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2006 Pennsylvania Charitable Organizations Survey

Total Respondants: 251

1. Policy Issues

1. Do you think non-profit organizations should be required to register as lobbyists if they interact with the federal, state, or local government, or should non-profits be exempt from such requirements?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES, SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER 30.2% 75
NO, SHOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER 52% 129
DON'T KNOW 11.7% 29
NO OPINION/REFUSED 6% 15
Total Respondents     248
(skipped this question)   3

2. Has anyone from your organization registered as a lobbyist under the Governor's Executive Order?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 3.2% 8
NO 87.2% 218
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 9.6% 24
Total Respondents     250
(skipped this question)   1

3. Has anyone from your organization registered as a lobbyist under the state Senate's rules?

4. Do you understand what will be required under the new Pennsylvania lobbyist disclosure law?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 2.4% 6
NO 87.2% 218
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 10.4% 26
Total Respondents     250
(skipped this question)     1
  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 16.2% 40
NO 74.1% 183
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 9.7% 24
Total Respondents     247
(skipped this question)     4

5. Did your organization lobby the FEDERAL government on any public policy issue during the past year?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 19.4% 48
NO 75.7% 187
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 4.9% 12
Total Respondents     247
(skipped this question)     4

6. Did your organization lobby STATE government on any public policy issue during the past year?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 29.1% 71
NO 65.6% 160
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 5.3% 13
Total Respondents     244
(skipped this question)     7

7. Did your organization lobby any LOCAL government (county, city, borough, township) on any public policy issue during the past year?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 21.1% 52
NO 73.3% 181
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 5.7% 14
Total Respondents     247
(skipped this question)     4

8. Does your organization PLAN to lobby government at any level on any public policy issue during the coming year?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 30.5% 75
NO 43.5% 107
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 26% 64
Total Respondents     246
(skipped this question)     5

9. Do you feel you would benefit from training on lobbyist registration and lobbying issues?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 51.6% 127
NO 15.4% 38
NOT SURE 32.5% 80
REFUSED 0.4% 1
Total Respondents     246
(skipped this question)     5

10. Do you provide health insurance to your employees?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
CURRENTLY PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE 83.3% 204
PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED, BUT DISCONTINUED 1.2% 3
DO NOT PROVIDE, BUT PLAN TO IN THE FUTURE 6.1% 15
HAVE NO PLANS TO PROVIDE INSURANCE 9.4% 23
Total Respondents     245
(skipped this question)     6

11. If you provide health insurance, who pays the premium?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
EMPLOYER PAYS FULL PREMIUM 38.9% 93
EMPLOYEE PAYS FULL PREMIUM 0.8% 2
SPLIT/MAJOR PORTION PAID BY EMPLOYER 43.1% 103
SPLIT/MAJOR PORTION PAID BY EMPLOYEE 2.1% 5
50/50 SPLIT EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE 1.7% 4
DO NOT OFFER/WILL NOT OFFER INSURANCE 13.4% 32
Total Respondents     239
(skipped this question)     12

12. If you provide health insurance, how are your rates this year compared to 2005?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
FIRST YEAR OFFERED, NO PRIOR RATE HISTORY 3.5% 8
PREMIUM FOR 2005 DECREASED 8.3% 19
NO CHANGE 13.1% 30
PREMIUM FOR 2005 INCREASED 0-25% 51.5% 118
PREMIUM FOR 2005 INCREASED 26-50% 6.6% 15
PREMIUM FOR 2005 INCREASED 51-75% 0.4% 1
PREMIUM FOR 2005 INCREASED 76-100% 1.3% 3
PREMIUM FOR 2005 INCREASED MORE THAN 100% 0% 0
DO NOT OFFER/WILL NOT OFFER INSURANCE 15.3% 35
Total Respondents     229
(skipped this question)     22

13. If you provide health insurance, are you doing any of the following to reduce costs? (Check the ONE most applicable choice.)

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
INCREASING DEDUCTIBLES 8.3% 17
INCREASING CO-PAYS 9.8% 20
CHANGING INSURANCE COMPANIES 17.6% 36
CHANGING TYPE OF COVERAGE (ie: PPO v. TRADITIONAL) 8.3% 17
REQURING EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION 9.8% 20
INCREASING EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION 5.9% 12
HIRING A BROKER TO NEGOTIATE A BETTER RATE 7.4% 15
OFFERING FLEX PLANS 2.5% 5
OTHER 13.2% 27
DO NOT OFFER/WILL NOT OFFER INSURANCE 17.2% 35
Total Respondents     204
(skipped this question)     47

14. In the last year, have you had any employee complain about being unable to receive medical care due to physicians discontinuing or cutting back on service as a result of the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 9.5% 23
NO 75.3% 183
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 15.2% 37
Total Respondents     243
(skipped this question)     8

15. Would you say the current level of public trust in charities is:

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
HIGH 18.4% 45
MEDIUM 69% 169
LOW 6.1% 15
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 6.5% 16
Total Respondents     245
(skipped this question)     6

16. When it comes to providing social services, which level of government do you think operates most efficiently?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
FEDERAL 5.8% 14
STATE 18.2% 44
COUNTY 33.5% 81
MUNICIPAL (LOCAL) 16.1% 39
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 26.4% 64
Total Respondents     242
(skipped this question)     9

