The purpose of the study was to explore how AIDS service organizations located in a large Middle Atlantic state managed their programs with uncertain public funding. The majority of AIDS service organizations’ funding comes from federal, state and local governments. Due to the recent economic downturn, cutbacks to AIDS services were experienced in epicenters where HIV/AIDS prevails in the United States. The study was an examination of the status of 16 AIDS service organizations with what seemed to be uncertain public funding allocations. Sixteen managers of the AIDS services organizations were interviewed to explore how the public funding had affected service delivery. A qualitative research design was conducted to illustrate the essence and depth of the funding concerns. The study findings identified the impact of public funding on the quality of service delivery, as described by the management staffs in charge of program implementation. Seven themes were identified from the data to explain and clarify the cutback phenomenon experienced by the AIDS services organizations. The findings indicated the AIDS service organizations were reliable nonprofit organizations providing an important social service, complexities were a part of managing AIDS services organizations with uncertain funding, and the organizations were doing more with fewer resources during the current economic recession.
|Subjects||Management; Public health|
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