Non-profits bracing for more challenges in 2010

    The recession, tight government budgets and increased demand for services combined to make 2009 one tough year for non-profit organizations. Social service providers in the region are bracing for more challenges in 2010.

    The recession, tight government budgets and increased demand for services combined to make 2009 one tough year for non-profit organizations. Social service providers in the region are bracing for more challenges in 2010.

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    “Doing more with less” seems to have been the motto for 2009. The New Jersey Center for Non-Profits reports that two-thirds of the state’s non-profits saw funding declines in 2009, and about half froze salaries.

    Even as their federal and state aid was shrinking, social service providers had more and more clients pounding on their doors for services. 2010 won’t be any easier, predicts Bob Kreider, CEO of the Devereux Foundation, a human services provider with offices in Villanova.

    Kreider: I just told our national board that what they have seen is round one of at least a three or four round long battle

    Kreider says even though the economy shows signs of perking up, state budgets – a major source of funding for social service providers – will not bounce back quickly. He says Devereux has joined the ranks of nonprofits that are cutting costs and limiting services to survive these lean times.

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