From being featured in 2009, Bi-Lingual went from struggling to expending. With daily challenges of multilingual service provision, limited funding and extraordinary dedication of our team members, the agency now expanded its operations to include children’s services and assist adults who are not disabled via insurance counseling and caregiver education.
March 21, 2009 – This economic downturn is still unfolding, with multiple cascading effects on the constituencies and funding of nonprofits. Because this development comes at a moment when a new administration is at the helm of our nation—with different ideas about how nonprofits and government might interact—the Nonprofit Quarterly decided to document your experiences to understand what this notable moment in history will mean for the nonprofit sector.
So as this era unfolds, we are asking NPQ readers to volunteer their organizations to be followed over the coming months. This article is the first of a series that chronicles the ways in which ordinary but enormously entrepreneurial U.S. nonprofits adapt in the face of enormous complexity and rapid change.
In short, we have found that the degree to which nonprofits are affected is dependent not only on the field they occupy, which we expected, but also very much on their geography.
Is their state budget in good or bad shape? Is the local economy thriving or waning? Does the organization occupy an area with a lot of philanthropy or not so much? These differences are set against a backdrop of profound change on a national basis that manifests differently in different localities.