New research on COVID-19’s impact on the nonprofit sector finds that if organizations want to find a way forward, they must first look back at how they have weathered the pandemic thus far. While the past 15 months have been a challenge for every sector, O’Neill IUPUI assistant professor Marlene Walk is optimistic about the future of nonprofits.
“It’s very interesting how nonprofits rose to the challenge while still serving those in need,” Walk says. “For many smaller nonprofits, this was a survival situation for both their clients and them as well.”
After analyzing data and examining trends, Walk has three pieces of advice for nonprofits as they navigate the return to work and the future of their organizations:
- Ask employees their opinions, for instance, of remote work and whether it can/should continue.
- Determine what organizational practices can be improved upon.
- Evaluate which new technologies adopted during the pandemic can be institutionalized.