There have been any number of initiatives to support local businesses and arts organizations. We have been asked to support business by buying their gift cards or ordering food and goods for curbside pickup. Arts groups have been mentioned for special support right now too.

But lets not overlook the many local nonprofits who are suffering too. Many are close to running out of funds and can’t do their normal fundraising in the Age of Contagion. Losing there community programs will be another blow to getting back to some form of ‘normal. So if you have a favorite local nonprofit(s), consider sending them some funds, unsolicited. It will be more important now that probably at any other time…

One in five nonprofits that responded to a University of Wisconsin System survey said they worry about meeting payroll for the next eight weeks. Almost 50% have laid off staff already and 93% said they’re considering future layoffs. More than 10% stopped providing services altogether.

The report aims to provide government and community leaders with a current look at how nonprofits are faring in the pandemic and the need for “long-term support to ensure the ongoing provision of critical services throughout Wisconsin.”

  • 93% saw cash donations decline
  • 80% reduced volunteers
  • 47% laid off employees
  • 93% said layoffs are possible
  • 19% cannot meet payroll
  • 12% have stopped providing services
  • 40% have moderately or severely cut services
  • 78% worry about the needs of vulnerable populations
  • 69% canceled fundraisers 
  • 50% cut services to marginalized individuals

Help out where you can identify with their missions or goals.

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