Survey: Advancement offices and fundraising continue remote models with unpredictable return to in-person events

In August, more advancement offices have reopened for in-person work (20%), though 30% of offices are not planning to reopen until early 2021. No offices report currently conducting in-person events of more than 10 people. Eleven percent (11%) of offices are currently conducting in-person events limited to 10 people, while 43% of offices still don’t know when they’ll conduct smaller in-person events.

The 30-, 60-, and 90-day high negative impact remains stable at 41% or lower this month.

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Based on input from 1,715 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 Aug 3 to Aug 9.  These data points are compared to data collected over the previous 16 weeks: July 27-Aug 2, July 20-26June 22 – 28June 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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