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How COVID-19 could transform non-profit organizations

Associate Professor Brent McKnight (DeGroote School of Business) and Julie Gouweloos (Sociology) look at the impact COVID-19 has had on non-profit organizations and consider whether shifts in funding could last beyond the pandemic.

Feb 01, 2021

COVID-19 has been disruptive to non-profit organizations that are, in many cases, already operating on a shoestring.

Our research team has spoken with leaders from front-line non-profit organizations, and their funding partners — like public and private foundations — to better understand how the pandemic is affecting organizations across Canada.

Preliminary findings indicate that traditional funding practices have eroded the resiliency of charities and their ability to build sufficient capabilities that can be drawn upon during tough times.

But the pandemic has also emboldened funders and non-profits to rethink traditional models and implement changes that have enormous potential to strengthen the non-profit sector.

To read the full article, visit McMaster's Brighter World website.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.