COVID-19 Impacts on Border Community Organizations


  • Wanzhu Shi University of North Florida



Nonprofits in Border Community, Nonprofit Capacity, Resource Dependence, COVID-19 Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic massively affected the nonprofit sector. This article explores how the crisis has impacted nonprofit organizations at a U.S.–Mexico border community with a large population of minorities and migrants. Guided by resource dependency theory and the nonprofit capacity building framework, surveys reveal that nonprofits with less financial support from the government sector, low leadership, and weak operational capacities receive critical impacts from the pandemic. The findings also show that local nonprofits are bonded closely to the community during the pandemic, which reflects the collectivistic culture in Hispanic/Latino communities. This study provides important insights on how local nonprofits with limited resources and an increase in demand from vulnerable populations struggled with the pandemic.

Author Biography

  • Wanzhu Shi, University of North Florida

    Wanzhu Shi is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science and Public Administration department at the University of North Florida. Her research interests include nonprofit management, using social media in public administration, and collaboration between nonprofit organizations and local governments. She has recently published in International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Howard Journal of Communications.






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