Experts say the coalition was not alone in its financial troubles. Beginning six years ago during the economic recession, nonprofits felt a considerable pinch.
“Some organizations lost 30 percent of their revenues, some lost as much as 50 percent of their revenues,” said Glen O’Gilvie, chief executive of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, an agency that assists nonprofits in the Washington, D.C., area.
“Nonprofits have had to work smarter, not harder,” said Kristin Davis, vice president of communications and marketing for the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, a trade group that advocates for agencies.
“They’re also trying to provide the same amount of services with less,” she said. “They are trying to figure out this new economy that we’re in.”
Still, doing more with less worries Greg Cantori, president of Maryland Nonprofits, because of the type of work conducted by most nonprofit agencies.
Their employees, he said, “worked so hard and they tried to save so much money, a lot of them frankly are burned out.”