The Journal Gazette
Sunday, August 02, 2020 1:00 am

Nonprofits' woes mean shutting programs

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – More than half of Indiana's nonprofit groups that provide services to those in need have cut back on programs or reduced their capacity in recent months due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a report has found.

Between revenue declines and fundraiser cancellations, about 60% of not-for-profit groups have suspended or ended programs, according to the report from the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

When schools closed in March, Nine13sports Chief Executive Tom Hanley wasn't sure what to do. His organization's programs that teach kids how to ride and build bikes are directly tied to partnerships.

“In March, our world changed just like everybody else's,” Hanley told the Indianapolis Business Journal.

He started thinking of ways he could re-purpose his group's assets and skills.

Nine13sports pivoted into food distribution and partnered with food banks to deliver food to those who are unable to pick up distributions themselves. Hanley said his staff has delivered 2.5 million pounds of food.

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