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In 2008, Creative Collaborations conducted a preliminary nonprofit infrastructure needs assessment. The data presented in this preliminary analysis are from the 38 complete responses gathered, the vast majority of which were from Washington State. Respondents ranked their infrastructure needs across five different categories: Benefits and Insurance; Financial; Operations; Technology and Communications; and Facilities, Supplies, and Printing. This preliminary report provides evidence that progressive nonprofits, especially small to midsize organizations, have a range of currently unmet infrastructure and administrative needs.

We are excited to share this report with you, and we hope you’ll find it useful in your work as a nonprofit or with nonprofits.

Nonprofit Infrastructure Services Needs Assessment Survey: Preliminary Results

Executive Summary of Preliminary Results

While we believe this report captures essential information about nonprofit infrastructure needs, we also recognize that it is not complete – especially in representing the needs of small organizations. As we continue to survey nonprofits, we hope to more thoroughly identify gaps in infrastructure support. We will release our final needs assessment report in Fall 2009.

But for this, we need your help.

If you currently work at a nonprofit and have not taken our survey, we seek your assistance and input.

Click here to take our survey.

We also invite technical and technology assistance providers and consultants to join the dialogue. If you’re interested in learning more about working with nonprofits to develop collaborative solutions, please contact us.

Also, if you are interested in customizing this survey for your membership or grantees, or adding additional questions specific to your needs, we would be happy to do so. We can also give you confidential access to results from your members and help you with analysis of your results.

Finally, finishing the interviews and focus groups and producing the final report will take more resources. If you find this preliminary report useful and are interested in supporting the remaining work — more surveys, focus groups, and the final report, we would love to hear from you.

We can be reached at We thank you for your interest, and we’re excited to collaborate with you to strengthen our progressive nonprofit sector.

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