1999 Annual Charitable Organizations Survey

SECTION I:  Please answer the following questions about Pennsylvania's new LOBBY LAW: 

1.) Does your organization engage in direct communications, written or verbal, with members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, a state official, or any state employee with the intent of influencing legislation or administrative action.

29%  YES
70%  NO
1%    DON'T KNOW

2.)
Does you organization engage in any indirect communications (written or verbal), ie: letter writing campaigns, mailings, phone banks, educational materials, etc. on public policy issues?

35%   YES
65%   NO  

0%     DON'T KNOW


3.) Have you heard of Act 93 of 1998, the Lobbyist Disclosure Act, which requires lobbyists and certain organizations which attempt to influence public policy to register with the Commonwealth and file regular reports on funds they expend on their activities?

50%   YES
44%   NO  

6%     DON'T KNOW
 

4.)
Has your organization registered, or does it intend to register, under provisions on Act 93 of 1998, the Lobbyist Disclosure Act?

  4%   YES
78%   NO

18%   DON'T KNOW

5.)
Is your organization currently unsure as to whether or not it falls under provisions of Act 93 of 1998, the Lobbyist Disclosure Act?

27%   YES
5
0%   NO
23%   DON'T KNOW


SECTION II:
Please answer the following questions about your organization's  BUDGETING and FUNDRAISING practices:


1.) What is the current range of your operating budget?

21%   Under $25,000
23%   $25 - $100,000
30%   $101,000 - $500,000
 
9%   $501,000  - $1,000,000
11%   $1,000,000 - $5,000,000
  5%   Over $5,000,000

2.) Indicate what percentage of annual operating revenues is generated through:

_____% Philanthropic Foundation Grants
_____% Private Individual Donations
_____% Membership Dues
_____% Corporate Contributions
_____% Earned Revenue  
_____% United Way  
_____% Special Events  
_____% Government Reimbursements  
_____% Other

3.) In which area of revenue did you experience an increase in income during the past year?

15%   Grants
17%   Private donations
5%   Membership Dues
6%   Corporate Gifts
12%   Earned Revenue  
  4%   United Way  
10%   Special Events  
  8%   Government Reimbursements
  2%   Other  
42%   No increase in revenue

4.) In which area of revenue did you experience a decrease in income during the last year?

  6%   Grants
12%   Private donations
  6%   Member's Dues
  9%   Corporate Gifts
  4%   Earned Revenue
  4%   United Way  
10%   Special Events
  6%   Government Reimbursements  
  2%   Other  
42%   No decrease in revenue

6.) Does your organization have an endowment or planned giving program?

29%   YES
71%   NO

IF NO, Does your organization have plans to establish an endowment or planned giving program during the coming year?

17%   YES  
65%   NO
18%   DON'T KNOW    

6.) Do members of your Board of Directors personally participate in fundraising efforts?

75%   YES
25%   NO

7.) Estimate the percentage of revenue raised for your organization last year by members of your Board of Directors who come from the following sectors:

_____% Corporate Representatives
_____% Non-profit/Foundation representatives
_____% Government Agencies
_____% Clergy/Religious
_____% Staff
_____% No Affiliation

8.) What is the affiliation of the Chief Executive Officer of your organization?

57%   Staff
  6%   Corporate Representative
 
1%   Representative of Another Non-Profit
 
1%   Philanthropic Foundation Representative
 
1%   Government Agency
 
2%   Clergy/Religious  
32%   No Affiliation


9.) Comparing your organization's two most recently completed fiscal years: Has your percentage of corporate contributions increased or decreased or stayed about the same?

23%   Increased
12%   Decreased
65%  
Stayed about the same  

10.) Was this increase or decrease planned?  

31%   Yes
69%   No
 

11.) Comparing your organization
's two most recently completed fiscal years: Has your percentage of philanthropic contributions increased or decreased or stayed about the same?


32%   Increased
14%   Decreased
54%   Stayed about the same

12.) Was this increase or decrease planned?

45%   Yes
55%   No

13.) Comparing your organization's two most recently completed fiscal years: Has your percentage of government funds increased or decreased or stayed about the same?

30%   Increased
14%   Decreased
54%   Stayed about the same

14.)Was this increase or decrease planned?

54%   Yes
46%   No  


SECTION III
:
Please answer the following questions about your organization's ADMINISTRATIVE practices:

1.) Indicate what percentage of your Board Of Directors sits on the Board of another non-profit organization?

35%     0 -5%
12%     6 - 10%  
17%   11 - 25%  
18%   25 - 50%  
10%   50 - 75%  
  8%   75 - 100%

2.) What percentage of your Board regularly attends Board meetings?  

  9%     0 - 25%
12%   25 - 50%  
39%   50 - 75%  
41%   75 - 100%

3.) Describe the relationship between the Board and Staff:  

59%   Excellent  
31%   Good  
  9%   Fair  
  1%   Poor

4.) What is the size of your Board of Directors?                                                                 

13%     0 5  
26%     6 10
28%   11 15  
29%   16 - 30  
  3%   More than 30 

5.) What is the percentage of representation on your Board of Directors by these sectors:

23%   Corporate Representatives  
10%   Non-profit/Foundation Representatives  
  3%   Government Agencies  
  5%   Clergy/Religious  
  8%   Staff  
51%   No Affiliation

6.) How many times a year does your Board meet?

13%   1 - 3 times a year  
28%   3 - 6 times a year  
27%   6 - 11 times a year  
32%   Every month

7.) What is the annual earnings range of your paid chief staff officer?  

27%   Under $25,000  
69%   $25,000 - $100,000  
  2%   $101,000 - $500,000  
  1%   $501,000 - $1,000,000  
  1%   $1,000,000 - $3,000,000   
  1%   Over $3,000,000  

8.) What percentage of your budget is used for annual staff payroll:

26%    0 -5%  
  5%    6 - 10%
12%   11 - 25%
25%   25 - 50%  
26%   50 - 75%
  7%   75 - 100%

 9.) How many full time staff do you employ?

64%   0 5  
10%   6 - 10  
  5%    11 - 15  
  9%    16 30  
13%   More than 30

10.) What population do you serve according to your mission?  (Check all that apply)  

24%   Youth
  6%    Arts  
17%   Elderly  
16%   Education  
19%   Human Services  
  4%   Religious
14%   Other

11.) What is the primary age range of the clients you serve?

49%   All ages  
  6%    0 7  
10%   8 16  
  9%   17 24  
  8%   25 - 40  
  9%   41 60  
  8%   Over 60


METHODOLOGY:

     The 1999 Charitable Organizations Survey was mailed to a random sample of 4,000 Pennsylvania non-profit organizations on October 28, 1999.  A total of 348 organizations returned their questionnaire by the November 18, 1999 deadline.