As the COVID pandemic engulfed us all we saw an increase in need across the charity sector with organisations struggling to raise funds and support staff and beneficiaries safely.  New issues came to the fore and local and national appeals raised money to support causes.  Our partners also dug deep and produced research, information and guidance for philanthropists.  Each week we summarised activity and opportunity to help donors decide on how to give most effectively.

Thematic funding spotlight – Bereavement

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and there are already millions of people in the UK, and globally that are bereaved. For many, the isolation of lockdown has intensified the feeling of bereavement.

Thematic funding spotlight – Racial Justice & COVID-19

BAME communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Funders must do more to address structural inequalities, both within and without healthcare.

Thematic funding spotlight – Data

Data will sit at the heart of COVID-19 recovery efforts. Organisations are already collaborating to collect and utilise data over the next few months.

Thematic funding spotlight – Mental Health and Wellbeing

Lockdown is having a stark impact on people’s mental health across the country. Now, more than ever before people need our help to get the support they need and find a way through whatever challenges they are facing.

Thematic funding spotlight – Women and Girls

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a resurgence of violence against women. With support from Fondation CHANEL as initial convener and other key European donors, the proposed action is to urgently establish a funding Alliance for Women in Europe.

Thematic funding spotlight – Environment

Environmental charities facing loss of income at the same time as misconceptions about the positive environmental impact of lockdown are circulating widely.