Document date: March 14, 2011
Released online: March 15, 2011
Findings from the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy's National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracting and Grants show that a majority of human service organizations in Washington, D.C. are struggling due in part to challenges posed by working with the government in providing programs and services to District residents. At a forum of nonprofit leaders and government representatives, participants confirmed the study's findings, shed light on issues unique to the city, and proposed initial recommendations to address some contracting challenges.
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Findings from the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy's National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracting and Grants (Urban Institute, 2010) show that a majority of human service organizations in Washington, D.C., are burdened by government payments not covering the full costs of contracted services, the complexity of government application and reporting processes, changes to contracts, and late payments (figure 1). Discussion at the forum confirmed the study findings and articulated other
These contracting issues, exacerbated by the recession, which saw a decrease in funding from all sources and an increase in demand for services, have forced human service organizations to cut staff and benefits, draw on reserves, and for a few, reduce the number of programs they offer (figure 2).
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