UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs is co-hosting a Virtual Advocacy Forum on Thursday, Dec. 10

The Brown County United Way Advocacy Council and the UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs are co-hosting a Virtual Advocacy Forum on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p. m. The format will be an interactive, roundtable discussion with local leaders.Contribute your voice in coming together around long-term solutions to support nonprofits, vital safety net services, and our community’s wellbeing during the pandemic and over the long-term. Registration is free but is required in order to receive the Zoom link to join event. Find more information and an agenda at the event website.

Presenters and Roundtable Members:

  • Robyn Davis, Brown County United Way
  • Sarah Inman, Brown County United Way
  • Kristin Jacobs, CASA of Brown County
  • Lora Warner, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Jeff Vande Leest, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
  • Lisa Kogan-Praska, Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay
  • Robyn Hallet, Literacy Green Bay
  • Amaad Rivera-Wagner, City of Green Bay

Study: Pandemic hitting nonprofits hard

Lora Warner, director of UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs, says research showed 56 percent of regional respondents were “greatly concerned” about the decline in donations, compared to 52 percent statewide. In addition, about half of nonprofits reduced their service delivery due to the pandemic, while the other half adapted their services or increased their service delivery. Source: Study: Pandemic hitting nonprofits hard, Insight Publications

It’s Giving Tuesday and not-for-profits need your help

The COVID-19 Effect on the NEW North Nonprofit Sector
by Prof. Lora Warner

The NEW North region is home to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. On Giving Tuesday, besides giving to a favorite nonprofit organization, we should remember the vital roles these organizations play in our communities. Nonprofits provide services that enhance our quality of life and meet needs that neither private companies nor government address.

The Phase 2 survey was fielded in July and August, 2020 with 137 NEW North nonprofit organizations responding. There was much higher participation in the federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP) by NEW North respondents than those in other areas of the state. In the NEW North, 72% of nonprofits received or were approved for this funding compared to 61% statewide. This program made a significant financial impact that enabled the organizations to continue to operate. 

Other important findings:

  • About half of NEW North NPOs reduced service delivery due to the pandemic while the other half either adapted to offer services in a different way or increased service delivery. Statewide numbers were similar.
  • 82% of NEW North respondents reported that it was somewhat or very likely that they could continue to provide services for 12 weeks compared to 79% statewide. Arts and Humanities organizations were least likely to continue services.
  • 79% of NEW North respondents reported that it was somewhat or very likely that they could cover payroll costs for 12 weeks compared to 85% statewide. 21% of NEW North nonprofits would be somewhat or very unlikely to cover payroll for 12 weeks.
  • 56% of NEW North respondents were “greatly concerned” about declines in donation receipts compared to 52% statewide.
  • 75% of NEW North nonprofit respondents were “somewhat” or “greatly concerned” about inability to reach most marginalized clients, compared to 81% statewide.

How had NPOs responded to these concerns?  In many cases, NEW North nonprofits were similar to statewide peers:

  • About 10% had reduced staff and just over 50% had reduced volunteer support
  • About 3 in 5 had cancelled fundraising events
  • About half had projected several financial budget scenarios
  • Just over two in five had involved boards of directors to a greater extent
  • Two in five had collaborated with local government
  • 4-5% had ceased operations

However, the responses of NEW North nonprofits differed from counterparts statewide in some regards:

  • 52% had received emergency grants compared to only 43% statewide
  • 32% had reached out to major donors compared to only 28% statewide
  • 74% had implemented CDC strategies for opening up compared to only 67% statewide

This summary shares results of Phase 2 of a statewide survey of nonprofit organizations for the NEW North region of Wisconsin. The research is part of a statewide effort to study the responses of nonprofit organizations to the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted by University of Wisconsin faculty from across the state, the research was organized by the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at UW-Milwaukee and the Institute for Nonprofit Management at UW-Whitewater. Lora Warner, Director of the Center for Public Affairs at UW-Green Bay, has issued this information for the NEW North region of Wisconsin. A statewide report is forthcoming. The Phase 2 survey, conducted in August 2020, collected information about capacity to continue to provide services and fund payroll over the upcoming 12 weeks. It asked about strategies to mitigate the changes in revenue and the likelihood of other actions that could be taken.

For more information, contact Lora Warner at warnerl@uwgb.edu

You’re invited: Virtual Advocacy Forum, Dec. 10

The Brown County United Way Advocacy Council and the UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs are co-hosting a Virtual Advocacy Forum on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The format will be an interactive, roundtable discussion with local leaders. Contribute your voice in coming together around long-term solutions to support nonprofits, vital safety net services, and our community’s wellbeing during the pandemic and over the long-term.

Associate Prof. Lora Warner will share the results from Phase 2 of Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Wisconsin Nonprofit Organizations. Registration is free but required in order to receive the Zoom link to join the event. Learn more about the forum and register.

UW-Green Bay’s Prof. Warner gives input on non-profits in Wisconsin during pandemic | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin nonprofits could be in dire financial straits in the months, and possibly years, ahead as they continue to cancel or scale back vital fundraising events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One in five nonprofits that responded to a University of Wisconsin System survey said they worry about meeting payroll for the next eight weeks. Almost 50% have laid off staff already and 93% said they’re considering future layoffs. More than 10% stopped providing services altogether.

