Most Nonprofits Worldwide Report Negative Impacts of COVID-19

Most Nonprofits Worldwide Report Negative Impacts of COVID-19

Most nonprofit organizations globally report being negatively impacted by COVID-19, a report from the Charities Aid Foundation of America finds. 

Based on a survey of nearly five hundred and fifty nonprofits in ninety-three countries conducted between March 24 and 26, the report, The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide (11 pages, PDF), found that 96.5 percent of respondents reported negative impacts related to the virus, including a drop in contributions (67.9 percent); travel restrictions disrupting contact with clients, donors, and recipients (63 percent); issues with client relations (56.4 percent); disruptions to staffing (48.6 percent) or operations (37.6 percent); increased costs (34 percent); and disrupted supply chains (31.1 percent).

Among all respondents, 41.2 percent anticipate a drop of at least 21 percent over the next twelve months, while 18.2 percent expect to see a decline of between 16 percent and 20 percent and 11.6 percent anticipate a decline of between 11 percent and 15 percent; only 2.6 percent expect to see an increase in revenue. The most common action taken by organizations in response to the virus was canceling major events (87.9 percent), followed by updating employees regularly (82.5 percent), having all or some employees work remotely (77.4 percent), implementing new health and safety procedures (72.6 percent), and revising short-term goals (72 percent). 

The survey also found that 42.6 percent of respondents were providing services to people impacted by the spread of COVID-19, including food banks and medical services providers.

"It's important to hear firsthand how this global pandemic is affecting our grantee partner organizations around the world, in real time," said CAF America president and CEO Ted Hart. "I have no doubt the powerful insights that have been shared with us will inspire and motivate those wanting to help with COVID-19 relief, on the ground, around the world, where it can help the most."

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"The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide." Charities Aid Foundation of America Report 04/02/2020. "CAF America Survey of 500+ Charitable Organizations Worldwide Shows Nearly All Negatively Impacted by COVID-19." Charities Aid Foundation of America Press Release 04/02/2020.