We are living through unprecedented times as the world grapples with a pandemic not seen on this scale since the early twentieth century. There are few people who will not have been touched in some way by COVID-19; fortunately for most it will have been through disruption to ‘normal’ life. For those individuals or causes that are dependent on the work of charities and the wider not-for-profit sector, there is an increasing risk of a more profound and long-term impact.
Different countries have managed the crisis in a different way, or at least to a different timescale, and this has inevitably caused variation in how society has been impacted. The purpose of this paper is to uncover how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the global charity sector as a whole—and identify what needs to be done to enable charities to deliver to their beneficiaries in this "new normal." To help in this endeavour, we invited Grant Thornton member firms from across the world to weigh in with their insights—including those in France, Italy, Botswana, the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand.