Need still evident in Kansas area

WICHITA - The battered economy has led to a spike in demand for services at many local nonprofit organizations during a time when donations are declining, a United Way of the Plains survey released Wednesday showed.

Nearly 170 nonprofits from Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, Reno and Sumner counties responded to the Nonprofit Economic Survey of South Central Kansas, which was sent out earlier this month. Most are not funded by the United Way.

Among the key findings:

• 38.9 percent of the organizations reported they had experienced a "significant increase" in demand for services over the past six months.

• 36.5 percent indicated they had experienced a "small increase" in demand during the same time.

• 36.5 percent said they had experienced a decrease in donations from individuals.

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