Why give to CISV? Why now?

By March 17, 2020 most airlines and flights were grounded and international borders were closed to meet the health demands deemed necessary to slow the global spread of Covid-19.

For the first time in CISV history all summer programmes were cancelled and future programming remains unpredictable at this time.

Perhaps because of the timing - before travel and trainings take place, the time to prepare our participants, leaders and our host volunteers and sites - CISV began to receive enquiries and see social media connections increase. Alumni of CISV programmes, filled with nostalgia for simpler times and now equipped with online video chat platforms, started developing new ways for connection and sharing to take place.

There was a call for lullabies and for small delegate groups and leaders to video conference, connecting for the first time since 1972, 1987, 2008 and so forth. A call as only CISVers can for global friendship, to check on their friends, and a shout out for PEACE.

Today in an effort of sharing a feeling of peace with all CISVers and future ones, we ask for you to embrace those bits and connections of friendship which led to personal growth, to becoming an active global citizen!

Due to programme cancellations, CISV is faced with severe financial challenges. As the organization strives to adapt and continue our important mission, we need each of you to give from your heart, to pay your CISV memories forward to the child you once were. We need you to help CISV and preserve your memory – share your photos and stories and tag your friends who are a part of your memories and encourage them to pay it forward as well!

CISV needs you to be an active CISVer and give back today, to make each memory count!

Other Measures Helping CISV's Finances

CISV International has taken a range of measures to address the financial situation.  Our first order of business was to drastically reduce expenditure for 2020 and 2021. This included:
  • Cancelling travel and any non-essential project work
  • Negotiating discounts for insurance
  • Using the UK Job Retention (furlough) programme to reduce the costs of paid staff at the International Office; and all staff are contributing
  • Renegotiating terms with suppliers
  • Applying for a variety of loans, rent relief, and any other packages available

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