National Survey for Nonprofits with Government Grants and Contracts

If your nonprofit has grants or contracts with local, state, tribal, or federal government, please take a few minutes to complete this important survey.

Policy changes coming out of Washington, DC this spring and summer have the potential to affect the costs and operations of nonprofit organizations that provide services to the public pursuant to grants and contracts with any local, state, tribal, or federal governments. To uncover solutions and approaches that might help nonprofits with government grants/contracts, the National Council of Nonprofits and member state associations of nonprofits seek your insights on the possible effects of proposed overtime regulations from the federal Labor Department and procurement requirements included in the Uniform Guidance from the federal Office of Management and Budget.

The relevant details of the expected federal policy changes are explained in the survey. Given the nature of the questions, someone with knowledge of your organization's finances will best be able to complete the survey. Please limit survey responses to one per nonprofit organization. The identity of respondents will be kept confidential, and survey responses will be used only in the aggregate.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this short survey. Please feel free to add more information in the comments section at the end of the survey.

Please contact Beth Bowsky, bbowsky@councilofnonprofits.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you again for taking the time to complete this short survey.

* 1. Which one of the following broad categories best describes your nonprofit's primary mission?

* 3. What is your organization's annual budget?

* 4. Does you nonprofit organization have  grants and/or contracts with any level of government?

* 5. The Department of Labor may soon put into place new overtime regulations that will require most employees (including nonprofits) to pay overtime to all employees earning less than approximately $50,000 (compared to the current threshold of $23,660), regardless of whether they are considered salaried or hourly employees.

If these changes go into effect, what impact to do you anticipate they will have on the ability of your organization to perform under your existing government grants and contracts?

* 6. In the event that the forthcoming Labor Department overtime regulations will raise costs for the services provided under your government grants and contracts, what operational adjustments do you anticipate making (choose no more than 3):

* 7. Is there a provision in your nonprofit's existing government grants or contracts allowing your nonprofit to reopen or renegotiate those written agreements to secure higher reimbursement rates from governments to pay for these increased costs imposed by the change in federal law?

* 8. Starting in 2017, the OMB Uniform Guidance requires that nonprofits and others making aggregate purchases over $3,500 using funds from government grants or contracts must obtain and document multiple price quotes before making a purchase. The Office of Management and Budget is considering whether this threshold should be increased and has requested  that nonprofits provide information about current nonprofit policies and practices.

Does your organization have an internal procurement policy that includes an amount at which price quotes or cost comparisons must be completed before making a purchase?

* 9. If you answered yes to the previous question, what is that amount?

* 10. If your organization has state or local government grants or contracts, how much of the actual cost to provide a service do these government funds typically cover?  Please include direct program costs and administrative/overhead and indirect costs to determine the actual cost of a service.

* 11. Looking at your organization's most recent IRS Form 990, what percentage of your annual budget is for Management & General and Fundraising expenses (administrative costs)?

* 12. What is your organization's actual indirect rate? (Total direct costs minus unallowable costs (such as capital improvements and lobbying) divided by total expenses.

* 13. If you provided your indirect cost rate in the previous question, is that a federally approved indirect cost rate?

* 14. Please provide any comments that you think may be useful for understanding the challenges or uncovering solutions to the policies addressed in this survey.

* 15. Name (optional)

* 16. Organization (optional)

* 17. May we contact you if we have any questions?

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