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.
Fundraising for Nonprofits
Practical tips on where to focus your efforts on fundraising during tough times.
Board members may hesitate to fundraise. BoardSource provides some simple talking points to help.
In this article, Blue Avocado gives clear guidance on the importance of communicating with donors during the pandemic and messaging “the ask.”
Mergers, Strategic Alliances, and
Given the current environment, collaborating with other nonprofits offers a way to address resource challenges. The video above by Dennis Kilfeather from the VolunteerConnect board outlines a range of options to meet these challenges ranging from mergers to shared services.
Collaboration and Shared Services
CausePlanet considers options for shared services and how to decide whether this option makes sense for you.
This resource is long but worth it! BoardSource offers a set of resources and questions to consider when developing partnerships.
No one wants to be in this situation but we know that it is inevitable that we will lose some of our nonprofits with the pandemic and economic downturn. Blue Avocado talks about how to assess whether this is the best option and how to close gracefully.
Scenario Planning Step by Step
Are you feeling overwhelmed by future possibilities? The video above, by Allison Trimarco of Creative Capacity, outlines a practical, scenario planning exercise designed for nonprofit organizations facing challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Tools for Scenario Planning
Guidance for use of this tool is described in detail by Allison Trimarco of Creative Capacity in the accompanying video.
This link below is to an additional article that gives additional guidance and an overview of scenario planning.
HR Issues in the COVID-19 World
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 issues.
Human Resources Issues
Staff reduction decisions are challenging at best. Blue Avocado explores options.
Nonprofit Quarterly addresses laying off staff with kindness and preserving the morale of remaining staff.
Working remotely brings its own challenges. Here are tips from The Council of Nonprofits.
Financial Strategies for Now and the Future
If we did not know the importance of cash before, we sure do now. The video above featuring Ann Zawartkay from Nonprofit Accounting Solutions explores how to navigate your nonprofit through the financial storms.
Positioning Your Nonprofit to Endure the Crisis
During a crisis, contingency planning becomes critical for the success of an organization. This presentation by Claudia Kelly provides insight into creating contingency plans, help for those who haven’t yet done that, and advice on managing through challenging times.
Risk Management Resources for Nonprofit Boards & Staff Members
These resources from Risk Alternatives help nonprofits think through how to deal with the repercussions of COVID-19 and plan for what is next.
From the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, here are the most basic of steps in creating a path forward so you don’t forget the essentials.
Roadmap for the Dedicated Board Member in
Times of Crisis
As nonprofits deal with challenges posed by COVID-19, these are certainly unprecedented times. Watch this video by Elizabeth Wagner from Bryn Mawr Trust for some great ideas about how board members can best provide leadership and support.
Strategic Communication in Tough Times
In these times of crisis, the way that we communicate with our constituents is key to how we are perceived. In this video by VolunteerConnect board member Toni-Anne Blake, you can learn five key strategies to successful communication during a crisis.
Additional Strategic Communication Resources
The Communications Network offers some tools and tips for communication about the COVID-19 crisis including some basic tips on messaging.
This resource from BoardSource guides thinking through the roles & responsibilities of board and staff members during a crisis.