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United Way Survey: Bay Area Nonprofits Still Reeling from Recession

Monday, June 06, 2011

  • By: Maria Stokes
  • Organization: United Way of the Bay Area

The financial well-being of the Bay Area nonprofit sector – and the clients it serves – continued to erode in 2010, according to United Way’s ninth annual Bay Area Nonprofit Pulse Survey. The survey of 232 Bay Area nonprofit organizations reveals that the recession’s lingering effects forced agencies to cut staff and services in order to survive.

When asked if they are observing signs of recovery among their clients, 53% stated that their clients are faring worse, compared to 45% in 2010. Demand for services continues to surge, with 62% of nonprofits reporting an increase in demand last year. Of that group, 45% indicated they had to turn clients away, unable to meet the increased demand.

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