New NCRP Report: The Philanthropic Landscape: The State of Multi-Year Funding


           By Philanthropy Journal Staff


Multi-year commitments declined and fewer grantmakers made multi-year grants in 2008-2010 compared to 2004-2006, according to a new report released by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).

"The Philanthropic Landscape: The State of Multi-Year Funding," confirms that multi-year funding is a scarce commodity.  "During the economic crisis, when flexible, long-term support would have been most helpful to nonprofits, philanthropy was missing in action" said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of NCRP.

The report notes that long-term funding is beneficial.  It helps nonprofits to maintain staff continuity, invest in leadership, improve planning, and respond to crises and opportunities.
Multi-year funding averaged $5.7 billion annually from 2008-2010, approximately 29 percent of total grant dollars.

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