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Third Nonprofit Survey Reveals Significant Need for Assistance to Operate in COVID-19 World

May 27th, 2020

Our community’s nonprofits will require significant assistance to protect their employees and to operate effectively on behalf of their clients in a COVID-19 world, according to the third nonprofit survey conducted by United Way, Human Service Chamber of Franklin County and Illuminology.

Overall, nonprofit leaders have significant needs in terms of the personal protective equipment (PPE) required to ensure the health and safety of both their employees as well as the clients they serve. Although many nonprofit organizations pivoted to deliver their services virtually in a social-distancing world, significant challenges remain.

Nonprofit leaders could use the aid and expertise of central Ohio’s professional business community, particularly with information technology, strategic planning and human resources.

Download the third report here: COVID-Nonprofit-Survey_MAY2020

Within the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic, only 20% of nonprofit programs were operating as they did before the crisis. Many local nonprofits eliminated a significant part of their workforce due to COVID-19. Lost revenue from canceled fundraising events is estimated to be over $8 million, among other revenue impacts.

Results from this third survey, along with the first two, will be shared with business leaders, public officials, stakeholders, donors and other decision-makers who are in a position to support nonprofits focused on helping the most vulnerable members of our community.

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