New York, NY, March 24, 2006 — The second Nonprofit Executive Outlook Survey conducted by Baruch College showed somewhat higher levels of optimism among chief executives at more than 100 human service agencies in New York City. But while 69% believed the City was generally headed in the right direction, a substantial portion of respondents indicated their view that conditions were worsening for several of the City’s most vulnerable groups including poor families (61%), immigrants (43%), young people (41%) and the elderly (40%).
More than half the respondents in the 2006 Survey characterized themselves as “somewhat” or “very” optimistic about social conditions in New York City, compared with 30% a year ago. And only a quarter thought that problems were getting “somewhat” or “much” worse, compared to more than one-half in the 2005 Survey
The Survey, conducted Baruch School of Public Affairs through its Nonprofit Research and Survey Center, involved collaboration with the Human Services Council of New York City, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, UJA-Federation of New York, United Neighborhood Houses of New York and their member agencies, as well as the cooperation of executive directors of member agencies of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, the Hispanic Federation, the Asian-American Federation of New York, Black Agency Executives, and Black Equity Alliance.
The greatest improvement those surveyed saw was in conditions for the homeless, even though 35% still believed things were getting worse for them. For several groups, including the physically disabled, people with HIV/AIDS, and people addicted to drugs and alcohol, conditions were described as substantially unchanged.
The Survey also examined policies and priorities in human services, including respondents’ opinions of the Federal, State and local social policies. In general, respondents felt that while the Bloomberg administration gave a fair amount of attention to human services in its first term, it should give them much greater priority in its second term. Services in this category included affordable housing, child care, Medicaid/health care and services for youth and the elderly. There was general agreement (79%) that the Bloomberg administration did and should continue to give very high priority to education.
Strikingly, zero percent – no one – approved of Federal policies and programs. 9% approved of New York State policy and programs-up from 3% in 2005, and 39% approved of City policy and programs, up from 18%.
The 2006 Survey also asked whether organizations were involved in emergency response to natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Nearly 34% responded that they were providing such services as mental health counseling, case management, information and education.
Individuals responding to the Survey were the heads of their organizations-89% executive directors, presidents, or CEOs. More than half had at least 11 years experience in their organizations, and 28% had more than 20 years. Demographically, most are male, but 42% are female. Nearly two-thirds are white, 14% are Black, 12% Hispanic, and 8% Asian. 90% of the organizations surveyed are direct-service providers.
For additional information about Survey results and methodology, contact Prof. Jack Krauskopf at: 646.660.6724.