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NY "Helping Agencies" Working for One Voice Against Recession

January 12, 2009

New York, NY — The economic crunch, including a reduction in state assistance and public donations, has forced some New York nonprofit agencies to develop new cooperation among themselves in order to meet the needs of their clients. With the expectation that 2009 will be an even more-challenging year, these organizations, known as "helping agencies," are holding statewide forums this month and next to enhance cooperation.

Cindy Scott, executive director of the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect, says many of the thousands of state, local and community agencies have decided to bring a concerted effort against the needs many in New York face.

"Not only are we advocating for who we are together, but we are also working together in how we provide services; ensuring we are as efficient as we can be with the services we provide."

Nonprofits that may have branched out to serve multiple causes during better times, now report they are re-focusing almost exclusively on their core missions, according to Scott. Nonprofits provide 15 percent of all jobs and income on Long Island.

Ann Marie Thigpen, director of the Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership, says "helping agencies" got through last year's Wall Street woes because they had collected donations promises they could count on.

"Pretty much all of the funding had already been set, grants had already been given, money had already been promised. In '08 there was some drop-off in funding, but the greater drop-off I believe is going to occur in '09."

Members of the One Voice nonprofit campaign meet at their forum today in Islip. Three more forums are scheduled this month and next to help nonprofits combine forces, beginning in Riverhead on Long Island, next week.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY