Every organization is approaching and responding to COVID-19 differently, but regardless of the approach – certainly, all have been considering what fundraising will look like in the coming months and year. We know a rough road lies ahead and no one can predict what this recovery will look like; however, there is some good news.
The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy tracks giving during disasters, and what they’ve seen so far with COVID-19 is record levels of seven-figure gifts being made to organizations. America is being more generous than ever.
The initial shock and fear– or denial – of the Coronavirus outbreak has shifted into, “How long can this possibly go on?”
Just like every person, institution, business and organization, the nonprofit community has never been through anything like this. As a board member of a nonprofit organization, are you wondering how you can help during this time of crisis? Or perhaps you’ve already jumped into the deep end of daily tasks and are trying to help the staff do their jobs?
What does it mean to lead through crisis? Many CEOs are asking themselves this question as they navigate the uncertainty of a global pandemic and an economic Black Swan. We all have heard “let’s hope for the best, plan for the worst” along with “we will get through this.”
It is during times of crisis that leadership matters and the way that leadership shows up can make or break an organization. President of The Alford Group, Brenda B. Asare spent time with Dr. Lee Barker, President Emeritus of Meadville Lombard Theological School discussing leading an organization through challenging times.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced nonprofits and grant-making organizations to pause and reflect on every aspect of how they operate.
Nonprofit leaders have made many selfless decisions that demonstrate that we’re “all in this together,” but they’ve also faced some extremely difficult decisions, such as whether to cancel key fundraising events and how to lay off workers.
When making difficult choices, how does an organization thoughtfully consider people, while also considering the bottom line? How can we learn from the recent past, survive, and thrive as we look to the future?
Join the Chronicle of Philanthropy and our expert guests on May 19 at 2 PM ET as we tackle some of the toughest issues nonprofits face due to the pandemic.
This 60-minute webinar will help you:
Manage your endowment investments during the economic freefall.
Understand what donors and grant makers are going through.
Evaluate programs and prioritize those that can best ensure your nonprofit’s future.
YOLANDA F. JOHNSON
President, YFJ Consulting
President, Women In Development, New York
President, The Alford Group
Vice-Chair, The Giving Institute
Program Officer, Arts and Culture
The Heinz Endowments
Client Strategist and Author
Founder and Chief Consultant, Innovations Quantified (IQ)
Board Chair, Association of Nonprofit Specialists
“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” – Mr.Fred Rogers
Our country is facing challenging times as never before due to COVID-19. Fortunately, our nonprofit sector is rising to the occasion by responding in innovative ways to meet unprecedented demand for services. Less visible, but no less critical, is the rapid adoption of technologies for delivering programs, and quickly pivoting fundraising strategies to mitigate revenue loses.
Many organizations are also engaged in major campaigns to address important needs in their communities. Some have hit – or are considering hitting – the pause button, while others are modifying campaign plans and moving forward in new and creative ways.
With the cancellation of traditional fundraising events and the elimination of in-person meetings due to COVID-19, nonprofits across the sector are elevating their donor engagement strategies and reaching their base of support in unparalleled ways during this critical time. In my conversations with clients, some are now challenged to think about how to build a more integrated approach to their current donor engagement strategies while using the systems they already have in place as they pivot to plan for the next fiscal year.
In this time of quarantine, social distancing and wide-spread uncertainty, connecting with donors over virtual channels is more necessary than ever before. Across the country Americans are living in isolation, looking for opportunities to connect with others and give back to those communities being impacted by disruptions related to COVID-19.
Thankfully, new technologies make online connection easier than ever. There are many digital tools out there. This blog post will highlight a few that we have recently used with our clients and would like to share with you!