Covid-19 Impact on South Dakota Nonprofits Round 2

In early 2020 the Covid-19 spread across the globe, affecting nearly all aspects of life. The full effects of Covid-19 are still unknown, but the immediate and medium-term effects on the health and wealth of the nation and South Dakota have been significant.

A group of collaborative funders commissioned this analysis to help them understand how to effectively support nonprofits so that they could continue to meet community needs across the state.

Benchmark Data Labs surveyed nonprofits across South Dakota in April 2020 to gather real-time data on non-profit revenues, payroll, work environment and demand for services. Benchmark conducted a follow-up survey in October 2020 to gather additional data and understand the medium-term effects of Covid-19.

Download the executive summary of Round 2 survey results below.

The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic forced many changes upon South Dakota’s nonprofits. The above pdf summary explores what we consider the five most notable effects that occurred between February and August 2020.

  • Nearly all nonprofits impacted immediately
  • Short-term funding surge masks decreased long-term funding opportunities
  • Existing service models changed rapidly
  • Volunteer workforce diminished
  • Nonprofits face increased demands an uncertain future

The above trends have real implications for South Dakota’s nonprofit ecosystem. In most cases nonprofits are facing increased demand for existing or alternative services while simultaneously dealing with limited capacity and declining revenues. As pandemic pressures mount, these systems will likely become even more fragile than reported in the survey.

  • Changing demand for services
  • Limited capacity to serve mission
  • Need for flexible financial assistance

The following dashboard summarizes all data collected for round 2 of the survey.

You can also find a data dashboard for round 1 of the survey on the United Way of the Black Hills website, here.

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