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Social Support Networks and Their Effects on Hardship Avoidance (Research Report)
Gregory B. Mills, Sisi Zhang

Low-income households who report having strong social support networks tend to experience lower rates of material hardship, based on data from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation. The strength of one’s support network is measured by the extent of help one expects to receive if needed from family, friends, and community. Results are significant across a range of hardships related to housing, utilities, medical care, and food. The greater vulnerability to hardship among those with weaker support networks suggests that government benefit programs should be targeted, whenever possible, to those less likely to have access to such support.

Posted to Web: January 14, 2014Publication Date: December 09, 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: An Assessment of the Strengthening Communities Fund Capacity-Building Program (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: An Assessment of the Strengthening Communities Fund Capacity-Building Program (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

Transforming Neighborhoods with Government Partners (Research Report)
Molly M. Scott, Thomas Callan, Jennifer Biess, Saunji Fyffe

The Great Recession and the corresponding collapse of the housing market have had far-reaching effects on communities across the country. With nonprofits and local governments both trying to do more with less, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) commissioned a study to crystallize the tools its affiliates need to nurture successful collaborations. Synthesizing information gleaned from a literature review, an extensive web survey of Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) affiliates, and case studies of three communities, this report suggests concrete strategies to plan, build, and sustain relationships with local government partners.

Posted to Web: May 31, 2013Publication Date: May 31, 2013

Reforming the Charitable Contribution Substantiation Rules (Research Report)
Ellen P. Aprill

In May 2012, the Tax Court issued two decisions denying income tax deductions for gifts to charitable organizations because they failed to meet the requirements for a qualified appraisal. These cases lit a firestorm of outrage in various circles, raising questions of how strictly substation rules should be applied. This paper reviews the rationales behind the charitable contribution substantiation rules, sets out the complicated regime regarding these rules and applicable case law, and presents a number of possible reforms. Balancing the need to control overvaluation with the need to encourage legitimate charitable contributions is a difficult but important challenge.

Posted to Web: January 24, 2013Publication Date: January 24, 2013

Grassroots Civil Society: The Scope and Dimensions of Small Public Charities (Policy Briefs/Charting Civil Society)
Elizabeth T. Boris, Katie L. Roeger

This report discusses small organizations below the radar screen in most analyses of the nonprofit sector. Research and media reports usually focus on large nonprofits with household names. However, smaller organizations engage and support communities in myriad activities and provide platforms for social interaction. They include scholarship funds, sports teams and clubs, animal protection groups, community service clubs, and many more. This report, based on 2007 Form 990 data from the National Center for Charitable Statistics, summarizes research on small public charities—those reporting more than $25,000 in gross receipts and less than $100,000 in revenues, expenses, and assets.

Posted to Web: March 22, 2010Publication Date: February 24, 2010

Community-Based Organizations and Immigrant Integration in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area (Research Report)
Erwin de Leon, Matthew Maronick, Carol J. De Vita, Elizabeth T. Boris

This study examines immigrant integration through the lens of community-based organizations. Based on interviews with nonprofit leaders and an analysis of data from the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the study found that immigrant-serving nonprofits provide a wide range of programs and services to foreign-born communities which promote the social and political mobility of newcomers. Findings also suggest a potential spatial mismatch between immigrant-serving organizations and the people they serve. The organizations are concentrated in the metropolitan area while immigrant populations are growing in the outer suburbs. Moreover, different political and administrative structures and policies affect the ability of these nonprofits to serve their constituents.

Posted to Web: December 04, 2009Publication Date: November 01, 2009

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