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COVID-19 Urgent Service Provider (CUSP) Support Tool

A free insight tool to identify communities that have the greatest needs resulting from COVID-19 and the nonprofits to address those needs.

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The COVID-19 Urgent Service Provider (CUSP) Support Tool is a free insight tool designed to find and evaluate the capacity of nonprofit direct service providers closest to the communities in greatest need, particularly those most directly affected by COVID-19. CUSP is built upon BCT's Equitable Impact Platform (EquIP)™, which combines data from IRS 990 tax forms, the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, with BCT's geospatial Precision Analytics, to measure the financial health and support levels for over 325,000 direct service charities across 70,000+ communities throughout the United States.

WEBSITE: http://cusp.equitableimpact.com

EXPLAINER VIDEO: http://cusp.equitableimpact.com/static/videos/EquIP_explainer_video_042220.mp4

What is the need are you focusing on?

CUSP helps government, philanthropies and donors to: (a) identify the communities that have the greatest needs, including those where the Coronavirus cases and deaths are the highest, prioritizing the communities of color that are getting hit the hardest; (b) find the direct service providers – those serving individuals, children, youth and families – that are most accessible to these communities; and (c) share the financial needs of these front line organizations. CUSP addresses multiple needs including assessment of equitable access to the right services, greater effectiveness in getting resources to those most in need, and better ability to focus in on nonprofits with which to work.

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Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

With COVID-19 already taking a tremendous toll on people around the country, nonprofits are going to play a crucial role in helping many Americans during this crisis. A key component of their ability to succeed will be getting the necessary funding. A key component of success for government, philanthropies and donors will be precisely pinpointing where the money is most needed and which organizations can use that money as effectively as possible. CUSP is a free insight tool to help donors identify the communities that have the greatest need as well as the non-profits that can make the most substantial impact. CUSP is built upon BCT's Equitable Impact Platform (EquIP)™, which combines data from IRS 990 tax forms, the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, with BCT's geospatial Precision Analytics, to measure the financial health and support levels for over 325,000 direct service charities across 70,000+ communities throughout the United States.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

The impact of CUSP includes the following: (1) view how COVID-19 is affecting a nonprofit’s community; (2) identify organizations that are providing services to the most vulnerable communities; (3) given the inequity of how COVID-19 is affecting communities of color, identify the organizations that are most accessible to these communities; (4) learn how much in cash reserves organizations currently have, using the results of a 95% accurate predictive algorithm applied to a nonprofit’s most recent (2018) financial data; and (5) conduct dynamic queries using multiple useful filters and sorting functions, including sorting by County, City, sector, programming, community need, community diversity, etc. This has the ability to impact over 325,000 direct service charities across 70,000+ communities throughout the United States immediately in best responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the name of your business or organization?

BCT Partners

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

BCT Partners is a national, multi-disciplinary consulting firm that delivers a full range of research, consulting, training, technology, and analytics services. Our mission is to provide insights about diverse people that lead to equity. Our vision is a world where a greater understanding of diverse people leads to equity. BCT works with government agencies, corporations, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions, and is one of the leading firms in the country with expertise in the following markets: housing and community development, economic development, workforce development, children and families, health, education, diversity and inclusion, and energy.

What is your profession?

BCT Partners is a national, multi-disciplinary consulting firm that delivers a full range of research, consulting, training, technology, and analytics

Where are you located (country)?

United States of America

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Business/Consulting
  • Entrepreneur/Investor
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 50-249

How old is your business/company?

  • 10 or more years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Loans
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We are looking for assistance from: (1) organizations who have complementary data sets that can enhance the insights produced by CUSP; (2) government agencies, philanthropic organizations and donors seeking to decision-support for their investments; and (3) nonprofit organizations in adding and/or updating their information.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

The main barriers are: 1) raising awareness of CUSP, particularly among government agencies, philanthropic organizations and donors who can benefit from this tool, and 2) working with them to quickly perform analyses and mobilize support to organizations that can use it most effectively.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

Yes, once it became clear that COVID-19 was a pandemic, we began our pivot. We stopped working on a product we had been developing, the Equitable Impact Platform (EquIP), and began re-engineering it and re-purposing it into a free tool specifically geared toward the COVID-19 response. We have learned two things: 1) there is a lot of information, including misinformation, being circulated regarding COVID-19, so it is difficult to get a message through all of the noise (OpenIDEO can help in this regard), and 2) people are ready, willing and able to respond to this pandemic with a spirit of giving and community (OpenIDEo can uplift in this regard).

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

No.

Website URL

https://cusp.equitableimpact.com

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