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COVID Cultural Impact Study (CCIS) Nonprofit Organizational Survey FAQs

ArtsFund’s COVID Cultural Impact Study (CCIS) is a comprehensive study that will capture the economic and social impacts of the pandemic and public-health mandated venue closures to arts, cultural, heritage, and science nonprofit organizations across Washington state, and as a result, the impacts to their communities. To build this advocacy tool outlining the need for investment and support of the sector, we are asking eligible organizations to participate in our CCIS – Nonprofit Organizational Survey.

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, September 10, 2021.

Please review the FAQ below before completing the survey.


In addition to the FAQs, we have created supplemental materials including an annotated survey, a closed captioned and time-stamped step-by-step informational video, and are available for 1:1 appointments to help you complete the Nonprofit Organizational Survey.


If you have any additional questions, please contact


1. Who is eligible to complete the COVID Cultural Impact Study – Nonprofit Organizational Survey?

•  Washington-State based arts, cultural, heritage, and science organizations
•  Organizations that have 501(c)3 status, or fiscal sponsorship by a 501(c)3.

Organizations considered ineligible include:

•  For profit businesses
•  Individuals
•  Political advocacy organizations
•  Organizations located outside of Washington

2. If I am not eligible to complete the survey, can I still take it?

You are unable to take the Nonprofit Organizational Survey, however if you have participated in a cultural program since March 2020, we invite you to take the Public Participation Survey, here.

3. My organization is located in Oregon/Idaho but many of our participants are Washington residents, can we participate?

No, your organization must be located in Washington state.

Organizational Information Section:

4. Why do you need my county?

Because only groups who are based in Washington State are eligible to complete the survey, we are asking for the county in which your organization is based to better understand impacts among regions across the state.

5. What is an Arts Service Organization?

A nonprofit organization that assists artists and arts organizations. The organization’s activities can include policy development, advocacy, provision of professional services, etc. Examples include: Arts Corps, Spokane Arts Fund, Artist Trust, Shunpike, etc.

6. For the purposes of this study, what is considered a Science/Conservation/Aquarium/Zoo organization?

A nonprofit organization dedicated to community learning about the fields of science or technology, which include live exhibits, interpretive exhibits, and/or classes/workshops available to the public that are based on scientific investigation/exploration

7. What is a Heritage/Cultural organization?

An organization whose primarily mission is in collection, documentation, preservation, and interpretation of heritage resources held in the public trust, such as museums, historical societies, genealogical societies, ethnic heritage groups, historic landmarks, and archives. Heritage can include local history, ethnic history, folklore, indigenous history, traditional culture, and archaeological resources.

8. Why are you asking me if my organization is led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), has a majority BIPOC board, or if we primarily serve BIPOC communities?

To understand and identify impact trends, we will be analyzing responses using different filters across a number of factors including geography, budget size, discipline, and demographics of the organization or communities served. This question is included to enable this detailed analysis.

Economic Impact Information

9. Why is the budget size of my organization required?

To calculate economic impacts, we will need detailed financial information from organizations who file form 990s or form 990-EZs. For groups with budgets under $50,000 or who file a form 990-N, we will not ask for your financial information on pages 15-22 and will be asked to respond to questions from page 23 on.

10. If my organization has a budget under $50,000 or files a form 990-N, how will you use my information?

Your responses will be critical for us to understand how your organization has been impacted by COVID. While we will not be calculating economic impacts, we will be analyzing your answers and including them in our findings around better understanding the types of relief you received, how your organization shifted and adapted, and how investment can help organizations like yours.

11. If my organization has a budget under $50,000 or files a form 990-N, can I still complete the economic impact information on the survey?

No. You cannot optionally take the Economic Impact section as it is likely we would not have a large enough sample to determine an overall economic impact calculation.

12. Is there a maximum budget size?


13. What is the distinction between earned income and contributed income?

Earned income includes box office, admissions, tuition, workshops, season tickets, memberships (if not tax deductible), retail and wholesale sales, interest, other earned income (e.g. digital/streaming, rents, royalties, investments, etc.).

Contributed income includes funding from corporations, foundations, government, individuals, benefits, in-kind contributions, and miscellaneous contributions.

14. Where should we include pandemic relief income (PPP, CARES, EIDL, SVOG, state, county?)

For the purposes of this survey, pandemic relief funds should be included in the organizations’ contributed income.

15. Why aren’t my employment expenses included with other operating costs?

We are asking for employment and contract personnel expenses separate from operating costs so that we can track the economic impacts of the pandemic on the cultural work force, and calculate the aggregate labor impacts for the sector.

16. Where should I include artist payment related to programming?

Please include fees and payments made to artists in the total contract personnel figures in the Employment & Contract Personnel sections for the corresponding fiscal year.

17. Should I include my employment taxes?

Yes, include all of the employment taxes including those on social security, Medicare, employment security and labor and industries in the Salaries and Benefits line under “Employment & Contract Expenses” section.

Taking the survey

18. How do I save my answers?

Your answers will be automatically saved.

19. I do not remember how I responded to a previous question, can I go back?

Yes, you can navigate through the survey by using the “Prev” and “Next” buttons at the bottom of each page. You will not lose any of your data by doing so.

20. How do I know that I’ve completed the survey?

Press the “Submit” button on the last page and a Thank You message will appear confirming that your survey responses have been submitted.

21. Can I have a copy of my completed survey once I have submitted my survey?

Yes, if you would like a copy of your completed Nonprofit Organizational Survey, please email us at ccis(at) and we will send you a pdf.

22. I completed my survey, when will I get my incentive? 

We are processing incentives weekly. We will follow up with a separate email with your selected incentive to the email address you indicated.

23. I finished the Nonprofit Organizational Survey, are there other ways I can help the study?

Thank you! We are asking eligible groups to share the Public Participation Survey with members of their communities including your audiences, visitors, patrons & students. We encourage you to communicate that you will be participating in the study and that their participation will help your organization (e.g. gain important data around reopening, better understand the role of culture in recovery, learn how patrons hope to participate in cultural programming in the future, etc.) For more information, please reach out to us at ccis(at)


If you are ready to take the survey, click the link below!