How will Tech For Troops “Stay Alive” in the COVID world? As you know it is an imperative that T4T survives and thrives to support Veterans and their families across the USA. T4T is going to fulfill its mission and we have a sustainable business model – but COVID-19 has upped the stake for survivability. What is the new “Normal”, especially in the Non Profit world? What we remember as “Normal Conditions” may never return and Governments and Philanthropists, Individuals and Corporations need to step up your support.
Nearly every aspect of T4T operations have been tested. Donations of equipment vanished, revenues shrank, volunteers (rightfully) disappeared but expenses did not go away. As individuals and companies reopen – return to “normal,” T4T has learned that no matter how important, no matter how needed our mission might be, things are harder and more expensive in this wacked out world.
I was reading an article, J. Clinton Mabie, the president and CEO of the Tucson-based Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), writing last week in Inside Tucson Business, put the current reality rather bluntly.
The impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit community is unprecedented. It has affected the capacity and sustainability of every nonprofit—from education to the environment, affordable housing to mental health services, animal welfare to the arts—no organization will emerge unscathed.
Although based in Arizona, what Mabie points out is reality across the USA:
Fundraising and program cancellations as a result of COVID-19 have cost Arizona nonprofits an estimated $53 million in lost revenue (as of June 11). In that same survey, 25 percent of nonprofits indicated that they’ve had to lay off or furlough employees, and 69 percent report a loss of critical program volunteers.
I have heard from many different Nonprofits’ in Richmond, VA and around the country that financially it’s so much harder to be sustainable.
This is a call to action to support your favorite NonProfit, whether Tech For Troops or another. Don’t “think” that organization is doing “ok”, check on them, call, send a donation, volunteer if allowed.