We’ve talked with thousands of California nonprofits over the last few weeks -- on Nonprofit Town Halls with elected officials, through webinars, and many old-fashioned phone calls. We know that some of us are operating at extremely high or beyond capacity -- such as nonprofit health clinics and food banks -- and others of us are completely closed -- like theaters and museums.

To learn how best we can support our community, we want to learn more about how you’re faring, about your triumphs and your challenges, and about what your nonprofit needs most now.

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* 1. These categories aren’t perfect, but please indicate which one is the closest description of your organization:

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* 2. To help us answer questions from policymakers: how is the ongoing COVID-19 crisis impacting your organization? (check all that apply)

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* 3. To what degree do you agree or disagree with the following?

  Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly agree
State government agencies have been flexible and helpful with contracts
During the next year we may consider closing permanently
We have adequate access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
We are confident we will stay at our current or higher level of activity for the next year
PPE is available but it is prohibitively expensive for us
Federal government agencies have been flexible and helpful with contracts
We have received COVID-related funding from non-government sources that is equivalent to 20% or more of our budget
County government agencies have been flexible and helpful with contracts
We have received COVID-related funding from government that is equivalent to 20% or more of our budget
We believe we will have to close by the end of 2020.

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* 4. How important is it for CalNonprofits and other nonprofit advocates to prioritize the following nonprofit public policy topics?

  Not important Somewhat important Very important No opinion
Increasing unemployment benefits for furloughed or laid-off staff
Rent and mortgage relief programs for nonprofits renting or owning facilities
Expanding federal relief programs to include large nonprofits (with 500+ employees)
Voters’ rights and voting access
Flexibility in government contracts and grants
Ensuring that all small business relief programs are available to nonprofits
Student debt relief for nonprofit staff
Implications of state budget for nonprofits
Supporting nonprofits in doing Census outreach work
Ballot propositions on the November ballot that affect nonprofits
Transparency in donor-advised funds
Payout requirements for donor-advised funds
Unemployment insurance relief for nonprofits that self-insure
Regulations about online fundraising (such as PayPal, Amazon Smile)

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* 5. Share with us a highlight from the last few months such as a victory or something you are proud of and/or what you're struggling with. If you are willing to let us publish it, please add your name, organization, and email.

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* 6. Our 2019 report -- Causes Count: the Economic Power of California’s Nonprofits -- revealed substantial and growing disparities among different parts of the nonprofit community. Considering the community where your main office is located, please select all the descriptions that apply.

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* 7. As part of your involvement in the nonprofit community, which of the following activities (that CalNonprofits is considering) are the most compelling to you?

  Not compelling Slightly compelling Very compelling
Another webinar with SBA officials on PPP loans and forgiveness
Webinar on how to renegotiate your lease or rental agreements
Legal aspects of downsizing, furloughs, and layoffs
Peer forum (limited to 15 people) with nonprofits in your geographic area
Peer forum (limited to 15 people) with nonprofit staff in the same position as you (such as development, CFO)
Nonprofit town halls where you can talk directly with state assemblymembers and state senators
A "virtual convention" on public policy affecting nonprofits
How to engage legally and practically with the November election
Webinar on how to support the Census counting process
More "think pieces" like the recent CalNonprofits piece on inequality and disparities within the nonprofit sector
How to access state government grants and contracts

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* 8. Which of the following best describes your primary role at your organization:

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* 10. Would you like to receive updates on public policy that affects nonprofits, compliance information, and other news and events from CalNonprofits?

Thank you for taking the time to share your thinking with us. If you have additional comments, suggestions, criticisms or questions, please email us at info@calnonprofits.org.  Thank you!
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