Many of my clients have shared their concern about how to sustain their fund development plans during uncertain times. In response, I included a lot of Fund Development, Marketing & Financial Sustainability resources in the first edition of RoR. Also note the Other Resource Compilations section viable and continually updated resources from reputable organizations within the nonprofit sector.
Welcome to the first edition of Nonprofit Resources of Relevance.
Now that we are in the middle of an international pandemic, your time and resources are likely being stretched to capacity with little time to sift and sort through your inbox for trustworthy COVID-19-related resources.
I have decided to do it for you as one small gesture to let you know I want to help and that I recognize how hard you are working to sustain your nonprofit’s mission despite the impact the virus is having on our lives.
The following links direct you to resources intended to help nonprofits through the pandemic and its impact on our sector. They are categorized by topic and will include information in the form of articles, upcoming webinars, webinar recordings, podcasts, blogs, and vlogs. Categories will be added as relevant resources become available.
Do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or if you are looking for a resource on a specific topic not listed. If you have resources you have found helpful that you would like me to share with the group next week, please feel free to email me.
Stay healthy and safe and know that you are greatly appreciated.
We will get through this together!
FUND DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING & FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
If you already haven’t heard the news, Giving Tuesday is hosting #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity on May 5th, 2020. The purpose of this event is to leverage the name recognition and spirit of GivingTuesday to drive an influx of generosity and citizen engagement across the world. If it’s not a good time for your organization to participate in the event, the article offers “10 ideas of ways to create community and engage with your donors in a meaningful way.”
The following is a link to a list of “Nonprofit Funding Resources in Response to COVID-19” compiled by the Michigan Nonprofit Association. https://michnonprofit-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/bgesaman_mnaonline_org/EfKgAbj39uVJtT-NGpzAGLgBW-h1I_mO8AOwOzpx45j2WQ?rtime=jWoz52Xa10g
Last week the Chronical of Philanthropy hosted a virtual forum titled, “Covid-19, the Economy, and the Nonprofit World: A Virtual Forum.” Nonprofit experts in managing, fundraising, and philanthropy shared advice for the nonprofit sector. The hour-long video is now available and covers topics like how to talk to donors during crisis and how to nurture relationships with board members during the pandemic. If you don’t have time to listen to the video, a summary is included here: https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/video/covid-19-the-economy-and-the/6814/?cid=cpw_rntv
The Bridgespan Group drafted the memo, “Opportunities for Philanthropic Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis” to provide initial perspectives on where resources might be productively channeled during the COVID-19 response. According to Bridgespan, funders reached out to them for advice on ways they can respond to the crisis. This link includes how to access the full memo and Bridgespan’s initial perspectives on where to channel resources: https://www.bridgespan.org/insights/library/philanthropy/memo-opportunities-philanthropy-covid-coronavirus
Here is a link to a podcast featuring Martin Leifeld. He discusses his book Five Minutes for Fundraising and offers a couple helpful insights when fundraising during the pandemic.
The podcast’s transcript is included for those who prefer to read the dialogue.
LEADERSHIP & POLICY
The theme of nonprofit consultant Joan Garry’s latest podcast is “Leadership in the time of COVID-19.” Check it out here:
“How to be the Leader Your People Need Right Now” – This piece by the consulting firm Bain & Company, offers a few excellent nuggets on how people respond to events such as the pandemic including answers to the questions, “During a crisis, what do people hear? and “How do you reach them?” Read more here:
WORKING FROM HOME
Many nonprofit employees are required to work from home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. With the exception of nonprofits that offer essential services such as a domestic violence emergency shelter, many nonprofit organizations are required to insist staff work from home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Following are resources intended to help nonprofits transition from an office to remote working environment.
Zarvana, a firm that focuses on professional development, created a “Virtual Productivity Toolkit” with tips on issues such as staying focused. What I appreciate most about the toolkit are the many, and varied, apps they recommend such as those that help overcome tech distractions. Video sharing, project and process management, and team collaboration apps are also featured.
You can get the free toolkit here, but you will have to enter your email first:
Here is a recording of a webinar by TechSoup called, “Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits.” The discussion covers tools, strategies, and resources to help nonprofits manage remote workers.
Check out another piece by TechSoup. This time it’s a blog that offers “Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak.” https://blog.techsoup.org/posts/nonprofit-resources-for-remote-work-during-the-covid-19-outbreak
OTHER RESOURCE COMPILATIONS
The National Association of Social Workers has created, and is continually updating, a coronavirus resource page to help social workers prepare their practices, support clients, prepare for quarantines or containment controls and more.
The Bridgespan Group has also created a resource collection on their website that “offers guidance to nonprofits, philanthropists, and impact investors on navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the expected economic downturn.”
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has started a special report in response COVID-19’s impact on nonprofits. Articles are uploaded daily and cover a myriad of issues.
The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) has included a resources and information page on their website that covers topics like what NMA is doing to support nonprofits through the pandemic as well as examples of HR and legal policies. https://www.mnaonline.org/covid-19-and-advocacy/covid-19