A little over one year into the COVID-19 Pandemic, some nonprofits have received support from:
- The CARES Act
- Local funders
- Some shifts in state regulations
- County-distributed funds
- PPP Loans
but Pennsylvania’s General Assembly has not targeted support for the nonprofit sector or provided guidance to counties to provide designated nonprofit support. Thus, nonprofits often have to compete with local businesses for funding and other support.
The Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) & The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP) are asking state officials to provide more support for nonprofits from the Commonwealth. It will make our advocacy work most effective if nonprofits in every community throughout Pennsylvania communicate this same message to their local elected officials. Legislators want to know the impact on their own communities, and you are best people to talk about that impact.
The “Targeted Relief for Nonprofits” Media Toolkit provides sample language for your outreach efforts. In addition, PANO is using its own advocacy platform, so you can easily sign and send our message directly to your elected officials with just a few clicks.
This campaign goal is two-fold:
- To use our collective voice to drive funding and support to Pennsylvania nonprofits. If we all speak, we are 807,000 people strong!
- To underscore that collective voice with local stories that will drive our message home.
We plan to do this through this “Targeted Relief for Nonprofits” campaign. This toolkit supplies participating organizations with sample language for telling your own stories to support the broad campaign message which is simple:
Nonprofits need targeted relief-NOW.
All of you have stories that demonstrate local need. This kit gives every organization and community language to edit to best tell that story across multiple platforms. As a grassroots effort, this campaign will only be as effective as your efforts and your ability to leverage your network, and the networks of those in your network.
We are supporting 2 current pieces of legislation as a strategy to get the conversation going, but encourage you to be BOLD in your ask. Share your real stories and real impact numbers.
Download the toolkit to find messaging and instructions for how to reach out to your legislators.
Find state, regional, and county data on the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits in this collaborative report and dashboard.