Bentz Whaley Flessner

Last year was another difficult one for Washington area nonprofits as many took in fewer dollars and had to eat more into their rainy-day reserves, but according to a new study, there’s reason to believe the tides may start to turn in 2012.

According to a canvas of community organizations in the region, nearly half (46 percent) report that their donors have expressed plans to maintain or increase contributions this year, compared with 27 percent last year and only 15 percent in 2009, according to a report released Monday by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. The group surveyed nonprofits in the District, Northern Virginia and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland.

“We certainly hope to see that come to fruition,” said Glen O’Gilvie, the group’s chief executive. “I believe the community at large is starting to realize how the challenges our nonprofits are facing are having a direct impact on the key areas we all want to be vibrant, like public safety, education and health care, and they’re digging deep to support these organizations.”

Full text for this article is available via the Washington Post, 5/13/12.

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