Many of us are at home now. Homeschooling (or attempting to). Working from home. Trying to decide if the trip to the grocery store is needed today. We are all doing our best to make the best of the current situation.
In the non-profit world, this means changing the way we do business. Cancelling or postponing fundraising events. Checking temperatures of visitors. Cancelling volunteer programs. Finding a new way to work while still continuing to fulfill our mission.
The great news is…the nonprofit community is resilient. We are flexible. We are strong. We come together to help each other out. Maybe it’s because I’m in Fort Worth, and naturally, we come together in times of need. Maybe it’s because I surround myself with people with big hearts, so I see this time of community building on a regular basis. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because we all realize this too shall pass, and we should all do our part.
One of my clients is a local social service organization. I have been told not to come into the office, which is also a shelter. I also work part-time at my son’s school, which is closed through the end of the month. It’s amazing how much work I can get done with a computer and phone by my side. I have friends who have packed up their offices and moved home to help with social distancing. Work continues whether we are in the office or not.
For a fundraiser, the concern of meeting budget is hitting, or will hit, if it has not already. Organizations are going to have to make tough decisions as funding will change. This is not similar to a hurricane or tornado that impacts a specific group of people or area of the country. This is impacting everyone, across the country, and across the world. All organizations are going to need financial support to continue their missions.
So, as we continue to distance ourselves socially, that doesn’t mean we have to distance ourselves financially. If you have the means, give a donation. See who was scheduled to have a fundraising event in the next couple of months, and give to that organization. Consider organizations that are helping the most vulnerable during this time, as their caseloads are increasing. Or simply make an extra donation to your favorite organization. We all have reasons why we give, and now is as good of time as any to make that donation. Plus, with online giving, you never have to be within six feet of anyone to give.
And in the words of Mr. Rogers, who says it better than anyone else, ““My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”