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The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) is a remarkable legislative achievement, delivering “much-needed relief to many nonprofits on the frontlines of helping people in communities across this country….” It also gives desperately needed aid to state and local governments that fund and support the work done by the nonprofit sector. Among the permissible uses is “assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries,” as well as “funding services…
It’s been a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and the world as we knew it was turned upside down.  For this nation’s nonprofits, the past twelve months have been an unsettling journey through repeated phases of crisis planning and crisis management. Finally, though, we can see probable light at the end of the tunnel sooner rather than later. With three separate vaccines approved for emergency use, a ramped-up production and…
Well before the pandemic crashed into our national consciousness, there were murmurs and quiet discussions about the adequacy of the annual 5% (minimum) payout rule for America’s private foundations.  By the beginning of December 2020, these conversations had emerged from the shadowy edges of philanthropy thought leadership. They became part of the call announced on Giving Tuesday – December 1, 2020 – by “a powerhouse coalition of philanthropists, foundations, and academic experts” for significant changes…
Within weeks of COVID-19 sweeping through the United States, nonprofits like Philadelphia’s SEAMAAC, an immigrant-assistance organization, had to make decisive pivots for new circumstances and challenges. Unlike the groups we featured in Part Three of this series that largely shut down on-site operations because of the pandemic restrictions, SEAMAAC was classified as an essential-services agency to provide front-line aid to the community.  “Nonprofits have had to respond to probably an unprecedented rate of change and…
The pandemic has unevenly affected the nonprofit sector.  Some organizations – food banks and health agencies, for instance – were allowed to remain open as essential services to meet surging demand. There has been continuing revenue from government, funders, and private donors but not nearly enough to meet the skyrocketing extra costs.  Many other nonprofits, though, faced an entirely different reality. The COVID-19 crisis struck quickly and brutally; there were mandatory lockdowns and, in any…
The pandemic has “inspired us to be more agile, to pivot and approach issues more innovatively, and challenged us to look at our work differently going forward.”  That was the observation of one of the respondents to a survey late last spring on how COVID-19 was affecting nonprofits. Another executive noted that “…it’s been very difficult in many ways but also very positive in adapting our culture to be more fluid, nimble, and paperless.”  …
“Covid-19 is poised to become an extinction-level event for America’s nonprofits.”  That was the alarm sounded in the earliest days of the pandemic from many quarters. The only hope for avoiding this devastating result would be massive and ongoing aid from the government and from philanthropy. We’ve written in many posts since March 2020 about the mixed record on that front.  In the first surveys, there were results showing that about “a third of nonprofits…
“A nonprofit’s mission statement,” according to the experts at The Bridgespan Group, is “at its best, … a succinct expression of an organization’s essential reason for existence or core purpose.” Experts recommend periodic reviews of both the mission statement and the mission itself. Could there be a more appropriate time for such a reevaluation than right now with a raging pandemic posing an existential threat to the very survival of many organizations?        Mission Reviews A…
Last August, we ran a three-part series on “scenario planning,” an analytical framework for organizational planning that’s particularly well-suited to periods of crisis, disruption, and uncertainty.    In more stable and predictable times, nonprofits have generally relied on long-term “strategic planning” to chart out and consider various possible paths for the next 3-5 years. But from the earliest days and weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was growing sentiment among experts and sector leaders that…
The pandemic has unevenly affected the nonprofit sector.  Some organizations – food banks and health agencies, for instance – were allowed to remain open as essential services to meet surging demand. There has been continuing revenue from government, funders, and private donors but not nearly enough to meet the skyrocketing extra costs.  Many other nonprofits, though, faced an entirely different reality. The COVID-19 crisis struck quickly and brutally; there were mandatory lockdowns and, in any…