Flexibility, Creativity, and Adaptability in the Sunshine State: A Local Study of Nonprofit Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Lauren Elizabeth Tobal
Nonprofit organizations are integral parts of communities across the world and often serve as safety nets for vulnerable populations. From healthcare to housing, nonprofits have the ability to make tremendous differences in people’s lives. This research, examined through the lens of civil society, helps to understand the ways in which nonprofit organizations contribute to society in unprecedented times. This study examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nonprofit organizations through in-depth interviews with leaders of four local nonprofits in Naples, FL. The organizations interviewed vary by the services they provide, but each support at-risk populations in a variety of ways. Participants were chosen based on convenience sampling and recommendations from other interviewees. Results from this research show increases in the number of individuals and families the nonprofits served, increases in the amount of collaboration between local nonprofit organizations, as well as some interesting positives that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic. From these findings, I conclude that nonprofit organizations are an integral part of supporting local communities, especially in times of crisis.
Laura M. Leming
Primary Advisor's Department
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Cities and Communities
"Flexibility, Creativity, and Adaptability in the Sunshine State: A Local Study of Nonprofit Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic" (2021). Stander Symposium Projects. 2249.