COVID-19 funds kept CT nonprofits alive

Without extra government money during the pandemic, at least some Eastern Connecticut nonprofits would have been in the hole.

United Community and Family Services, with locations in Norwich, Griswold, Moosup, Colchester and New London, took in $34.1 million in revenue by the end of the fiscal year in June, but had $35.4 million in expenses, according to the organization’s Healthcare 2022 Impact Report. The document states that leftover Paycheck Protection Program funds from the 2020 fiscal year prevented the healthcare nonprofit from being in the red.

Had it not been there, a deficit of over $1 million would have resulted in fewer services, as well as layoffs, as personnel constitutes 85% of United Community and Family Services’ budget, said President and CEO Jennifer Granger.

COVID-19 funds kept CT nonprofits alive

“It’s a cycle. If you’re not able to have the personnel, you’re not available to provide the services,” she said. “We would have had to do more (drastic job cuts) in order to stay solvent if it were not for the PPP dollars and other grant funds made available through the federal government.”

While the federally qualified health center has grant funds ordinarily, it’s proportionately small to what’s made from billable services. There were fewer of those during the pandemic, Granger said.