17. Generally speaking, do you have a POSITIVE, NEGATIVE, or NO OPINION of the job performance of the following institutions:

  POSITIVE NEGATIVE NO OPINION Response
Total
UNITED STATES SENATE 21% (51) 55% (131) 24% (56) 238
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 21% (49) 55% (130) 24% (58) 237
PA STATE SENATE 28% (67) 43% (103) 29% (69) 239
PA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 29% (69) 42% (101) 29% (69) 239
Total Respondents         239
(skipped this question)         12

2. Organizational Issues

18. Generally speaking, from 2005 to 2006 did funding for your organization INCREASE, DECREASE, or STAY ABOUT THE SAME.

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
INCREASED 32.3% 73
STAYED ABOUT THE SAME 37.2% 84
DECREASED 26.5% 60
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 4% 9
Total Respondents     226
(skipped this question)     25

19. Generally speaking, do you expect to see funding for 2007 INCREASE, DECREASE, or STAY ABOUT THE SAME as it was in 2006?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
INCREASE 28.1% 63
STAY ABOUT THE SAME 45.1% 101
DECREASE 20.1% 45
DON'T KNOW/NO OPINION 6.7% 15
Total Respondents     224
(skipped this question)     27

20. What percentage of your budget comes from federal funding?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
0-10% 37.8% 85
11-20% 6.2% 14
21-30% 5.8% 13
31-40% 4.4% 10
41-50% 5.8% 13
51-60% 3.6% 8
61-70% 1.8% 4
71-80% 0.4% 1
81-90% 1.8% 4
91-100% 1.8% 4
DON'T RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING 26.7% 60
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 4% 9
Total Respondents     225
(skipped this question)     26

21. What percentage of your budget comes from state funding?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
0-10% 38.7% 86
11-20% 9.9% 22
21-30% 9.5% 21
31-40% 8.1% 18
41-50% 3.2% 7
51-60% 0.5% 1
61-70% 0.9% 2
71-80% 1.4% 3
81-90% 1.8% 4
91-100% 1.8% 4
DON'T RECEIVE STATE FUNDING 17.1% 38
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 7.2% 16
Total Respondents     222
(skipped this question)     29

22. What percentage of your budget comes from county or local funding?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
0-10% 45.9% 102
11-20% 10.8% 24
21-30% 4.1% 9
31-40% 2.7% 6
41-50% 0.9% 2
51-60% 2.3% 5
61-70% 0.9% 2
71-80% 2.7% 6
81-90% 0.5% 1
91-100% 1.4% 3
DON'T RECEIVE COUNTY OR LOCAL FUNDING 22.5% 50
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 5.4% 12
Total Respondents     222
(skipped this question)     29

23. Is your organization contemplating any type of material change in 2007?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
MERGER 6.7% 7
LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION 1.9% 2
CLOSING YOUR DOORS 0% 0
EXPANDING OPERATIONS 41.3% 43
MOVING YOUR OFFICES 26.9% 28
Other (please specify) 23.1% 24
Total Respondents     104
(skipped this question)     147

24. Does government financing faith-based organizations affect your organization?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 22.5% 50
NO 63.1% 140
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 14.4% 32
Total Respondents     222
(skipped this question)     29

25. If government financing faith-based programs affects your organization, is the impact on you POSITIVE, NEGATIVE, or NEUTRAL?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
POSITIVE 20.1% 27
NEGATIVE 14.2% 19
NEUTRAL 22.4% 30
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 43.3% 58
Total Respondents     134
(skipped this question)     117

26. Does your organization have difficulty hiring/retaining qualfied staff?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 46.6% 103
NO 49.3% 109
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 4.1% 9
Total Respondents     221
(skipped this question)     30

27. If your organization does have difficult hiring/retaining qualified staff, what is the cause of that difficulty?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
COMPETITION FROM FOR-PROFIT BUSINESSES 42.5% 51
INADEQUATE PREPARATIONS OF PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES 8.3% 10
INABILITY TO PROVIDE BENEFITS 12.5% 15
Other (please specify) 36.7% 44
Total Respondents     120
(skipped this question)     131

28. Does your organization have Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 85.6% 190
NO 8.6% 19
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 5.9% 13
Total Respondents     222
(skipped this question)     29

29. Which issue(s) has your organization experienced challenges in regarding the recruitment of good Board members?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
NON-PROFIT SCANDALS 0% 0
LIABILITY 2.4% 5
LACK OF TIME 46.9% 97
PEOPLE ALREADY COMMITTED TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS 44.4% 92
Other (please specify) 6.3% 13
Total Respondents     207
(skipped this question)     44

30. Generally speaking, do you have GREATER, ABOUT THE SAME, or LESS ability to fulfill your organization's core mission this year than in past years?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
GREATER 33.2% 74
ABOUT THE SAME 48.9% 109
LESS 15.2% 34
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 2.7% 6
Total Respondents     223
(skipped this question)     28

31. What is your organization's biggest concern as you prepare for 2007?

Total Respondents   View 156
(skipped this question)     95

Taking the Pulse of Pennsylvania