Nonprofits face grim outlook as worried Americans cut back on donations during COVID-19 pandemic

Nonprofits face grim outlook as worried Americans cut back on donations during COVID-19 pandemic

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“People who have lost their jobs in the last few months understandably don’t have the resources to donate to charities like they had in the past,” says, Rick Cohen,  chief communications officer for the National Council of Nonprofits. He also notes that although health services have seen an increase in demand and donations, the increase in demand exceeds the increase in contributions.

An overall decrease in donations was exacerbated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cohen said. 

“When you’re traveling on an airplane, you’re advised to put on your oxygen mask before helping others,” Cohen said. “That’s exactly how people are reacting to donations.”

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In July, more than 4,000 nonprofits called for specific aid they say nonprofits need to see in a COVID relief bill. Among the requests, nonprofits asked Congress for an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program and access to low-cost loans to mid-size and large nonprofits to be included in the bill. 

In September, 38 national nonprofit CEOs called for Congress to approve a relief package immediately. Some of the organizations included the Girl Scouts of the USA, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.  

 

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