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2010 Pennsylvania Charitable Organizations Survey

Response Summary:
Total Started Survey: 395
Total Completed Survey: 351  (88.9%)


Page: Policy Issues

1. In general, do you think business conditions in Pennsylvania are BETTER, about the SAME, or WORSE than they were one year ago?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
BETTER 12.5% 49
ABOUT THE SAME 48.2% 189
WORSE 39.3% 154
answered question   392
skipped question   3

2. Looking ahead one year, do you expect business conditions to be BETTER, about the SAME, or WORSE than they are today?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
BETTER 38.3% 151
ABOUT THE SAME 44.9% 177
WORSE 16.8% 66
answered question   394
skipped question   1

3. Are employment levels at your organization HIGHER, about the SAME, or LOWER than they were one year ago?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
HIGHER 19.9% 78
ABOUT THE SAME 53.2% 208
LOWER 26.9% 105
answered question   391
skipped question   4

4. Looking ahead one year, do you expect employment levels at your organization to be HIGHER, about the SAME, or LOWER than they are today?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
HIGHER 23.4% 92
ABOUT THE SAME 64.6% 254
LOWER 12.0% 47
answered question   393
skipped question   2

5. What impact has the current economic recession had on your organization?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE IMPACT 28.9% 114
SOMEWHAT NEGATIVE IMPACT 60.2% 237
NO IMPACT 4.6% 18
SOMEWHAT POSITIVE IMPACT 5.6% 22
SIGNIFICANT POSITIVE IMPACT 0.8% 3
answered question   394
skipped question   1

6. Has the current economic recession caused your organization to increase services, decrease services, or has the level of services provided remained about the same?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
INCREASED SERVICES 28.2% 109
ABOUT THE SAME 50.4% 195
DECREASED SERVICES 21.4% 83
answered question   387
skipped question   8

7. Has your organization had to do any of the following as a result of the economic recession:

  YES NO Don't Know/
Refused
Response
Count
LAY-OFF STAFF 32.1% (124) 66.6% (257) 1.3% (5) 386
REDUCE EMPLOYEE HOURS 33.2% (129) 65.7% (255) 1.0% (4) 388
CUT SALARIES 17.6% (67) 79.7% (303) 2.6% (10) 380
CUT OR ELIMINATE BENEFITS 30.8% (118) 66.8% (256) 2.3% (9) 383
DISCONTINUE SOME SERVICES 33.6% (129) 64.8% (249) 1.6% (6) 384
BORROW OPERATING MONEY 25.9% (98) 68.0% (257) 6.1% (23) 378
CANCEL OR POSTPONE EXPANSION PLANS 44.4% (171) 49.9% (192) 5.7% (22) 385
answered question   392
skipped question   3

8. Does your organization continue to experience any lingering difficulties as a result of the 2009 budget impasse?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 39.2% 152
NO 38.4% 149
DON'T RECEIVE STATE FUNDING 22.4% 87
answered question   388
skipped question   7

9. Did your organization have to dip into a line of credit as a result of the 2009 state budget impasse?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 27.8% 108
NO 52.3% 203
DON'T RECEIVE STATE FUNDING 19.8% 77
answered question   388
skipped question   7

10. If your organization receives state funding, has your level of funding INCREASED, DECREASED, or stayed ABOUT THE SAME over the past year?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
INCREASED 3.1% 12
ABOUT THE SAME 21.7% 83
DECREASED 42.6% 163
DON'T RECEIVE STATE FUNDING 32.6% 125
answered question   383
skipped question   12

11. If your organization has received or expects to receive any federal stimulus (AARA) money this year, how much do you expect to receive?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
Under $10,000 41.5% 49
$10,000 - $25,000 15.3% 18
$25,000 - $50,000 9.3% 11
$50,000 - $100,000 8.5% 10
$100,000 - $250,000 2.5% 3
$250,000 - $500,000 10.2% 12
$500,000 - $1 Million 5.9% 7
Over $1 Million 6.8% 8
answered question   118
skipped question   277

12. Would you say the current level of public trust in charities is:

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
HIGH 13.3% 52
MEDIUM 70.8% 277
LOW 9.2% 36
NO OPINION/REFUSED 6.6% 26
answered question   391
skipped question   4

13. Would you say the level of public trust in charities has IMPROVED or GOTTEN WORSE over the past couple of years?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED 2.1% 8
SOMEWHAT IMPROVED 19.8% 77
ABOUT THE SAME 44.8% 174
SOMEWHAT WORSE 26.3% 102
SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE 1.8% 7
NO OPINION/REFUSED 5.2% 20
answered question   388
skipped question   7

14. Do you think non-profit organizations should be required to register as lobbyists if they interact with the federal, state, or local government, or should non-profits be exempt from such requirements?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES, SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER 24.9% 97
NO, SHOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER 44.4% 173
DON'T KNOW 20.3% 79
NO OPINION/REFUSED 10.5% 41
answered question   390
skipped question   5

