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The Impact of Covid-19 on West Marin Nonprofits

In August 2020, the West Marin Fund conducted an online survey of fifty West Marin nonprofits. The following results were compiled and analyzed by a local nonprofit consulting firm, Mission Met.

Key Findings


  • The total workforce (employees and volunteers) of West Marin nonprofits dropped by 33% during the first half of 2020. 


  • 96% of the survey respondents either cut at least one program, canceled at least one program or event, reconfigured a program or event, or closed a facility.
  • Over 50% of the respondents reported a decrease in effectiveness and impact. 

Smallest Nonprofits

  • West Marin’s smallest nonprofits are being disproportionately impacted by COVID compared to larger nonprofits.

Biggest Challenges

  • Moving forward, the two biggest challenges that these nonprofits are facing in response to COVID are adapting programs and raising funds. 


  • Funding from the federal Paycheck Protection Program was acquired by 54% of the qualifying nonprofits, helping to defer COVID’s impact.

Moving forward

In an analysis of short answer questions, fundraising and programming are viewed as both the biggest challenge and opportunity.