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2009 Pennsylvania Charitable Organizations Survey

Response Summary

Total Started Survey: 323
Total Completed Survey: 297 (92%)

Section I: Policy Issues

1. The federal government is considering placing a limit on the amount of charitable deductions claimed by higher income taxpayers. What impact do you think such a change would have on charitable giving?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASE CHARITABLE GIVING 36.5% 118
MODERATELY DECREASE CHARITABLE GIVING 48.9% 158
NO IMPACT 10.2% 33
MODERATELY INCREASE CHARITABLE GIVING 1.2% 4
SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE CHARITABLE GIVING 0.6% 2
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 2.5% 8
Answered question   323
Skipped question   0

2. If the federal government places limits on charitable donations, do you see such a law as having an impact on YOUR organization?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES, A SIGNIFICANTLY NEGATIVE IMPACT 18.9% 61
YES, A MODERATELY NEGATIVE IMPACT 41.3% 133
NO IMPACT 32.6% 105
YES, A MODERATELY POSITIVE IMPACT 1.6% 5
YES, A SIGNIFICANTLY POSITIVE IMAPCT 0.3% 1
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 5.3% 17
Answered question   322
Skipped question   1

3. If your organization has received or expects to receive any federal stimulus (AARA) money this year, how much do you expect to receive?

  Response
Count
Show replies (Toggle View) 153
answered question 153
Skipped question 17

4. Does your organization plan to apply for any federal stimulus (ARRA) money in either 2009 or 2010?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 33.8% 108
NO 37.2% 119
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 29.1% 93
Answered question   320
Skipped question   3

5. What percentage of contributors to your organization deduct their charitable contribution from their federal income tax return?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
0-10% 9.0% 29
11-25% 2.8% 9
25-50% 8.1% 26
51%-75% 11.2% 36
76%-100% 25.5% 82
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 43.3% 139
Answered question   321
Skipped question   2

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
HIGH 16.1% 51
MEDIUM 72.6% 230
LOW 7.9% 25
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 3.5% 11
Answered question   317
Skipped question   6

7. Would you say the level of public trust in charities has IMPROVED or GOTTEN WORSE over the past couple of years?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED 4.0% 13
SOMEWHAT IMPROVED 31.8% 102
ABOUT THE SAME 37.7% 121
SOMEWHAT WORSE 19.3% 62
SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE 3.1% 10
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 4.0% 13
Answered question   321
Skipped question   2

8. 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
Count
YES, SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER 34.6% 111
NO, SHOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER 46.1% 148
DON'T KNOW 13.7% 44
NO OPINION/REFUSED 5.6% 18
Answered question   321
Skipped question   2

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 7.5% 24
NO 84.4% 270
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 8.1% 26
Answered question   320
Skipped question   3

10. Do you understand what is required under the new Pennsylvania lobbying disclosure law and regulations?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 45.6% 145
NO 39.6% 126
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 14.8% 47
Answered question   318
Skipped question   5

11. If you or your organization has registered as a Pennsylvania lobbyist because you spent more than $2,500 per quarter on such activities, would you still need to register if the spending threshold were raised to $5,000 per quarter?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 6.0% 17
NO 40.3% 114
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 53.7% 152
Answered question   283
Skipped question   4

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 21.8% 69
NO 70.3% 223
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 7.9% 25
Answered question   317
Skipped question   6

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 36.6% 115
NO 57.0% 179
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 6.4% 20
Answered question   314
Skipped question   9

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 23.0% 73
NO 68.9% 219
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 8.2% 26
Answered question   318
Skipped question   5

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 34.1% 109
NO 41.9% 134
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 24.1% 77
Answered question   320
Skipped question   3

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 48.7% 154
NO 38.3% 121
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 13.0% 41
Answered question   316
Skipped question   7

17. Do you provide health insurance to your employees?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
CURRENTLY PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE 79.6% 253
PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED, BUT DISCONTINUED 1.9% 6
DO NOT PROVIDE, BUT PLAN TO IN THE FUTURE 3.8% 12
HAVE NO PLANS TO PROVIDE INSURANCE 13.2% 42
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 1.6% 5
Answered question   318
Skipped question   5

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
EMPLOYER PAYS FULL PREMIUM 27.6% 85
EMPLOYEE PAYS FULL PREMIUM 0.3% 1
SPLIT/MAJOR PORTION PAID BY EMPLOYER 49.0% 151
SPLIT/MAJOR PORTION PAID BY EMPLOYEE 1.3% 4
50/50 SPLIT EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE 4.5% 14
DO NOT OFFER/WILL NOT OFFER INSURANCE 13.6% 42
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 3.6% 11
Answered question   308
Skipped question   15

