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Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants: Findings from the 2013 National Survey (Research Report)
Sarah L. Pettijohn, Elizabeth T. Boris, Carol J. De Vita, Saunji Fyffe

This report discusses the results of the 2013 National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants. Expanding on the 2010 study of human service nonprofits, we examine most types of nonprofits with expenses of $100,000 or more. This report documents the size and scope of government financing, administration of contracts and grants, and nonprofit perceptions of problems and improvements in these processes and reports on the financial status of nonprofits in 2012. The study also examines how human service nonprofits have managed since the recession ended and how their relationships with government agencies have changed since 2009.

Posted to Web: December 05, 2013Publication Date: December 05, 2013

Contracts and Grants between Nonprofits and Government (Research Brief)
Sarah L. Pettijohn, Elizabeth T. Boris

This brief summarizes the results of the 2013 National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants. Expanding on the 2010 study of human service nonprofits, we examine most types of nonprofits with expenses of $100,000 or more. This report documents the size and scope of government financing, administration of contracts and grants, and nonprofit perceptions of problems and improvements in these processes and reports on the financial status of nonprofits at the end of the Great Recession. Nearly 56,000 nonprofits have government contracts and grant, and we estimate that governments paid $137 billion to nonprofits in 2012.

Posted to Web: December 05, 2013Publication Date: December 05, 2013

Montgomery County Nonprofit Contracts and Grants (Policy Briefs)
Erwin de Leon

Federal, state, and local governments provide resources to nonprofits to deliver services on their behalf, and the main vehicles for this relationship are government contracts and grants. Contracts and grants processes present challenges, and governments and nonprofits - and ultimately their shared constituency - stand to gain by working together to improve the system. This brief describes how community-based organizations and a local government have come together to begin streamlining the process. Government representatives and nonprofit leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland, were interviewed to get a better understanding of contracting issues from both perspectives as well as solutions formulated by those involved.

Posted to Web: November 15, 2013Publication Date: November 13, 2013

Maryland: A Working Model of Nonprofit and Government Collaboration (Research Report)
Erwin de Leon, Sarah L. Pettijohn, Evan Nemoff

Governments depend on nonprofits to supply public services while nonprofit providers rely on government funding. This arrangement manifests itself through contracting and grants processes which are laden with problems that affect both nonprofits and governments, and ultimately, impact people being served. A number of state governments and their nonprofit partners have begun to address issues through initiatives such as streamlining task forces, online procurement systems, and document repositories. This case study documents the efforts of nonprofit leaders, government agencies, and elected officials in the State of Maryland to address problems and streamline a disjointed and complicated contracting and grants system.

Posted to Web: November 15, 2013Publication Date: November 13, 2013

Do We Need a New Legal Definition of Charity? (Research Report)
Marion R. Fremont-Smith

Do we need a new legal definition of charity? In answering this critical question, the history of the federal tax definition of charity and the origins of the law of charity must be considered alongside the current federal and state laws surrounding the tax treatment of charity. The law of charities, based on centuries of historical precedent, is not only relevant in terms of current regulations, but also flexible enough to accommodate the changing needs of society.

Posted to Web: November 12, 2013Publication Date: November 12, 2013

An Assessment of the Strengthening Communities Fund Capacity-Building Program (Research Report)
Carol J. De Vita, Elaine Morley, Erwin de Leon, Saunji Fyffe, Sarah L. Pettijohn

The Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was designed to build organizational capacity of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) so they could contribute to economic recovery and help ensure that information and services available through ARRA reached disadvantaged populations. An extensive evaluation undertaken by the Urban Institute assessed SCF services, promising practices, and challenges that emerged during the two-year SCF initiative. It found many FBCOs assisted through SCF reported expanding their organizational capacity, however measuring SCF's return on investment was inconclusive because of the relatively short timeframe that SCF operated.

Posted to Web: November 04, 2013Publication Date: July 11, 2013

SCF and the Economic Recession (Research Report)
Carol J. De Vita, Elaine Morley, Sarah L. Pettijohn

The Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was part of the Federal government’s response to the recession. Because people often turn to nonprofit organizations for assistance in difficult financial times, SCF was designed to build organizational capacity of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) so they could better serve people in need and contribute to the economic recovery. SCF helped create and retain jobs for SCF grantees and FBCOs that delivered ARRA-related services. It also enabled FBCOs to provide information about ARRA benefits. SCF offers lessons to help shape future capacity-building programs.

Posted to Web: November 04, 2013Publication Date: July 11, 2013

Collaborations and Partnerships: The SCF Experience (Research Report)
Saunji Fyffe, Carol J. De Vita, Elaine Morley

An important component of the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was to help faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) build partnerships and collaborations with other stakeholders. This brief highlights the experiences of SCF grantees and the FBCOs that received their assistance and discusses lessons learned in promoting partnerships and collaborations in local communities. For example, partnerships need to be nurtured and promoted. Technology and social media can sometimes connect FBCOs. It is unclear, however, if the progress made in promoting partnerships under SCF can be sustained now that SCF has ended.

Posted to Web: November 04, 2013Publication Date: July 11, 2013

Immigrant Legal-Aid Organizations in the United States (Research Report)
Erwin de Leon, Robert Roach

Any enacted immigration reform legislation that is comprehensive in scope will include a path to legalization for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Based on the U.S. Senate bill passed in June 2013, the Congressional Budget Office projects about 8 million people will be eligible for regularization of status, most of whom will likely turn to nonprofits for legal assistance in maneuvering the process. Are there enough immigrant-serving organizations providing legal aid to meet the surge in demand when immigration reform finally happens? This brief begins to answer the question while posing additional ones.

Posted to Web: October 17, 2013Publication Date: October 17, 2013

The Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public Charities, Giving, and Volunteering, 2013 (Research Brief)
Sarah L. Pettijohn

This brief highlights trends in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities as well as key findings on private charitable contributions and volunteering, two critical resources for the nonprofit sector.

Posted to Web: October 16, 2013Publication Date: October 16, 2013

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