Large Nonprofits Struggle to Provide Services While Locked Out of Pandemic Aid

Large Nonprofits Struggle to Provide Services While Locked Out of Pandemic Aid

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Bryan Zarou, director of public policy and advocacy at Forefront, a statewide association representing grant-makers and nonprofit organizations, said that while philanthropic organizations have been trying to fill the gaps created by the coronavirus-induced financial crisis, “philanthropy is really there for innovation … it can never be a replacement for government money. So government needs to step up and step up big … They cannot fill in that gap, they cannot be there for the long term.” 

Zarou notes that organizations like the YMCA, ThresholdsUCAN and the Heartland Alliance are doing work in spaces that the government already is absent from. “They’re serving our most vulnerable populations … what would happen if these organizations were to close their doors? Where would these people go? Will the government be effective at serving those people? I don’t think so,” he said.

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