As nonprofits continue to be squeezed by rising demand and falling revenue, many nonprofit operations executives are hoping cost-cutting measures will forestall layoffs, a new report says.
Most chief financial officers and chief operations officers surveyed by Bridgespan say layoffs are a last resort and worry that losing staff would mean a decrease in services for constituents.
To keep layoffs at bay, many nonprofits are instituting one or more cost-saving measures:
* Redeploying staff and volunteers to other areas, primarily fundraising
* Renegotiating contracts with vendors, many of which would rather alter terms than lose business
* Cutting staff salaries, benefits and bonuses, and mandating furloughs
* Consolidating operations
* Increasing communications and transparency with all stakeholders
* Grooming volunteers to take on jobs formerly handled by staff
* Soliciting help from board members in fundraising, planning and other areas
* Looking for ways to retain their best staffers
Bridgestar is a program of the Bridgespan Group and works boost leadership in the nonprofit sector.