Head of Employment Nick Hobden, recently hosted a webinar with the Association of Chairs, offering insight into the impact of COVID-19 on charities, employers and governance.
Part of this included a short poll of attendees, on their experiences of COVID-19 so far.
When asked ‘how has the Covid-19 crisis affected your charity?’
- 50% said it has resulted in a 50% or more reduction in income
- 73% have adopted homeworking for 50% or more of staff
- 50% have staff currently furloughed
- A further 18% are contemplating or due to implement furlough of staff soon
- 14% have lodged an emergency fund raising appeal
- 36% have applied to the Government or lending institutions for financial support.
In response to the question ‘how supported do you feel by your Board?’
- None of the respondents said not at all
- 41% felt they had some support
- 59% said they had excellent support
In terms of ‘what anxieties do you have about your management team working from home?’
- 50% said being alone
- 33% cited distractions
- 71% said not being able to interact with others
- 38% mentioned depression
Commenting on the findings, Nick says: “It is really encouraging to see that charities are feeling supported by their Boards in these challenging times. However, it is worrying that half of those questioned have seen their income cut by 50% or more. Hopefully by taking advantage of the support put in place by Government, charities can look to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.”