Nearly half of nonprofit organizations (47.5 percent) have laid off staff members to cut costs as donations dwindle, according to a survey by Campbell & Company, a group that consults with charities.
Fifty percent of groups in the survey of 45 charities have frozen salaries, 15.8 percent have put a freeze on hiring, and 10.5 percent have mandated unpaid time off or reduced salaries and other benefits.
The survey, conducted earlier this month, found that fund raisers were slightly less likely than their peers to be affected by the cuts.
Roughly 43.5 percent of charities had laid off fund raisers, and 13 percent had hired more fund raisers in recent months to help win more donations.
“They are being spared ever so slightly,” said Lynda M. McKay, director of executive search and talent management for Campbell & Company.
Despite the recession, the financial picture has not gotten worse for every charity, according to the survey.
While 51.2 percent of organizations reported that their budgets had been cut this fiscal year, 24.4 percent increased their budgets. The remaining 24.4 percent maintained their budgets at the previous year’s level.
Most groups in the survey (60 percent) had budgets between $1-million and $25-million.
The findings are similar to other studies showing that nonprofit groups are continuing to make deeper and deeper cuts.
A May survey by the Bridgespan Group found that 41 percent of organizations had laid off workers, compared with 28 percent in November.