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Many non-profits feeling pinch this holiday season

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-

For Bob Shetler there's plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

"I come here on a semi-regular basis and one of the main reasons is the fellowship," said Shetler of Cedar Rapids.

Shetler and his group of friends are enjoying an early Thanksgiving meal courtesy of the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids admits the recession has forced them to look at small things like limiting travel to tweak the budget.

They say overall though, they have expanded the services they provide, much of which can be attributed to donations from the surrounding community.

"There is a little bit of a pinch but we have been blessed here in Cedar Rapids this community has really stepped up the past year," said Michael Sjogren of the Salvation Army.

Many other non-profits are feeling less secure in their prospects.

A recent survey conducted by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa says more than 80 percent of these not-for-profits feel financially vulnerable and one in four have experienced a negative cash flow over the past six months.

Across the country the Chronicle of Philanthropy newspaper is forecasting donations to decline in 2009 for the second straight year.

In spite of the tough times, the Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids continues to receive strong support.

"If you're generous and you're giving, it will take care of you, it'll come back," said Shetler.

That's certainly something Shetler and his friends can be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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