A Call for the Small Business Administration to Release Data

Letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration

April 13, 2020

To the Honorable Jovita Carranza, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration:

On behalf of the nonprofit sector, we want to thank you and all SBA employees around the country working overtime to help the nation in a time of unprecedented need. As you know, nonprofits are on the front line in this crisis. Even as this pandemic has shut down vast portions of our economy, our organizations continue to meet a wide range of needs, from providing meals to families, to offering emergency childcare, to even identifying emergency financial support for those who’ve lost their jobs in recent weeks.

On April 6, acting as a voice for the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, Independent Sector authored an open letter to the U.S. banking industry, urging banks that are participating in the loan assistance Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created in the CARES Act, to ensure nonprofits have equal access to these loans. There are now more than 440 nonprofit and philanthropic organizations – large and small, and from all over the nation – that have signed that letter to the banking industry.

Today, we write to you to ask for an additional piece of data on SBA loans, which we believe will help uncover solutions to ensure that critical organizations receive the financial support they need to continue helping on the front lines of COVID-19. For many nonprofits with limited banking relationships, this loan application process has been challenging. There is also real concern that charities, particularly those that are led by people of color or serve communities of color, may find themselves shut out of the process to secure financial resources that are critical to their very survival.

Our commitment is to make certain that this does not happen. As we said in our communication to the financial institutions, we stand ready to work in partnership with government and private financial institutions to devise and deploy strategies that ensure all nonprofits that qualify for SBA 7(a) PPP loans are able to receive the resources needed to continue providing critical, life-sustaining services at this time. We look forward to working with policymakers to build upon and improve these lending provisions of the CARES Act in subsequent legislation.

The first step in understanding how to uncover solutions to significant challenges, we believe, is to understand the underlying data.

We absolutely understand, and support, that the first priority of the SBA right now must be to ensure successful implementation of the CARES Act provisions. Nonprofits and small businesses alike are counting on that. We do ask, however, that a subsequent priority is a public and timely release of data detailing the distribution of these SBA loans, specifically the breakdown between loan awards for nonprofit and for-profit entities. In addition to our vital role in serving the community, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations employ more than 10 percent of the private workforce and rank as the third largest employer in the country compared to other industries. With objective data in hand we can then turn our attention to working in partnership with government and industry to build on successes or improve upon shortcomings. The data you collect is key to beginning that process.

We trust you share our commitment to making certain that those whose mission it is to serve the most vulnerable across our nation have equitable access to these vital resources. Independent Sector stands ready as a partner and offers our unique insight into nonprofit and philanthropic needs, so that the SBA can help get loans to those most in need. Working together, we will get this right.


