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HBI Summer Colloquium Series: The Covid-19 Crisis (I)
May 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am CDT
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this presentation has been postponed.
Reducing staff to survive the pandemic
Do fiscal conditions, service demands, and board involvement explain layoff decisions of nonprofits during COVID-19?
- Erica Ceka, Asst. Professor, Department of Public & Nonprofit Administration
- Douglas Ihrke, Executive Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
Summary: This study assesses factors that influence nonprofit decisions to reduce staff to cope with revenue uncertainty caused by COVID-19. The results confirm earlier findings on the importance of fiscal conditions on nonprofit capacity to sustain its workforce after the initial revenue shock. The findings also reveal that despite revenue uncertainties, nonprofits will be less likely to reduce staff when there is an increased demand for services offered to marginalized groups. However, the results indicate that the involvement of board members in planning will increase the probability of a layoff decision.