70% of Community Groups Feel Threatened by COVID-19

70% of Community Groups Feel Threatened by COVID-19

Seventy percent of Australia's sporting clubs, arts and cultural organisations, community groups, welfare services and youth services have described themselves as "threatened" by COVID-19 in a new national survey. The deadly impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s 600,000 community organisations has been revealed by a survey showing the $146 billion dollar sector fighting for cash, volunteers and in many cases, survival.

The national COVID-19 Community Sector Impact Survey questioned 366 community and not-for-profit organisations from the volunteer-run to those with turnover in the millions.

The survey is part of #GivingTuesdayNow, a global campaign encouraging generosity, volunteering and gratitude, which is overseen in Australia by Our Community.

Some key findings from the survey:

  • Nearly all (85%) respondents have been impacted by social distancing laws with many having to cease all activity.
  • Two thirds (67%) have seen a drop in fundraising.
  • One third (35%) have reduced staff, with 40% unsure if there will be further reductions.
  • More than half (57%) have seen a drop in volunteer activity.
  • 39% believe they have not received the support they need from government, philanthropy and peak bodies.
  • There is huge uncertainty about the future. 33% believe COVID-19 poses a “significant threat” to their ongoing viability; 53% describe their post-pandemic future as uncertain; and 14% describe their future state as “weaker”.

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