Nonprofit Survey Highlights Key Needs During Pandemic

Thank you to the hundreds of nonprofits who responded to a Minneapolis Foundation survey in late March that sought to understand the challenges organizations face as COVID-19 permeates our communities. This input has already made an impact by informing grantmaking guidelines for the Foundation’s OneMPLS Fund.

Read about the more than $950,000 that has been granted so far in response to COVID-19 >>

Just as our communities were preparing for the stay at home order, 390 organizations took the time to provide valuable insight into their current and anticipated challenges.  

Who responded?    

Respondents reflect a diverse range of organizational size, and program scope, serving populations ranging from infants to seniors. Many provide critical services to people experiencing homelessness, those in need of employment assistance, immigrants and refugees and individuals with underlying health conditions.  

What did they tell us?   

  • Nearly half of respondents said the pandemic has forced their organization to temporarily close. 
  • About 25% have had to lay off at least some of their staff. 
  • Organizations focused on education and human services were more likely than others to report closure and/or layoffs. 

What are they most concerned about right now?   

  • Financial stability and funding. Many nonprofits are worried about their ability to make payroll and continue providing services even as needs have shot up in the communities they serve. 
  • Employee safety, health, and wellness. 
  • The challenges posed by social distancing, in terms of both resources needed to adjust programs that are typically offered in person and the human toll on their staff and communities. 

What are they most concerned about as they look ahead to the next 6-12 months? 

  • Financial stability and cash flow. Many nonprofits pointed out that the pandemic has disrupted what is usually a major fundraising season. 
  • Continuity of services. Many are concerned about backlog programming and how they will adjust to meet new and emerging needs in the community. 
  • Staffing and staff health. 

As of April 13, we have awarded more than $950,000 in grants to 62 organizations and will continue to make additional grants on a rolling basis. Learn more about how these funds will make an impact in our communities >>

In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to stay in close contact with our nonprofit partners to ensure that we stay abreast of community needs as they evolve.


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Make a tax-deductible donation to the OneMPLS Fund here and join our community as we show up together, even when we must be apart.