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San Francisco's nonprofit human services sector spends $773 million per year, reaches 970,000 clients, according to survey

Findings of first-ever comprehensive survey ever on sector, conducted by SFSU's San Francisco Urban Institute, to be presented Wednesday at nonprofit public policy conference in the city

WHAT: Community-based nonprofit human services agencies in San Francisco spend more than $773 million per year to serve more than 970,000 clients, according to findings of a San Francisco State University survey.
The City and County of San Francisco provided more than $314 million in funding to nonprofit human service agencies in the 2000-2001 fiscal year, according to the survey. In addition, the study cites adequate funding and recruitment and retention of staff as the greatest challenges facing nonprofits' abilities to fulfill client needs. Nearly 170 agencies are included in the survey.

The study also estimates the agencies provide more than 15,000 jobs in San Francisco.

The survey is the first ever to take a comprehensive look at San Francisco's community-based human service agencies that contract with the city. It was conducted by the San Francisco Urban Institute, a nonprofit research and action project of SFSU, in collaboration with the SFSU Public Research Institute.

Key findings of the survey will be presented at New Realities 3: Building a Healthy Human Service Partnership for San Franciscans, a nonprofit public policy conference that will explore ways to save safety-net services for needy San Franciscans and improve the partnership between the nonprofit, public and philanthropic sectors in providing services. Participants include administrators from organizations such as Project Open Hand, Huckleberry Youth Programs and Larkin Street Youth Center.

The San Francisco Human Services Network, a consortium of more than 60 nonprofit human service providers, commissioned the study.

WHO: Brian Murphy, San Francisco Urban Institute executive director; Susan Alunan, San Francisco Urban Institute program director; and Lisel Blash, senior researcher for the SFSU Public Research Institute, will present an executive summary of the survey's key findings.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Conference Center at St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough St. at (Geary Boulevard), San Francisco

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