As Governor Roy Cooper and state legislators develop policy solutions to best equip North Carolina to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that they take action to support the operations of the thousands of nonprofit organizations in the state that are struggling. Nonprofits provide essential services in communities in all 100 counties of North Carolina, often in partnership with the public sector. Nonprofits are also a substantial employer, comprising more than 10% of North Carolina’s private workforce. It is in everyone’s best interest to maintain a thriving nonprofit sector in our state.
The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has been seeking input from nonprofits about the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their organizations and the communities they serve. Here are 18 policy solutions (updated on April 9, 2020 based on input from nonprofits and the Center's analysis of the CARES Act) that would be immensely helpful to the nonprofit sector. The Center will make additional suggestions for policy solutions as we continue to learn more about the hardships nonprofits are facing during the pandemic.