Increase in Activity for Housing Nonprofits During COVID
When the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, individuals and companies alike scrambled to adjust to the unprecedented challenges everyone was suddenly facing. People lost their jobs, companies requested aid, and nonprofit organizations (NPOs) suddenly had more demands on their funding than they could account for. If you work in the world of nonprofits, you certainly felt the effects of the coronavirus.
Housing nonprofits were one of the biggest areas that were asked to step up, and continue providing for individuals who were suddenly unemployed, and therefore scared of how they would make ends meet and worried about keeping a roof over their heads. Not only that, but these programs have taken on extra work as well. There has been a tremendous increase in activity at housing nonprofits as a result of Covid-19. Read below to look into all the ways these organizations are working to staying busy during this time.
Before we get into it, this is a side note to say that nonprofit companies are created out of a desire to give back and put good into the world. You have a good heart for doing this kind of work, and chances are you’re exhausted after the past several months. The increase in activity has taken its toll on everyone throughout the country and the world. Keep your head up and continue doing the great work of keeping people safe and sheltered during these chaotic times.
Helping Find Homes
The goal of most housing nonprofits, is to create affordable housing opportunities for families who are struggling to afford a new home. Display homes are a great way to model what floor plans and square feet layouts may work for families in need. Ultimately, the goal is to try and help individuals back on their feet, and have enough to afford these kinds of model homes on their own. Obviously, with the rise in unemployment due to the pandemic and the health risks involved, this goal has been put on pause for some individuals. However, nonprofits continue to work to maintain the current affordable homes within the United States that individuals can turn to in times of need.
In response to the growing and changing needs during the Coronavirus pandemic, housing nonprofits have embraced flexibility and gone where they were most needed. One of those key areas is providing food to communities who need it. Nonprofits have shown up to feed thousands of individuals impacted by the pandemic. With help from third-party funding and peer networks, your nonprofit organizations have been able to adjust their primary goal of providing affordable housing, and give back where the communities really need it.
Increased Fundraising Efforts
Nonprofit management requires a huge amount of time and energy to be spent on fundraising. With the financial uncertainty Covid left in its wake, many nonprofits have seen a drastic decrease in their funding. You need to work even harder to reach the donors who fund your programs. One way to do so is through peer-to-peer, or P2P, fundraising campaigns. Through a P2P network, you can reach a broad range of potential partners and donors in creative, engaging ways. By connecting to a central server, you can efficiently understand each peer file and upload new data to your computer systems. These campaigns have been effective to raise funds for nonprofits, climate change causes, political campaigns, and anything you can think of. This is a hard time for everyone, but if you can reach your donor base and appeal to their good nature to help during this troubling time, you may have more fundraising success.
Asking for Aid
Not only are nonprofits reaching out to their third party donors and supporters, but to the United States government as well. Banks and government entities have been supplying housing nonprofits and other organizations with aid to stay afloat during this time. Benefits such as rent freezes and ending evictions have also been a huge help to keep people safe and secure during this pandemic.