Multiple government reports, news accounts from across the country, and now hard data from the first comprehensive nationwide survey of problems nonprofits experience through government contracts all point to one inescapable conclusion: while governments rely extensively on nonprofit organizations to deliver human services to their most vulnerable residents, governments do so using a contracting “system” that is so woefully broken that it now jeopardizes public health and safety.
The contracting system must be ﬁxed so people receive services when they need them, taxpayers receive full value for the programs they fund, and communities are strengthened through wise stewardship.
The National Council of Nonprofits and the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy have collaborated in developing the first comprehensive national survey and related research documenting the serious and widespread problems experienced by nonprofit human service providers under contract with governments at the local, state and national levels. This portal on our website is devoted to sharing the results of this collaboration, and providing a space promoting further research, sharing of information and the pursuit of solutions to this quiet but significant national crisis.
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