A Recovery-Free Zone: The Unyielding Impact of the Economic Downturn on Nonprofit Community Social Services in Ontario

A_Recovery-Free_Zone.jpgDespite ‘green shoot’ sightings of recovery in some areas of the economy, Ontario’s nonprofit recession rages on. Results of A Recovery-Free Zone, a one-year follow-up study conducted by the Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO), find tough times have continued into 2010 for Ontario’s nonprofit community social service providers and the communities that they serve. A total of 311 nonprofit community social service agencies from across Ontario, providing a host of programs and services to a broad cross-section of communities and population groups, took part in the 2010 survey. This year’s study was expanded to include a survey of 33 non-governmental funders in Ontario including United Ways, community foundations and other independent grant-making bodies.

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