Nonprofits say philanthropy alone can’t save services

Nonprofits say philanthropy alone can’t save services

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All of this begs the question of how nonprofits can be expected to handle more patients with flat funding three years from now?



The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, which represents more than 300 agencies, proposed a solution this past spring: invest $100 million — most of which would come from the budget reserve, but some could be borrowed — in nonprofits right now, and then have the administration, legislature and industry work together to develop a multi-year plan to phase in higher rates.


Gian-Carl Casa, president of the nonprofit alliance, said nonprofits appreciated Lamont’s appearance at the convention, “but his suggestion that increasing philanthropic support is the answer to funding shortfalls is, by definition, only a fraction of what needs to be done.

“Charitable giving does not have the reach or the capacity to substitute for state funding of substance abuse and mental health treatment, support and residential services for people with developmental disabilities, homeless shelters, re-entry programs and other vital human service programs,” Casa said.

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