Monday, June 15, 2009

San Francisco Charities Facing Tough Times


With a drop in donations, and an increase in demands for services, San Francisco area charities are bracing for a rough future, with about one third of the organizations participating in a United Way of the Bay Area survey expecting to shut down in the next year. As Charity Navigator has mentioned before, this is a development that is not unexpected given the current situation. We want to reiterate that instead of all these organizations closing, and thereby leaving those dependent on the services stranded, a close look should be taken at the possibilities of organizations merging their operations. This development will lead to more efficient non-profits working in the area, and in turn it will be easier for donors to identify which organizations they wish to support. We hope the 26% of charities already reporting to have cooperated with other local organizations can continue to do so, and increase their cooperation levels.

1 comment :

mbelliss said...

I was Fundraising Chair for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the (SF) Peninsula a while back. One of my initiatives was to facilitate a merger with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of SF in order to run a more efficient operation. At the time, fundraising was not so much of an issue but my assessment of a lot of duplication of effort and overhead was. While we eventually did accomplish the merger it was not without a lot of angst, resistance and outright blocking on the part of very well-meaning people. As long as the focus remains on the beneficiaries of the work of charity folks will(eventually) do the right thing.