Human-service nonprofits work to improve lives in the country’s most troubled communities, but there’s another way in which they live on the edge: Many operate with less than 30 days’ worth of cash on hand.

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a national organization representing hundreds of such organizations across North America. In this segment from the Business of Giving, CEO Susan Dreyfus addresses the severe financial strain many of them labor under every day.

Noting that governments pay roughly 80 cents on the dollar for the cost of social, health, educational, and other services they contract with charities to provide, Ms. Dreyfus calls on public agencies to fully fund those programs. She also discusses the importance of applying neuroscience to improve social services, and shares her theory of change for the 21st century.

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