Community Roundtable: Future of nonprofits post-pandemic
Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Emily Johnson – JLCC Member, Nonprofit Professional, Passionate Volunteer
The nonprofit sector has always been unique because of the social mission at its heart. In the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, I saw this philanthropic purpose tested as community needs and service demands shot up while donations, volunteering, and other forms of support declined. It was a difficult time for organizations that struggled to continue providing services. Traditional funding methods were unworkable, and some organizations were running at a deficit. They may have had to terminate programs or even close their doors.
Nevertheless, they persisted. As the pandemic dragged on, nonprofits rallied. Thanks to generous donations and their own initiative, I saw philanthropic organizations transform challenges into successes and find imaginative solutions that helped them stay afloat and flourish. In a 2022 survey from the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a staggering 88% of nonprofits surveyed said they have changed the way they work, and more than half of those think that the changes are here to stay. When we usher in a post-Covid-19 future, what will the new normal in the nonprofit sector look like?