Reports: The Voices of Charities Facing COVID-19

Content Manager • 4 May 2020

Report: Voices of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide Volume 1


      From March 24 to March 26, CAF America conducted a survey that involved more than 500 organizations worldwide to learn how the growing threat of the coronavirus global pandemic affects their organizations and how they are coping with COVID-19 in their communities. The survey included organizations from 93 countries spanning across 6 continents. The results of the survey were compiled in the new COVID-19 report. 


      Key findings 

  • 96.5% of respondent organizations have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 67.93% of respondents have seen a decrease in funding and reported difficulties in reaching donors.
  • The main difficulty organizations face in adapting their operations to the current conditions is the lack of infrastructure and access to systems that allow moving their work online.
  • Nearly 10% of organizations surveyed were forced to suspend their work.
  • Not being able to rely on volunteer support and/or functioning with limited staff due to illness, many organizations have staff working double the hours to meet their beneficiaries’ needs.

Report: Voices of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide Volume 2


      From April 30 to May 6, in its second COVID-19 survey, CAF America polled 880 organizations worldwide to learn how the coronavirus global pandemic continues to impact their work. The organizations included in the survey represent 122 countries and 217 repeat respondents. The first survey conducted by CAF America involved 544 organizations representing 93 countries.


      Key findings

  • Nearly all, 94.38% of the responding organizations, reported being negatively impacted by the coronavirus global pandemic.
  • Almost 15% of the organizations surveyed were forced to suspend their operations, as their activities cannot be carried out remotely. More than 60%have reported that they had to eliminate or suspend some of their regular programs and services.
  • Over 70% of the respondents have seen a significant reduction in the contributions received.

Report: Voices of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide Volume 3


      In its third COVID-19 survey conducted from May 28 to June 3, CAF America captured the voice of 414 organizations that are fighting unprecedented challenges to remain resilient as the coronavirus global pandemic crisis ravages the philanthropic sector. The respondent charitable organizations’ work spans 125 countries and approximately 30% of the survey respondents are organizations that have not participated in the previous two surveys.


      Key Findings 

  • 1 in 3 responding organizations foresee that they will be forced to close down within the next 12 month period, while 31.88% are unable to determine how long they can persevere under the current conditions.
  • 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.


For more information, please see the two reports attached below. 

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The views expressed in the blog and the report attached are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the SDG Philanthropy Platform. The SDG Philanthropy Platform is a global initiative that connects philanthropy with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact, driving SDG delivery within national development planning. It is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), and supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, Brach Family Charitable Foundation, and many others.