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November 23, 2020
Pandemic Update; Grants; Rebranding; Nonprofit Training

November 3, 2020 — Pandemic update: U.S. public says nonprofits outperform federal government; Boston Marathon delayed again. New Bedford, Fall River nonprofits get $27K for children, families. YouthBuild rebrands, moves to Roxbury. Free training series for Massachusetts nonprofits. Two Boston nonprofits to develop consulting certificate.

Pandemic Update: U.S. Public Says Nonprofits Outperform Federal Government

Charities, other nonprofit organizations, and religious institutions are outperforming the U.S. government and businesses in meeting pandemic-related community needs, and that urgent legislative action is required to support their efforts, according to results of a newly completed public opinion poll released last week.

The poll of registered voters, completed for Independent Sector, found that:

  • 63% of respondents believe nonprofits are leading the way in meeting needs in their communities resulting from the pandemic.
  • 75% said Congress and the president need to take urgent action to provide support for charities. The most common response was “Strongly Agree.”
  • 88% want Congress to raise the cap on the charitable deduction to encourage more financial donations to nonprofit.
  • 73% said local community challenges could be better solved if charities and other nonprofits, as a sector, received official representation and a voice in the presidential administration.

The findings came on the heels of a new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies that as of September, nonprofit employment across the U.S. was down 7.6%, or nearly one million jobs, from levels of last February, just before the coronavirus pandemic began to sweep the country.

Arts, entertainment, and recreation nonprofits lost 123,500 jobs, accounting for 34.7% of employment in those sub-sectors; health care nonprofits lost 290,000 jobs, or 4.3% of employment in that sub-sector.

Pandemic Update: Coronavirus Pandemic Delays Boston Marathon Again

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA), a Boston nonprofit that organizes the Boston Marathon, last week announced that the annual foot race, traditionally held on the third Monday in April, will be postponed until at least the fall of 2021.

“With fewer than six months until Patriots’ Day and with road races prohibited until Phase 4 of the Massachusetts reopening plan, we are unable to host the Boston Marathon this coming April,” said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the BAA.

This year’s 124th Boston Marathon was delayed and eventually held as a virtual event last month, raising $32.1 million for 242 nonprofit organizations.

The postponement of next April’s event mirrors the move of numerous Massachusetts arts, recreation, and other nonprofits that already have announced cancellation of in-person events through next June due to the pandemic.

New Bedford, Fall River Nonprofits Get $27K for Children, Families

The Anthony F. Cordeiro Charitable Foundation recently announced it granted $27,000 to two nonprofits in southeastern Massachusetts that provide programs and services to support children and families.

Funds were raised via the foundation's annual golf tournament held this summer.

Receiving the funds were:

  • Child and Family Services, New Bedford: $25,000 to support two programs: CFS’ Caring Network Program which helps children heal from the trauma of witnessing violence in their home, school, neighborhood and community; and the Adoption Journeys Program which provides support groups to both parents and adopted children, respite services to provide a brief break for families, family liaisons to share experiences and adoption competency training for professionals wanting to work with adoptive families.

YouthBuild Rebrands, Moves to Roxbury

YouthBuild, a nonprofit that champions opportunity for youth, with 290 local programs in 18 countries, last week unveiled a new global branding for the first time since its inception in 1978, along with moving its headquarters from Somerville to Roxbury.

YouthBuild’s said its new visual identity, along with a new website, was designed to reflect the breadth and depth of its work and unify its programs around the world.

The organization’s new home is located at a new social services hub that is a public-private joint venture between Horizons for Homeless Children and WaterMark Development.

Free Training Series for Massachusetts Nonprofits

The Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership, a coalition of 13 community foundations, Philanthropy Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, recently announced a series of free nonprofit training programs, as follows:

  • Engaging Donors Virtually: Nov. 10, 10-11:15 am, and Nov.17, 10 am-Noon
  • Making Strategy in Uncertain Times: Nov. 12, 10 am-Noon
  • How to Update your Digital Fundraising Strategy in the Age of COVID-19: Nov. 19, 1:30-3 pm
  • How to Build, Launch, and Promote a Digital Fundraising Campaign: Dec. 3, 10-11:30 am

Details and registration.

Two Boston Nonprofits to Develop Consulting Certificate

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP), which trains nonprofit leaders, and TSNE MissionWorks (TSNE), which provides recruitment and general human resources guidance to nonprofits, both based in Boston, recently announced a partnership to develop a certificate program for organizational development consultants, preparing them to integrate training in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in their day-to-day work with nonprofit organizations.

INP and TSNE were awarded $350,000 from the Barr Foundation and the Boston Foundation to develop and pilot a three-month curriculum to be launched in 2021 in New England, with the intention for replication across the country.

“Our country is facing major challenges including the pandemic and a racial reckoning, placing enormous pressure on the nonprofit sector,” said INP President and CEO Yolanda Coentro. “Between sector layoffs and public eagerness for racial equity in every aspect of work, this program will be more important than ever. If we are to fully leverage the opportunity this moment presents to advance equity in all forms, we need to support consultants to bring a DEIB perspective into their work with organizations.”

Added TSNE CEO Elaine Ng, “While there are plenty of resources on DEIB work for the nonprofit sector, there is very little targeted at consultants both generally for skill building and specifically around DEIB. We asked and listened to leaders who have expressed that there is considerable room for improvement in the market for consultants who can adequately integrate DEIB best practices. This partnership will help us train consultants at a pivotal time in this country and in our sector.”

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