Lowman S. Henry
Robert W. Keibler
Jane R. Gordon
LeGree S. Daniels
Charles L. Huston, III
Focus Group Moderator
Harrisburg (PA) – The consensus
among non-profit charitable organizations throughout Pennsylvania
is that funds from the national tobacco settlement should largely be used
for providing health insurance for the uninsured, and for establishing new
programs for the elderly.
option was to use some of the money to establish an endowment fund to help fund
the state’s future health care needs. Fifty-eight percent favored such a use of the tobacco money,
while 19% were in opposition, and 23% provided no opinion.
All of those options are contained within the Ridge Administration’s Pennsylvania Health Investment Plan. A solid 60% felt revenue from Pennsylvania’s share of the national tobacco settlement should be primarily expended on health care needs, while 10% felt it should be spent on a wider range of programs. Another 24% thought both health care and other programs should share in the bounty.
Non-profit leaders responding to the Lincoln Institute’s 2000 Charitable Organizations Survey were not willing to share tobacco revenue with the state’s schools. Fifty-eight percent opposed giving some of the money to help fund elementary and secondary schools. Only 33% supported that option, 9% had no opinion. There wasn’t much support for sharing the good financial fortune with taxpayers. Seventy-seven percent said they opposed giving a portion to taxpayers in the form of a cut in the state’s personal income tax rate. Only 16% felt the taxpayers should benefit from the funding settlement.
The Lincoln Institute’s 2000 Charitable Organization’s Survey, conducted in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Organizations, was mailed to 4,000 non-profit charitable organizations in Pennsylvania on November 30, 2000. As of the response deadline of December 22, 2000, a total of 293 survey questionnaires were returned for tabulation. Complete results of the 2000 Charitable Organization’s Survey can be obtained on-line at www.lincolninstitute.org.