Dan Cardinali
President and CEO
Independent Sector

Co-Signing Organizations

501 Commons
A Place Called Home
Academy Pittsburgh
Action for Healthy Kids
Advancing Community inClusion & Equality on the South Shore
Advancing States
After-School All-Stars
Alachua Conservation Trust
Alexandra M. Hunter
All Good Work Foundation
Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
Amalgamated Bank
American Association of Caregiving Youth
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
American Indian Child Resource Center
Americans for the Arts
Arbor Brothers
Arch Advisory Group
Arcora Foundation
Arizona Resin Teaching Services
Asian American Arts Alliance
Aspen institute’s Nonprofit Data Project
Association of Children’s Museums
Atheist Alliance International
Athletics & Beyond
Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation
Audubon International
Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network
Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, Inc.
Aviva Strategic Advising LLC
B D T Housing Services
b7 Properties
Ballet Folklorico de Chicago
Baraga County Community Foundation
Barber Shop
Barrington Area Development Council
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington
Blue Nose Creative
BluePath Service Dogs
BMP Consulting
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Bread of Heaven Nashville Restoration Ministry
Bridge the Gap Inc
Bridgespan Group
Brigadas De Amor Y Enlaces Inc
Burlesque Hall of Fame, Inc
Burnam | Gray LLC
Cameron Community Ministries Inc
Campbell Culture Coalition
Cape Fear Regional Theatre
Capital City Village
Capital Consulting Finance llc
Cause Effective
Cause Strategy Partners, LLC
CCS Fundraising
Cedarmere Foundation
Center City
Center for Juvenile Management, Inc
Center for the Arts at Kayenta
Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership
Center Makor
Central Florida Foundation
Central MN Arts Board
Chagrin Foundation for Arts & Culture
Charity Navigator
Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries
Cherished Miracles Learning Center, INC
Chicago Cares
Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Foundation for Women
Child and Family Resources, Inc.
Child Empowerment International
ChildFund International
Children’s Funding Project
Chldren’s Aid
Christian Ministries
Chuckanut Health Foundation
Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center
CJ’s Hair and Art Studio
Clairvoyancy, LLC
Club Z! Tutoring
Coalition for Clean Air
Coastside Children’s Programs
College Bound Opportunities
Collins Consulting Services, LLC
Colors of Hope
Common Impact
Communication Mark
Communities In Schools of Memphis
Community Ant-Drug Coalitions of America
Community Caregivers of Greater Derry
Community Crisis Center
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Community Partners
Community Rebuilds
Community Rescue Corp Services
Complete College America
Congressional Hunger Center
Construction for Change
Council of Michigan Foundations
Council Of People Organization Inc.
Council On Foundations
Couture Cares
Covivi, Inc
Creative Edge Consulting
Creative Youth Productions Inc.
Dad’s Garage
Damion Gosa Memorial Foundation
Danspace Project, Inc.
Defense Transport Incorporated
Diamond Enterprises Island Gurl Dat
Disaster Central
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Dunamis Community Organization
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
East Harlem Block Nursery, Inc.
Educational and Treatment Council, Inc.
EL Hogar del Nino
Enabling Nonprofits
ENNA Foundation
Enrichment Works
Equal Hope
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Evanston Child Development Center
Excell Marshall Morris III INC
Faith in Action of the River Cities, Inc.
Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah
Family Promise of Greater Des Moines
First Peoples Fund
Fiscal Management Associates (FMA)
FitnessAbility Inc
florida impact to end hunger
Florida Nonprofit Alliance
Florida Professional Theatres Association
Forest Preserve Foundation
Fort Wayne Trails Inc
Free Press
Freedom Network USA
Friends For Life
Friends of Chamber Music
Friends of the Children
Friends of the St. Clair River
Friends of the Terrain Therapy Garden Project
Full Moon Farm, Inc.
Fundación Intellectus
Fundacion Puertorriqueña Del Riñon, Inc
Games for Change, Inc
Georgia Charitable Care Network
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry
Glendale Arts
Global Footprint Network
Global Youth for Education and Change
Grand Vision Foundation
Grassroots Ecology
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Green’s Outreach Services
Griffin Museum of Photography
Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet
Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.
Harold Hunter Foundation
Hawaii Community Foundation
Healthy Places by Design
Heart to Honduras
Hearts With A Mission
Helping Neighbors-in-Need Outreach Center
Hill District Consensus Group
Hispanic Federation
Hmong American Partnership
Hollywood Police Activities League
Home of the Sparrow
Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation
Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern
House of Blond
Hui O Mana Ka Puuwai
Ibero-American Action League
Independent Transportation Network LehighValley (ITNLehighValley)
Infinity Music Studio
Institute for Black Charities
Institute for Nonprofit Practice
Interaction Institute for Social Change
Iris Orchestra
Irish Fair
Islamic Relief USA
iThrive Worldwide
Jefferson Economic Development Institute
Jobs for the Future
Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies
Julia A. Purnell Museum
Just For Kids
Kansas Horse Council
Kitsap Community Foundation
Kulture Klub Collaborative
Lavonnes Room
Leadership Foundations
Legal Aid at Work
Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation Of Southern Ca
Literacy Council of Williamson County
Little Eagle Child Care Center
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Lyon Investigations,Inc
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
Madison County Arts Council
Maine Association of Nonprofits

