loans and delaying paying their bills. On top of that, community need for their services had increased significantly, and they weren't able to keep up with it.
Nonprofits like this one make up our country's hidden infrastructure, the social safety fabric that is as crucial as our water pipes and roads. This fabric often represents decades of investment by taxpayers, foundations, and consumers. It educates us, keeps us healthy, and catches us when we are most at risk. And it has been pulled taut over the years in deference to other priorities, frayed, and is on the verge of tearing.
NFF's Annual Survey chronicles the challenges facing the nonprofit sector and calls out some of the targeted investments we can start to agree on as a society to salvage the considerable investment we have collectively made in our social infrastructure. We believe that a coordinated intervention now will not only better prepare us for inevitable future economic crises; it can lead to a happier, healthier community for us all.
We hope you'll share the survey and your thoughts about the data with us and your community! Join our conversation at twitter.com/nff_news or facebook.com/nonprofitfinancefund. Please email us at email@example.com with any questions, thoughts, or needs.
Anjali, Tessa & Jen
Knowledge & Impact Team
The economic recovery is leaving behind many nonprofits and communities in need:
Nonprofits are working to bring in new money; in the next 12 months:
41% of nonprofits named "achieving long-term financial stability" as a top challenge, yet:
Nonprofits are taking wide-ranging steps to survive and succeed.
In the past 12 months:
Respondents said that more than 70% of their funders requested impact or program metrics.
Full survey results, along with an interactive survey analyzer and a look at trends over the past six years, are available at nff.org/survey!
The 2014 State of the Sector Survey is generously supported by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the Ford Foundation.