Giving Compass' Take:

• An article from Philanthropy Ireland on Medium explains how increased funding to nonprofit organizations will support vulnerable communities throughout the pandemic.

• What kind of dangers face the nonprofit sector as it suffers from increased pressure? How can you be sure to contribute to increased funding to nonprofits during the global crisis?

• Learn more about how funders can help nonprofits as the coronavirus enacts its toll.

As the scale of the Covid-19 crisis continues to evolve and emerge so too the scale of needs to adequately respond are appearing increasingly overwhelming. While government must shoulder the primary burden of response, they cannot do it alone, we are all in this together.

All sectors of society have been impacted but it is the most vulnerable who are at greatest risk. The not for profit sector, champions of the marginalised and the vulnerable, is under unprecedented pressure. Charities are facing a funding crisis, immediate estimates in the region of €380m, at a time when much of their charitable activity is needed now more than ever before.

Many individual donors are quietly stepping in supporting causes they are close to while others are open in their funding responses. Public responses may inspire others. Either way, at a time when donors are likely somewhat overwhelmed by requests for support, their engagement in giving is both critical and welcome.

But so much more is needed, most particularly in the coming weeks and months as the crisis continues to unfold. We do not know how the external environment will manifest itself. We do not know what our reality will be. So, we need to remain open. In such uncertainty, philanthropy can play a real role.

We encourage all who can — companies, individuals, families and all funders, to give at this time of critical need. Increase your giving if you can. Work with or through organisations who are already grant making, such as our own members. Or provide direct support to the non-profits you know and are concerned about, those you have worked with, those you wish to help directly.

Read the full article about why nonprofits need increased funding by Philanthropy Ireland at Medium.