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Our coronavirus resources for the second lockdown

By Alex Miller 5 November 2020 3 minute read

England is entering a second national lockdown, swathes of Scotland face strict new Covid-19 regulations, Wales has recently endured a national ‘firebreak’ lockdown, and Northern Ireland has imposed tighter restrictions on hospitality and educational settings. This may well be the ‘new normal’, but that doesn’t make it any less jarring. Indeed, the fear that this winter wave will be just as bad as what we experienced in the spring persists and, as such, all of us in society and in the sector have to once again adapt.

Back in March, we compiled tailored coronavirus advice for charities, funders and policymakers. This advice helped to guide organisations and individuals from the sector through the first phases of this crisis. We focussed on how charities could keep on serving those most in need and how philanthropists and government could best support the sector in its time of need. As we return to a situation which feels familiar to the hardship that we faced at the beginning of the year, we want to share these resources with you again. We hope that you find these resources useful once more.

Regularly updating and interactive data on the coronavirus crisis

We have built an interactive data dashboard which shows the places in the UK most affected by Covid-19, and those that have underlying factors—such as age, health, ethnicity, multiple deprivation—which may put them at risk. Unlike the other resources on this list, this dashboard remains regularly updated and details the latest local cases data and infection rate figures, and it shares important information on which places may now need greater support in your region.

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How to adapt your strategy approach for times of change

The changeable nature of this pandemic means that charities must develop adaptive strategies in order to remain relevant. In this ‘new normal’, strategy development and implementation must be woven into your day to day work. In doing so, we become more adaptive and more impactful. This blog provides seven steps to help you to develop your adaptive strategy.

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How will social distancing change charity evaluation?

Evaluation is tough at the best of times, but the practical barriers of social distancing and the financial pressures of an economic slowdown have had significant implications for what charities should prioritise and how they should go about their measurement and evaluation. This blog from the beginning of the pandemic, at the introduction of social distancing measures, shares thoughts on what evaluators need to consider when working in a lockdown.

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State of the Sector 2020

Our flagship research project from this year details where we stood as a sector when the crisis first hit. This resource captures our sector in the final few months of calm before the storm, offering insight into its strengths, weaknesses, challenges and risks. This shows philanthropists, funders and policymakers how they can best support charities to help those in need. The report provides insight on charities and their digital, data and procurement capabilities.

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Coronavirus response toolkit for charities

This toolkit shares guidance on charity services, strategy and mission and walks you through what you should be asking yourself, reading, and doing. Charities need to be resourceful, responsive, collaborative and innovative in order to keep on serving their beneficiaries through this crisis—and to continue to have an impact well beyond it. This toolkit from the start of the year collates some of our most popular resources and advice, and is designed to help you to adapt to the immense changes we are experiencing.

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How philanthropists should respond to coronavirus

Aimed at funders, this resource provides information on the funding picture during the first phase of this crisis. The guide explains how specific charitable areas were each affected at the beginning of 2020 and in what ways philanthropists can support these different sectors. This resource offers greater insight into the funding gaps that appeared as a result of the first lockdown.

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For all of our coronavirus support, visit

Coronavirus is not an ordinary storm to be weathered, it is a moment of systemic change that demands a systemic response. That’s why, over the coming months, we are continuing to develop a new initiative, Rethink, Rebuild, to respond to the next phases of this pandemic and beyond. In the meantime, we hope you find these resources helpful. If you have insights and expertise on how to support the charity sector’s adaptation and increase its resilience, please help shape our new project by getting in touch.


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