‘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.

Thankfully, Starfish remains still a going concern and has sufficient reserves to cover it’s fixed overheads for several years to come. The Board intend to initiate a new strategic planning process once a forward view of the situation becomes clearer, which they anticipate will be mid-to-late 2021 at the earliest.

During this transition period, Starfish’s Board will consider any new sustainability initiative on a case-by-case basis, to ensure that Starfish has the required capacity and resources. All regulatory and compliance requirements will continue to be satisfied during this time.

Our Work …

129

sustainability initiatives

94

professional service contracts

1000

funders & clients

Our Collective Impact

241

collaborators

123

professionals

537

contractors

1,901

volunteers

Our sustainability initiatives …

Our work at Starfish is also different because it spans all three of the pillars of sustainability ~ social and cultural; natural and built environments; and the economy and livelihoods ~ as well as a wide range of specialist areas, such as >>>>>

ML

“How to Get There”

Go to the end of the path until you get to the gate.
Go through the gate and head straight out towards the horizon
Keep going towards the horizon
Sit down and have a rest every now and again
But keep on going. Just keep with it.
Keep on going as far as you can
That’s how you get there.

by Michael Leunig