The pandemic has blown through our communities like a hurricane, canceling plans, changing priorities, leaving families grief-stricken, frustrated, and angry. As the pandemic anniversary approaches, we see encouraging signs of resilience and recovery, and some common themes in nonprofits’ approaches to tackling challenges.
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First Steps: Becoming a Tech-Savvy Nonprofit With all of the challenges presented by COVID-19, staff capacity and funding are two of the biggest areas of concern for nonprofits right now. Here are some key tips for being able to think through adopting new technology and not overwhelming yourself in the process: Start small and align any new systems with your priorities. If you’re like most organizations, your formal plans for 2020 probably
With many people working from home, juggling virtual learning for their kids, and dealing with other commitments, hopping on yet another Zoom call can seem overwhelming at the end of the day. Remote engagement and technology are definitely necessary, but you should be mindful and strategic about how you use them to make sure your outreach is effective.
Virtual events have become a necessity for nonprofits to consider during COVID-19 due to the need for social distancing and health concerns. If you are in the process of planning a virtual event, there are some key ways that technology can help with fundraising and engagement.
As nonprofits face the challenges of laying off employees and wanting to assure that they receive unemployment benefits to care for their families, it is important to understand how unemployment insurance works and how to minimize the cost to the organization. There also may be opportunities for employees returning part time to collect unemployment benefits.
Role of the Board in Fundraising During a Crisis Board members can make a huge difference by working in partnership with the Executive Director to make plans for the future and to reach out to donors now. This video above by Sandra Toussaint-Burgher, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Mercer County, outlines some key steps that board members should be taking now to support their organizations in fundraising during the COVID-19
Given the current environment, collaborating or thinking about nonprofit mergers offers a way to address resource challenges. This video by Dennis Kilfeather from the NonProfitConnect board outlines a range of creative ways solve these problems.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by future possibilities? This video, by Allison Trimarco of Creative Capacity, outlines a practical, scenario planning exercise designed for nonprofit organizations facing challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis.
If we did not know the importance of cash before, we sure do now. This video featuring Ann Zawartkay from Nonprofit Accounting Solutions explores how to navigate your nonprofit through the financial storms.
Nonprofits are faced with tough decisions around staffing and potential layoffs. Following social distancing practices and working remotely add new challenges. The video above offers some suggestions for tackling these tough human resources challenges.