Maine Philanthropy Center
Malta House of Care
MARSOC Foundation dba Marine Raider Foundation
Mat-Su Health Foundation
Mayerson Foundation
McGee Consullting
McGregor Fund
Medical Hair Foundation
Medina Foundation
Memphis Challenge
Memphis Child Advocacy Center
Memphis Leadership Foundation
MEND-Meet Each Need with Dignity
Mental Health America
Mercy Unlimited, Inc.
Metro Atlanta Leadership Foundation
Mi Escuelita Brooklyn
Mile High Short Term Rehabilitation Therapeutic Program
Military with PTSD
Milway Media
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Minority Freedom Community Fund
Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Missouri Jobs with Justice
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village Preservation Society
Mobile Arts Council
Momentum Nonprofit Partners
Monica Maye Consulting
Monongahela River Trails Conservancy
More Than Words
Morino Ventures, LLC
Morningstar Urban Development Inc
Morogoro Saving the Poor Organization (MOSAPORG)
Muskegon River Watershed Assembly
Naah Illahee Fund
Nameless Sound
National Academy of Social Insurance
National Alopecia Areata Foundation
National Association for Interpretation
National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA)
National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives
National Human Services Assembly
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Native American Rights Fund
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Neighbors Who Care
New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies
New Mexico Resiliency Alliance
New Moms
New Profit
Nonprofit Betterment Project
Nonprofit Enterprise at Work
North Shore Horse Rescue and Sanctuary
North Side Partnership Project
NY writers Coalition
Ocean Blue Project
Off Broadway Theatre Inc.
Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Open Books
Operation New Hope
Orcas Island Community Foundation
Our Clubhouse
Outreach Mission International
Ow Myeye Productions
Palmetto Literacy Council
Partners In Care Maryland, Inc.
Peacock Impact Partners
Pediatric Dental Initiative of the North Coast, Inc (DBA PDI Surgery Center)
Peninsula Family Connections
Penn’s Village
Philanthropy Northwest
Pierce County AIDS Foundation
Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging
Pirates Plunder Entertainment
Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Polk Bros. Foundation
Population Reference Bureau, Inc.
Portland Radio Project
Pride Center of the Capital Region
Princeton Family YMCA
Project Appleseed
Project Hope of NE Allegan Cty.
Project On Government Oversight (POGO)
Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth
Public Matters
Rayliza Initiatives
Reaching Our Community Adult Daycare
Rebuilding Together North Central Florida
Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation
Rockford Art Museum
Root Cause
Rooterville Animal Sanctuary
Royal Eagle Leadership & Economic Empowerment Foundation A Non Profit
Ruth Ellis Center, Inc.
RVC Seattle
RYSE Center
Sacred FIre Foundation
Salem Multicultural Institute
Samaritan House
San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE)
Santa Maria Community Services
Santa Monica YMCA
Satterberg Foundation
SBCC Foundation
School on Wheels, Inc.
Science Playspace Initiative (SPI) Inc.
Sealaska Heritage Institute
Sequoia Living
Serving Seniors
Share Our Strength
Shepherd’s Door Domestic Violence Resource and Educational Center
Shubh Shlok World’s Aid Programs
Silver City MainStreet
Sinka Global USA
Sitka Community Land Trust
Skoll Foundation
Social Innovation Forum
Social Venture Partners International
Sociedad Latina
SOS Outreach
Sound Experience
South Asian Network
South Suburban PADS
South-East Asia Center
Southern California Grantmakers
Spectrum Nonprofit Services, LLC
St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Inc.
Statewide Capacity Collaborative
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
Strategies for Youth
Strycker’s Bay Neighborhood Council
Stuart’s Opera House
Stupski Foundation
Suburan Sugar Land Women
Suicide and Crisis Intervention Service dba Memphis Crisis Center
Suite Occasion
SVP Seattle
Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry
Sweet Home Gleaners, Inc
tag! Children’s Museum
Take the Next Step
Team Shelter USA, LLC
TeQuilla’s Twin Towers Mini-Camp, Inc
Teranga Biomedical Research and Training Incorporated
The Simmons Foundation
The Art Experience
the Boston Foundation
The Catastrophic Theatre
The Center
The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
The Communications Network
The Destiny House
The Dibble Institute
The Henry Ford
The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
The Nonprofit Alliance
The Norcliffe Foundation
The Surge Institute
The Trevor Project
The Waverly Community House
The Women’s Advocacy Center
The Yunion
Theatre Communications Group
These Numbers Have Faces
Third Sector New England
Thistle and Bee Enterprises Inc
Tipping Point Community
Travelers Aid Society of San Diego
Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee
Trout Lake Nature Center
Tucker Maxon
U.S. Dream Academy
UCAN of Memphis
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
United Way of Dane County
United Way of Forsyth County
United Way of King County
United Way of Southern Cameron County
University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
Upaya Social Ventures
US Dream Academy
Utah Nonprofits Association
Villa of Hope
Village of Golf Manor, Hamilton County, Ohio
Vineyard Consulting
Volunteer Center of Story County
Volunteer New York!
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Washington Nonprofits
Washington Women’s Foundation
Whidbey Community Foundation
Whole Child Strategies, Inc.
Without Regrets
WJ Consulting
Women Empowering Eachother INC
Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis
Work for Good c/o Georgia Center for Nonprofits
Work Hard Pittsburgh
World access for the blind
Yakima Valley Community Foundation
Yes She Can
Young Women’s Christian Association of Utah
Youth At The Center
Youth In Action
Youth Service America
YWCA National Capital Area
Zaman International

Originally Published: 2020-04-13
Global Topics: Administration, Civil Society, COVID-19 Response, Data, Public Policy
Policy Issues: Nonprofit Operations
Resource Types: Policy Letter