COVID-19 is creating new needs, while putting enormous financial pressure on all nonprofits of all kinds. From medical and public health needs related to the response to economic uncertainty impacting vulnerable populations, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating unmet needs above and beyond the usual. The nonprofits working directly to meet those needs require more resources to do so. At the same time—all nonprofits are feeling the pressure, even if they aren’t directly responding to the crisis. The economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic may cause many donors to dial back. Many nonprofits are also having to cancel many of their usual programs and fundraising events out of concern for public safety. Most nonprofits have limited financial reserves to carry them through lean times ahead, putting them in a difficult spot.
Northwest Spay and Neuter Center is no exception here. We sat with heavy hearts just days before our annual fundraising gala, Whiskers Wine and Dine and listened while Governor Inslee announced the restriction on events larger than 250 people. We were forced to postpone this event that we not only look forward to every year, but that we depend on for financial support. The new date for this fun evening is Friday, October 9th, and boy are we hoping things are back to a new normal by then.
Uncertainty does not discriminate. If you are able to give of your time, talent and treasure at this time, your community needs you more than ever.