As leaders in philanthropy, we recognize the critical need to act with urgency to support our non-profit partners as well as the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19.
We invite our IPASA members to show their leadership commitment in the philanthropic sector in South Africa by joining us in making these commitments and collectively holding ourselves accountable to them.
These commitments are:
- To ‘loosen or eliminate the restrictions on current grants so that grantees have maximum flexibility to respond to COVID-19 by allowing grantee partners receiving project support to convert the project grants to general support.
- To provide additional general support funding currently to help grantees deal with operational issues arising from the crisis
- To accelerate or change the payment schedules to assist grantees to access funds faster to deal with urgent issues arising from the crisis
- To not hold grantees responsible and not withhold or claim back funds if conferences, events, and other project deliverables must be postponed or cancelled due to Covid19
- To make new grants as unrestricted as possible, so non-profit partners have maximum flexibility to respond to this crisis.
- To reduce expectations and deliverables of our non-profit partners, delaying grant deliverables, postponing reporting requirements, site visits, and other demands on their time during this challenging period.
- To support new organisations and new projects that have been created and led by the communities most affected by the virus, that we may not fund currently.
- To contribute to community-based emergency response funds and other efforts to address the health and economic impact on those most affected by this pandemic.
- To communicate proactively and regularly about our decision-making and response to provide helpful information while not asking more of grantee partners.
- To commit to listening to our partners and especially to those communities least heard, lifting their voices and experiences to inform public discourse and our own decision-making so we can act on their feedback.
- Support, as appropriate, grantee partners advocating for important public policy changes to fight the pandemic and help the populations who will be hardest hit by the coronavirus emergency. Together with our grantees, we can use our platforms to advocate for these kinds of policies.
- Learn from these emergency practices and share what they teach us about effective partnership and philanthropic support, so we may consider adjusting our practices more fundamentally in the future, in more stable times, based on all we learn.