Lessons from the Crisis: New York City Nonprofits Post-September 11

Lessons from the Crisis: New York City Nonprofits Post-September 11

An article in the latest issue of The Nonprofit Quarterly (Spring 2002), a publication of , takes a look at the characteristics of small and medium-sized nonprofits in New York City that were best able to handle the fallout from the September 11 terrorist attacks and offers a number of lessons for nonpofits that find themselves in a crisis situation. Based on 120 survey reponses, the piece, "," by Rikki Abzug, an assistant professor of nonprofit management, and Dennis Derryck, a professor of professional practice, at the at the New School University, found that almost 80 percent of the small and medium-sized nonprofits in the sample were affected by the events of September 11, with 60 percent agreeing that the attack had had an economic impact on the agency and 40 percent defining that impact as an immediate loss of revenue, loss of fee-for-service, or low to no attendance. The authors' research suggests, among other things, that organizations that had existing affiliations to a larger network of organizations were able to use those connections to access resources and find assistance. The complete report (12 pages, PDF) is available as a downloadable file at: .