In 2022, Pinellas Community Foundation, the St. Petersburg Foundation and the experts at the University of South Florida Muma College of Business joined forces to create a robust survey to explore the state of the nonprofit sector in Pinellas County and to understand the pandemic experiences, needs and challenges of individual nonprofit organizations and their leaders.
This survey was inspired by and builds upon the 2018 Pinellas County Nonprofit Scan and Survey, generously commissioned by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg.
The reasons for undertaking a periodic assessment of the nonprofit sector are numerous. The nonprofit sector plays an outsized role in addressing community needs, creating innovative solutions to complex problems, and activating necessary– even lifesaving– services and functions for residents of our region. Nonprofit organizations are vital to our community’s economy. They drive philanthropic activity, contribute to education, health, and the well-being of countless individuals and families, and help create a sense of place and cultural connectedness. And increasingly, support systems and services that were traditionally shouldered by government have been entrusted and outsourced to nonprofit organizations to fulfill.
It’s only fitting that such an important part of our regional ecosystem be better understood. Listening to nonprofit leaders can give us insight into the needs, aspirations, and challenges of the organizations that contribute so much to the quality of life in Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay region. Together, we can support our favorite organizations and causes with our time and treasure and help lift up the sector by advocating for the resources they need to do their essential work.
The Pinellas County Nonprofit Survey was open to all nonprofits based in or providing services in Pinellas County, Florida. It was designed to be completed once per nonprofit by the CEO, executive director, or a board member with the most comprehensive working knowledge of the organization. The survey was completely confidential; no data was collected other than that reported by respondents during the completion of the online survey instrument.