Dear Nonprofit Leaders:
The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership has launched its 2013 Marin Nonprofit Landscape Study. This new study, based on the results of the first-ever comprehensive study in 2008, has been commissioned to find out what the state of local nonprofits is now.
Our 2008 report provided baseline information about the nonprofit sector in critical areas such as service provision, demographics of the population served, and budgetary information.
But a lot has changed in five years. (And that's why, as you'll see below, we're asking for your help.)
The Great Recession struck shortly after the first report was released. This economic downturn, combined with shrinking funding sources, government tension, and leadership transition begs the question: how are nonprofits in Marin County doing today? How have service demands changed, and are they able to meet this demand? What is the impact of their programs in the community? What do nonprofit leaders see as their most pressing issues, challenges, and needs?
These questions are not merely hypothetical. Nonprofit leaders must consistently ask themselves if they are doing their best for the communities they serve. Without the necessary information about such things, our efforts to increase our impact, address inequity, and do more with less is only guesswork.
By contributing your voice to this important follow-up study, you will play a part in advancing a vision for a dynamic and robust nonprofit sector that is critical to our regional quality of life.
If you haven't already done so, we urge you to take 20 minutes to complete the survey by Monday, September 16.
The survey can be completed here: https://www.surveymk.com/s/J56YSTC
Thank you for your efforts to help increase the responses and therefore the data we can all use. We thank you for joining the many who have lent their voice in the hope of creating a stronger and more connected sector.
Linda Davis, CEO, Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership
Larry Meredith, Director of Health & Human Services, County of Marin
Thomas Peters, Ph.D., President and CEO, Marin Community Foundation
QUESTIONS?: Contact Katelyn Willoughby, 415-479-5710 ext 330