What lessons from the past 18 months is your community foundation carrying forward beyond 2021? How are you helping your organization and your communities be more resilient – the sustained ability to withstand, adapt to, and recover from adversity?
We want to hear your answers to those questions, with examples small and large, internal and external. Please email Tony Macklin at email@example.com by October 12 with a couple sentences about your answer and he’ll follow up for additional information. We have some examples below and we know you have your own ideas.
We’ll feature the ideas in the final plenary at the National Conference for Growing Community Foundations and later on this blog. Thank you in advance for your willingness to share your ideas with your peers!
Examples to spark your thinking
Are you changing your practices and policies for the long run?
- Streamlined grant programs, more flexible grant programs
- HR policies and practices that are more flexible on remote work or family care leave, or that help with long-term trauma recovery
- Improving diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in internal policies and practices
- Convening and leadership activities focused on the tough issues
Are you helping nonprofits and communities not just recover but be able to withstand future challenges?
- Supporting longer-term health and mental health issues
- General operating support, multi-year support, capacity building
- New or strengthened collaboratives around more equitable recovery or preparation for future pandemics or disasters
Are you helping people move past divisions toward the brighter futures that can unite your communities?
- Community visioning processes
- Initiatives that connect people like Everyday Democracy or On the Table
- Increasing civic participation between election cycles
- Helping donors think differently about inequities, other cultures, other viewpoints