During 2010, there may be little restfor the weary. Charity leadersthroughout the country are planningfor 2010 to be as difficult as last year,according to a national surveyreleased by the Nonprofit FinanceFund. More than 1,300 charities weresurveyed and 73 percent reported anincrease in demand for service in2008, 71 percent had a similar increase in 2009 and 80 percent are projecting an increase in need during2010. Yet only 49 percent of thegroups expect to be able to fully meetthe growth in need.The majority of groups, 61 percent,have less than three months of cashavailable and 12 percent have none.Only 18 percent expect to end 2010above the break-even point. For organizations providing critical
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Ohio ranks 21st in the nation for itsvolunteer rate of 29.9 percent. In 2008,Ohioans contributed 271.2 million hoursof service. According to the Corporationfor National and Community Service, thetop efforts receiving volunteer supportwere fundraising, collecting or distributingfood, providing general labor andmentoring youth. In Ohio, those serviceswere primarily provided through religious,educational and social service agencies.More than 2.7 million Ohioans providedservices last year worth $6.3 billion,according to the report from theCorporation for National and CommunityService. The data also indicate that
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Attorney General Richard Cordray hasissued a call to action for local agenciesacross the state to partner with senior citizens in developing Triad groups,collaborative programs aimed at reducingthe risk of threats to the senior citizencommunity.Triad groups generally feature lawenforcement, seniors and senior organizations working together jointly oncrime prevention initiatives and efforts toeducate the community about scams andresources available in the community thataddress senior issues.In Ohio last year, there were increases inthe cases of exploitation affecting seniorsthrough scams and abuse. There were16,370 incidents of abuse, neglect or exploitation reported in 2009, compared to
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As summer approaches, so do the busyactivities of summer sports and youthactivities. It is an unfortunate reality thatsome nonprofit groups in Ohio will bevictimized by theft, often damaging theongoing viability of these youth services.Summer baseball, softball, camping andother activities can be jeopardized by thegreed of thieves if board members areasleep at the wheel.While it is impossible to guarantee againstlosses through theft, volunteer boardmembers need to make certain that theyhave closely examined policies and procedures to make theft more difficultand more likely to be discovered as earlyas possible. Cash handling procedures andthe policies used in collecting revenue and paying bills need to have adequate checksand balances so that no one single personhas undue opportunity with theorganizational finances.Boards can find suggestions for strategiesand procedures that may reduce the risk of theft at:www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/AvoidNonprofitTheft Many volunteers are comforted by havingclear policies and procedures in place because they feel overly responsible for the well-being of the group and wouldn’twant anything they do to impact the groupnegatively. Boards should examine procedures to provide volunteers withassurances about the proper way to provide service to the group. Boards havelegal responsibilities to provide oversightand should not fear offending volunteers by developing sound policies to protectthe group.