COVID-19’s Impact on R.I. Nonprofits, Part 2

Amidst challenges brought on by COVID-19, nonprofits are stepping up to serve our community.
Understanding the Challenges

In March, United Way of Rhode Island circulated a survey to R.I. nonprofit administrators asking about the current and anticipated effects of COVID-19 on their programs, services, and operations. Here’s what they said.

To better understand how COVID-19 is impacting Rhode Island nonprofits, United Way circulated a follow-up survey in April and May, asking nonprofit leaders to share the challenges their organizations have experienced due to the pandemic. Here are some key themes.


Nonprofit Profile

122 nonprofit leaders completed the follow-up survey. Approximately 71% head organizations located in Providence County, followed by 15% in Kent County and 8% in Washington County.

Chart: Location of organization.


Operating Expenses

Approximately 75% of respondents reported that they had less than six months of operating expenses, including 8% with one month or less.

Chart: Number of months able to continue operating with existing revenue stream.


COVID-19 Services

88% of respondents indicated that they have added or expect to add new services or projects to focus on COVID-19 response.

Chart: Added new services or projects to focus on COVID-19 response.


Service Delivery

Roughly 91% of respondents reported that they have experienced or expect to experience a halt or delay in services.

Chart: Halted or delayed some services or projects.


Earned Revenue

Approximately 77% of respondents indicated that they have experienced or expect to experience a decrease in earned revenue, such as fee for service contracts.

Chart: Experienced a decrease in earned revenue (e.g. fee for service contracts).


Contributed Revenue

Roughly 77% of respondents also indicated that they have experienced or expect to experience a decrease in contributed revenue, such as foundation grants and individual donations.

Chart: Experienced a decrease in contributed revenue (e.g. foundation grants, individual donations).


Staff Capacity

Approximately 73% of respondents reported that they have experienced or expect to experience reduced staff/volunteer capacity.

Chart: Experienced reduced capacity (e.g. staff or volunteer absences).


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