Charlotte YMCA announces more cuts, showing strain on nonprofits amid COVID-19

Charlotte YMCA announces more cuts, showing strain on nonprofits amid COVID-19

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Nonprofits of all sizes and specialties are hurting, said David Heinen, vice president for public policy and advocacy for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

“Like (for profit) businesses, nonprofits are obviously struggling to try to provide services remotely, to shift what they do while recognizing that a lot of the revenue streams have suddenly gone down or disappear altogether,” he said.

In a survey of nearly 700 North Carolina nonprofits last month, nearly three-quarters said COVID-19 has had a significant effect in their operations. Cancellation of events and programs, disruption of services and budgetary concerns were the top three areas of impact.

For nonprofits who rely on ticket sales, memberships or other in-person activities, the closures have been brutal.

Unlike responses to natural disasters like hurricanes or wildfires when people in unaffected areas are often quick to donate to nonprofits, this public health crisis has hit everyone to some degree, Heinen said.

“Everyone — not just in North Carolina but across the country and around the world — is impacted by this,” he said.

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Charlotte Observer
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