15. Has anyone from your organization registered as a lobbyist under the Pennsylvania Lobbying Disclosure Act?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 6.4% 25
NO 82.0% 318
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 11.6% 45
answered question   388
skipped question   7

16. Do you understand what is required under the new Pennsylvania lobbying disclosure law and regulations?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 41.0% 159
NO 41.8% 162
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 17.3% 67
answered question   388
skipped question   7

17. Did your organization lobby the FEDERAL government on any public policy issue during the past year?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 16.4% 64
NO 72.8% 284
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 10.8% 42
answered question   390
skipped question   5

18. Did your organization lobby STATE government on any public policy issue during the past year?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 27.8% 108
NO 60.9% 237
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 11.3% 44
answered question   389
skipped question   6

19. Did your organization lobby any LOCAL government (county, city, borough, township) on any public policy issue during the past year?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 21.1% 81
NO 64.8% 249
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 14.1% 54
answered question   384
skipped question   11

20. Does your organization PLAN to lobby government at any level on any public policy issue during the coming year?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 29.2% 114
NO 44.6% 174
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 26.2% 102
answered question   390
skipped question   5

21. When it comes to your personal responsibilities for lobbying would you:

  YES NO Don't Know/
Refused
Response
Count
BENEFIT FROM TRAINING 53.4% (202) 24.3% (92) 22.2% (84) 378
BENEFIT FROM FACE-TO-FACE BRIEFINGS 39.5% (147) 33.1% (123) 27.4% (102) 372
READ BRIEFINGS 60.3% (226) 14.9% (56) 24.8% (93) 375
answered question   384
skipped question   11

22. Do you provide health insurance to your employees?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
CURRENTLY PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE 82.9% 324
PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED, BUT DISCONTINUED 1.8% 7
DO NOT PROVIDE, BUT PLAN TO IN THE FUTURE 2.3% 9
HAVE NO PLANS TO PROVIDE INSURANCE 11.3% 44
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 1.8% 7
answered question   391
skipped question   4

23. If you provide health insurance, who pays the premium?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
EMPLOYER PAYS FULL PREMIUM 25.5% 94
EMPLOYEE PAYS FULL PREMIUM 0.5% 2
SPLIT/MAJOR PORTION PAID BY EMPLOYER 54.1% 199
SPLIT/MAJOR PORTION PAID BY EMPLOYEE 4.9% 18
50/50 SPLIT EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE 2.7% 10
DO NOT OFFER/WILL NOT OFFER INSURANCE 8.4% 31
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 3.8% 14
answered question   368
skipped question   27

24. Will you take advantage of the federal tax incentive plan for small nonprofit organizations to provide health care?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 15.2% 59
NO 27.8% 108
DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT IT 57.1% 222
answered question   389
skipped question   6

25. When it comes to providing social services, which level of government do you think operates most efficiently?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
FEDERAL 12.1% 47
STATE 9.0% 35
COUNTY 34.4% 134
MUNICIPAL (LOCAL) 15.4% 60
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 29.2% 114
answered question   390
skipped question   5
  Response
Percent
Response
Count
FEDERAL 12.1% 47
STATE 9.0% 35
COUNTY 34.4% 134
MUNICIPAL (LOCAL) 15.4% 60
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 29.2% 114
answered question   390
skipped question   5

Organizational Issues

26. Since the beginning of the year has income to your organization from all sources:

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY 2.6% 9
INCREASED MODERATELY 17.8% 62
STAYED ABOUT THE SAME 33.5% 117
DECREASED MODERATELY 33.5% 117
DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY 11.5% 40
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 1.1% 4
answered question   349
skipped question   46

27. Generally speaking, from 2008 to 2009 did funding for your organization INCREASE, DECREASE, or STAY ABOUT THE SAME.

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
INCREASED 19.6% 68
STAYED ABOUT THE SAME 31.7% 110
DECREASED 45.2% 157
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 3.5% 12
answered question   347
skipped question   48

28. Generally speaking, do you expect to see funding for 2010 INCREASE, DECREASE, or STAY ABOUT THE SAME as it was in 2009?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
INCREASE 21.0% 73
STAY ABOUT THE SAME 46.3% 161
DECREASE 30.5% 106
DON'T KNOW/NO OPINION 2.3% 8
answered question   348
skipped question   47

