The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide

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 Include


  • 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.

Financial Security and Sustainability

The great majority of the organizations surveyed, 93.57%—including many that participated in our previous survey, expect a significant depletion of their financial resources.

When asked to estimate the likely impact on their bottom lines, 50% of the respondents indicated that they foresee a decline of more than 20% in contributions within the next 12 months. Only 6.43%, albeit up from 2.60% in our last survey, are projecting an increase in their revenues.

Among the organizations that received financial support during the month preceding the survey, the great majority was awarded smaller grants, several respondents have reported challenges to connect with long-term donors, while other organizations received grant funding with delays.

What’s Needed

When asked about the type of funding that’s needed the most, two thirds of the respondents indicated an acute need for unrestricted funding. 194 organizations highlighted their dependence on regular project funding to be able to continue providing their services. 110 respondents expressed the need for further support directed to COVID-19 relief efforts.



Webinar | New Findings: The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide

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