Government Contracts and Human Service Nonprofits

Posted on October 04, 2010

You are cordially invited to attend

Thursday, October 7, 2010 • 9:00-10:30 a.m. ET

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* Elizabeth Boris, director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute
* Tim Delaney, president and CEO, National Council of Nonprofits
* Steven Smith, Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
* Eugene Steuerle, Institute fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)

Nearly 33,000 human service nonprofits had government contracts and grants last year, which provided the largest single source of revenue for 62 percent of them. The nearly 200,000 federal, state, and local contracts totaled about $100 billion.

But a new study from the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy reveals that with many contracts come major problems. Fifty-seven percent of the nonprofits, for instance, are bedeviled by contract changes, including cancellation, reduced payments, and postponement. Forty-one percent say government agencies made late payments.

Please join us for the release of the first national survey documenting the extent of government involvement with human service organizations and the problems these nonprofits experienced. The panel of experts will discuss the impact of the recession, the interaction of contracting problems, the cutbacks organizations have made to keep their programs operating, policy implications, and the future of nonprofit–government relations.

At the Urban Institute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.

Breakfast will be provided at 8:45 a.m. The forum begins promptly at 9:00.

Webcast note:
You will need to register for the webcast on the same computer you will use to listen. You can register anytime up to and during the event. To access the webcast, go to the same link where you registered, The audio recording will be archived there immediately after the event.

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