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Read below for the latest article by DeVonte Johnson on ‘giving back to support Nonprofits during COVID-19 pandemic!

*This article originally published on Forbes website. To read original article, click HERE!


“Across the world, people are losing their jobs and finding themselves needing to lean on the support of institutions that they previously didn’t need—non-profit organizations. However, the people that keep these organizations running are also losing their jobs as funding continues to dry up. They are critical to the long-term success of the environments, communities, and neighborhoods that they support.

Non-profits are the cornerstone of social good in our society. They work to alleviate poverty, provide homes for those with housing insecurities, and even support the healthcare system. As COVID-19 spreads across the world, organizations are being forced to close their doors. For many of these organizations, this could be a permanent closure.

We cannot afford to let this happen.

A recent study conducted by Charity Navigator and Reuters revealed that 83% of respondents are struggling financially. Of the 4,598 NGO respondents, 27% have already or are planning to make staff redundant because of the pandemic and financial restraints. These are the statistics from organizations in a well-industrialized country. There is no doubt that poorer countries with organizations lacking even more resources are struggling.

The MENA region is particularly vulnerable to the effects of this pandemic. Years of war and humanitarian crises have left large populations of people displaced. The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that over 80% (24 million people) of Yemen required some form of basic aid prior to the pandemic. Long-raging conflicts have crippled the healthcare system and destroyed many hospitals and clinics in the region. These displaced populations, especially those in camp settings, often live in overcrowded environments. Social distancing and self-quarantining, the key elements for blunting the spread of COVID-19, are nearly impossible in such conditions.

Considering the current state of the market and the multi-billion dollar influx of cash necessary to resuscitate major companies and small businesses, non-profit organizations will likely be last on the list to receive aid from governments. Unlike big corporations, non-profits do not have access to credit lines or cash reserves to be able to survive rough patches of this caliber. A threat to non-profits means a threat to the most vulnerable people. This is something we shouldn’t have to risk as the health of a community affects everyone in the community – not just some.

Everyone can be doing something to support these groups that are helping those in need:

For the financially able – give

Anything helps. Give as if you attended that gala that was canceled. Accelerate your multi-year pledges for the organization you’ve been committed to you. Your money will make a more significant impact now than ever before.

For those who have time – support

Whether you are a college student home from school or consultant at a financial firm, if you have a skill set you can share, please lend those services. This could include teaching older people in your community how to order groceries online, offering an online class in your field of expertise, or making calls on behalf of the organization. The vast majority of non-profit organizations make use of volunteers, many of which may not be as present right now. Your support would be appreciated.

For those who are innovative – build

Funding non-profits need to be re-imagined, and people need to start thinking differently on how they can support non-profit organizations. If people act on the suggestions above, some non-profits might stay open longer than they initially believed they could and potentially survive these perilous times.

Humanity cannot afford to allow the meaningful and precious work that has been going on for years to be eliminated. The post-COVID-19 world must have a system in place that is better prepared for times like this. Make sure you are part of the solution.”

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*This article originally published on Forbes website. To read original article, click HERE!


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