Surviving Financially in Today's Economy
In these particularly uncertain economic times, many nonprofits may be facing 2009 with more dread than optimism. Regardless of industry, size, or type of work, community based nonprofits are faced with a variety of crucial challenges in 2009:
- Maintaining their mission
- Offsetting unanticipated funding loss
- Keeping their doors open
To find some answers, we enlisted the help of our fellow co–workers at McCrory & McDowell and you, our readers in the nonprofit community.
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Strategic Planning and Community Engagement Tool
Dewey & Kaye, in partnership with 3 Rivers Connect (3RC), recently completed an in–depth study of real estate development activity in Pittsburgh's Hill District. The Dewey & Kaye — 3RC research collaborative was tasked with answering the question, "What development activities are planned and/or underway in the Hill District and which organizations are driving those activities?"
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Dear Dewey & Kaye:
I'm a board member of a nonprofit agency that provides various social services to low–income individuals through four centers located across Allegheny County. In this funding environment, it looks like we’re going to need to close one of our centers to stay afloat. This is the hardest decision our board has ever had to make — what should we take into consideration?
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To fully deliver on mission, each nonprofit organization needs to understand the characteristics of the individuals and neighborhoods it serves. There are several excellent resources available online to assist your organization in conducting affordable, efficient demographic research.
- Humanservices.net, a service of 3 Rivers Connect, provides data for each Allegheny County municipality including typical demographic information such as income, population, education and age as well as the level of service usage by members of that community from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Humanservices.net also provides an online registry of human services available throughout Allegheny County; helpful both for the individual seeking services as well as the nonprofit deciding where to offer (or discontinue) a particular service.
- For data comparing the Pittsburgh Region to others throughout the U.S., Pittsburgh Today (www.pittsburghtoday.org) provides a wealth of information across ten key indicators (arts, demographics, education, economy, environment, governments, health, housing, public safety and transportation).
- The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, provides extensive demographic, housing, economic and social information based upon an annual survey, available at www.census.gov/acs/.
Nominate an Outstanding Organization for the People Do Matter Awards
The People Do Matter Award was created in 2000 and is hosted by The Pittsburgh Human Resource Association to encourage effective practices in human resources. This event recognizes those Southwestern Pennsylvania employers whose human resource practices best demonstrates the important of providing their workers a positive return on their contributions of time, attention, ideas, knowledge, passion, energy and social networks to ensure productivity, efficiency and business results.
The goal is to increase regional awareness of human capital investments and to encourage, recognize and replicate such high–performance human resource practices in our area. Past winners have included small companies to large global corporations, not–for–profit and family–owned businesses. Size, number of employees or even the gross income doesn't influence the decision making process to select the winners.
The three categories are:
- The initiative will recognize employers that have adopted strategies and practices that enable recruiting excellence, retention of a high quality workforce, clear rewards, commitment to diversity, and/or a mutually respectful, flexible workplace.
Learning and Development
- The initiative is looking for employers that have adopted strategies and practices to achieve exceptional employee performance through skills advancement, knowledge creation, and knowledge transfer.
Work Structures and Processes
- The initiative will recognize employers with innovative strategies and practices that facilitate positive change, increase organizational and employee productivity, and create value in the marketplace and for the company's customers.
To qualify for this initiative, companies must be located in Southwest Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland Counties).
A panel of regional human resource experts will judge nominations on three criteria: contribution to the organization's needs and strategic or tactical plan(s), results and contribution to the bottom line, and creativity.
The recognized organizations are announced at an awards ceremony and reception. The event will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2009 with the keynote speaker being Mr. Carl Jenkins, Store Manager of the Pittsburgh Nordstrom and will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Station Square. Honorees are also recognized in the local media and at regional workforce development events throughout the year. Additional information and nomination forms can be found at PeopleDoMatter@pittsburghhra.com or contact Ms. Amie Lopus at 412–261–5537.