Giving likely to be up, but nervousness persists

Giving likely to be up, but nervousness persists

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In Oklahoma, our nonprofits – in the face of great economic challenges both with our energy sector and state budget – remain mostly optimistic. In a recent survey the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits completed, more than half of the respondents said their organizations were having good years for fundraising and were optimistic about the future. However, this is coupled with increased demand for services and trepidation about our state economic health. More than three-quarters of nonprofits reported increased demand in the past year, and half stated they struggled to meet demand for services, leaving people without housing, health care and other vital needs.

As our legislators prepare for what could be another incredibly challenging session, the charitable sector continues to be there for our citizens. This year will be another crucial test for how the sector can meet demand. In a few weeks, nonprofit leaders will hear from lawmakers and work with them on ways to partner more efficiently and effectively at our annual Advocacy Forums. We will also continue to educate policymakers about philanthropy, nonprofit services, demand, economic impact and community improvement.

This year will be a challenge, but the charitable sector seems ready to meet it head-on. Most importantly, we look forward to working with lawmakers as a sector to improve the lives of every Oklahoman.

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The Journal Record
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