They still need your help.
Right now, Canadian charities are facing a real problem: on the one hand, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, their help is needed by more and more people who find themselves in hard times. At the same time, as a result of the same pandemic, people have less to give.
A recent poll done by Angus Reid suggests the WE Charity scandal is also taking a toll: across the board, 57 per cent of the people polled by the company — regular donors and non-donors alike — say that the WE Charity’s fall from grace has made them think that charities need more oversight and transparency. A whopping 38 per cent say that it has changed how they feel about charitable giving.
Imagine Canada, a non-profit organization that tracks charitable giving in Canada, is forecasting a decline of between $4.2 billion and $6.2 billion for the charitable sector as a result of the combination of COVID-19 and donor mistrust…
And that extends directly to what they are donating: “Nearly two in five (37 per cent) Canadians who have donated to at least one charity in the last two years say their donations have decreased since March, when COVID-19 first gripped the nation,” an Angus Reid news release says.
If there’s good news out of the survey, it’s that the largest donors say they intend to continue giving.
But COVID-19 and feelings of distrust are not the only pinch in this province; the decline of the oil industry has meant charities here are now concerned about the risks they’ll be facing as oil companies tighten up the purse strings.
Imagine Canada, a non-profit organization that tracks charitable giving in Canada, is forecasting a decline of between $4.2 billion and $6.2 billion for the charitable sector as a result of the combination of COVID-19 and donor mistrust, something that spells near-disaster for many charities.
And that’s happening at a time when needs are growing, not shrinking. Federal programs to replace lost wages are contracting, with some workers transferring to EI and others facing the prospect of their benefits ending.
We know it’s hard to give right now, when the future looks tenuous in all sorts of ways, and families may well be focused on making sure they have something of a safety net if a second wave of COVID-19 means another round of business shutdowns, layoffs and closures. The March shutdown that COVID-19 delivered certainly opened many people’s eyes to just how close to the edge their own finances were. That alone might make people want to keep their wallets closed. And certainly, the news around WE Charity and the federal Liberal government has not helped build anyone’s confidence.
But the charitable sector is full of good people trying to do good things and make a difference for those who need help.
Now they need your help.