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2008 Pennsylvania Charitable Organizations Survey

Total Respondants: 140

1. Policy Issues

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
High 15.0% 21
Medium 74.3% 104
Low 9.3% 13
Don't Know/Refused 1.4% 2
Total Respondents     140
(skipped this question)   0

2. Would you say level of public trust in charities has improved or gotten worse over the past couple of years?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Slightly Improved 1.4% 2
Somewhat Improved 27.1% 38
About the Same 30.0% 42
Somewhat Worse 35.0% 49
Significantly Worse 5.7% 8
Don't Know 0.7% 1
Total Respondents     140
(skipped this question)   0

3. Does your organization use earned media (that is other than paid or donated advertisements, such as news releases and public service announcements) to promote its public policy agenda on state issues?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes 37.92% 53
No 54.6% 79
Don't Know 5.7% 8
Total Respondents     140
(skipped this question)   0

4. How frequently do you communicate with the media?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Daily 1.4% 2
Weekly 10.8% 15
Several Times a Month 25.2% 35
Monthly 10.8% 15
Several Times a Year 41.0% 57
Never 6.5% 9
Don't 4.3% 6
Total Respondents     139
(skipped this question)     1

5. Do you believe your communications with the general public are effective?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Highly Effective 10.1% 14
Somewhat Effective 65.5% 91
Somewhat Ineffective 13.7% 19
Highly Ineffective 4.3% 6
Don't Know 6.5% 9
Total Respondents     139
(skipped this question)     1

6. 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 30.0% 42
No, should not be required to register 50.0% 70
Don't know 12.1% 17
No Opinon/Refused 7.9% 11
Total Respondents     140
(skipped this question)     0

7. Has anyone from your organization registered as a lobbyist under the Pennsylvania Lobbying Disclosure Act?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes 10.8% 15
No 71.9% 100
Don't Know/Refused 17.3% 24
Total Respondents     139
(skipped this question)     1

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes 33.3% 46
No 57.2% 79
Don't Know/Refused 9.4% 13
Total Respondents     138
(skipped this question)     2

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes 26.4% 37
No 64.3% 90
Don't Know/Refused 9.3% 13
Total Respondents     140
(skipped this question)     0

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes 43.6% 61
No 44.3% 62
Don't Know/Refused 12.1% 17
Total Respondents     140
(skipped this question)     0

11. 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 32.4% 45
No 54.0% 75
Don't Know/Refused 13.7% 19
Total Respondents     139
(skipped this question)     1

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes 52.2% 72
No 26.1% 36
Don't Know/Refused 21.7% 30
Total Respondents     138
(skipped this question)     2

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes 50.4% 70
No 12.9% 18
Not Sure 36.0% 50
Refused 0.7% 1
Total Respondents     139
(skipped this question)     1

14. Do you provide health insurance to your employees?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Currently Provide Health Insurance 87.1% 122
Previously Provided But Discontinued 0.7% 1
Do Not Provide, But Plan To In The Future 4.3 6
Have No Plans To Provide Insurance 7.9 11
Total Respondents     140
(skipped this question)     0

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Employer Pays Full Premium 35.0% 48
Employee Pays Full Premium 0.7% 1
Split/Major Portion Paid By Employer 48.9% 67
Split/Major Portion Paid By Employee 2.9% 4
50/50 Split Employer/Employee 1.5% 2
Do Not Offer/Will Not Offer Insurance 10.9% 15
Total Respondents     137
(skipped this question)     3

16. If you provide health insurance, how are your rates this year compared to 2007?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
First Year Offered, No Prior Rate History 2.3% 3
Premium for 2008 Decreased 9.2% 12
No Change 7.7% 10
Premium for 2008 Increased 0-25% 56.2% 73
Premium for 2008 Increased 26-50% 10.8% 14
Premium for 2008 Increased 51-75% 1.5% 2
Premium for 2008 Increased 76-100% 0.0% 0
Premium for 2008 Increased More Than 100% 0.0% 0
Do Not Offer/Will Not Offer Insurance 12.3% 16
Total Respondents     130
(skipped this question)     10

17. 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 11.0% 13
Increasing Co-pays 12.7% 15
Changing Insurance Companies 21.2% 25
Changing Type of Coverage (PPO vs Traditional) 7.6% 9
Requiring Employee Contribution 2.5% 3
Increasing Employee Contribution 10.2% 12
Hiring a Broker to Negotiate a Better Rate 8.5% 10
Offering Flex Plans 5.1% 6
Other 8.5% 10
Do Not Offer/Will Not Offer Insurance 12.7% 15
Total Respondents     118
(skipped this question)     22

