NC nonprofits struggling amid COVID-19 crisis just as services are needed most

NC nonprofits struggling amid COVID-19 crisis just as services are needed most

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 “There are so many nonprofits that need a lot of help right now and need different types of help,” said David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits partnered with the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office to survey more than 2,000 nonprofits about the impact of COVID-19.

According to the report, 88 percent of respondents say that the pandemic has affected their operations.

In the same study, 74 percent of responding nonprofits say they lost revenue in the past three months.

While 46 percent of survey respondents received Paycheck Protection Program loans, Heinen says that funding expired in August.

“That was a stop-gap way of providing funding for organizations, but there’s really a need for some additional support,” he said.

Heinen says as the pandemic continues, the need for the services the nonprofits provide, especially human services organizations, increases.

“The sources of funding that are available, private foundations, business foundations, they are being asked to give a lot more because of the loss of fundraising,” Heinen said.

He suggests those in a position to contribute should reach out to the nonprofits individually to find out their specific needs, such as funding, donations or volunteers.

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