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COVID & the LGBTQI Movement in 2021: Results from the Q2 2021 COVID Pulse Survey

Since the start of the pandemic, MAP has released a series of reports with data from organizations about their operations, finances, and programs. Reports released in September 2020, January 2021, and June 2021 show the flexibility, creativity, and continued resilience of LGBTQI and allied organizations. This report presents the results from our second quarterly pulse survey of 2021, summarizing organizations’ experiences thus far in 2021 and reflections on how they are planning for the rest of the year.

This Q2 survey illustrates how quickly organizations’ expectations and experiences have changed in just a few short months given ongoing challenges—particularly with new delays or cancellations as a result of the Delta variant of COVID-19, staff mental health concerns as the pandemic continues, and declining confidence in revenue amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic.

In the second quarter of 2021, organizations reported a decline in confidence about different revenue streams in corporate contributions, government grants, and especially event revenue, while reported confidence for individual giving and foundation funding remained relatively steady compared to Q1 2021. Most organizations report they had to delay or cancel office reopenings (52%). Even more organizations reported delayed or cancelled programs (58%), events (68%), and travel (75%).

As a collective force, movement organizations are staying nimble and resilient in the face of new and ongoing challenges of COVID-19. MAP will continue to survey and support organizations during 2021 and as the pandemic continues to shape how organizations operate, advocate for, and serve LGBTQ people.

Recommended citation: Movement Advancement Project. September 2021. COVID & the LGBTQI Movement in 2021: Results from the Q2 2021 COVID Pulse Survey. www.lgbtmap.org/2021-covid-pulse-survey-q2.  Accessed [date of access].

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