Charities Feel the Pinch As Pandemic Restrictions Limit Fundraising Opportunities
Charities across the United States are now facing the threat of being forced to cease their operations due to Pandemic Relief Requirements (PRR). The PRR policy requires charities to suspend or limit their activities once the pandemic outbreak ends. This is the worst possible outcome for charitable organizations because it has a direct impact on their ability to help those who are in need.
The policy has been in place since the year 2020 and is aimed at reducing the numbers of cases of the common yet fatal pandemic, SARS. There is no indication that the current pandemic will cause the same number of SARS cases, but it has been reported that the number of cases of SARS could double. There is also the possibility that a SARS case could spread to other countries, including Canada and the United States.
Under the current PRR policy, any charity that conducts or organizes fundraising or activities for any purpose between January 1st and February 28th must halt all activities and fundraisers and suspend fundraising activities until the end of the pandemic outbreak. This policy has forced charities to close their doors on the very individuals they want to assist. Charities cannot resume their activities until the pandemic is over.
During the pandemic outbreak, the authorities would also close down all non-governmental organisations. NGOs and social work associations are allowed to operate in a limited capacity for the time being. But even with these privileges, charities face the threat of closing down for good. Many social work associations have already announced that they will close down for at least a month due to the PRR requirement.
The problem with this sudden ban is that it may affect charities far more severely than they would have realized. They may find themselves in a position where they can’t pay their bills, cover medical costs, keep their premises ready for the pandemic outbreak, or even get government loans for projects. This means that the impact of the pandemic will be felt directly by charities, not only during the first few weeks or months, but for the duration of the outbreak.
Even when the pandemic does end, charities will find that they face further restrictions once the pandemic is over. Charities will find themselves under more intense PRR restrictions during the following the end of the pandemic than they faced during the initial outbreak itself. Even though the restrictions will be lifted, charities must still monitor the situation closely in order to make sure that their activities don’t break the new regulations.
Unfortunately, it is not just charities that are affected by the PRR policy of the pandemic. Any person who receives an importation ticket or sells merchandise to individuals who have not yet been exposed to the pandemic can be punished with fines, imprisonment, or even deportation if they are found guilty of distributing goods intended for use in the pandemic. Any item sold to an individual who has not yet been exposed to the pandemic virus could be confiscated, which means that charities are also put under severe pressure to enforce the new restrictions strictly.
Although there is a chance that the pandemic could spread into other countries and therefore could infect people outside the US, the risk is considered low by the government. Therefore, charities will not face the threat of the pandemic spreading to the world outside the United States. However, they are expected to continue their fundraising activities during the entire period of the pandemic. They have every reason to do so – the pandemic is still being managed successfully, and the funds received during the pandemic have been used effectively in many ways. Charities will need to monitor the situation and ensure that their fundraising activities are legal and appropriate.