It has been a challenging period, not just for non-profit organisations, but for the world as a whole. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of many industries, leading to rising unemployment, and had caused a modern global health crisis unlike any in living memory. This era has been very challenging for non-profits, which often run-on word of mouth connections and face-to-face communication. Non-profits, by definition, provide a service that needs tailoring to specific circumstances, rather than sell a product that remains unchanged no matter what.
Now that we are reaching the waning end of the pandemic, with the vaccine uptake increasing all the time and cases falling for (hopefully) the last time, it’s more important than ever for us to revitalise the charity industry and boost our donations to non-profit organisations. Right now is the best time to get started!
The coronavirus has affected the charity sector significantly – more than one-third of non-profits in the United States are at risk of closing due to the financial setbacks cause by the pandemic, with a study concluding that in the world case scenario, 38% would go bankrupt and close within two years. In the UK, charities have suffered “a devastating loss of funds” according to The Guardian, with even charities that are a staple of British culture being forced to downsize their operations. For example, the Poppy Appeal had to cancel their street fundraising for the first time in 99 years of operation.
The pandemic caused a triple-whammy for charities: The lockdowns reduced opportunities to fund-raise in person and prevented volunteers from helping out, while skyrocketing unemployment and financial uncertainty has reduced donations from the public, who are experiencing their own adversity and have less to give to charitable causes. At the same time, the financial crises surrounding the pandemic have sadly forced many into poverty or homelessness, meaning skyrocketing demand for charitable services, with less funding and resources available to non-profits.
Here at Speed of Sight we have been no stranger to the difficulties caused to charities over the pandemic. Especially as our driving experiences cannot be provided in a socially distanced manner, Speed of Sight took a great hit with the rest of the charity sector over the last 18 months. It is now more important than ever to donate to your chosen non-profit organisation! If you’re interested in what we do, check us out here, we’re always eager to welcome on board new volunteers and supporters! Would you like to fundraise for us? All this information and a full list of our events can be found at SpeedofSight.org.