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Idaho Nonprofits Struggled To Survive The First Year Of COVID, But Collaboration Thrived


Last year, the impact of COVID-19 was just starting to be felt in Idaho. People were staying at home, and everything from concerts to a night out at the theater was being cancelled.

Many of them — like Boise Contemporary Theater — are built around having an audience. The Idaho Botanical Garden was one of many organiztions that had to cancel their fundraising events, leaving gigantic holes in their budgets.

Idaho Matters checked in with three nonprofit leaders to learn how their organizations have coped over the year, and what their future outlooks hold through fundraising in the community. Garrett Kalt is the Training and Program Manager with the Idaho Nonprofit Center; Ben Burdick is the Producing Artistic Director with Boise Contemporary Theater; and Erin Anderson is the Executive Director of the Idaho Botanical Garden.


Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.