The commit­ment of foun­da­ti­ons in times of crisis CODIV-19

Recommendation of SwissFoundations, the association of Swiss grant-making foundations: The current crisis is worsening day by day and requires a great amount of solidarity, thoughtfulness and flexibility from all of us. We are particularly concerned about people who are severely affected due to their economic, social or health situation. However, this crisis also presents major financial and economic challenges for non-profit associations and organisations.

Many grant-making foun­da­ti­ons are alre­ady invol­ved and feel that they have an increa­sed respon­si­bi­lity to support their gran­tees in this excep­tio­nal situa­tion. Swiss­Foun­da­ti­ons invi­tes all Swiss grant-making foun­da­ti­ons to act in a non-bureau­cra­tic way, respon­ding rapidly and with flexi­bi­lity to the needs of the gran­tees and to follow this recommendation. 

This recom­men­da­tion fore­sees that: 

  • Dona­ti­ons alre­ady pled­ged to non-profit orga­nizati­ons shall be paid even if the plan­ned acti­vity is cancel­led or post­po­ned, and there shall be no request to return funds alre­ady paid;
  • Dona­ti­ons alre­ady pled­ged to non-profit orga­nizati­ons are paid even if the agreed mile­sto­nes and objec­ti­ves cannot be achie­ved due to the crisis CODIV-19;
  • Foun­da­ti­ons encou­rage their gran­tees to find alter­na­tive solu­ti­ons for cancel­led events or projects and support them in this process;
  • Foun­da­ti­ons show flexi­bi­lity in the report­ing requi­re­ments, inclu­ding in terms of content and forms;
  • Foun­da­ti­ons are prepared to examine, in accordance with legal obli­ga­ti­ons and on a case-by-case basis, whether requi­re­ments on project-rela­ted funding can be loosen or elimi­na­ted allo­wing gran­tees maxi­mum flexi­bi­lity to respond to the crisis;
  • If their finan­cial resour­ces allow, foun­da­ti­ons should provide further funds to their gran­tees, in addi­tion to the support alre­ady committed;
  • Foun­da­ti­ons should be atten­tive to the needs and fears of their gran­tees and be able to explore tail­o­red solu­ti­ons to their problems.

More infor­ma­tion on the work of foun­da­ti­ons in this time of crisis can be found at swissfoundations.ch/covid-19.

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