COVID-19 Impact and Support

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits partnered with the Office of the NC Secretary of State and Strategic Partnerships office at the NC Office of State Budget and Management in Summer 2020 to conduct a survey to understand what and how COVID-19 impacts and needs for North Carolina nonprofits have changed since March. The report on survey findings was released in September 2020, along with the complete dataset, and the Center has distilled key takeaways from the report.

Beginning in March 2020, we've been working with state government and private funders to ensure that North Carolina nonprofits are included as decisions are made about COVID-19 containment and response and to ensure that nonprofits have access to the many types of support that are needed by their organizations and those they serve. We initiated a survey of nonprofits for these reasons:

  1. We realize it is important to measure the impact and learn about the needs of nonprofits statewide as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues.
  2. We know that many nonprofits need help to get through this crisis, and the data from this survey can help our state government and private funders understand more specifically the types of meaningful assistance that they can provide to strengthen the ability of nonprofits to continue to provide so many essential services in all parts of North Carolina.

The data below reflects 680 responses from NC nonprofits between March 16-23, 2020, and has been instrumental to inform conversations with legislators and funders. (Download Response Summary or Complete Survey Responses


Level of severity that COVID-19 impacts are currently having or are predicted to have on programs, services, or general operations of nonprofit organizations

Severity of Impact of COVID-19 Crisis


What impacts has your organization experienced or anticipates experiencing?

COVID-19 Impacts Experienced or Anticipating Experiencing


Would additional flexibility in the use of existing grant or contract funding for unrestricted purposes help your nonprofit respond to this crisis?

Flexibility of Existing Funding in Response to COVID-19


Are there other resources that foundations, businesses, or government could provide that would help your nonprofit respond to COVID-19?

Resources by Business, Government, or Foundation to Help Respond to COVID-19


What specific impacts do you anticipate COVID-19 will have on the community or population your nonprofit serves?

Anticipated Impacts of COVID-19 on Communities Served