19. If you provide health insurance, how are your rates this year compared to 2008?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
FIRST YEAR OFFERED, NO PRIOR RATE HISTORY 0.7% 2
PREMIUM FOR 2008 DECREASED 6.5% 20
NO CHANGE 5.9% 18
PREMIUM FOR 2008 INCREASED 0-25% 56.5% 173
PREMIUM FOR 2008 INCREASED 26-50% 7.8% 24
PREMIUM FOR 2008 INCREASED 51-75% 0.7% 2
PREMIUM FOR 2008 INCREASED 76-100% 0.3% 1
PREMIUM FOR 2008 INCREASED MORE THAN 100% 0.7% 2
DO NOT OFFER/WILL NOT OFFER INSURANCE 13.7% 42
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 7.2% 22
Answered question   306
Skipped question   17

20. If you provide health insurance, are you doing any of the following to reduce costs? (Check all that apply.)

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
INCREASING DEDUCTIBLES 30.6% 87
INCREASING CO-PAYS 29.6% 84
CHANGING INSURANCE COMPANIES 25.7% 73
CHANGING TYPE OF COVERAGE (ie: PPO v. TRADITIONAL) 19.7% 56
REQURING EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION 15.5% 44
INCREASING EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION 20.4% 58
HIRING A BROKER TO NEGOTIATE A BETTER RATE 25.0% 71
OFFERING FLEX PLANS 11.3% 32
OTHER 5.3% 15
DO NOT OFFER/WILL NOT OFFER INSURANCE 15.1% 43
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 16.5% 47
Answered question   284
Skipped question   39

21. 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
Count
YES 8.6% 27
NO 71.7% 225
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 19.7% 62
Answered question   314
Skipped question   9

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
FEDERAL 9.1% 29
STATE 13.8% 44
COUNTY 34.0% 108
MUNICIPAL (LOCAL) 14.5% 46
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 28.6% 91
Answered question   318
Skipped question   5

Section II: Organizational Issues

23. What financial impact has the current economic recession had on your organization?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
SIGNIFICANTLY NEGATIVE IMPACT 35.9% 106
MODERATELY NEGATIVE IMPACT 53.6% 158
NO IMPACT 5.1% 15
MODERATELY POSITIVE IMPACT 3.4% 10
SIGNIFICANTLY POSTIVE IMPACT 1.4% 4
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 0.7% 2
Answered question   295
Skipped question   28

24. Since the beginning of the year has income to your organization from all sources:

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY 1.7% 5
INCREASED MODERATELY 8.8% 26
STAYED ABOUT THE SAME 20.9% 62
DECREASED MODERATELY 44.6% 132
DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY 21.3% 63
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 2.7% 8
Answered question   296
Skipped question   27

25. Generally speaking, from 2007 to 2008 did funding for your organization INCREASE, DECREASE, or STAY ABOUT THE SAME.

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
INCREASED 27.9% 82
STAYED ABOUT THE SAME 33.7% 99
DECREASED 35.0% 103
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 3.4% 10
Answered question   294
Skipped question   29

26. Generally speaking, do you expect to see funding for 2009 INCREASE, DECREASE, or STAY ABOUT THE SAME as it was in 2008?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
INCREASE 10.8% 32
STAY ABOUT THE SAME 32.2% 95
DECREASE 54.2% 160
DON'T KNOW/NO OPINION 2.7% 8
Answered question   295
Skipped question   28

