Our COVID-19 Impact Assessment survey was conducted to assess the impact of COVID-19 on local nonprofits and explored how the pandemic affected, to date, their internal operations and external services provided.
About the survey
- 2 county focus area (Greene, Washington)
- 270+ organizations contacted
- 83 responses
- 33.25% response rate*
- 35 questions
*to increase our statistical power, our goal was to reach at least a 30% response rate
- Approximately 60% have had to decrease their services provided since March.
- Those who have decreased services report needing the most help with strategic planning of fundraising, as well as greater losses in volunteers.
- In terms of strategic planning needs, most want help with fundraising and developing partnerships (only half have connections to larger NPOs, for example).
- The greatest source of lost revenue is from events, followed by both private and corporate donations.
- They anticipate the greatest future losses coming from private and corporate donations, followed closely by local funding.
- Going forward, their most imperative anticipated needs are financial resources and volunteers.
View the recording of our Oct. 8, 2020, event that included a data presentation with Dr. Jenny Jellison, professor of psychology at Waynesburg University and a panel discussion with Dr. Jim Denova, vice president, Benedum Foundation; Laural Ziemba, director of public affairs, Range Resources; and Lisa Hannum, chief operating officer, Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA.
“This data reinforces our initial concern - that many of our local nonprofits could face dire consequences if we don’t help create an inclusive, solutions-oriented strategy aimed at supporting these organizations for the short- and long-term."
Laural Ziemba, director of public affairs, Range Resources
"In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, foundations have been flexibly adjusting existing grants to COVID-19-response strategies, and we are pooling funds to better coordinate support for the nonprofit community."
Jim Denova, vice president, Benedum Foundation
- CSR Advisory Board - Andrew Corfont, Commmunity Bank; Ellen Rossi, EQT; and Laural Ziemba, Range Resources
- Partner Agencies - Community Foundation of Greene County, Washington County Community Foundation, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania and the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management (at Robert Morris University)
- Faculty Research Team - Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, associate professor of sociology; Dr. Jenny Jellison, professor of psychology; and Dr. Karen Younger, chair of the Department of Humanities and associate professor of history
- “Behind-the-Scenes” Work Crew - Christina Kramer and Kylie Fuller, Range Resources; and Lisa Colcombe and Maryann White, Waynesburg University
- CSR Staff - Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement & University Relations; Lee Ann Wainwright, director of strategic partnerships; and Matthew Stultz, corporate relations and digital content manager
About the Center
The Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at Waynesburg University launched in 2018 with a $250,000 commitment from Chevron. The Center seeks to build a network of practitioners in the region dedicated to sharing best practices in corporate social responsibility work. As a membership organization of nearly 20 regional and national corporations, the Center represents a variety of industries, including banking, construction, energy, law, manufacturing and technology. The Center operates from the Waynesburg University Southpointe Center.