Medical Nonprofits Forced to Scale Back as the Pandemic Upends Their Fundraising

August 3, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified August 4, 2020

As stated in this recent article by Stat News, medical charities have long relied on black-tie galas, golf tournaments, and bike-a-thons to fund their operations. But as with so many other in-person events, COVID-19 has cancelled those plans this year, leaving nonprofits with a funding shortfall that has forced them to cut staff, end grant funding, scale back activities, and in at least one case, shut down entirely.

The latest hit to the sector came this week when JDRF, the 50-year-old type 1 diabetes foundation, announced that it would overhaul its organization in response to the pandemic. After falling 40% short of its expected revenue between March and June, JDRF will cut its staff by about 40%, reduce or end some of its grants, consolidate its regional chapters, and rely more heavily on volunteers.

“The global pandemic highlighted the vulnerabilities of our in-person, event-based fundraising model,” the organization’s chief mission strategy officer, Cynthia Rice said.

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