Coos/Curry COVID-19 Impact Survey Results

In April 2021, United Way of Southwestern Oregon (“UWSWO”) invited over 100 Coos and Curry County nonprofit and community organization leaders to complete a survey on the impact of COVID-19, one year later. The purpose of the survey was threefold: to continue to inform ongoing south coast funder conversations; to educate the public about the impacts of COVID-19 on community partners; and to help shape UWSWO’s annual grantmaking program. UWSWO received responses from 61 organizations representing a variety of sectors.

• General funding concerns continue to be a high priority for many organizations
• Most respondents have seen an increase in basic support needs from their clients, and most also expect the number of clients they serve to increase over the next 12 months; increased emotional distress was the highest reported current need/concern of their clients
• Over half of respondents saw a decrease in revenue and increase in costs 2019-2020 and over half expect their annual operating costs to increase over the next 12 months
• The highest priority activity for respondents over the next 12 months is to adapt current programs/services to meet ongoing and emerging needs
• Respondents reported grant writing training/assistance as the area that would be most helpful over the next 12 months; help with volunteer recruitment was also reported as a high need

The final section of the survey gave respondents the option to share one positive story or anecdote about their organization’s response to COVID-19 over the last year. Respondents shared prideful stories of keeping their staff and clients safe for the entire duration of the pandemic, staff and Boards really stepping up to serve, “responding to more with less,” collaborating with community partners, and finding creative solutions to serve, motivate, and inspire existing and new clients – and the community as a whole. One respondent simply replied, “Patience.”

The report is below. Details are available upon request.

2021 COVID Impact Summary Results

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