YMCA of the USA Joins Nation’s Charitable Nonprofits in Urging Congress to Move Frontline Responders to the Front of the Line for COVID-19 Relief

[CHICAGO, ILLINOIS] – April 20, 2020 - Listening to debate and deliberations from Capitol Hill this past week, YMCA of the USA along with the nation's charitable nonprofits are concerned that the urgent needs of nonprofit organizations are not being addressed. Will charities be largely left out of the current relief package, too?

Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s nonprofits have stepped up to serve their communities in countless ways — serving meals to those who lack food, providing childcare for health care and other essential workers, overseeing children in foster care, and checking in on vulnerable individuals, just to name a few. Many other nonprofits will play critical roles in the economic recovery following the pandemic.

With a workforce of 12.3 million, including hundreds of thousands of essential frontline responders, the nation’s nonprofits are mission-focused on making communities stronger. In the toughest times, we do the toughest work, and we are in dire need of support. However, many nonprofits have not been able to access the relief provided in the previous stimulus packages. This is especially true of charitable nonprofits with more than 500 employees who have the scale to serve a greater number of people.  At the same time, large numbers of charities with fewer than 500 employees have been effectively shut out of the Paycheck Protection Program.

Many charitable organizations are struggling to make ends meet due to declines in giving and the forced closures of other entities that contribute to their revenue streams. With so many nonprofits dependent on individual giving, the economic impact of the pandemic is driving donations down when demand is at an all-time high. If these essential organizations close their doors, many people in communities across the country will have nowhere else to turn for vital services.

It’s time for these essential frontline responders to be put at the front of the line to access stimulus relief. As Congress is on the verge of acting to infuse the Paycheck Protection Program with additional funds and implement additional vehicles for economic relief, the nation’s charitable nonprofits strongly urge congressional leaders to ensure that nonprofits, including those with more than 500 employees, have dedicated access to additional dollars so they can continue to see their communities through this pandemic and beyond. 

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Americans for the Arts

American Heart Association

Covenant House International

Ducks Unlimited

Girls Inc.

Girl Scouts of the USA

Goodwill Industries International

Habitat for Humanity International

The Jewish Federations of North America

Lutheran Services in America 

Mental Health America

National Council of Nonprofits Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America

United Way Worldwide

Welcoming America

YMCA of the USA



About the Y

Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 175 years. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationship and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide.


Ryan O'Malley
YMCA of the USA

Monday, April 20, 2020

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