Non-profits explore ways to survive recession

Mar 20, 2009

Strategies from sector may help gay rights groups weather storm

Amy Cavanaugh
Friday, March 20, 2009

As the recession forces cost-cutting measures for families and businesses across the nation, many nonprofit organizations are working through budget reductions by partnering with other organizations to share employees and ideas to stay afloat.

The steps they’re taking may offer some lessons for LGBT nonprofits to emulate.

“We’re seeing nonprofits diving into their resourceful roots,” said Elizabeth Clawson of the National Council of Nonprofits, a network of state and regional nonprofit associations that serve 20,000 member organizations, which are small and mid-size groups.

“The nonprofit sector more than any other is creative and resourceful because we have to be and have been like that through the entirety of our existence,” she said. “We’re good at finding shortcuts and being creative when we have to, so that bodes well for our survival.”

Clawson, who is straight, said that many member organizations have begun sharing ideas online.

“Members have been very proactive with helping each other find resources,” she said. “They share recommendations for products and services, and share expertise as a network.”

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