Fundraisers shift from ballrooms to Zoom as Chicago nonprofits struggle to keep donations flowing during pandemic

Fundraisers shift from ballrooms to Zoom as Chicago nonprofits struggle to keep donations flowing during pandemic

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“We’re very worried right now about the survival of a lot of nonprofits,” said Rick Cohen, spokesman for the National Council of Nonprofits. “We’re seeing a lot of nonprofits running into this place where the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) money has run out, the rainy day fund has run out and the people who usually donate to them aren’t able to.”

The nonprofit sector has the third-largest workforce, behind the retail and hospitality industries, with 12.5 million employees in the U.S. as of 2017, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University.

Nonprofits were not immune to the economic disruption of the pandemic, shedding 1.6 million jobs between March and May, putting “significant pressure on the crucial services” the organizations provide, according to the study.

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