Only 17% of NGOs manage to receive international financial support since start of big war – survey results
Only 17% of surveyed respondents reported that they managed to get international financial support since the beginning of the big war. The rest said “no,” and the main reason was that they lack a project manager and resources, or they had a heavy workload, for example, when it came to humanitarian aid. Olha Voitovych, Phoenix project manager at the East Europe Foundation, made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine.
“The sources of funding for NGOs are unstable and the organizations do not have enough resources to retain their staff. The majority of NGOs noted that only their accountant receives a salary on a permanent basis, and other employees are paid on a case-by-case basis. Hence, the staff turnover in the public sector. Another problem is the lack of specialists and the lack of fundraising expertise,” Olha Voitovych, Phoenix project manager at the East Europe Foundation, said during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine.
80% of respondents do not hold fundraisers and 83% lack procurement specialists. The East Europe Foundation representative noted that this is a key aspect in matters of financial reporting and auditing. In addition, Olha Voitovych said that emotional burnout is one of the biggest internal problems for NGOs. 26% of respondents reported that they suffer from emotional burnout. The lion’s share is NGOs that worked even before the start of the great war. At the same time, the absolute majority of NGOs and charitable foundations are ready to get involved in the reconstruction of Ukraine.
“In order to participate in the reconstruction of Ukraine, what the respondents lack the most is funding – that’s obvious. And the factor of ending the war is not in the first place. That is, NGOs are not waiting for the end of the war, they are already taking an active part in the reconstruction of Ukraine,” said Olha Voitovych, Phoenix project manager at the East Europe Foundation.
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