Nonprofits Rethinking Their Future Under Trump Administration, New Survey Reports

April 5, 2017 | In a survey of over 800 nonprofits conducted in March by the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), “Government in Transition; Nonprofits in Transition,” the majority of respondents report significant changes in their organizations since the November 2016 election. When asked what specific changes they have made, 58% of respondents said they have discussed how their constituents may be affected by new federal laws and policies, and 42% said they are increasing their public policy advocacy work.

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Nearly two-thirds of respondents report increased levels of staff anxiety since the election; concern about the impact on immigrants served was voiced with particular urgency by respondents in more than 300 write-in comments on the subject. In total, the survey inspired more than 1,600 comments from respondents.
The survey obtained responses from 814 nonprofits in 47 California counties. Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits stated: “We conducted this nonpartisan survey to listen to the California nonprofit community, amplifying their diverse and varied voices, and delivering their concerns to policymakers.”

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Respondents represented California’s wide range of nonprofits in terms of budget size, number of staff, and geographical locations, and covered many different sub-sectors. The largest numbers of responses came from those in human/social services and the arts/culture/humanities.

The survey revealed details about:

  • Changes reported in communities
  • Immigrant clients fearful of using services
  • Uncertainty about funding sources
  • Increased policy advocacy
  • Support for the new Administration
  • A call to action

See also:

Toward a Nonprofit Stance Under the Trump Administration
Nonprofits & the Trump Administration: Practical Tools for Protecting Our Immigrant Clients and Staff
CalNonprofits Legislation Tracker



About CalNonprofits

The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve. To join or learn more click here.