Non-profits bleed, with 1m set to lose jobs
Many of SA’s registered NGOs are facing possible closure because donations have dried up and fundraising events cannot take place. Yet because of the coronavirus pandemic the services these organisations provide are more needed now than ever
Kelly du Plessis, CEO of nonprofit organisation (NGO) Rare Diseases, will pay her nine staff members for the last time at the end of this month. And then “we’re done”, she says.
Du Plessis’s organisation, which has helped patients with overwhelming illnesses gain access to expensive medical care for the past seven years, is luckier than some other NGOs. Unlike many, it has at least had a three-month salary buffer, which has now run out...