Moving out of the initial shock

Briefing 2 for trusts and foundations on the challenges faced by VCSE leaders during the Covid-19 crisis

This second briefing shares the experiences of 32 leaders participating in the sessions in early April 2020, and our reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that they raise.

Leaders are talking about moving out of the initial shock, but the focus for their attention varies. All are conscious of a pressing need to keeping looking forward.

Three concerns stood out as front of mind for VCSE leaders:

  1. Deep concern about people who are missing out and at most at risk.
  2. Staff facing immediate professional and personal challenges.
  3. Seeing big challenges in mitigating the long-term damage to individuals and communities.

What next?

You can read more about how other funders are working towards more open and trusting grant-making, and join our community of practice, at

Share the Leading in Uncertainty online peer support session dates with charity leaders, more details here:

Read the full series of Covid-19 briefings here.


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