Alliance for Children and Families and Baker Tilly Report Covers Six Disruptive Forces Affecting Nonprofit Human Services Sector in Next 3-5 Years

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The Alliance for Children and Families today released Disruptive Forces: Driving a Human Services Revolution, a report to assist the nonprofit human services sector maintain a level of high performance during the next 3-5 years, despite fiscal, political, and societal challenges.

Today, the Alliance for Children and Families released Disruptive Forces: Driving a Human Services Revolution, a report to assist the nonprofit human services sector maintain a level of high performance during the next 3-5 years, despite fiscal, political, and societal challenges.

Compiled by the Alliance and national accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly, Disruptive Forces offers perspective on these disruptive forces, while illuminating organizational complexity, inspiring acceptance of opportunities and risk, and pushing nonprofit organizations to think outside of their comfort zones.

Review Disruptive Forces: Driving a Human Services Revolution at: alliance1.org/disruptiveforces.

The Alliance is a national membership association of private, nonprofit human service organizations. Disruptive Forces was released during the Alliance 2011 National Conference, being held Oct. 17-19 in Washington, D.C.
“The Alliance developed this report because we believe that the capability of nonprofit human service providers to address any disruptive force depends on their ability to proactively recognize them,” said Polina Makievsky, Alliance COO. “This report not only offers an outlook of future challenges so organizations can prepare, it also encourages developing a mindset so they can recognize the opportunities.”

Disruptive Forces assures nonprofit human service organizations that if a disruptive force is recognized, nonprofit leaders have the opportunity to dramatically enhance responsiveness and improve the efficacy of the delivery model for the future.

It also offers advice for maintaining high performance in the wake of difficult conditions, such as applying scientific and medical advances to better deliver services, and forming innovative partnerships that link multiple sectors to provide a full continuum of community-determined services.

The six disruptive forces were determined through research, results from an online survey, focus groups, and individual interviews with a cross-section of thought leaders. The six disruptive forces are:

  •     Purposeful Experimentation. Research and development will be required of organizations, innovation is imperative.
  •     Information Liberation. Regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act go to great lengths to ensure information confidentiality, but they will become outdated. A new generation of consumers will share information about themselves with friends, family, and communities.
  •     Integrating Science. Extraordinary advances in technology will blur the lines between what is possible, what is affordable, and what is acceptable.
  •     Uncompromising Demand for Impact. The ability to demonstrate that particular interventions have efficacy will result in payment. Funders and communities will expect greater impact at a lower cost.
  •     Branding Causes, Not Organizations. Organizations will achieve greater support by emphasizing core issues and causes, rather than focusing on their individual agency brands and programs.
  •     Attracting Investors, Not Donors. The current model of nonprofit funding will shift to an investment paradigm. Performance-seeking portfolios will be aimed at achieving a return on investment that solves a societal problem, contributes to a movement, or eliminates a community issue.

The report goes beyond the challenges facing the sector; it also identifies inherent opportunities. “With this report and numerous follow-up activities, the Alliance hopes to inspire CEOs and their boards to take action and look into the possibilities available to them, such as having organizations join their intellectual assets to solve problems and explore ideas,” Makievsky said.

Review Disruptive Forces: Driving a Human Services Revolution at: alliance1.org/disruptiveforces.

The Alliance for Children and Families, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, is a national nonprofit membership association of private, nonprofit human service providers in the United States and Canada. Motivated by a vision of a healthy society and strong communities, the Alliance strengthens the capacities of North America’s nonprofit child- and family-serving organizations to serve and advocate for children, families, and communities. The nearly 350 members of the Alliance provide an array of community-based programs and services to all generations, serving close to 3.4 million people each year. More information about the Alliance is available at alliance1.org.

Baker Tilly is a full service accounting and advisory firm whose specialized professionals connect clients through refreshing candor and clear industry insight. Founded in 1931 with one central objective, to use expertise to help clients improve their businesses, Baker Tilly has grown steadily over the years, broadening its service offerings and expanding its geographic presence. Baker Tilly currently has more than 1,350 total staff members, including 170 partners, serving clients nationwide from offices throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington D.C., and New York. More information is available at bakertilly.com.

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