Prof. Lora Warner of the UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs, who co-authored the northeast region report with associate professor Michael Ford of UW-Oshkosh, said the financial pinch has one in three nonprofits in northeastern Wisconsin concerned they could run out of money within the next eight weeks.

“It’s definitely a looming issue that will get bigger, just like everything else,” Warner said. “Their donations are definitely at risk. We don’t know where they will be in a few weeks. Two-thirds said they could continue programming for eight weeks, but that means one-third is not sure they could.”

Source: Coronavirus in Wisconsin: Nonprofits face long-term impacts from pandemic | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs releases report on COVID-19 effect on Northeast Wisconsin nonprofits | Green Bay News Network

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs has released its report on the Covid-19 Effect on Nonprofit Organizations in Northeast Wisconsin.

Associate Prof. Lora Warner, director of UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs and Associate Prof. Michael Ford at UW-Oshkosh co-authored the report which examined financial issues, human resources, program delivery and needs for support as nonprofit organizations attempt to continue to serve the community after the stay home orders were issued by Governor Evers. UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Kerry Kuenzi is collaborating in the statewide project as well.

Source: UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs Releases Report on COVID-19 Effect on Northeast Wisconsin Nonprofits|Green Bay News Network

Area non-profits have their own struggles with COVID 19 | WTAQ

Non-profit organizations in Northeast Wisconsin join the list of things impacted by COVID-19, according to a report released by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

“It has turned us upside down,” said the executive director of New Community Shelter, Terri Refsguard. “We had to stop what we were doing and basically lock the doors.”

The report highlights specifically how COVID-19 hurt non-profits during the state’s “Safer At Home” shutdowns.

Source: Area Non-Profits Have Their Own Struggles With COVID 19 | WTAQ

UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs Report details COVID-19’s impact on nonprofits | Insight on Business

Nonprofits are reducing staff and reducing their use of volunteers while trying to figure out new ways to deliver their services, according to a report from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs.

“Covid-19 Effect on Nonprofit Organizations in Northeast Wisconsin, which is based on a survey conducted in late April, found that more than half of organizations reduced staff and 80 percent reduce their usage of volunteers. Most nonprofits reduced their service delivery while others quickly changed how their services were delivered to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while meeting the needs of their communities. Three-fourths of nonprofits also reported being concerned about being able to connect with their most vulnerable clients.

Source: Report details COVID-19’s impact on nonprofits | Insight on Business

UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs Releases Report on COVID-19 Effect on Northeast Wisconsin Nonprofits

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs today (June 3, 2020) has released its report on the Covid-19 Effect on Nonprofit Organizations in Northeast Wisconsin.

Associate Prof. Lora Warner, director of UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs and Associate Prof. Michael Ford at UW Oshkosh co-authored the report which examined financial issues, human resources, program delivery and needs for support as nonprofit organizations attempt to continue to serve the community after the stay home orders were issued by Governor Evers. UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Kerry Kuenzi is collaborating in the statewide project as well.

The research included 139 nonprofit organizations in Northeast Wisconsin (546 organizations statewide), representing large and small organizations ranging from human services and education to social benefit, arts/culture/humanities, environmental and health-related.

The study, conducted in late April, 2020, found that over half of organizations have reduced staff and 80% have reduced usage of volunteers. Most have significantly reduced service delivery and others have quickly had to change how services are delivered to prevent the spread of Covid-19 while meeting the needs of our communities. Three-fourths are concerned about being able to connect with some of their most vulnerable clients due to poor technology access, limited ability to meet face-to-face and challenges communicating with the children, at-risk youth, persons struggling with addiction and isolated older adults that they serve. Northeast Wisconsin nonprofits showed higher rates of collaborating with each other compared to statewide, while they showed a lower rate of collaboration with local government. Just under half have received no emergency funding and two-thirds are very concerned about loss of summer event revenues, which often provide funding for the year. While most report that they can continue to operate for the next 8 weeks, the next round of the survey (in July) will examine how they have fared.

The goal of this report is to share information with government, funders and corporate leaders about how the sector is doing so that community leaders can support the viability of the sector.

“The nonprofit sector is an underappreciated part of our society that really provides the foundation for our quality of life in often-invisible ways,” said Prof. Lora Warner, lead author of the Northeast Wisconsin report. “I am full of admiration for the strength and creativity shown by our local nonprofits, who have turned on a dime, gotten creative, and jumped in as partners to meet our community’s needs. If they are going to be able to continue to do that, they need us, ordinary citizens, to speak up and step up along with them.”

About the statewide project:  In an effort to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin nonprofits’ ability to meet their community’s needs, the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Milwaukee, in partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit Management Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and our affiliate faculty throughout the UW-System, will issue a series of surveys to nonprofit leaders throughout 2020. The initial survey was launched in April. The aim of this study is to provide real-time data to government officials, foundations, and other decision-makers about the current economic conditions facing nonprofits and the need for immediate and long-term support in order to ensure the ongoing provision of critical services throughout Wisconsin. The hope is that, by understanding the effect of the pandemic, we can also better understand the recovery process to be required afterward.

For more information, please contact Prof. Lora Warner (UW-Green Bay) warnerl@uwgb.edu or Prof. Michael Ford (UW-Oshkosh) fordm@uwgb.edu

To find the reports and other information:

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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