Statement of support for local charities

Statement of support from the Inner North Community Foundation to local charities

There are many in the region that are responding directly to the emerging events. We don’t know how long disruption will happen for, and what the full extent of issues will be.

We do know that vulnerable people in our community will be impacted more than others.

Local charities in particular will be key to responding. Across the North, community groups will live up to their mission and vision and will continue to give people hope, dignity and encouragement to connect to their better selves.

The Foundation is committed to standing with local charities, and bringing all assets to bear. In the first instance we want you to know that the Foundation is open and responsive to:

  • Being flexible for funded activities – we recognise it might be difficult to achieve some of the outputs or outcomes in existing grants during the outbreak, so please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way;
  • Discussing dates – we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please get in touch with us so that we can agree a more realistic time for you to get things to us wherever possible;
  • Financial flexibility – we know you may need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently, and we will be reasonable if you need to move money between budget headings to ensure your work can continue; and
  • Listening to you – we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, or how you’d like to support others in our community.

We also recognise that there may be further shocks to the system caused by covid-19 that may impact on your other income streams, or require a more urgent response from funders.

In terms of the Foundation, our plan is that:

  • Operations will continue uninterrupted: effective Friday, March 20, we have shifted the Foundation’s operations to remote work. We have done this in order to support social distancing. For now, we have also cancelled all events through at least June 2020. In spite of this, and with thanks to the talented IT team at our founder and key supporter IntoWork, we are able to continue to support our grantee partners in their work.
  • We will continue to give to charities. While our finances are undoubtedly under pressure, we are committed to giving money to charities in 2020-2021. Obviously, specific plans for the use of those resources may evolve in view of covid-19 and the implications for our partners.
  • We are engaging in collective efforts: We are staying closely connected to emerging efforts to support and to explore ways that philanthropic activity can more efficiently and quickly direct resources to the vulnerable people.

The events will unfold over the coming days and weeks. How we provide dignity and support to each other will be critical. It is as critical that the values that our community is known for – respect for diversity, creativity for overcoming adversity, and the collective response for the greater good – are reaffirmed and promoted.

Thank you for being with us, and each other.

Staff and Board of the Inner North Community Foundation