COVID-19 forces a focus on operating costs
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession have put many nonprofits in an unprecedented predicament. Revenues have dropped sharply as organizations struggle to continue their missions in a dramatically different environment. And they face mounting unexpected costs as they try to protect the health and safety of their employees, clients and volunteers while doing so. It’s almost inevitable that most nonprofits must cut their operating costs — but where to begin? This article focuses on four key targets: staffing, capital projects, vendor arrangements and marketing. A sidebar spotlights the consequences of staff reductions on employers that pay unemployment benefits on a case-by-case basis.