Survey Shows COVID Will Have Long-term Impact on SD Nonprofits

February 8, 2021 // Grants
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In early 2020 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.

The South Dakota Community Foundation partnered with a group of collaborative funders and commissioned an analysis to help us understand how to effectively support nonprofits so that we could continue to meet community needs across the state. Many of our state's nonprofits took time out from their busy schedules to provide input and we are grateful for that. “The survey responses gave us great insight to the challenges our nonprofit partners are facing”, said Stephanie Judson, President & CEO, SDCF. “Armed with this knowledge we are able to adapt our grantmaking efforts to target the greatest needs”.

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. The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic forced many changes upon South Dakota’s nonprofits.

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

Survey results can be accessed at Covid-19 Impact

The South Dakota Community Foundation offers several grant programs that can provide financial support. If you would like to learn more about these grants, eligibility and the application process visit for nonprofits