Wake nonprofits struggle to meet needs

RALEIGH, N.C. – Social-services nonprofits in Wake County are struggling to meet increase demand while experiencing declines in funding, says a new report from United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Demand for services is up almost 30 percent over the past six months among United Way member agencies, but revenue if off by 11 percent over the past 12 months.

Almost three in four agencies report a decline in support from corporations, while seven in 10 are getting less from government, slight more than half are getting fewer foundation grant dollars, and over four in 10 have seen contributions from individuals fall.

Despite the rising demand, almost two in three agencies have been able to avert cuts in services, but they worry about further increases in community need over the next six to 12 months.

In an effort to adjust, half of United Way’s member agencies are partnering with other agencies to share costs, while almost six in 10 are collaborating on requests for federal stimulus funding.

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