January 7, 2021
Statement by Danielle Clore, CEO, Kentucky Nonprofit Network
Nonprofits are on the frontlines of Kentucky’s COVID-19 battle. As providers of critical services and as the fourth largest employer in the commonwealth, they need relief and they need it now. Tonight, Governor Andy Beshear proposed $20 million in relief and other aid – including small business relief funds – that can assist these essential organizations. The proposed relief will help ensure that programs for our most vulnerable continue, that communities thrive and that Kentuckians remain employed.
Nonprofits are unique. When a nonprofit closes its doors or must scale back its services, not only are jobs lost – vital services are lost as well. When another nonprofit cannot step in to pick up the slack, it’s Kentuckians who pay the price. Kentucky’s future depends on a thriving nonprofit sector and our Kentuckians will need nonprofit partners to support them and their families in the days and months ahead.
On a call earlier this week, the Governor told me, “Our administration is investing in relief, our people and Kentucky’s future. Nonprofits are essential to all three – that’s why my administration is committed to ensuring our nonprofit partners are here to help Kentucky communities thrive in our new economy.”
When nonprofits are hurting, the Kentuckians they serve are hurting. This investment of one-time funds would assist the organizations serving our neighbors and communities when they need help the most. The General Assembly has a history of supporting Kentucky’s nonprofit sector and we urge them to support this urgently needed relief.