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The Status of West Marin Nonprofits in 2022

By January 25, 2023September 20th, 2023No Comments

In summer 2022, West Marin Fund conducted an online survey of thirty-nine West Marin nonprofits. The purpose of the survey was to provide information to nonprofits serving West Marin on how they are collectively faring, help funders and policymakers provide nonprofits with the best support and resources possible, and to identify organizational trends over multiple years. The following results were compiled and analyzed by a local nonprofit consulting firm, Mission Met.

Key Findings


  • As a whole, the nonprofits maintained financial stability through the pandemic.
  • The net income of survey respondents grew by 23% in both 2020 and 2021.
  • Emergency government funding was crucial to the survival of many nonprofits.
  • 78% of respondents maintained their reserve or endowment with a median of six months.
  • Over 50% of the nonprofits would like assistance with finding County of Marin funding opportunities.

Staff, Board, and Volunteers

  • Staffing rates increased by 17% in 2021 compared to 2020.
  • The rate of loss of volunteers due to Covid has slowed, but nonprofits were still losing volunteers in2021.
  • In total, just over $500,000 in salary equivalent was lost in 2021 due to the departing volunteers.

Programs and Services

  • COVID-19 had a mixed impact on programs and services in 2021.
  • 48% of the nonprofits in 2021 expanded existing programs.
  • 65% of the nonprofits canceled an event or program on a one-time basis.
  • 30% of the nonprofits temporarily closed a facility.
  • 66% of the nonprofits said it was either “very” or “extremely” important to strengthen program evaluation processes.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ)

Of the nonprofits:

  • Over 84% allocated at least 5% of their staff time to DEIJ efforts in 2021, with a median of 10%.
  • Limited organizational capacity, along with a need to better understand DEIJ issues, were the main barriers to effectively implementing DEIJ efforts.

This annual survey of West Marin nonprofits provides very useful information for funding agencies and service providers.

—District Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, County of Marin