On December 5, the National Council of Nonprofits and the Urban Institute published companion reports as part of a multi-year collaborative project designed to identify the scope of the problems that charitable nonprofits face when performing work on behalf of governments pursuant to contracts and grants and to promote solutions that will benefit individuals served by nonprofits, taxpayers, nonprofits, and governments.
Scope of the Problem
Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants: Findings from the 2013 National Survey from the Urban Institute provides key data on the problems experienced by charitable nonprofits in performing work under contracts and grants with governments, including findings on late payments, failure to pay the full costs of services provided on behalf of governments, changes to written agreements in mid-stream, and unnecessarily burdensome application and reporting requirements.
Common Sense Solutions
A Dozen Common Sense Solutions to Government-Nonprofit Contracting Problems from the National Council of Nonprofits, explains why reforms are so important right now and provides a menu of proven, replicable solutions that states and localities can utilize to fix broken contracting and grantmaking systems, save money for taxpayers, and work better with nonprofits to serve communities.