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Meeting Funder Compliance

Meeting Funder Compliance: A Case Study of Challenges, Time Spent, and Dollars Invested

Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo
Paul Steinberg
Copyright Date: 2006
Edition: 1
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 80
  • Book Info
    Meeting Funder Compliance
    Book Description:

    Funders financially support nonprofit organizations to further mutual goals of implementing programs and providing services; as such, nonprofits must meet certain compliance requirements. This case study, the first of its kind, examines the management processes of one nonprofit as it strives to meet funder compliance requirements, and presents recommendations and survey instruments to assess and improve the quality and efficiency of these processes.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-4251-4
    Subjects: Management & Organizational Behavior

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  8. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-8)

    Working together, funders provide financial support to nonprofit organizations, which, in turn, use the funding to implement programs that provide services to clients. A key part of this relationship is the need for nonprofits to ensure funding compliance—that is, the need to report program progress and expenditures to funders. On the funder side, funders have specific regulations that nonprofits must follow in reporting fiscal investments and completing outcome measures, and funders must deal with multiple nonprofits, each of which has its own method for tracking and reporting inputs and outputs. On the nonprofit side, nonprofit organizations must follow the...

  9. CHAPTER TWO Overview of Case Study Site
    (pp. 9-16)

    Before presenting the case study findings for the five research questions in Chapter Three, we provide a brief overview of the case study site.

    As noted in Chapter One, PFF is a nonprofit organization whose revenue comes from the county and the state, as well as from private foundations and the United Way. Figure 2.1 shows the distribution of revenue from these four sources. Revenue from the county includes funds that are provided through government agencies, such as the Office of Children, Youth, and Families. State funds are derived solely from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) state program. Private...

  10. CHAPTER THREE Case Study Findings
    (pp. 17-32)

    In this chapter, we highlight the key findings, breaking them out according to the five research questions presented in Chapter One.

    With the exception of one director, all other management staff said they were responsible for delegating compliance tasks to staff. Of those who reported delegating tasks, all said they delegate based on staff job descriptions. Management staff reported that all service-delivery staff are required to document their visits and are required to produce reports that respond to funder requests regarding treatment, frequency of visits, and demographics. One director reported using additional criteria for delegating tasks, such as individual staff...

  11. CHAPTER FOUR Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 33-36)

    In this section, we provide our conclusions, followed by some recommendations.

    This study was guided by five research questions aimed at eliciting the challenges and costs associated with meeting funder compliance. Staff from a local nonprofit were asked about their staffing decisions, staffing challenges, training on compliance tasks, and time invested in the various relevant activities, and the amount spent in hours and dollars during last fiscal year was computed.

    What we found is that staffing decisions are predetermined by a person’s job description. Staffing challenges ranged from poor staff performance to overwhelmed staff. A closer examination of staff training...

  12. APPENDIX A Management Staff Interview Protocol
    (pp. 37-48)
  13. APPENDIX B Field Staff Interview Focus Group Protocol
    (pp. 49-54)
  14. APPENDIX C Field Staff Confidential Interview Protocol
    (pp. 55-58)
  15. APPENDIX D Distribution of Compliance Hours
    (pp. 59-60)
  16. APPENDIX E Distribution of Compliance Dollars
    (pp. 61-62)
  17. Bibliography
    (pp. 63-64)