NFF Releases Results of 2012 State of the Sector Survey

2012 State of the Sector Survey

In this year’s survey, more than 4,500 respondents at nonprofits across the country shared the details of how they are adapting their organizations and finances to economic conditions.  The survey, which was supported for the second year in a row by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, reveals that while 2011 was a year of significant organizational and programmatic changes, many nonprofits are still facing fundamental challenges that threaten the stability of the sector and the well-being of the people they serve.

Here are the facts:

  • 85% of nonprofits experienced an increase in the demand for services in 2011.
  • This is on top of years of increased demand: previous NFF surveys found that 77% of nonprofits experienced an increase in demand in 2010; 71% experienced an increase in 2009; and 73% experienced an increase in 2008.
  • 88% expect an increase in demand for services in 2012.
  • 57% have 3 months or less cash-on-hand.
  • 87% said their financial outlook won’t get any better in 2012.

But this is just a fraction of what the data show. This year, for the first time NFF is enabling you to explore the data yourself. The NFF Survey Analyzer at allows you to investigate questions that cut across sub-sectors, budget size, and geography. You are invited you to share what you discover via e-mail and social media on the NFF website