This survey tries to understand how nonprofits respond to cash shortfalls. We typically think about nonprofit organizations focusing on their mission or the services they provide to their communities. But nonprofits also must focus on the business side of their operation. Good financial health is crucial for these organizations: a broke nonprofit can't help anyone.
The expansive, 78-question survey, looked at everything from revenues and expenses to real estate investments to issues of financial oversight. The upshot? The 90 nonprofits that completed the survey are generally solid financially (with a few caveats) and take a fairly traditional -- some might say conservative -- approach to managing their money.