Sunday, November 30, 2008

How Obama Can Boost Support for Nonprofits

"Of the nearly 1 million nonprofits up and running, as many as 100,000 will fail over the coming six months," writes Paul Light, professor of public service at New York University's School of Public Service. In his op-ed in the Washington Post, Light says "Obama Must Mobilize Supporters to Help Nonprofits." With a powerful call to action, Light says, President-elect can rally "Generation O" to support nonprofits as both employees and volunteers.

Light describes the growing challenges nonprofits face. "Budgets are tight, hiring freezes are in place, and cutbacks are taking their toll on training, information technology, evaluation and even fundraising. Driven by increasing demand for basic services, many nonprofits are shorting their own employees, who are so deeply committed to their missions that they are willing to take pay cuts to help the needy."

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