Demand for mental, physical health support surges while nonprofits struggle to keep up

Demand for mental, physical health support surges while nonprofits struggle to keep up

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U.S. nonprofits employed 12.5 million people in 2017 – more than every industry but retail trade and food service, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies "2020 Nonprofit Employment Report."

The center conservatively estimates there were 1.6 million nonprofit sector job losses from March through May 2020.

"Donations are down, events that might bring in money are down and governments are starting to freeze and cut contracts," said National Council of Nonprofits spokesman Rick Cohen. "It's a lot harder to break even on events when they're trying to do something virtual that doesn't have the same feel."

New costs for COVID-19 safety protocols aren't helping. Plexiglass dividers, secure web-based video conferencing and added sanitizing and testing equipment are often needed just to stay in business.

Government assistance programs helped prevent more widespread layoffs, but that funding has mostly run out. 

"If we don't see a new deal come together in the next month, we're going to see a lot of organizations laying people off," Cohen said. "There's a lot of need out there. It's the recession of a decade ago times ten."

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