Member Survey Offers Snapshot of Impact of Pandemic

Posted on 16 May 2021 Last updated on 23 May 2021

The Wheel's most recent survey provides an important snapshot of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on charities and the community and voluntary sector in key areas such as income, fundraising, staffing and services.

The survey findings indicate that the pandemic is having a very uneven impact across the sector. Over half of respondents said their organisation’s income fell in 2020, with charities relying on public fundraising most severely affected. Of the nearly two-thirds of organisations in receipt of statutory funding, only 7% reported a reduction in funding in 2020. More than a third (38%) increased their service provision in 2020, while 32% cut services and 30% maintained the same level of services.

The overwhelming majority of respondents said they are confident that they will be in a position to declare compliance with the Charities Regulator’s Governance Code in 2021. In relation to challenges: over half of respondents believe that their organisations will be affected by Brexit. Most say this impact will be manageable, but a small number expressed serious concern. Respondents also voiced concern about a range of other issues including the State’s funding model for the sector and the need for a coherent Government Strategy for the sector. Members expressed a high level of satisfaction with The Wheel, our services and performance. Feedback from this survey will be used to enhance and develop our member services, supports and representative work. 

Read the survey report