18. 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% 13
No 68.6% 94
Don't Know/Refused 21.9% 30
Total Respondents     137
(skipped this question)     3

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Federal 6.6% 9
State 8.8% 12
County 29.9% 41
Municipal (Local) 11.7% 16
Don't Know/Refused 43.1% 59
Total Respondents     137
(skipped this question)     3

2. Organizational Issues

20. Generally speaking, from 2006 to 2007 did funding for your organization INCREASE, DECREASE, or STAY ABOUT THE SAME.

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Increased 34.7% 43
Stayed About The Same 41.1% 51
Decreased 20.2% 25
Don't Know/Refused 4.0% 5
Total Respondents     124
(skipped this question)     16

21. Generally speaking, do you expect to see funding for 2008 INCREASE, DECREASE, or STAY ABOUT THE SAME as it was in 2007?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Increased 26.2% 33
Stayed About The Same 51.6% 64
Decreased 19.4% 24
Don't Know/No Opinion 2.4% 3
Total Respondents     124
(skipped this question)     16

22. 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 29.0% 36
About The Same 47.6% 59
Less 21.8% 27
Don't Know/Refused 1.6% 2
Total Respondents     124
(skipped this question)     16

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
0-10% 43.1% 53
11-20% 4.1% 5
21-30% 6.5% 8
31-40% 4.1% 5
41-50% 2.4% 3
51-60% 0.8% 1
61-70% 4.1% 5
71-80% 2.4% 3
81-90% 0.0% 0
91-100% 0.8% 1
Don't Receive Federal Funding 22.0% 27
Don't Know/Refused 9.8% 12
Total Respondents     123
(skipped this question)     17

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
0-10% 35.0% 42
11-20% 10.0% 12
21-30% 11.7% 14
31-40% 7.5% 9
41-50% 3.3% 4
51-60% 2.5% 3
61-70% 1.7% 2
71-80% 0.8% 1
81-90% 2.5% 3
91-100% 0.0% 0
Don't Receive State Funding 15.8% 19
Don't Know/Refused 9.2% 11
Total Respondents     120
(skipped this question)     20

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
0-10% 37.1% 46
11-20% 12.9% 16
21-30% 4.0% 5
31-40% 6.5% 8
41-50% 3.2% 4
51-60% 0.8% 1
61-70% 2.4% 3
71-80% 2.4% 3
81-90% 0.0% 0
91-100% 2.4% 3
Don't Receive County or Local Funding 17.7% 22
Don't Know/Refused 10.5% 13
Total Respondents     124
(skipped this question)     16

26. Is your organization contemplating any type of material change in 2008?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Merger 3.3% 2
Limited Liability Corporaton 0.0% 0
Closing Your Doors 0.0% 0
Expanding Operations 51.7% 31
Moving Your Offices 16.7% 10
Other (Toggle View) 27.3% 17
Total Respondents     60
(skipped this question)     80

27. Does your Board of Directors have adequate knowledge of their fiduciary responsibility as board members?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes 75.8% 94
No 16.1% 20
Don't Know/Refused 8.1% 10
Total Respondents     124
(skipped this question)     16

28. Does your Board of Directors regularly review the information on Form 990?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 54.1% 66
NO 28.7% 35
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 17.2% 21
Total Respondents     122
(skipped this question)     18

29. Is your organization aware of major changes in the new IRS 2008 Form 990?

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
YES 63.4% 78
NO 23.6% 29
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 13.0% 16
Total Respondents     123
(skipped this question)     17

30. The new 2008 Form 990 asks if you have each of the following policies in please. Please check each policy you current do have in place:

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Conflict of Interest Policy 98.2% 112
Document Retention Policy 71.1% 81
Whistleblower Policy 64.0% 73
Total Respondents     114
(skipped this question)     26

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Yes 46.0% 57
No 51.6% 64
Don't Know/Refused 2.6% 3
Total Respondents     124
(skipped this question)     16

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Our Salary Offers Are Lower 49.3% 37
For Profits Offer Better Salary/Benefit Packages 24.0% 18
Inadequate Preparations of Prospective Employees 1.3% 1
Inability to Provide Benefits 4.0% 3
Other (Toggle View) 21.3% 75
Total Respondents     65
(skipped this question)     26

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Total
Non-Profit Scandals 1.7% 2
Liability 0.0% 0
Lack of Time 50.4% 58
People Already Committed To Other Organizations 39.1% 45
Other (Toggle View) 8.7% 10
Total Respondents     115
(skipped this question)     25

34. What is your organization's biggest concern as you prepare for 2008?

  Response
Total
Toggle View 89
Total Respondents   89
(skipped this question)   51

Taking the Pulse of Pennsylvania