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MO Non-Profits that Help the Needy Also in Need

December 8, 2008

Jefferson City, MO - Prices are up, incomes are down, and donations scarce. Nonprofits across Missouri are facing huge increases in need this holiday season, even as they suffer a tumble in donation revenues. Rebecca Gordon, of the Central Missouri Association of Fundraising Professionals anticipates next year will be even worse.

Gordon explains that nonprofit organizations count on the state, foundations and donors for a good share of their funding. Missouri will be forced to make major cuts in the budget next July, she says, and points to the stock market as the grinch who stole giving from foundations and wealthy donors.

"We're going to see, coming into summer of next year, a real difficult period for nonprofits. After they've already spent a large portion of their reserves meeting the need here at the end of this year, they're going to be in trouble."

Gordon says the economic crisis is forcing many charitable groups to rethink the way they do business, including consolidating resources and restructuring administrative duties. She reminds people that even if they can't help these organizations with money, they can give their time.

"That's the one thing we seem to have very little of, but it's the one thing that can make a big difference in nonprofits at the holiday season--especially going into the tough times next year."

Nonprofits must learn to do more with less, Gordon warns. They should be stockpiling any donations they get and bracing themselves for a rocky couple of years. She says it will take time for Missouri's new leadership to get a handle on the state budget shortfall.

Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MO