How Nonprofits Are Helping Workers Cope with Pandemic Fatigue – The Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • Gathering Ground host Mary Morten and past Morten Group client, Ali Forney Center, were featured in this article that explores what nonprofits and foundations can do to help their struggling staff members.


White House Fact Sheet for COVID Recovery Plan (March 11, 2021)


Nonprofits need to Change for Good and the Moment is NowStanford Social Innovation Review

  • Leave Organizational Ego at the Door: Rather than being the best, the only, the biggest, sometimes by trying to do everything, nonprofits needed to do a real analysis of the particular value they provided to the world—to identify their competitive advantage—and then join forces with others to create broader and deeper impact.
  • Collaborate Intentionally and Creatively: The need for nonprofits to think creatively and be open to the possibilities of shared resources is as important now as it was at the start of the pandemic. Listening to the needs of peer organizations and supporting projects that aim to improve the workings of the sector more broadly are effective places to start.
  • Don’t Be Afraid of Merging: The cultural and financial challenges associated with mergers often steer nonprofits away from them. But if organizations are serious about achieving as much impact as possible, they need to actively consider them—from a place of possibility, rather than from a sense of duty or a deficit mindset.


Nonprofit Leaders Share Impact of COVID-19 at Year’s End – Nonprofit Leadership Center

  • Surveyed CEOs and Eds in March 2020 and again in November 2020 to see how the pandemic was affecting their organizations.
  • Despite a challenging operating and fundraising environment, the outlook for many nonprofit leaders is still positive.
  • 2020 has required nonprofit leaders to grow and stretch in many ways. As a result, the needs of leaders and their staff are growing, too.
  • While nonprofit leaders aspire to have diverse and inclusive organizations, most admit they have more work to do to make this a reality.
  • To succeed in our ever-evolving philanthropic landscape and world, respondents believe adaptability is the most important trait nonprofit leaders need to succeed.


Philanthropy in the Era of COVID-19Dalberg Advisors

  • Most foundations have increased or are considering increasing their share of endowments disbursed in 2020 due to COVID-19 – through the impact of these funding increases on net philanthropic giving is not yet clear
  • In the near-term, foundations are prioritizing sectors and areas that can directly mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, most notably health and economic support and recovery. At times, this occurs at the expense of sectors and issues that are seen as less urgent or have longer-term impact horizons.
  • In the long-term, foundations feel the need to “build back stronger” and address underlying issues of inequity and social injustice.
  • Foundations are particularly worried about grantee “mass extinctions” and are drastically changing grant requirements and operating procedures to ensure the survival of grant recipients.
  • These changes and the crisis, writ large, offer an opportunity for foundation leaders to reflect on longer-term strategic questions that will shape the future of the philanthropic sector.
Vince Pagán

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