A tough time for small nonprofits

A tough time for small nonprofits

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Staffing problems aren’t limited to this region. Among the 1,035 social service organizations surveyed by the National Council of Nonprofits in 2021, nearly one-quarter reported that up to 29 percent of their positions were open. Another 16 percent stated that more than 30 percent of their jobs were vacant. 

Almost 80 percent of the nonprofits surveyed identified salary competition as a factor that prevented them from filling their positions. Council of Nonprofits chief operating officer Rick Cohen laid some of the blame for the problem on the ways in which such organizations are often financed.

“A lot of social service organizations operate under fixed contracts with governments to provide certain services,” Cohen says. “The government contracts are not being adjusted to allow nonprofits to pay better wages.”

2013 Urban Institute survey of 20,000 U.S. nonprofits found that government funding did not cover the full cost of services for 54 percent of the organizations.

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