Nonprofit fundraising changes with economic times

COURTESY FEDERAL HILL HOUSE
TABLE SCRAPS: A scene from last year's Taste of the Hill event, which used to raise close to $50,000 but last year netted Federal Hill House just $12,000.
COURTESY FEDERAL HILL HOUSE TABLE SCRAPS: A scene from last year's Taste of the Hill event, which used to raise close to $50,000 but last year netted Federal Hill House just $12,000.
Federal Hill House, the 125-year-old Providence social-services nonprofit, has run its annual fundraiser, Taste of the Hill, offering nibbles and wine and beer sampling from popular Providence restaurants, for 11 years. The first five or six years, according to Nina Padne, the group’s executive director, were a total success. The last half dozen? “We have…

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