The COVID-19 pandemic is making it hard for so many of us to find our footing and figure out what we should do next—for ourselves, our families, our communities and the missions we care about. In a continued effort to bring resource to the nonprofit sector, here are 5 key things nonprofits should be doing right now to stay afloat—or at least take one step forward. It’s not about putting this behind us. It’s about moving beyond it.
There’s never been a better time than now to reflect and re-examine every segment of your organization. Will it look the same after COVID-19 is behind us? Will it function the same? Will your mission and vision be the same? How will you adapt and continue to thrive? An interview with Louis Fawcett, President of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE).
•Our brain’s main way of dealing with threats is the fight-or-flight response. A great fit for the kind of short-term intense risks we faced as hunter-gatherers, the fight-or-flight response is terrible at defending us from major disruptions caused by the slow-moving train wrecks we face in the modern environment, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
To move forward, the nonprofit sector needs to do away with safe, routine conversations and start asking some hard questions. Indeed, questions are sometimes the only way to identify new possibilities, try new approaches and find a new and better way.
While Nonprofits are focused on consistently providing services to succeed in their mission, they’ll need to be mindful of adapting in order to keep up with or stay ahead of these challenges.