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Fundraising and the implications of COVID-19

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A member blog post by

Laura ffrench-Constant

The full impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on public fundraising is not yet clear. What is clear is that the impact is not uniform and is ever-changing. Many charities have had to cancel planned fundraising appeals, and the uncertainty of when in-person activities will resume is causing sweeping changes to many fundraising strategies.

The Alliance conducted research into the impacts that COVID-19 is having on our members, and the findings echoed many similar surveys. Bond recently found that 50 of the 116 organisations wouldn’t survive longer than six-months without additional funding. Whilst the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) in partnership with the Charity Finance Group and NCVO estimated a loss of 48% of voluntary income, with a third of charity income lost.

We heard about estimated loss of income from public fundraising ranging from £4,000 in this financial quarter, to £30,000 from just one event. Many members also reported the wide ranging impacts of having to close charity shops and noticed a decline in regular giving.

However, there were some silver linings. Some members reported a rise in one-off donations and many members applauded the creativity of their supporters to co-ordinate digital fundraising initiatives. 

Here are some examples of how our members are getting creative with their digital fundraising and challenge events:

As the world adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak there are plenty of ways to boost your digital fundraising, including:

Or you can re-focus your fundraising strategy from digital to analogue, for example, utilising direct mail. The IoF recently published a blog about the power of direct mail during COVID-19.

How members can access furthering fundraising support from the Alliance:

  1.  Attend our interactive webinar for Alliance members on 11 June 2020 with fundraising trainer Bill Bruty about how to use digital fundraising research tools to gain funds. Spaces are limited to 20, so sign up soon to avoid disappointment
  2. Join the Funding Working Group on 23 June which will focus on COVID-19 and the institutional funding landscape with consultants Rachel Haynes & Jaymie Duke.
  3. View our funding updates page for current opportunities open to Scotland-based organisations. You can also sign up for RSS email alerts to be notified of the latest opportunities in real time
  4. Read our series of resources with further information about COVID-19 and fundraising within the resources section of our website page

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