69% Of Nonprofits Considering Long-Term Remote Work: Study

Thirty-eight percent of U.S. nonprofits have either experienced or anticipate a decrease in headcount thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, consistent with a brand new survey from Nonprofit HR.

Conversely, 9% of nonprofits had experienced a rise in headcount, and another 10% anticipate increasing headcount; 42% said they hadn’t experienced, nor did they anticipate, a headcount change.

Anonymized feedback, with corresponding demographic data, was included within the survey.

“We laid off 50% of staff,” one Maryland-based environmental nonprofit replied. “Half of our staff must perform their jobs on-site, so we've had to implement additional safety protocols.”

“We already canceled most of our spring programming,” wrote a Virginia-based educational nonprofit. “We anticipate more events are canceled and that we will have to make drastic reductions to headcount and cut benefits.”

The survey polled 808 nonprofits from 43 states; 55% of responding organizations had a current headcount of fifty or fewer. Forty-six percent of respondents reported an annual budget of $4.9 million or less.

A majority of nonprofits (69%) indicated that they'll accommodate functioning from home for all staff; an analogous majority (69%) said they're now contemplating remote work even after the coronavirus crisis passes.

The study also drew a distinction between direct service and non-direct service nonprofits: 60% of direct service and 88% of non-direct service organizations can accommodate remote work for all staff, while 67% of direct service organizations and 71% of non-direct service organizations are considering remote work as a long-term option. (Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said they supply direct service.)

“What we’re seeing from this can be the new way forward for work for social impact organizations, where many are recognizing that they'll of course operate remotely, whether or not it’s in an exceedingly staggered way,” said Lisa Brown Alexander, President and CEO of Nonprofit HR. “What’s it’s telling us is that organizations are quickly adapting to changes led to by the pandemic, and they’re doing so in an exceedingly way that's compliant with the regulations in their jurisdiction.”

Nonprofit HR, with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., is taken into account the leading human resources firm within the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector.