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Demand for critical services continues to climb despite indicators of economic recovery, finds Nonprofit Finance Fund's 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey. In this seventh annual survey, more than 5,400 respondents from nonprofits nationwide shared details of the financial challenges and opportunities that underpin their ability to create positive social change. The survey was supported by longtime partner the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
These are some of the key findings:
- Demand for the services nonprofits provide — such as health and human services, workforce development, and childhood education — continues to grow.
- Nonprofits identified critical needs in their communities, including:
35 percent, affordable housing
26 percent, youth development (such as after-school and mentoring programs)
23 percent, job availability; 16 percent, job training
21 percent, access to healthcare
19 percent, access to strong, well-performing schools
- Many nonprofits are chronically under-resourced.
- Funders routinely cover only a portion of full costs of the programs they intend to support.
- Nonprofits are navigating a time of immense need and change, while pursuing ways to build long-term sustainability and viability.
Click HERE for the full survey results, along with an interactive survey analyzer and a look at trends over the past seven years.
At 8 a.m., Thursday, May 14, NFF will present a webinar on the survey results, "Achieving Adaptability in a Time of Flux." Click HERE to sign up.
In our increasingly data-driven world, nonprofits need to be able to measure and monitor the effectiveness of their programs. To improve program services or reach you have to understand what's working and what isn't. Gathering the right data is key.
Unfortunately, while more funders and constituents expect you to evaluate your programs, it can be challenging to ask the right questions, gather the data and analyze the results. That doesn’t mean it’s out of reach for small and medium-sized nonprofits to do so. Having a solid understanding of the process is an essential first step.
That’s where Idealware can help with "How to Use Data to Transform Your Organization," five 90-minute webinars from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from May 12 to June 9.
The webinars will look at how data can inform your organization by showing you where you can find important organizational data and where you should store it. They include a discussion around how you should think about, measure and present data to others and share how data can inform your decision-making process.
Through participation in this course, you will:
- Learn how to ask the right questions of your data.
- Explore the many places where data can live.
- Understand various analysis techniques and tools.
- Evaluate multiple strategies for presenting your data.
- Dive into case studies of real organizations using data to make decisions.
Cost of the five-session series is $200. HANO members receive a $25 discount. Click HERE for more information and to register.
The 2015 State Legislature is wrapping up the busy Conference Committee period. The final decking deadline, when all bills must be finalized and submitted for final reading, was Thursday, April 30 for non-fiscal bills and Friday, May 1, for fiscal bills, followed by final reading in both chambers next week, and then the end of the session on Thursday, May 7.
For some post-session guidance, including the governor’s timeline and an interim to-do list, check out the Public Access Room’s latest newsletter. If you are just getting started in public policy advocacy work, check out HANO’s April 2015 article for some helpful reminders about compliance issues for 501(c)(3) nonprofits.
Across the street at Honolulu Hale, the City Council is considering numerous changes to the real property tax. Bill 27 changes the minimum real property tax to $1,000, but maintains the minimum tax of $300 for properties owned and used by 501(c)(3) organizations.
Updates on Legislature measures of interest to nonprofits as of Tuesday, April 28:
• HB 1127 HD1 SD1 requires all state and county procurement officers to attend initial and follow-up procurement training. HANO testified in support and cited findings of the Government Contracting Task Force regarding the need for procurement training to make our contracting processes more effective and efficient so that governments and nonprofits can better serve the community. This bill is being discussed in Conference Committee.
• HB1292 HD2 SD2 extends the procurement task force to identify and propose amendments, if any, to the procurement code to promote economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and impartiality in the procurement of public works construction projects. An earlier version of this bill also included a focus on Hawaii Revised Statutes 103F (health and human services) contracts; at that time HANO testified requesting inclusion of representatives of nonprofit health and human service providers on the task force. This bill is being discussed in Conference Committee.
• HB83 HD1 establishes limitations on claims for itemized tax deductions and restores the deduction for state taxes paid for taxpayers with income above specified thresholds. HANO submitted comments on the need for clarification regarding the impact on the charitable deduction. This bill is dead for the session.
• SB1067 SD2 makes various changes to the charitable solicitation law regarding professional solicitors, commercial co-ventures and charitable registration. HANO testified in support of the bill and advocated for two important provisions: first, reducing the annual filing fee from $10 to $0 for organizations under $25,000 in annual revenue; second, changing the threshold for audited financial reports from $500,000 in "gross revenues" to $500,000 in "contributions." This bill is dead for the session.
• SB819 SD1 bars prohibition of student or class participation in a fundraiser or charitable activity in conjunction with a 501(c)(3) organization as part of a school project and requires the Department of Education to adopt criteria and guidelines. This bill is dead for the session.
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