Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF) invited members to share the issues and populations they are most concerned about as a result of COVID-19 and the ensuing economic crisis.
A total of 34 funders completed the survey. Key themes from the survey include:
- Most respondents are extending deadlines or deliverables, postponing site visits, and relaxing grant requirements.
- Fewer respondents are increasing current grants, donating to an emergency fund or creating/participating in rapid response fund (more are thinking about these rather than currently doing them).
- Economic security topics respondents are most interested in being connected to include paid leave, recession planning, immigrant workers and rebuilding critical industries for low-wage workers.
- The topics respondents are most interested in addressing in the funder strategy room varied, but fell into three broad buckets: 1) stimulus implementation and gaps 2) recession readiness and planning; and 3) opportunities for building a better system for public income supports and supports for work (not going back to the status quo).