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A Proposed Social Return on Investment Reporting Tool for Oregon Nonprofit Organizations Supporting Anti-Poverty Welfare Programs Public Deposited

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  • Nonprofit organizations are feeling increased pressure to demonstrate their service’s impacts to their investors. Social return on investment is a tool that measures the social efficiency, or social return, of services by calculating a social return ratio. While social return on investment has seen increasing use by nonprofit organizations, a lack of standards in the social return ratio calculation leads to resource intensive analyses and results that cannot be effectively compared. In practice, this limits social return on investment analysis to nonprofit organizations with high available resources and limits its usefulness as a benchmark for service impacts. The objective of this research was to create a tool that calculates a social return ratio for services supporting anti-poverty welfare programs for Oregon nonprofit organizations receiving government funding. This research categorized nonprofit organizations by service impacts using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a framework. A standardized social return on investment reporting tool was created which calculates a social return ratio for nonprofit organizations within service categories that support anti-poverty welfare programs. Findings from this research support the hypothesis that the social return on investment reporting tool reduces resource requirements for nonprofit organizations. The findings also indicate the social return on investment reporting tool supports future benchmarking efforts by providing a consistent calculation and comparison framework for nonprofit service impacts. However, nonprofit organizations will likely need to develop a system for collecting client outcome data before this tool can be used for full benchmarking.
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