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Keeping Clients Informed About Stress on the Social Sector
By The Community Foundation / October 1, 2020
Keeping Clients Informed About Stress on the Social Sector

Peter Drucker once wrote “Only the social sector, that is, the nongovernmental, nonprofit organization, can create what we now need, communities for citizens.” Charitable giving is an important component of American society. In 2019, for example, total giving by individuals (including bequests), foundations and corporations reached nearly $450 billion, according to Giving USA 2020: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2019, released this summer.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is taking its toll on nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions. In a report recently released by Deloitte's Monitor Institute, the writers offer their predictions for how charities will fare, depending on how the pandemic--and our response to it--play out. Early evidence shows that total 2020 giving will decline significantly. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, giving declined six percent during the first quarter of 2020, which translates to $5 billion in lost revenue to nonprofit organizations.

One of the most important ways you can help your clients support the charities they care about is to do everything you can to keep clients informed about the increasing challenges faced by the social sector. We encourage you to reach out to the team at the Community Foundation to answer questions and provide resources to share with your clients to help them help the causes they love.

If you’d like to learn more about the impact of the pandemic on Richmond’s nonprofit sector, we would be happy to connect you with one of our community engagement officers who has a pulse on the latest needs and opportunities. Contact Brandon Butterworth for more information.

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