Budget Cuts and State Funding Affect Local Non-Profits


A new report reveals a decline in state funding for nonprofits.

According to a study done by Communities Unlimited, Non-profit groups in the state of Arkansas are continuing to see a decrease in state and federal funding due to budget cuts.

Fox 24 News sat down with a local non-profit who told us what it mean to its organization. 

The report shows individual giving, funding from state and federal governments, and changes in tax codes are tightening up what corporations can give to the almost 14 thousand non-profits in the natural state.

“It means we have to cut back what we’re doing and/or search for funding through other sources,” said Life Source International Executive Director Jimmie Conduff.

The study revealed a lack of access to grants and diminishing donors are the main funding issues.

Life Source International in Fayetteville and its recipients are feeling the impact.

“It puts a strain on them to where the families and the kids don’t have the ties to the community that they need in order to succeed. Communities should be able to have the support to build each other up and to be there for each other in times of need and that’s exactly what Life Source does for these kids,” said volunteer Taylor Driggers.

Life Source International provides almost 14 hundred families every month with food alone.

They also offer free household goods, clothing, adult education program, marriage counseling and after school programs for kids.Without funding or donations kids in the community that look to Life Source for help may be affected.

“We’ve been able to see these kids grow through the system and be able to receive the aid through life source like food, clothing, toys and also mentorships,” said Driggers.

While funding has be on the decline, volunteers like Taylor said they hope they can help by continuing to volunteer for those in their community.

Conduff adds that during times like the holiday season he hopes families continue to give to non-profits like Life Source, and they will always have their door open for those in need.

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