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May 12, 2021
Nonprofits Lost 7.4% of All Jobs; Community Foundations Get $5M

March 16, 2021 — Nonprofit job loss put at 7.4% since pandemic began. Community foundations get $5M to bolster COVID-19 relief. Nonprofits serving Cape Cod awarded $660K to help mitigate pandemic’s impacts.

Nonprofit Job Loss Put at 7.4% Since Pandemic Began

The national nonprofit workforce remained down by over 926,000 jobs last month, compared to February 2020 levels, representing a 7.4% decline over the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies.

These lost jobs include nearly 35% of all workers in nonprofit arts and entertainment organizations; 14.6% of nonprofit education workers; 10% of all workers in nonprofit religious, grant-making, and civic associations; 7.5% of workers in nonprofit social service institutions; and nearly 4% of nonprofit health care workers.

With an estimated 926,045 nonprofit jobs still lost as of the end of February and an average of 39,520 nonprofit jobs recovered per month, it would take the sector 23.4 months—or nearly 2 years—to return to its pre-COVID level of employment, the report noted.

Community Foundations Get $5M to Bolster COVID-19 Relief

The state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development last week announced it granted $5 million to the state’s 14 community foundations to augment their ongoing efforts to provide relief from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, including supporting services relating to food security, housing and utilities support, emergency childcare and transportation, and other unmet needs of the community.

Receiving the funds were the following:

  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation : $200,000
  • The Boston Foundation: $790,474
  • Cambridge Community Foundation: $200,000
  • The Cape Cod Foundation: $200,000
  • Community Foundation for Nantucket: $200,000
  • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts: $423,035
  • Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts: $317,723
  • Essex County Community Foundation: $571,194
  • Foundation for MetroWest: $348,961
  • Greater Lowell Community Foundation: $388,057
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation: $418,994
  • Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard:$200,000
  • SouthCoast Community Foundation: $541,563
  • Watertown Community Foundation: $200,000

Nonprofits Serving Cape Cod Awarded $660K to Help Mitigate Pandemic’s Impacts

The Cape Cod Foundation yesterday announced it recently awarded $660,000 to 22 nonprofit organizations providing critical programs and services, including for direct financial assistance, food, childcare, healthcare, housing/shelter, utilities, transportation, technology for remote work/school, and other basic human needs, to Cape Cod residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kristin O’Malley, foundation president and CEO, said the foundation is building resources for the community in two by fundraising with local partners and individual donors and by seeking more funding from the state.

The following organizations received funding:

  • Cape Cod Children’s Place
  • Cape Cod Council of Churches
  • Cape Cod Family Table Collaborative
  • Cape Cod Military Support Foundation
  • Cape Cod Times Needy Fund
  • Cape Kid Meals
  • Catholic Social Services of Fall River
  • Community Development Partnership
  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod
  • Duffy Health Center
  • Family Pantry of Cape Cod
  • Fishing Partnership Support Services
  • Harbor Community Health Center
  • Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing
  • Health Imperatives
  • Homeless Prevention Council
  • Housing Assistance Corporation
  • Independence House
  • Kennedy Donovan Center
  • Lower Cape Outreach Council
  • Monomoy Community Services
  • Outer Cape Health Services
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