[UPDATE: November 11, 2020]
There is now additional clarity – good and bad – about the course of the COVID-19 pandemic over the next several months and how it may impact the nonprofit sector.
Any realistic hopes or plans for phased “reopenings” are now dashed by the grim realities on the ground; we are, according to experts, well into a COVID-19 winter resurgence that is already surpassing their worst predictions.
On the other hand, there is reason now to be cautiously optimistic that one or more vaccines are on the horizon. It’s not a sure thing and will present enormous manufacturing and distribution challenges in any event, but there appears to be light at the end of our collective deep dark tunnel.
There will be a change of administration in Washington, D.C. in just under 70 days. The president-elect has made clear both in word and action that fighting the COVID-19 pandemic will be top priority. A new task force comprising distinguished epidemiological and health-policy experts is already at work, and the newly designated chief of staff, Ron Klain, was in charge of the Obama-Biden Administration’s successful response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
The still Democratic-controlled House will continue to champion a massive stimulus package including much-needed aid for nonprofit organizations and beleaguered state and local governments. Depending largely on the outcome of the January 5, 2021, Senate runoff elections in Georgia, there may or may not be support in that chamber for additional financial help from the federal government.
[UPDATE: September 24, 2020]
Now, over six months into the pandemic, there are still many questions but few definitive answers. In particular, we have no idea how long COVID-19 will last unabated and without a safe and effective vaccine available to the billions of people around the world who will need inoculation.
There is a strong desire in the nonprofit sector as well as in the general population to get “back to normal” as soon as possible. But as the weeks and months have progressed, philanthropy thought leaders have more and more urged against returning to what has been revealed as a much-less-than-perfect “normal.” As our community copes with the catastrophic fallout from the coronavirus, we have the chance to address and make changes to repair the deep structural weaknesses and inequalities in our society.
[March 23, 2020]
The COVID-19 crisis marks a new and frightening era for our nation and the world. Everything has been turned upside down; we are all facing massive economic and social disruption.
Nonprofit organizations in the United States are a vital part of our communities, and critical participants in the overall economy. In ordinary times, they provide benefits and enrichment to us all as well as specific services to disadvantaged individuals and groups – all while employing a significant portion of the overall U.S. workforce.
In times of disaster, they step up immediately as critical links in relief and social services. At the same time, they must address their own needs (including staff) arising from the devastating events beyond their control.
This is not business as usual, but – together with others in the nonprofit and business communities – we can figure it out. Our goal is to help you navigate these unique times and all of the new issues you face. We will do this by posting frequent articles, resources and responses to the questions asked by our clients. Have a question you want us to research for you? Send us a message!