Resources from the Center for Nonprofit Management (2017)
The Center for Nonprofit Management has created a free Nonprofit Answer Guide with concise answers to important operational and management questions across the nonprofit sector, as well as a collection of hand-picked resources on the topics of boards and governance, evaluation, finance, fundraising, leadership and innovation, legal resources, and more. Nonprofits can access the Guide for information and resources.
Collaborating for Equity and Justice (Nonprofit Quarterly, 2017)
The United States has historically struggled with how to treat all its citizens equitably and fairly while wealth and power are concentrated in a very small segment of our society. Now, in the face of growing public awareness and outcry about the centuries-long injustices experienced by African Americans, Native Americans, new immigrants, and other marginalized groups, we believe that our nation urgently needs collaborative multisector approaches toward equity and justice. To read the full article, click here.
Los Angeles County to Explore Negotiating Indirect Cost Rates with Nonprofits (2016)
The Weingart Foundation is committed to advancing equity—to expanding opportunity by correcting the imbalances we see across racial, ethnic and socio-economic lines in our education, health, human service, economic, and criminal justice systems. For us, equity also means strengthening the capacity and infrastructure of nonprofits working in communities hit hardest by persistent poverty. This is why it’s so important to us that private and public funders support “full cost” funding for nonprofits. To read the full report, click here.
Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action (2016)
In March of 2015, the Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), a $250 million nonprofit human services provider in New York, announced it would be closing. This report from the Human Services Council in New York, which was written in aftermath of the FEGS bankruptcy, found that underfunded government payment rates are the primary driver of financial distress. The bankruptcy of FEGS, a large and well-regarded organization, underscores the importance of providing full cost funding to nonprofit organizations administering government grants and contracts. This story also highlights the importance of local municipalities in addressing the indirect cost provision of the Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance. To read the full report, click here.
Nonprofit Finance Fund State of the Sector Survey (2015)
NFF’s 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey explores the programmatic, financial, and operational issues facing nonprofits across the U.S. The survey was launched in 2008, when economic crisis threatened the viability of many organizations. Seven years later, results from 5,451 respondents show some indications of recovery. Yet as nonprofits raise their sights from the focus on short-term crisis, many are confronting the troubling reality that current practices cannot sustain organizations in the long-term or meet the needs of the communities they serve now. Click here to see the full survey results.
New Federal Guidelines on Overhead Take Effect
New Office of Management and Budget guidelines took effect December 26, 2014 requiring that grants and contracts from all federal agencies and pass-through entities (typically state and local governments receiving federal funding) reimburse a nonprofit’s indirect costs by applying that nonprofit’s federally negotiated indirect cost rate, if one already exists. If a negotiated rate does not exist, nonprofits are empowered to either request the option of negotiating a rate or elect to accept the default rate of 10% of total costs. For more information, click here.
CalNonprofits is a statewide alliance of nonprofits across all sub-sectors advocating on issues that affect nonprofits such as tax exemption, nonprofit regulation, charity rating systems, the state budget, and other "high impact but low profile" matters. CalNonprofits has emerged as an important voice for the over 80,000 nonprofit organizations in the state. By joining CalNonprofits, nonprofits are part of a leadership network of organizations advocating for the sector and for communities. Members also receive other benefits and cost-savings. For more information about CalNonprofits, click here.
The Equity Solution (2014)
This research brief adds new data to the discussion about equity and America’s economic future by estimating the economic benefits of racial inclusion for the largest 150 metropolitan regions, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the nation as a whole. Drawing from data on wages and employment by major racial/ethnic group from the U.S. Census, researchers calculate what total economic output would have been in 2012 under a scenario in which all racial groups had similar income levels, on average, as non-Hispanic whites, adjusted for age. Researchers also analyze the sources of the racial income gaps by major racial/ethnic group and region. To read the full research brief, click here.
Policy Brief: Ready for ACA? How Community Health Centers Are Preparing for Health Care Reform (2014)
Community health centers (CHCs) are the primary source of care for many low-income populations, including both those newly insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and those who were left out and will remain uninsured. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides challenges and opportunities for CHCs, which will require significant changes in infrastructure and care delivery approaches to meet those challenges. This policy brief assesses the progress made by CHCs in Los Angeles County in meeting a number of key indicators of ACA readiness in early 2014. The authors find that 39% of CHCs are well prepared, 23% have made some progress, and the rest are at the initial phases of preparation and/or lack adequate resources to meet the requirements. The latter group of CHCs require help to embark on strategic improvements in infrastructure and care delivery. The study was conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research with support from the California Community Foundation and Weingart Foundation. [Read the report]
Government Contracting and Payment Practices: Lingering Problems for Nonprofits (2013)
Government Contracting and Payment Practices: Lingering Problems for Nonprofits examines the government contract and grant experience of nonprofits in 2012 and largely reaffirms the results of a similar analysis three years earlier. The report was issued by the Urban Institute in partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits. Survey findings show that nonprofits are dealing with continuing problems of governments refusing to fund the full cost of services, delaying payments, changing contract terms, and owing hundreds of thousands of dollars for work already done. While there has been some improvement since the Urban Institute’s study of conditions in 2009, the impacts of state government grant and contract practices continue to be troubling for nonprofits. [Read the report]
UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising (2013)
UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising reveals that many nonprofits are caught in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report finds high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund development among key board and staff leaders. [Read the report]
UCLA Annual State of the Sector Report (2002-2012)
Stressed and Stretched: The Recession, Poverty, and Human Services Nonprofits in Los Angeles 2002 - 2012 follows-up on a 2002 survey of Los Angeles human services nonprofits conducted by the UCLA Center for Civil Society. By returning to participants in the first survey, the UCLA researchers have been able to better gauge the effects of the recession on the nonprofit community. This report reveals that nonprofit capacity has been significantly diminished by cutbacks in government funding, delays in reimbursement, drops in private giving and the corresponding rise in demand that came with rising unemployment and poverty during the economic downturn. [Read the report]
Daring to Lead 2011
A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership
Daring to Lead 2011 is a national study examining nonprofit executive leadership. The study, conducted by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and the Meyer Foundation, surveyed more than 3,000 executives regarding their career paths, likely tenure, partnership with their boards of directors and the impact of the recession on their organization. Weingart Foundation was a partner in this study. [Read the report]