Recession in 2019? Charities Wring Their Hands but Do Little to Prepare

Recession in 2019? Charities Wring Their Hands but Do Little to Prepare

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Pundits may be harping on a recession, but "I’m not hearing much from nonprofits themselves," says Tim Delaney, head of the National Council of Nonprofits. "They’re dealing with the emergencies in front of them. Those are front and center in people’s minds, and that’s crowding out thinking about long-term issues."

The emergencies Delaney cites include demand on social services that’s been increasing in recent years and was made more acute by the effects of the federal-government shutdown as they ripple through the country.   

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Delaney argues that small nonprofit organizations with little access to philanthropic dollars still have not recovered from the last recession. They are struggling simply to make ends meet in the face of increasing demand for services and public funding that lags pre-recession totals.

"We’re long overdue for a recession to hit. And when it does, it will be very painful," he says.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy
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