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COVID-19 Impacts on Maine Nonprofits - July 2020 Flash Poll Report Out

by Molly O'Connell

MANP conducted a survey of our members from the afternoon of Wednesday, July 1st through Monday, July 6th. We collected one response per organization. We received 376 responses, approximately 40% of our active membership.

Financial Impacts of the Pandemic

Organizations were asked if they were experiencing/expecting a revenue shortfall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Eighty-seven (87%) responded yes.
  • In total, responding organizations estimate a loss of more than $141 million.
  • Members estimate an average revenue shortfall of 25% of typical annual operating budget.
  • 1/3 report they had increased expenses over the past 3 months, and 44% expect expenses to rise in the coming year.

Types of Impacts

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Member Voices

Lost revenue

  • “All on site artist residency and workshop programs have been cancelled – some have moved online. Our gallery and shop have been closed.” —Francine Rudoff, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
  • “Our criminal justice reentry center and services to stabilize young adults coming out of jails and prisons has experienced a 50% reduction in revenue – significantly decreasing our capacity to serve this population with social services and housing search assistance.”
    —Richard Hooks Wayman, Volunteers of Northern New England

Layoffs/Furloughs

  • “Waban closed multiple residential homes, stopped operating our day program and furloughed administrative staff. Our services are cut to the bone.”
    —Jennifer Putnam, Waban Projects, Inc.

New hiring

  • “Interviewing and Calling a new Pastor is challenging over Zoom.”
    —Rev. Deborah J. Blood, Maine Conference, United Church of Christ

Increased expenses

  • “Due to the increased requirements of screening, infection prevention and staff training, the volume of patients seen will be less. We may add another work day but are not sure how without having overtime costs.”
    —Norma Desjardins, St. Apollonia Dental Clinic

Service/program disruption

  • “We are a public library and have been closed from March 17 to today, July 1. While we continued to serve people from home as best we could (ebooks, tech support, Zoom programming), the vast majority of our services have been curtailed until today. Some additional ones (meetings room, in-person public programming) are still unavailable.”
    —Rich Boulet, Blue Hill Public Library

Increased demand for existing services

  • “We have actually increased our capacity due to the growing need for local news during the pandemic.”
    —Daniel Dinsmore, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

Demand for new services

  • “H.O.M.E. staff began spreading shelter guests among eight different sites in an effort to maintain adequate social distancing while still remaining open for individuals and families falling into homelessness during the pandemic. This effort included renting a house for families to quarantine and isolate if they became sick and securing hotel rooms for seniors to keep them out of a congregate setting. We converted our daycare center and craft store into quarantine spaces with cots donated by Maine Emergency Management Agency.”
    —Tracey Hair, H.O.M.E. Inc.

Merger

  • “We are fortunate to collaborate with other organizations and agencies, which has enabled us to expand our services.”
    —Survey Respondent

Other

  • “There are new accessibility frontiers as we host arts programs virtually. Access to broadband/stable internet, technology gaps, and the socioeconomic barriers to access tech-necessary programs certainly limits our capacity.”
    —Kelsey Halliday Johnson, SPACE Gallery
  • “The shift to online only classes has been a little tricky; many of our patrons often live in rural areas with limited tech services and resources. Rural Maine needs better broadband!”
    —Jared McCannell, Penobscot Language School

Respondent Demographics

By Mission Area

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By Organization Size

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