In March of 2020, Forefront administered a survey open to all Illinois nonprofits inquiring about their needs in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The response was passionate and detailed. In order to gauge the ongoing needs of the sector, Forefront administered a second survey in November to better understand how the first six months of the pandemic had affected nonprofits and what its continued impact is expected to be in 2021.
Nearly 500 respondents answered this second survey, representing organizations that serve every county in Illinois. Respondents range from organizations with fewer than 5 staff to over 100 and those with annual budgets of less than $100,000 to over $10 million. Forefront also asked respondents to indicate whether the CEO or Executive Director of their organization identified as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC) to better understand how the pandemic has affected nonprofits based in and serving BIPOC communities.
All survey responses were clear: organizations are suffering financially, recovery will take time, and flexible resources continue to be lacking and vitally important.