29. Approximately what percentage of your funding in 2009 came from the following sources?

  0-10% 11-20% 21-30% 31-40% 41-50% 51-60% 61-70% 71-80% 81-90% 91-100% Don't Know/
Refused
Response
Count
FOUNDATIONS 56.5% (179) 14.8% (47) 7.9% (25) 4.1% (13) 2.8% (9) 2.5% (8) 0.6% (2) 0.3% (1) 0.0% (0) 1.6% (5) 8.8% (28) 317
FEDERAL FUNDING 58.2% (166) 8.8% (25) 4.9% (14) 3.5% (10) 4.2% (12) 1.8% (5) 1.8% (5) 0.7% (2) 3.2% (9) 1.4% (4) 11.6% (33) 285
STATE FUNDING 45.5% (130) 11.5% (33) 8.4% (24) 8.7% (25) 4.9% (14) 2.1% (6) 2.8% (8) 1.7% (5) 1.0% (3) 1.0% (3) 12.2% (35) 286
COUNTY/LOCAL FUNDING 55.2% (155) 12.8% (36) 6.8% (19) 2.8% (8) 4.3% (12) 1.8% (5) 1.8% (5) 1.4% (4) 0.7% (2) 0.4% (1) 12.1% (34) 281
INDIVIDUALS 38.0% (122) 14.3% (46) 10.0% (32) 5.3% (17) 5.3% (17) 2.8% (9) 3.4% (11) 1.9% (6) 4.0% (13) 5.6% (18) 9.3% (30) 321
PROGRAM FEES 47.3% (142) 9.3% (28) 5.7% (17) 5.3% (16) 3.7% (11) 3.7% (11) 1.3% (4) 4.7% (14) 5.3% (16) 3.0% (9) 10.7% (32) 300
answered question   340
skipped question   55

30. How has the economy impacted these funding sources for your organization:

  SIGNIFICANT INCREASE MODERATE INCREASE ABOUT THE SAME MODERATE DECREASE SIGNIFICANT DECREASE Don't Know/
Refused
Response
Count
FOUNDATIONS 1.3% (4) 7.5% (24) 26.3% (84) 27.5% (88) 19.7% (63) 17.8% (57) 320
FEDERAL FUNDING 2.5% (7) 8.1% (23) 33.0% (94) 13.3% (38) 6.0% (17) 37.2% (106) 285
STATE FUNDING 0.3% (1) 3.7% (11) 23.1% (68) 27.6% (81) 16.3% (48) 28.9% (85) 294
COUNTY/LOCAL FUNDING 0.7% (2) 3.1% (9) 33.4% (96) 22.0% (63) 9.8% (28) 31.0% (89) 287
INDIVIDUALS 0.9% (3) 14.3% (47) 33.5% (110) 26.8% (88) 11.3% (37) 13.1% (43) 328
PROGRAM FEES 2.3% (7) 8.3% (25) 44.2% (134) 15.8% (48) 4.3% (13) 25.1% (76) 303
answered question   341
skipped question   54

31. Generally speaking, do you have GREATER, ABOUT THE SAME, or LESS ability to fulfill your organization's core mission this year than in past years?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
GREATER 12.4% 43
ABOUT THE SAME 57.5% 200
LESS 29.0% 101
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 1.1% 4
answered question   348
skipped question   47

32. Is your organization contemplating any type of material change in 2011?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
MERGER 2.6% 9
LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION 0.3% 1
CLOSING YOUR DOORS 1.2% 4
EXPANDING OPERATIONS 16.2% 56
MOVING YOUR OFFICES 8.4% 29
NO CHANGE 64.5% 223
Other (VIEW) 6.9% 24
answered question   346
skipped question   49

33. Have the new IRS Form 990 requirements caused any difficulties for your organization?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
SIGNIFICANT DIFFICULTIES 0.9% 3
SOME DIFFICULTY 17.5% 61
NO DIFFULTY 68.8% 240
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 13.2% 46
answered question   349
skipped question   46

34. Does your organization have difficulty hiring/retaining qualfied staff?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 30.9% 108
NO 64.0% 224
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 5.1% 18
answered question   350
skipped question   45

35. If your organization does have difficult hiring/retaining qualified staff, what is the cause of that difficulty?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
OUR SALARY OFFERS ARE LOWER 46.0% 63
FOR PROFITS OFFER BETTERS SALARY/BENEFIT PACKAGES 19.7% 27
INADEQUATE PREPARATIONS OF PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES 7.3% 10
INABILITY TO PROVIDE BENEFITS 4.4% 6
Other (VIEW) 22.6% 31
answered question   137
skipped question   258

36. Which issue(s) has your organization experienced challenges in regarding the recruitment of good Board members?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
NON-PROFIT SCANDALS 0.0% 0
LIABILITY 0.9% 3
LACK OF TIME 38.8% 123
PEOPLE ALREADY COMMITTED TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS 31.2% 99
NOT WILLING TO FUNDRAISE FOR OUR ORGAIZATION 16.7% 53
Other (VIEW) 12.3% 39
answered question   317
skipped question   78

37. Would you regularly like to receive information on policy issues (state and national) that impact nonprofit organizations?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 77.6% 267
NO 15.1% 52
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 7.3% 25
answered question   344
skipped question   51

38. IF YES, with what frequency would you like to receive information on state and national policy issues?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
DAILY 2.3% 7
WEEKLY 26.2% 80
MONTHLY 61.0% 186
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 10.5% 32
answered question   305
skipped question   90

39. IF your organization belongs to a professional association, what services that are not currently provided would you like to see added?

    Response
Count
Other (VIEW)   29
answered question   29
skipped question   366

40. What is your organization's biggest concern as you prepare for 2011?

    Response
Count
Other (VIEW)   212
answered question   212
skipped question   183

Taking the Pulse of Pennsylvania