在这个危机的时刻，社区需求飙升和捐赠的需求正在萎缩，它比以往任何时候都重要的资助和受让人沟通。谢天谢地，我们看到了一个积极的趋势。许多资助者对他们在此期间如何支持的非营利组织进行了调查。此外，超过700个基础签署了一个pledgeled by the Council on Foundations, committing to do more to serve their grantees now. One of the tenets of the pledge is focused on listening:
While this growing emphasis on listening and communication is critical, funder/grantee communication is inherently hampered by power dynamics and listening can be difficult in practice. In an effort to work against this dynamic and facilitate communication, the Peery Foundation held a “Tell Me Anything” discussion where they invited nonprofits to share thoughts on the current crisis. This isn’t the Peery Foundation’s first foray into this work—the Foundation uses their5 Core Practices of Grantee-Centric Philanthropyand remains committed to consistently being responsive to grantee needs. To create a space of anonymity, all attendees changed their names to their favorite genre of music followed by their favorite fruit (Rock Nectarine here!). The National Center for Family Philanthropy was invited to listen in and hope to help you listen, too.
State of the Sector
非营利组织领导人共享一个响亮的信息:y and their teams are exhausted, stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, and frustrated. Many expressed concerns about a mental health crisis in the sector and nonprofit staff leaving the field. Not only are nonprofit staff worried about their own job stability and the sustainability of their organizations, but they are also deeply concerned about the communities they serve. Many attendees felt ok about their short-term funding, but are uncertain about the long-term and characterize funding as short-sighted, scarce, and inequitable.
Lessen reporting requirements:“想了解考虑因素Re：应用程序和报告。20-21在20-21中，如果基金会将考虑折叠额外的CoVID资金并向那些对正常拨款循环报告要求，那将是巨大的，因此非营利组织不必重复努力。发展团队不断增长，但工作翻了一番。“
保持未来的承诺：“Current funders are remaining supportive, but new prospective funders, some who we had been cultivating for years who had verbally committed, are now delaying their new support. Leaves us very worried about FY2021.”
保持倾听: “We appreciate funders being in ‘listening mode’ even when they aren’t taking on new grantees.”
提供支持管理任务：“Balancing fundraising with HR/finance/COVID safety/strategic partnerships (all of which are needed more now than ever). Many EDs of small organizations must fundraise while doing these other functions. It does not always feel possible to do a great job supporting staff and community while holding all of these functions. Would like for funders to explore supporting back-office/general ops work for collectives of orgs.”
价值非营利时间：“Practitioner time is precious, especially now. Our team’s bandwidth is more stretched as we respond to COVID across departments in addition to our pre-existing work. We appreciate when funders are thoughtful about when and why they’re asking for practitioner time and whether it will add value for them.”
Despite all the challenges they are currently facing, these leaders are proud of the ways their organizations have adjusted to meet the needs of their communities and are optimistic about the future. However, the future remains a frightening unknown, particularly as they prepare for post-COVID strategic shifts on a tenuous timeline and are unsure about funding in the coming months and years. The “Tell Me Anything” approach of the Peery Foundation is a key first step in providing the information funders need to support grantees effectively in short- and long-term recovery.