United Way report shows budget cuts hurting nonprofits

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 4, 2012 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A report on the status of the commonwealth's nonprofit and human services groups shows state budget cuts are hurting their efforts.

The survey of 800 organizations by United Way of Pennsylvania reveals 38 percent of respondents are eliminating programs, 48 percent are reducing hours and 35 percent are turning away people seeking assistance.

President Tony Ross says his organization is calling on lawmakers to prevent any further budget cuts.

"While there are many people who believe that funding should be restored to prior year levels, or even increased, we understand that given certain realities that might not be practical, but at a minimum, we believe the goal should be to have no cuts going forward in the state budget process," Ross says

He adds nearly 70 percent of the groups surveyed are experiencing hardships from cuts.

He says the problem is compounded by an increase in demand for things like housing help, medical services and food due to the struggling economy.

The survey also shows nearly half of respondents also saw federal funding slashed this year.

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