2014 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report (Research Report)
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The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute and the Association of Fundraising Professionals established the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) to conduct research on fundraising effectiveness and help nonprofit organizations increase their fundraising results. Piloted in November 2006, FEP collects fundraising data from nonprofit organizations beginning with data for 2004-2005. The 2014 report, the latest in the annual series, incorporates data from 3,576 organizations that contributed data for 2012-2013.
The State of Nonprofit Governance (Research Report)
|Posted to Web: December 23, 2014||Publication Date: December 01, 2014|
This report provides a snapshot of nonprofit governance policies and practices among operating public charities. Using IRS Form 990 data, we find that many public charities have good governance policies and practices in place. In 2010, more than 60 percent of organizations had a conflict of interest policy, an independent audit and a compensation review and approval process for their chief executive. We also find that organizational characteristics such as size, type of organization, government funding, age, board size and board independence all appear related to whether or not a public charity chooses to adopt these recommended practices.
Case Study: NNIP and Open Data in Detroit (Research Brief)
|Posted to Web: September 11, 2014||Publication Date: September 11, 2014|
Adopting open data principles is difficult in cities undergoing economic hardship, but the benefits of doing so are great. In Detroit, Data Driven Detroit (D3), a local National Neighborhood Indicators partner, has worked to provide local data to the community free of charge. Though they have encountered institutional and cultural barriers, D3 has advanced their cause through partnership with local organizations and government. With new funding opportunities and new movement on open data by the city, D3 is making data meaningful and accessible, as well as advocating for open data and data-driven decisionmaking by community organizations and government.
The Effect of Government Contracting on Nonprofit Human Service Organizations: Impacts of an Evolving Relationship (Research Report)
|Posted to Web: July 22, 2014||Publication Date: July 22, 2014|
Governments contract with human service nonprofits to provide services in complex environments (Frahm & Martin, 2009). This article builds on the robust literature of public contracting for human services, but considers the effect of contracting on the contractor rather than the government. Using the National Survey of Nonprofit Government Contracting and Grants, conducted during the financial recession, we consider how contracting practices are harming trust. We find that human service nonprofits are more likely to cut salaries and jobs due to having government contracts, leading one to question whether the partnership mode of contracting will remain effective.
The Impact of the Great Recession on the Number of Charities by Subsector and Revenue Range (Research Report)
|Posted to Web: July 15, 2014||Publication Date: July 15, 2014|
|Posted to Web: June 24, 2014||Publication Date: June 24, 2014|