FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Coronavirus Appeal FAQs

What is the National Emergencies Trust (NET)?

The National Emergencies Trust is an independent charity that will collaborate with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money at the time of a domestic disaster. It was founded at the end of 2019 to serve as a single point of appeal and fund distribution for future national emergencies.

The awful tragedy of Grenfell and the various terrorist attacks in 2017 in London and Manchester caused many in the charitable sector to think about how to respond to such emergencies most effectively. The NET has been created as a result of those discussions.

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Where will my money go? How will this appeal help people?

Many people are suffering, not just from ill health but also from the economic impact as well as the effects of social distancing and isolation. While there is much that Government can and is doing, there is also a strong desire of the public to help others and there are local grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people who need it. The NET will distribute the money to local community foundations and other charities within agreed parameters, and they will provide support to those most in need at a local level.

 

How are the British Red Cross involved?

The fundraising appeal administration will be run by the British Red Cross, on behalf of the NET. The British Red Cross is working with the NET to make it simple and easy for people to give. The British Red Cross will transfer funds to the NET, who will work with community foundations to ensure the money reaches local charities which will be able to help people most.

Who is eligible to receive funds from the appeal, and how much will they receive?

We are giving the Community Foundations the freedom to make decisions about how to distribute funds amongst smaller local charities. Those charities in turn will support individuals impacted by the outbreak. This is potentially a wide range of people dealing with the impact of illness, or social isolation, or loss of income.

 

Further updates on those local charities that people can approach will follow shortly, via UK Community Foundations.

Why have you launched a coronavirus appeal?

The outbreak of coronavirus is clearly both a global and national emergency. Many people are suffering, not just from ill health but also from the economic impact as well as the effects of social distancing and isolation. While there is much that Government can and is doing, there is also a strong desire of the public to help others and there are local grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people who need it. We will channel the money raised to those organisations so people can get the support they need as quickly as possible.

How can people apply for help?

We are working with a network of 46 community foundations across the UK. These groups are well-placed to understand who is impacted locally, and how, and what help they need. They also have experience in distributing grants. Individuals should not apply to the NET for help. If you’re a local charity or group that would like to receive support from the appeal, you can find out who your local Community Foundation is and get in touch here. For more info, go to: https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-network

The NET is only a registered charity in England and Wales - are you covering the whole UK?

Yes – we have a network of community foundations we are working with across the UK, including Scotland and Northern Ireland.

There are many charities in the UK. Why shouldn’t we donate directly to one of them instead?

People are free to donate to whoever they would like. However, research carried out by the DEC suggests that at a time of disaster people like donating to a single, independent organisation who will work collaboratively to ensure the funds are distributed fairly and efficiently.  It is also the most effective way to get money to victims as quickly as possible.

About the National Emergencies Trust

What is the National Emergencies Trust (NET)?

The National Emergencies Trust is an independent charity that will collaborate with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money at the time of a domestic disaster. It was founded at the end of 2019 to serve as a single point of appeal and fund distribution for future national emergencies.

The awful tragedy of Grenfell and the various terrorist attacks in 2017 in London and Manchester caused many in the charitable sector to think about how to respond to such emergencies most effectively. The NET has been created as a result of those discussions.

Why is the NET launching now? What is the need in the UK?

The awful tragedy of Grenfell and the various terrorist attacks in 2017 in London and Manchester caused many in the charitable sector to think about how to respond to such emergencies most effectively. The NET has been created as a result of those discussions.

 

How does the NET define an emergency?

A national emergency is one where as a result of a major incident (for example terrorist attack, major fire or natural disaster) there  are immediate and unmet needs, when people will want to give money to help those affected and that money raised will make a difference, and that the impact is of national significance, even if the need is local.

How is the NET funded?

NET core operating costs are funded through corporate and individual donations.

Is establishing a new organisation for UK emergencies just complicating the issue? Can we not use the existing infrastructure?

Our aim is to simplify the system for both those who want to donate and those affected by the disaster by being a single point of contact, eliminating complexity.

How does the NET differ from the DEC?

The DEC responds to support other nations who have experienced a significant disaster, the NET will only respond to disasters In England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland at this time.

How will the NET work with charities in the UK?

We are a convening, commissioning and coordinating organisation. We will identify charitable organisations throughout the UK who we believe will be most effective at distributing the money we raise through an appeal. These are likely to be community foundations and charities with expertise to respond. Once we have launched an appeal, they will be our distribution partners.

What will happen when the NET launches an appeal? What communication can the public expect, and what communication can partners expect?

There will be an appeal for donations through our media partners. There will also be information available for people affected about how they can apply for help.

Why does it take so long to distribute funds to those in need?

Distribution is a skilled task, working with those who may have experienced bereavement, been physically injured, lost their home or experiencing mental health stresses. Distribution is about balancing clarity of response, helping with some funds speedily and building them as the outcome of an appeal is known so that there is also longer-term support for those affected which reflects what happened to them.

Why doesn’t the UK government or The Charity Commission take responsibility for coordination at times of national emergency?

It is unlikely people would want to donate to either the Government or Charity Commission, and neither have the expertise to distribute money at a very local level. The Commission is the main statutory regulator of charities and fundraising and distribution is not something it can do by law and win any case would not be appropriate.

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