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Nonprofits in desperate need of donations during COVID-19

Grace Reader
Updated: September 06, 2020 10:14 PM
Created: September 06, 2020 05:11 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Coronavirus, and the restrictions that have come as a result, has not been kind to people’s walletswhich means nonprofits like Street Safe New Mexico, a group that helps women on the streets, are seeing huge dips in donations.

“I think everyone during the pandemic is afraid and they're not sure what the future holds and so I get that, I get that they're nervous, but for us what that means is that we're having a hard time getting the utilities. We had to let our office phone lapse a week ago because we weren't able to pay the bill,” Christine Barber, executive director of Street Safe New Mexico, said.

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Barber estimates small nonprofits like hers are having to cut their operating budgets by around 40 percent. Other non-profits like Fathers Building Futures and Beds4Kidz also echoed that message. They are in desperate need of donations.

“We have a very small operating budget, very small, less than $2,000 a month because the rest of everything we get goes towards the women, but we aren't even getting close to that,” she said.

To make matters worse, Barber said the resources they offer are in high demand right now. They need more money, not less.

“We're going to hit a homeless crisis here really quickly. We're talking thousands of people,” she said. “That's going to be us that are taking care of them with a budget that's at 40 percent less than normal.”

Barber says some non-profits could close their doors for good.

Listed below are resources to aid nonprofits:

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

New Mexico Thrives

New Mexico Association for Grantmakers — Grantmaker resources for COVID-19


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