Arizona nonprofits asking for more COVID-19 relief

Posted at 6:26 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 10:59:00-04

PHOENIX — Nonprofits have been hit hard because of the pandemic and they're asking Congress for more relief.

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits surveyed 488 nonprofits in June and found 25% said they had to either lay off or furlough employees. The survey found 69% had to let go of volunteers, totaling over 36,000.

CEO of Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Kristen Merrifield said they're asking Congress for another round of the Paycheck Protection Program and they'd like non-profits with 500 employees or more to be able to get those benefits as well.

“We’re going to have this cliff that’s going to come that we’re going to say we can make it three months, we can make it six months... but if we don’t do anything to improve their financial outlook, all of a sudden we’re going to have a cliff that comes that no one's going to be ready for," Merrifield said. "And we’re going to lose all of those services that Arizonans rely on."

On Wednesday at 10 a.m., nonprofits across Arizona are welcome to join a virtual event to discuss the future of the nonprofit sector and COVID-19 relief. You have to register ahead of time.

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