More than 90 percent of non-governmental organizations had experienced a rapid and massive decrease in income since last October due to the pandemic, a survey has found.
The Hong Kong Council of Social Service has surveyed 110 non-subvented NGOs between March and April.
Almost half of the NGOs said there would be a significant drop in income, a range between 40 to 80 percent, as compared to last year.
"Fund-raising activities and flag-selling have to be suspended due to the epidemic,” said the council's chief executive Chua Hoi-wai.
Some regular donors stopped donating because of unemployment and poor economic conditions, further reducing the income of social welfare organizations, he said.
Over 60 percent of NGOs had shifted to delivering the services online.
If the pandemic continues, almost half of the NGOs would see the beneficiaries they serve cut by an estimated 20 to 60 percent. Another 30 percent would reduce the numbers of beneficiaries served by an estimated 61 to 80 percent, or more.