In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) retooled a larger state of the nonprofit sector survey to focus on the impact of the current health crisis on regional nonprofits. GNOF, in partnership with the University of New Orleans and with support from the Greater New Orleans Funders Network (GNOFN), distributed the survey to a representative sample of 734 nonprofits. Preliminary responses highlighted that:
As a result GNOFN, an initiative managed by Converge recently launched its Nonprofit Stabilization Fund, to provide general operating support to mission-critical nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area. GNOFN’s goal is to grow the fund to $1,200,000. GNOFN’s 30+ members, via its six Action Tables (Climate Justice, Criminal Justice, Equitable Development, Health, Opportunity Youth/Boys & Men of Color, and Youth & Education) will identify critical nonprofit partners to receive general operating grants ranging between $15,000-$50,000.
Funds are meant to be as flexible as possible to ensure continuity of operations, re-opening and/or re-programming to deliver services virtually. GNOFN is working with its fiscal sponsor, Foundation for Louisiana, to receive and distribute the resources of the Nonprofit Stabilization Fund.