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12 Months Later: The State Of The World's Nonprofits | The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19, Volume 7
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Future-Proofing Nonprofits for the Post-Pandemic World

In its sixth COVID-19 survey from December 2–16, 2020, CAF America, in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and The Resource Alliance, polled 805 charitable organizations representing 152 countries to learn about the skills these resilient charities have relied on to persevere and those they are focused on strengthening as they strive to continue providing services through the pandemic and emerge stronger than before.

Key Findings Include

  • Following a modest improvement during the summer months, an increasing number of organizations continue to confront challenges associated with the coronavirus global pandemic. In this latest survey comprising mainly organizations that continue to operate, approximately 93% of respondents reported being negatively impacted.
  • Among the greatest concerns for 2021 across affected organizations remain the reduced financial contributions and the sustained travel limitations.
  • With over 92% of respondents adapting their approaches to online operations, the shift to digital technology has dominated the social sector globally.

Faced with the seemingly insurmountable challenges of serving their communities during the pandemic, charities around the world continue to persevere by adapting programs, revamping strategies, and devising new tools to expand their impact. While this report gives voice to those that are still standing, mission-driven organizations worldwide need help to continue to provide critical support to vulnerable communities reeling from this fierce pandemic.

It is evident that new approaches to charitable giving are needed to build charities’ capacity to serve in the uncertain months and years ahead. With so much focus on program impact, a strategic approach to foundation building is often overlooked.

The visual on the left illustrates core competencies in six key areas of organizational management that nonprofits feel they must strengthen in 2021. Funders can use this information to support the resilience of individual charities and contribute to a robust charitable sector.

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The Face of Charities During COVID-19 Worldwide | VOLUME 5

Key Findings Include

  • The majority of survey respondents work in education and healthcare, followed closely by organizations focused
    on environmental protection, human rights, arts and culture, and sports and recreational activities.
  • The majority of responding organizations, 97.16%, are able to maintain their operations, and another 2.84% are
    not operating currently.
  • One fourth of the responding organizations expect to close down within the next 12 months if the situation remains unchanged and one fourth are unable to predict their future.
  • Funding from individual donors remained the main source of income for over 70% of the organizations surveyed.

The Voice of Corporate Philanthropy in Response to COVID-19 Worldwide | VOLUME 4

Key Findings Include

  • Distribution of giving domestically covers all 50 states and Puerto Rico and nearly 60% of surveyed corporations give internationally.
  • The three highest needs addressed were in disaster relief, health, and food security.
  • Corporations are doing more to support in this time of need, with 72% of the respondents increasing their contributions to charities.
  • Companies are demonstrating their flexibility to grantee needs, with 65% offering to change grant purposes to redirect funds to the most immediate needs, and 54% offering grant extensions.
  • 43% intend to revise their disaster relief strategy while 26% intend to expand their employee engagement programming

The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide | VOLUME 3

Key Findings Include

  • 1 in 3 responding organizations foresee that they will be forced to close down within the next 12-month period.
  • 16.27% of the surveyed organizations did not receive any funding in the last month and many are struggling to manage increased need for their services while seeing a significant decrease in the size of the grants provided by long-term donors.
  • Close to 50% of the respondents were allowed grant extensions on current projects and over 39% were able to redirect funds to other projects.

The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide VOLUME | 2

Key Findings Include

  • Nearly all, 94.38% of the responding organizations, reported being negatively impacted by the coronavirus global pandemic.
  • Many have shared concerns about the long-term impact of the pandemic on their donors’ ability to continue their support while the need for services is expected to increase, as more lives will be impacted by the economic hardships exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic
  • Almost 15% of the organizations surveyed were forced to suspend their operations, as their activities cannot be carried out remotely.

The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide VOLUME | 1

Key Findings Include

  • 67.93% of the respondents have seen a decrease in funding and reported difficulties in reaching donors, while 33.97% indicated an increase in operational costs.
  • Despite the serious challenges organizations are experiencing worldwide, almost all respondents (90.10%) continue to serve their communities.
  • 64.09% of the respondents engaged in researching ways to innovate and adapt their operations to the current reality shaped by the coronavirus pandemic.


Webinar | The Voice of Charities During COVID-19, Volume 6

Watch our webinar for the key findings of this report and insights from CAF America speakers Ted Hart, President and CEO, and Jessie Krafft, Senior Vice President of External Affairs.

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