COVID-19 Reports

The Face of Charities During COVID-19 Worldwide

In the face of unprecedented challenges, charities are demonstrating resilience through agility and determination. This report features stories that take a closer look at individual organizational experiences through the pandemic. Based on interviews with leaders representing nonprofits working across geographies and issue areas, these stories recount the unfolding impact of the crisis and their agile responses.

While the contexts and tailored solutions may be unique, the obstacles are commonly felt—challenges such as the shift to remote work, the abrupt loss of volunteers or funders, or the need to pivot programming toward direct relief to address local priorities. As the pandemic draws on, charities continue to innovate and adapt.

Key Findings Include

  • Organizations continue to confront challenges associated with the coronavirus global pandemic. In this latest survey, 91% reported being negatively impacted, only slightly less than the 96.50% recorded in March.
  • Of organizations that suspended their operations or some programming, 73% indicated the incompatibility of their services and programs with online delivery as their principal reason.
  • Nonprofits are fighting against the clock to sustain themselves financially. 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.


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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

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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.

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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.

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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 Corporate Philanthropy in Response to COVID-19 Worldwide

Join CAF America CEO and President Ted Hart and Senior Vice President of External Affairs Jessie Krafft for industry insights and summarized research findings from Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies to shed light on their experience and learn how they adjusted their philanthropic strategies to accommodate existing grantees and support new ones.

Find out more in the full report or visit CAF America's COVID-19 response page.


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