DER COVID-19 Survey Results

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If you’re feeling stressed, stretched, and exhausted right now, you’re not alone. See the full results of the May 2020 Development Executives Roundtable COVID-19 Survey here, or read the summary below.

HOW HAS YOUR WORK CHANGED? Our DER COVID-19 survey shows how you are adapting to changing conditions, with more than 80% saying they are now working from home; 46% working more hours; 40% working with children/pets/distractions at home; 39% working at strange hours; 20% working with less staff support; and 14% working fewer hours.

HOW ARE YOU DOING? When we asked how you’re doing, you told us that while you’re hanging in there, working to stay positive and feeling grateful for what you have, you’re also stressed, anxious about the unknown, and exhausted, as shown in the word cloud above.

ENGAGING IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Your professional development sources today include: more free webinars (77%); reading more free articles (54%); attending virtual networking events (21%); and attending more paid webinars (16%). Some are engaging in less professional development now due to time limitations (20%) and lack of focus/interest (14%.)

VALUE OF VIRTUAL EDUCATION You have mixed opinions about the value of online educational programs, with 47% of those with an opinion saying online programs provide less value than in-person events, 44% saying they provide about the same value, and 10% saying they provide more value. The most commonly mentioned weakness is how difficult it is to support casual networking and interactivity (as one person at a time can talk on a videoconference); the most commonly mentioned strength is that online sessions require no travel, and are therefore easier to fit into work schedules.

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT You said you are interested in activities that allow you to connect socially and build your networks, by: meeting in small breakout groups (59%); staying 15 minutes after the end of an online event to chat with others (46); highlighting job openings at the beginning of each program (39%); joining virtual social events like coffees or happy hours (37%); and arriving 15 minutes prior to an online event to chat (29%).

WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE? While acknowledging that the needs of the communities we serve have not gone away — and in some cases have become more urgent — you told us that you draw your inspiration from: seeing philanthropists meet the moment by increasing their giving; seeing the heroism of medical staff, first responders and essential workers; and seeing the kindness of neighbors and the solidarity among colleagues. You told us about being in nature and working in your gardens, and also for being grateful for PPP loans, simplified funding applications, and having terrific staff.

We are evaluating your suggestions for relevant program topics and better online networking opportunities, so watch for changes in the months ahead. If you have additional suggestions, contact our Administrative Director Jeri Devereaux at

To see the full results click here.