Survey: Nonprofits have made difficult financial decisions in response to COVID-19

In week 17 of the SurveyLab tracking of fundraiser outlook, we learn that surveyed institutions have made difficult financial decisions with 78% cutting budgets, 26% laying off staff, and 31% instituting furlough policies. 40% of participants remain uncertain about the reopening of offices, and over half of respondents are uncertain about when they will execute in-person events of groups smaller and larger than ten participants.

Participants concern for high negative impact to fundraising over the next 30 days is down to 29%. A concern for the 60-day high negative impact declined to 33%, and the 90-day forecast has remained steady over the past two months, an indication of optimism for the future.

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Based on input from 1,664 participants, GG+A SurveyLab is conducting a weekly tracking survey of fundraising offices to provide data for the industry to understand trends and conditions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. This report contains data collected through an online survey conducted July 17 – Aug 2. These data points are compared to data collected over the previous 17 weeks: July 20-26, June 22 – 28, June 15-21June 8-14,  June 1-7,  May 25-31May 18-24, May 11-17, May 4-10, April 27-May 3, April 20-26April 13-19April 6-12March 30-April 5March 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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