The National Council of Nonprofits has issued a white paper with suggestions for government-nonprofit contract and grant reform. A Dozen Common Sense Solutions to Government-Nonprofit Contracting Problems cites Urban Institute’s 2010 survey, which showed that problems are reported by more than half of nonprofits with government contracts. These issues include late payment, costly and burdensome application and reporting requirements, and payments that do not cover the full costs of services delivered.
Amongst other things, the paper calls for task forces; nonprofit community liaisons; better definitions of accounting terms; prompt payment laws; and standardized monitoring, reporting, and contract language.
What do you think of the solutions proposed? Which would make the most difference in government contracting issues with nonprofits?