Dear Nonprofit Partners and Friends,
During times of crisis, many find comfort in this well-known quote from Fred Rogers (better known as Mr. Rogers):
“My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Whether the crisis is an earthquake, a hurricane, or a pandemic, there are always those who step up to help. We’re honored to have had the opportunity to work with many amazing helpers over the past 10 years. In particular: you, our community of nonprofit partners and friends.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that calls for a different type of response than a hurricane or an earthquake, we're proud to see people mobilizing to help those who are vulnerable and to keep each other safe, healthy, and fed. We are grateful to frontline healthcare workers, as well as restaurant, grocery, and delivery workers, and everyone who is staying home right now and practicing social distancing.
We’re also looking ahead to the future, and participating in discussions on how the COVID-19 coronavirus and travel restrictions will impact nonprofit budgets, crisis zones, shipping costs, and mechanisms for distributing humanitarian aid. We know Wildfire Season and Hurricane Season are approaching soon here in the US and Caribbean, and want to make sure we are doing everything we can to be prepared and ready to assist nonprofits and community groups who will be responding.
As you know, one of our big projects has been expanding the LuminAID for Nonprofits program to provide a community and resources for nonprofits that go beyond our subsidies, including ourFacebook Group and guides for fundraising and international travel. We have added a newNonprofit Resources section to our website, and will be updating this regularly with tools for remote work, discounts and grants for nonprofits, and more.
Here are some of the topics we’re following and will be updating as we learn more:
We encourage you to join ourFacebook Group and share resources and strategies that may be helpful to others. We know this is a time of uncertainty for both your humanitarian projects and your teams, and hope that through sharing knowledge and resources, we can support each other.
Thank you and be well,
Director of Nonprofit and Corporate Partnerships
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We encourage you to join our Facebook Group and share resources and strategies that may be helpful to others. We know this is a time of uncertainty for both your humanitarian projects and your teams, and hope that through sharing knowledge and resources, we can support each other.
In addition to making their software tools free or low-cost for nonprofits, many companies are also publishing guides on how to effectively transition to remote work and collaborate while staying home. If you're leading your nonprofit through a transition like this, we wanted to put together some resources that will help you see what others have done, and understand best practices for your organization's security, productivity, and communications to stakeholders.
With many nonprofits shifting to remote work abruptly due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, we've prioritized adding new remote work options and tools to the resources we share. As you review the software below, note that there may be different levels of discounts for nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 versus nonprofits actively working on a cure or frontline healthcare for COVID-19. Do you know about a resource we should add to this list? You can submi...
With the COVID-19 coronavirus causing travel restrictions, flight cancellations, and stay-at-home orders worldwide, nonprofits who had planned on service trips or in-person aid distributions are now scrambling to adjust their plans. Longer-term, we're seeing humanitarian organizations evaluating how they will deliver aid and operate their in-country programs if it's harder for staff to travel, and wondering whether aid workers will be able to travel into countries i...