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Ann Kent

Ann Kent

The vast majority of nonprofits in Northeast Ohio anticipate demand for their services will increase next year, but they’re also expecting budget deficits for this year, a new survey says.

Eight in 10 nonprofits in the region are bracing for greater needs from the people they serve this year and next, says the report from Business Volunteers Unlimited and the Nonprofit Finance Fund.

At the same time, only 17 percent of nonprofits expect to break even this year, down from 35 percent last year.

Among groups receiving foundation funding, two-thirds expect grant dollars to drop, while more than half of government grantees expect less money, and four in 10 groups that fundraise anticipate corporate and individual donations will be down.

That said, the hard times are forcing nonprofits to develop strategies for confronting challenges.

Almost six in 10 nonprofits have worked with other groups on administrative or program efforts during the past year, while half have developed contingency budgets and more than half say they are working more closely with their boards.

“If there is a silver lining to the economic uncertainty, it is that organizations are going beyond survival mode to pursue fundamental improvements in strategy, finance and service delivery,” Ann Kent, vice president of services to nonprofits for Business Volunteers Unlimited, says in a statement.

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