27. Approximately what percentage of your funding in 2008 came from the following sources?

  0-10% 11-20% 21-30% 31-40% 41-50% 51-60% 61-70% 71-80% 81-90% 91-100% DON'T KNOW /REFUSED Response
Count
FOUNDATIONS 52.2% (142) 18.0% (49) 9.2% (25) 5.1% (14) 1.5% (4) 1.1% (3) 1.8% (5) 0.7% (2) 1.5% (4) 1.1% (3) 7.7% (21) 272
FEDERAL FUNDING 56.1% (137) 11.9% (29) 6.6% (16) 4.9% (12) 3.7% (9) 2.5% (6) 2.5% (6) 1.2% (3) 0.4% (1) 0.4% (1) 9.8% (24) 244
STATE FUNDING 41.5% (107) 16.3% (42) 8.1% (21) 6.2% (16) 4.7% (12) 3.1% (8) 1.9% (5) 1.9% (5) 2.7% (7) 3.5% (9) 10.1% (26) 258
COUNTY/LOCAL FUNDING 51.3% (123) 15.4% (37) 9.6% (23) 5.0% (12) 2.9% (7) 1.7% (4) 1.3% (3) 0.4% (1) 0.4% (1) 1.3% (3) 10.8% (26) 240
INDIVIDUALS 40.5% (109) 16.7% (45) 10.0% (27) 5.6% (15) 5.2% (14) 3.0% (8) 2.2% (6) 1.9% (5) 3.3% (9) 4.1% (11) 7.4% (20) 269
PROGRAM FEES 48.6% (123) 7.9% (20) 6.7% (17) 8.7% (22) 2.4% (6) 3.2% (8) 2.4% (6) 2.8% (7) 5.1% (13) 2.8% (7) 9.5% (24) 253
Answered question   292
Skipped question   31

28. How has the economy impacted these funding sources for your organization:

  SIGNIFICANT INCREASE MODERATE INCREASE ABOUT THE SAME MODERATE DECREASE SIGNIFICANT DECREASE DON'T KNOW /REFUSED Response
Count
FOUNDATIONS 1.1% (3) 3.3% (9) 26.8% (73) 34.2% (93) 21.0% (57) 13.6% (37) 272
FEDERAL FUNDING 1.2% (3) 5.7% (14) 38.9% (96) 14.2% (35) 6.5% (16) 33.6% (83) 247
STATE FUNDING 0.8% (2) 2.7% (7) 31.0% (81) 22.2% (58) 16.9% (44) 26.4% (69) 261
COUNTY/LOCAL FUNDING 0.4% (1) 0.8% (2) 41.2% (105) 20.4% (52) 11.8% (30) 25.5% (65) 255
INDIVIDUALS 1.8% (5) 9.1% (25) 25.5% (70) 37.8% (104) 16.0% (44) 9.8% (27) 275
PROGRAM FEES 0.4% (1) 6.3% (16) 40.1% (101) 21.8% (55) 6.7% (17) 24.6% (62) 252
Answered question   292
Skipped question   31

29. 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
Count
GREATER 9.6% 28
ABOUT THE SAME 47.8% 140
LESS 42.0% 123
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 0.7% 2
Answered question   293
Skipped question   3

30. Is your organization contemplating any type of material change in 2009?

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
MERGER 5.2% 15
LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION 0.0% 0
CLOSING YOUR DOORS 1.4% 4
EXPANDING OPERATIONS 12.4% 36
MOVING YOUR OFFICES 5.5% 16
NO CHANGE 57.0% 166
Show replies (Toggle View) 18.6% 54
Answered question   291
Skipped question   32

31. The new 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
Count
CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY 98.5% 256
DOCUMENT RETENTION POLICY 76.9% 200
WHISTLEBLOWER POLICY 73.8% 192
Answered question   260
Skipped question   63

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
YES 35.2% 103
NO 58.4% 171
DON'T KNOW/REFUSED 6.5% 19
Answered question   293
Skipped question   3

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
OUR SALARY OFFERS ARE LOWER 43.4% 59
FOR PROFITS OFFER BETTERS SALARY/BENEFIT PACKAGES 22.8% 31
INADEQUATE PREPARATIONS OF PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES 4.4% 6
INABILITY TO PROVIDE BENEFITS 7.4% 10
Other (Toggle View) 22.1% 30
Answered question   136
Skipped question   187

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

  Response
Percent
Response
Count
NON-PROFIT SCANDALS 1.9% 5
LIABILITY 0.4% 1
LACK OF TIME 48.9% 131
PEOPLE ALREADY COMMITTED TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS 37.7% 101
Other (Toggle View) 11.2% 30
Answered question   268
Skipped question   55

35. IF your organization belongs to a professional association, what services that are not currently provided would you like to see added?

  Response
Count
Show replies (Toggle View)   51
Answered question   51
Skipped question   272

36. Please list the associations to which your organization belongs.

  Response
Count
Show replies (Toggle View)   156
Answered question   156
Skipped question   167

37. If your organization belongs to a professional association, which services that they provide do you find to be the most useful?

  Response
Count
Show replies (Toggle View)   107
Answered question   107
Skipped question   216

38. What is your organization's biggest concern as you prepare for 2010?

  Response
Count
Show replies (Toggle View)   220
Answered question   220
Skipped question   103

Taking the Pulse of Pennsylvania