Survey finds 30-, 60-, and 90-day outlook for fundraising stabilizing

The fundraising outlook for the next 30, 60, and 90 days remains relatively stable this week with about half or less of respondents signaling a high negative impact to fundraising in those time frames. Of the 1,276 respondents to week 10 of SurveyLab’s weekly tracking survey, 51% are expecting a high negative impact to fundraising over 30 days, 37% are expecting a moderate impact, and 11% are anticipating a low impact.

The 60-day outlook shows 40% of respondents predicting a high negative impact, 40% predicting moderate impact and 17% predicting low impact, a figure that has steadily risen throughout May.

Looking 90 days out, sentiment has remained particularly stable throughout May, with high negative impact at 38% this week, up from 37% last week. Moderate impact predictions are down slightly to 33% this week from 36% last week, while low impact in 90 days fell to 8% from 10% last week.

Very few respondents (5%) report conducting in-person solicitations, donor visits and interviews, or events, suggesting that few offices are transitioning to any in-person activities.

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Based on input from 1,276 participants, GG+A SurveyLab is conducting a weekly tracking survey of fundraising offices to provide data for the industry to understand trends and conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report contains data collected through an online survey conducted May 18-24. These data points are compared to data collected over the previous nine weeks: May 11-17, May 4-10, April 27-May 3, April 20-26, April 13-19, April 6-12, March 30-April 5, March 23-29 and March 16-22.

If you would like to participate in the tracking survey, please email surveylab@grenzglier.com. We encourage you to share the report with colleagues.

The full report includes detailed breakouts for each question in the survey, comparison tables by week and organization type, and extensive verbatim comments with creative ideas, status updates, concerns, and solutions from fundraisers around the world.

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