Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

The Effects of Covid-19 on Florida Nonprofits

Publication date: 
April, 2020
Florida Nonprofit Alliance

l. Executive Summary

In February of 2020, reports of incidences in the United States of a new strand of coronavirus, caused by COVID-19, began to change our daily lives. Individuals began following stay-at-home and/or quarantine directives. Businesses and nonprofits, separated into essential and non-essential services, began adjusting operations to be more virtual or closed their doors.

On March 11, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic. Many scientific analyses report that the peak of incidents in the US will happen between mid-April and early May, which means the nonprofit sector, like all other sectors, will experience repercussions for quite some time. However, the nonprofit sector, unlike other sectors, is currently grappling with an increased demand in services. Not only are their business operations disrupted, including traditional and regular forms of revenue, but the clients that many of them serve are now in need of additional or different services than before.

The data was collected through a joint effort with Florida Nonprofit Alliance and Florida Philanthropic Network and supplemented by various similar surveys conducted in regions of Florida. More than 1,400 nonprofit organizations in Florida participated.

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