COVID-19 and the Charitable Sector
Insights and resources to help navigate the pandemic and the expected economic downturn. Find out how Canadian charities are responding to COVID-19 and how to meet the needs of your nonprofit organization.
While most charities have been able to adapt and innovate to continue to offer services and programs to their communities since the onset of the pandemic, the situation remains challenging. Nearly a year since the onset of the pandemic, the COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on demand, capacity, and revenue, and is influencing staffing decisions and volunteer contributions.
Findings from our second COVID-19 Sector Monitor study show the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on the charitable sector.
Charities face billions in lost revenue, drastic service disruption to essential community services and massive layoffs disproportionally impacting women. A worst-case scenario involving six months of enforced isolation, and the more severe economic downturn that would result, means the sector is projected to lose $15.6 billion in revenue and about 194,000 employees.
COVID-19 has impacted charities across the country as they try to pursue their missions amidst dual health and economic crises. Our research shows that 42% of charities have created new programs and 54% have transitioned in-person programs online since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Government of Canada recently announced updates on a series of federal supports available to charities and nonprofits affected by the pandemic. These supports will help organizations retain staff, pay rent, and maintain positive cash flow, and collectively they represent a significant introduction of money into the charitable and nonprofit sector.
The sector has been advocating for relief measures to help charities and nonprofits weather COVID-19, and we're starting to see results. We've created a summary of Federal Government COVID-19 programs that apply to the sector, and will regularly update it as more programs are announced.
Each week, we're curating parliamentary updates and sector advocacy news that affects the sector, including government announcements related to COVID-19 economic relief for charities and nonprofit organizations, and any new data, reports, and stories that keep you informed as the crisis unfolds.
Our team has compiled an evolving and comprehensive list of articles, resources, upcoming digital events, and guides to assist fundraisers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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We need your help to ensure the sector emerges strong from the COVID-19 crisis. By becoming an Imagine Canada supporter, your donation of $15/month would help to strengthen our advocacy and research efforts, helping us to raise our voice for the sector. We're currently focused on fighting for significant funding to be made available to charities—many of which are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak—to avoid a financial crisis that would jeopardize the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada. Your support today will allow us to increase our advocacy efforts to ensure that our sector can continue to serve the people and communities you care about most.