Update on Charitable Funding in an Economic Downturn

The Centre for Nonprofit Management (TCNM) has published the findings of its most recent survey on the state of Irish charities during the economic downturn. Read the full findings...

137 organisations took part in the online questionnaire which was launched on 21st July and remained active until 4th August. This survey (which compared and contrasted the February survey findings with the August findings) was a follow up on an earlier TCNM survey from February 2009 that focused on recent changes in fundraising income and activity in Ireland.

Some of the key findings of the survey include:

Changes in Demand for Services - in February almost three quarters (74.9%) of organisations indicated that they expected the demand for their services to increase in 2009. Findings from the follow up survey show that 58 per cent of organisations had experienced an increase in demand for services in the six months to the end of June. In June a larger proportion of organisations were expecting demand to remain the same for the remainder of the year, 35 per cent versus 19.1 per cent in February.

Changes to staffing in the organisations - in February almost half of respondents believed that the number of volunteers in their organisation would remain the same this year while a further 43.6 per cent felt that the number of volunteers would increase. Findings from the follow-up survey show that 39.2 per cent of organisations reported an increase in the number of volunteers in the six months to the end of June 2009 and over half stated that their volunteer numbers had remained the same.

Changes in Overall Income - findings from the survey which took place in February showed that almost two thirds of organisations expected to experience a decrease in income this year. 70 per cent of responding organisations indicated that their total income had decreased in the first six months of this year.

Read the full findings of this latest TCNM survey here.