ERIC Number: ED366852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Funding Patterns of Nonprofit Organizations That Provide Youth Development Services: An Exploratory Study.
Stern, Leonard W.
This study examined the sources of funds for nonprofit agencies which provide youth development services. It tapped multiple sources, including reports compiled about their affiliates' revenue by the national headquarters of youth-serving agencies; studies of seven communities conducted by The Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies and the Social Policy Research Group, Inc.; the United Way of America; the Foundation Center; various documents containing information about federal funding; and interviews with organization officials and experts. Results indicated that affiliates of the largest national youth-serving organizations received a larger share of their support from United Way than did smaller independent agencies, and also received the lion's share of foundation dollars directed at adolescents. Corporate support did not appear to be a significant source of revenue. Smaller independent agencies were considerably more dependent on government funds than were large national youth development organizations. Larger, established agencies and those affiliated with recognizable national organizations appeared more able to maintain financial stability and to grow than were smaller independent agencies. Unrestricted support was increasingly difficult to obtain, and funders were reluctant to pay for indirect or administrative overhead costs. Agencies appeared to be diversifying their income sources. Service populations of some national organizations identified as youth-serving were increasing the numbers of younger children they served. Finally, significant differences were found in the extent to which affiliates of national youth-serving organizations served adolescents in at-risk circumstances. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A report prepared for the Task Force on Youth Development and Community Programs of the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development.