Understanding the Pandemic Effect
As the COVID-19 pandemic upended the world, local non-profits became stretched to the point of unraveling as they struggled to deliver their programs and services. To better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the sector, the Victoria Foundation partnered with Vantage Point, the Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver to survey non-profits across BC and produce the No Immunity report in spring of 2020 and a follow-up Unraveling survey and report in early 2021.
These reports were used to understand the needs of our community and share this information with people who could help implement the calls to action.
The Unraveling report clearly shows that the non-profit sector in our province is frayed. This sector which, pre-pandemic, contributed $4.6 billion annually to the capital region economy, is vital to creating a vibrant, caring community through health-related services, arts, culture, sports, recreation, and environmental protection.
To ground this data in a local context and to share this information with people who could help implement calls to action, Victoria Foundation, hosted two Vital Conversations in the capital region on March 10 and April 9, 2021.
Unraveling Vital Conversations
In these conversations, participants identified actions to support changes and capitalize on opportunities presented by the challenges of the pandemic that will re-weave the fabric of our non-profit sector stronger. There is sense of urgency and great appetite to support the sector’s recovery into the “next normal”.
No Immunity report
The No Immunity survey was conducted in the early days of the pandemic between April 8 and April 21, 2020 to examine how nonprofit organizations across BC were being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. BC non-profits and charities were invited to identify the ways in which COVID-19 is impacting their organizations, and what types of support would help them continue to serve their communities.