Nov 9, 2016
Our world has changed dramatically in the last 24 hours. The morning of election day, the New York Times indicated that Hillary Clinton had a 90% chance of winning, but last night Donald Trump won the Presidential election. Many of us woke up this morning to an unexpected outcome and wondered, “How will this impact my family, my city, and my state”. For those of us leading and advising nonprofit organizations, we undoubtedly also wondered “what will this mean for my organization”? For this reason, I reached out to my alma mater: the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, which is known for bringing the lenses of public policy, social work, criminology and economics into focus. Since they have the premiere public policy program in the region, I knew they could offer an expert to help us make sense of the new realities nonprofits might face. Within hours, the Dean had connected me with Associate Professor Janelle Kerlin. Her research focuses on the politics and policies related to nonprofit development and operation. Dr. Kerlin holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, a graduate social work degree from Columbia, and was a Research Associate at the Urban Institute. Our interview covers the following: Nonprofits are non-partisan but historically how are they been impacted by politics and the outcomes of elections? What impact will the Trump Administration likely have on government funding for nonprofits? Trump has said he is the only one who can fix the tax system. How might changes impact foundation giving or individual giving? How might Trump’s major campaign platforms on immigration, terrorism, and health care impact people who often use nonprofit-run social services? How will they impact international NGOs? Generally speaking, when will nonprofits begin to be impacted by these trends? How can nonprofits best prepare themselves to thrive over the next 4 to 8 years?