A Call For Action: Statewide Survey Shows More Local Philanthropy Needed To Face Crisis

Community Foundation Outreach Helps Sustain Broward Nonprofits

April 21, 2020
A survey of more than 1,400 nonprofits across Florida shows how more local philanthropy is needed to help face the lingering effects of the coronavirus.

Insights from a newly released statewide survey show that nonprofits on the front line of Florida’s coronavirus response are struggling.

Almost 80 percent of the more than 1,400 nonprofits surveyed across Florida say they have already experienced a negative financial impact because of the coronavirus.

And as more nonprofits have to cancel fundraisers and deal with a dip in donations during these uncertain times, that imperils their ability to feed struggling families, engage isolated seniors and provide a host of other services needed now more than ever.

The results of this survey – provided by the Florida Nonprofit Alliance – confirm many other concerns the Community Foundation of Broward has been hearing as we have reached out to hundreds of local nonprofits over the past several weeks. For example, the statewide survey revealed:

  • 73% of Florida nonprofits have faced a disruption in their services during this crisis.
  • More than 1/3 have experienced an increase in demand for their services during this crisis.
  • Nonprofits need additional resources to remain strong and deliver critical services to communities in need.  
  • Nonprofits’ recovery from this crisis will not be immediate once the coronavirus is under control. Their recovery will require additional help, especially financial.

As a member of the Florida Philanthropic Network, the Community Foundation of Broward has access to exclusive research like this that helps us make important decisions about how to create the greatest possible impact in our community.

And these survey results reinforce the need for the bold steps the Community Foundation has taken since the onset of the coronavirus crisis. Anticipating the struggles ahead, the Community Foundation jumped into action with a well-crafted strategy to stabilize Broward nonprofits and help them meet the growing demands of our community in crisis. We will continue to work closely with local nonprofits to identify Broward’s greatest needs and provide support that creates the greatest possible impact.

We are able to help nonprofits respond to this crisis thanks to nimble, lasting resources that come from endowed charitable Funds at the Community Foundation. Endowed Funds are a source of enduring support nonprofits can rely on to help sustain their important work, even during a financial crisis.

Creating an endowed charitable Fund at the Community Foundation or adding to an existing Fund are great ways to help Broward during this crisis and forever.

Contact Information

To talk about how your philanthropy through the Community Foundation can help Broward during this crisis and beyond, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at nthies@cfbroward.org or 954-761-9503.

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