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Results from the Unified Community Assessment for Central Florida Nonprofits

Wednesday, May 13, 2020  
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Results from the Unified Community Assessment for Central Florida Nonprofits are now available! 

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As challenges from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic deepened, area funders, capacity builders, businesses, and government entities wanted to understand the current reality of Central Florida nonprofits so that they can better support and advocate for the sector.

The Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership conducted the Unified Community Assessment for Central Florida Nonprofits from April 6, 2020 to April 15, 2020.

Key Takeaways:

  • 295 organizations responded to the survey in the 7-county area.
  • Of the nonprofits that responded, organizations expect a $48M - $54M impact from February 2020 – June 2020.
  • 70% of respondents indicated cancellation of fundraising events, 66% indicated reduced individual donations, and 59% indicated reduced earned revenue/fee for service.
  • 68% of respondents indicated they have up to 6 months of operating capacity; 32% state they have 2 months or less.
  • Top five operational impact as a result of the pandemic included the following:
  • Cancellation of programmatic/mission-related (not primarily fundraising) events
  • Disruption of services to clients or communities
  • Challenges related to staff and volunteers needing to work remotely
  • Increased demand for services or support from clients and communities
  • Disruption of supplies or services from partners
  • Major concerns of the clients that nonprofits serve included service continuation, health and safety, mental health and technology.
  • Nonprofits indicated a need for flexible and unrestricted financial assistance, technology assistance, and marketing assistance to promote the changes in organization’s delivery on their mission.
  • Respondents who offered resources or advice to other nonprofits shared the following:
  • Develop brand/organization promotion statements of the impact of its mission to the community
  • Promote the need for financial assistance and diversity revenue
  • Collaboration

Orlando Business Journal featured a story on the impact to the nonprofit sector from data in the assessment. See below for more information.


The surveys were designed for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the following seven county areas: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, and Volusia counties. To avoid duplication of responses, this survey was to be completed by the current leader (e.g. Executive Director/CEO, board chair) of the organization. The surveys were distributed electronically through email, social media, website postings, and word of mouth.

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