Understanding the Scope
United Way of Rhode Island is working with our partners throughout the state to help nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
To help us understand the scope of need, we circulated a survey to Rhode Island nonprofit administrators asking about the current and anticipated effects of COVID-19 on their programs, services, and operations. 159 administrators responded between March 14 and March 25.
Here’s what they told us.
Approximately 39.6% of the nonprofits represented serve children, youth, and families, and 40.9% serve all Rhode Islanders.
The majority of nonprofits (48%) are located in the Providence area.
Current / Projected Financial Loss
At the time of response, many nonprofit administrators were unable to determine whether COVID-19 had an impact on their current or projected financial status. However, those who provided financial data indicated losses in the millions.
As of March 25, current financial losses were approximately $934,650. Projected financial losses were approximately $5,580,500.
Nonprofit administrators identified three types of support most needed to help them serve Rhode Island communities.
These include computers and other technology equipment (21.1%), monies for overhead expenses such as staff salaries and office space (19.3%), and cleaning products such as disinfectants and Personal Protective Equipment (17.4%).
Nonprofit administrators indicated a range of operational needs, including technology, emergency supplies, and direction from the Rhode Island Department of Health, or funding agencies, on how best to provide services.
Notably, almost two-thirds (62.7%) of administrators indicated monies for overhead expenses and unrestricted funds as their primary operational need.
United Way and the Rhode Island Foundation created the COVID-19 Response Fund to support local nonprofits with direct service programs impacted by COVID-19. The Fund has awarded $5.7 million to date.