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Nonprofit Finances Now

An examination of nonprofit finances in the United States

Nonprofit finances in the United States were relatively strong at the beginning of 2022, largely as a result of government and foundations stepping up their support of nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, inflation, economic volatility, increasing demand for services, and a reversion to pre-COVID funding practices indicate that nonprofits will soon face familiar financial challenges to serving their communities.

However, data collected from Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2022 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey provides a unique window into both what worked when nonprofits across many different service areas had more resources and how funders might better support them in the future.

We surveyed more than 1,100 leaders from across the United States, 311 of whom also took the survey in 2018. Questions focused on nonprofits’ programmatic, operational, and financial health. Survey-takers represented nonprofits of all sizes, working in areas such as health and human services, social justice, education, arts and culture. Our analysis of the 311 respondents who took the survey in both years showed that funders made meaningful changes that benefited the financial health of many nonprofits—at least for the near term—and that these nonprofits were better prepared to meet ongoing challenges and future crises in their communities.

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