80% of charities fear closure as pandemic causes collapse in funding

Of the 118 charities who responded, 50% reported a rise in demand for their services during the coronavirus pandemic. 
80% of charities fear closure as pandemic causes collapse in funding

Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel and Sarah Monaghan, Campaigns Manager deliver their Pre-Budget Submission last month.

Irish charities say they are struggling to survive as funding remains uncertain during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A new survey, conducted by The Wheel, found that 82% of charities expressed concern about whether they will have sufficient funds to provide their services in 2021.

Of the 118 charities who responded, 50% reported an increase in demand for their services. 

The national association of charities reports that there has been a 64% reduction in volunteers with reduced availability - 40% of respondents have cut staff hours.

Commenting on the survey, Director of Public Policy at the Wheel, Ivan Cooper said: "Despite innovative efforts to move key supports and services online, the collapse in income and volunteering will have a negative impact on the quantity and quality of supports, and the wellbeing of beneficiaries.”

Almost half of the charities surveyed said they expect their income to be down by 75% this year. The Wheel is calling for an additional €445m for the community and voluntary sector to be ring-fenced in the Government's upcoming budget.

"If we have learned anything from the Covid-19 crisis, it is that Ireland has the capacity to put community and the health and well-being of its people first," said Mr Cooper.

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