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Event -- The $100 Billion Connection: Government Contracts and Human Service Nonprofits

Thursday, October 7, 2010
9:00-10:30 a.m.

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• Elizabeth Boris, director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute
• Tim Delaney, president and CEO, National Council of Nonprofits
• Elliot Pagliaccio, assistant comptroller, Division of Strategic Planning, Office of the N.Y. State Comptroller
• Steven Smith, Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
• Eugene Steuerle, Institute fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)

Nearly 33,000 human service nonprofits had government contracts and grants last year, which provided the largest single source of revenue for 62 percent of them. The nearly 200,000 federal, state, and local contracts totaled about $100 billion.

But a new study from the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy reveals that with many contracts come major problems. Fifty-seven percent of the nonprofits, for instance, are bedeviled by contract changes, including cancellation, reduced payments, and postponement. Forty-one percent say government agencies made late payments.

Please join us for the release of the first national survey documenting the extent of government involvement with human service organizations and the problems these nonprofits experienced. The panel of experts will discuss the impact of the recession, the interaction of contracting problems, the cutbacks organizations have made to keep their programs operating, policy implications, and the future of nonprofit–government relations.

- Bios (pdf)
- Human Service Nonprofit-Government Contracting reports (link)

At the Urban Institute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.

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