The 2016-17 School of Public Administration Speaker Series begins with a lecture titled “Findings from the 2015 NM Statewide Nonprofit Survey: Collaboration, Challenges, and Common Good?” featuring Kun Huang and David Broudy, on Monday, Oct. 17 from noon-1 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building (Room 3030) on UNM's main campus.

The Building Movements Project, a New York-based non-profit organization with local and Kellogg Foundation funding, has conducted an annual survey of non-profit organizations in New Mexico since 2013 as part of its efforts to support relationship building and professional development in the sector. The report Working Towards the Common Good: Findings from the 2015 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey summarizes nearly 300 responses to the 2015 survey.

David Broudy
David Broudy

The 2015 survey collected demographic information about service geographic areas, policy areas, and organizational types. The survey also included a collaboration component, asking the nonprofit respondent to identify five partners, partner organizational types (i.e., direct service providers, community organizing, intermediary/capacity builders, advocacy organizations, funders/foundations), and rate their tie strength on a 4 point Likert scale. Respondent were also asked to select up to three from a list of seven types of collaborative ties.

The survey showed the nonprofit sector in New Mexico to be very diverse, challenged financially, and strongly engaged in coalitions and partnerships. A key finding was that half of the organizations do not engage in advocacy.

The social network analysis found while there are some cross-location ties (i.e. groups based in Albuquerque reporting connections to groups in other parts of the state), nonprofit participants in the survey have a strong tendency to work with peers in the same location. Long distances between New Mexico’s urban and rural areas could be a barrier to greater collaboration across the state. 

SPA Speaker Series
SPA Speaker Series.

The survey also found that informal networking and care coordination are identified as the two most common types of collaboration, while joint advocacy and sharing budget/fundraising are among the least common types of collaboration.

This presentation will explore the methods of analysis, visualize the network of non-profits and reveal how networking varies by type of nonprofit organization. The analysis suggests a need for deeper collaboration between nonprofit organizations in the state.It is notable that funders report joint advocacy as the least common collaborative tie. This reinforces the impression that many nonprofits either feel they cannot engage in advocacy or lack the resources. 

For more information about the Speaker Series, visit the School of Public Administration website.