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Are you feeling overwhelmed and disoriented by the impact the COVID-19 crisis is having to your staff, your clients, your community, and your organization’s finances? You are not alone. We are all dealing with the uncertainty as we navigate cancelled fundraising events, the inability to fulfill government contracts due to school closures, and other sources of revenue loss, all while needing to serve clients in new ways. We hope these tips, blogs, tools, and resources will help. We know you are busy and have tried to make this as practical as possible.
Dr Armand Bam, Head of Social Impact at USB, looks at the impact of COVID-19 on non-profit organisations (NPOs).
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on all spheres of society, some of which will become more apparent after the extended period of lockdown. Much of what has been written in the media has been focused on the decision from government within the public sector to enforce a lockdown and the impact on businesses within the private sector. While these sectors are often viewed as the main contributors to the economy it is the impact of and on nonprofit organizations (NPOs) within the “third sector” that easily goes unnoticed. There are over 220 000 NPOs registered with the Department of Social Development in South Africa. During this pandemic it will become more evident how these mission driven organisations play an important role in our society.
In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, we have become painfully aware of the fragility of supply chains, health care, and other critical systems. Many leaders have announced the intention to build back their businesses more resiliently, but not many know how to do so. Few business schools teach resilience, and today’s managerial toolkit is dominated by financial performance management. As a result, very few companies are able to explicitly design for, measure, and manage resilience.
Why Resilience Is Important
We can usefully define resilience as a company’s capacity to absorb stress, recover critical functionality, and thrive in altered circumstances.
As of now, there are still countless people who require medical and financial aid.
You too can collect funds to provide to help. Not only for yourself, but also the people around you, and the brave health care providers working at the frontline during this pandemic.
Even if the future remains unclear, we can be part of the hand that leads to a brighter tomorrow. Let us fight for that future together.
COO of QASA, Raven Benny, stated that the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is cognizant of the efforts that have been put in place to combat COVID-19 with more and more people suffering due to a lack of income, access to healthcare and food.
People with disabilities are among the worst affected during this current global pandemic. They are some of the most vulnerable groups to falling severely ill with COVID-19 because of their compromised immune systems.
Most nonprofits know their fundraising will be impacted by the COVID-19 but few know exactly how to respond. The pandemic comes during a time when many nonprofits were ramping up their fundraising efforts to cash in on the record levels of charitable giving in the U.S.
Worst still, is if their fundraising was primarily event-driven since they are now off-limits due to social distancing.
However, for those who want to be proactive in “retooling” their development function in response to the new normal, there are highly innovative and cost-effective strategies to fundraising in this era of social isolation.
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The purpose of this site is to facilitate the mapping of food distribution services in South Africa during the Covid-19 crisis, to track needs and delivery, to support the effective use of resources.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has turned children’s lives upside down. Stay-at-home orders mean that they cannot go to school, visit a playground or spend time with friends. Just like adults, they may be scared and frustrated.
But given the right information, children can be powerful agents of change in their families and communities. That’s according to a UNICEF guide for communicating with children. This guide highlights the need to communicate with children in an age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, inclusive and positive way. It emphasises that to be effective, the communication must be interesting and engaging.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for “a new social compact among all role players – business, labour, community and government – to restructure the economy and achieve inclusive growth”.
In South Africa, ‘social compact’ has often been used narrowly to describe pacts between stakeholders on specific sectoral issues. A resilient social compact, as we use the concept, requires a dynamic agreement between the state and society on how to live together, and how to address issues of power and resources.
This is a set of (mostly) free COVID-19 resources to support creatives and creative organisations in the visual art sector and the creative and cultural space. This is a live, ongoing work in progress list of resources.
Due to the global outbreak of the COVID 19 virus and total shutdown, the WCFID
has suspended all our training with immediate effect. Please be assured we will
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National Lockdown has been declared from 26 March 2020 until 30 April 2020 by the president. During that period only businesses that provide essential services are allowed to open and trade. Essential Service Businesses need to apply for a certificate in order to trade.
Given the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, companies need to continually monitor developments and ensure that they are providing up-to-date and meaningful disclosure when preparing annual reports and ﬁnancial statements. It is crucial that companies carefully consider the potential implications of Covid-19 when preparing or issuing such ﬁnancial information.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, social media has been filling up with nothing but the latest updates concerning the spread of the disease, voices of uncertainty, and, sadly, fake news.
People are having a hard time adjusting to the lifestyle changes necessitated by the pandemic, and the affected communities are enduring a lot of physical, mental, and emotional stress. Since residents of the COVID-19 hotspots have no place to go, they’re looking for signs of change within their newsfeeds.
Although much has been said about the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown on business, very little attention has been given to non-profit organisations (NPOs) within the "third sector". Although it's too early to determine the total effect locally, globally the impact has been severe.
During lockdown our 24 hour service will extend to three phone lines plus a WhatsApp line for text messages.
Treasury has published additional detail on how the R200 billion coronavirus loan scheme for businesses will work.
The scheme – which was first announced by president Cyril Ramaphosa as part of a R500 billion fiscal package – has been developed by Treasury, the South African Reserve Bank, and a number of the country’s commercial banks.
In terms of this scheme, R200 billion will be ultimately made available for new loans to existing customers. The initial phase will be made up of R100 billion worth of funding.