‘Coronered’ by the global pandemic
Sadly, Starfish has been seriously coronered by the global pandemic. For the moment, the organisation has been placed into an hibernation-like state awaiting a possible positive return.
The impacts of Covid-19 on Starfish’s work program were severe.
By late March 2020, more than 80% of Starfish’s forward work had been either postponed indefinitely or cancelled outright. As an enterprise-based charity with freelance contractors, not employees, Starfish was not eligible for any of the government assistance that was available.
From April to September 2020, Starfish reset and pared back its operations to just three projects, so as to match work with capacity and resources.
Unfortunately, there was further wave of impacts which played out during this time, the affect of which was to undermine the financial viability of even this handful of projects.
As a result, all of Starfish’s sustainability initiatives and professional services have now been discontinued, and Starfish’s Associates program has been suspended indefinitely.