A future for small charities

As restrictions ease across Queensland and businesses and organisations find their way forward in a changing world, inventiveness and creativity will play an important role. In truth we cannot be completely certain what will “return to normal” and what will change forever. Smaller organisations such as Lions, Rotary, CWAs, View Clubs and many others have felt the weight of the pandemic. As a member of Rotary and Lions, and through my patronage of many other organisations over the years, I have witnessed how they play an important role in the lives of their members. With many programs and meetings suspended, members have not been able to have the level of social connection they are used to. To add pressure, some of these organisations raise funds for larger charities across the sector but fundraising has taken a hit. Yet the continued support of small organisation’s fundraising is still needed by charities, perhaps more than ever. It would come as little surprise that Lion’s etc, heavily rely on more traditional face-to-face fundraising such as sausage sizzles, tin shaking and raffles. Because they often fundraise through third party venues such as grocery stores and shopping centres, which they have no control over, how will this continue? Organisations may need to change or find ways to adapt to new safety standards. More importantly, it is up to the community to think about how we support charities who receive funds from community groups so we can continue to help people in need.