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Monday, June 29, 2020

The New Virtual Classroom: The Cathedral Arts Project, educating and inspiring during the Coronavirus pandemic


According to our June 2020 survey of rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, almost 56% of respondents are reporting an increased demand in programs. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities in need, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating.

Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and adaptation looks like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis from The Rev. Kimberly L. Hyatt, President & CEO, Cathedral Arts Project in Jacksonville, Florida.

Monday, June 22, 2020

COVID-19 Isn’t Just an Inconvenience for Children with Disabilities – It’s a Crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our youth’s daily lives, but the effects are especially acute for over 7 million U.S. children living with disabilities. While all children have had to cope with the isolation from their friends (and forced sheltering in place with their family members), adapting to online learning, and missing major milestones like prom and graduation, COVID-19 brings more than an inconvenience to physically-challenged children (and their caregivers) – it may actually threaten their safety and well-being.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Changing the World Begins With Changing the Way We See Each Other


“Animals.”

“Invaders.”

“An infestation.”

Refugees have had every cruel, dehumanizing label thrown at them. They’ve been scapegoated, demonized, and politicized. This is what inevitably happens when you reduce a person to an abstraction. It’s true for every form of violence and oppression—whether we’re talking about the refugee crisis in the Middle East or systemic racism in the United States.

This is the way things are. But it’s not the way things have to be.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Importance of Research: Ensuring Your Support Goes Where You Intend


With the COVID-19 pandemic came an outpouring of philanthropic giving.  It is possibly one of the few silver linings to occur during a very difficult time.  Similarly, during the last three weeks, as our nation has been reckoning with racial injustice, there has been another significant wave of giving.  Americans are reaching deep into their pockets to support nonprofits of all sizes fighting for equality.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Blood Donation Makes Me Feel Alive: A Dedicated Donor Shares his Special Relationship with the American Red Cross on World Blood Donor Day


A Message from the American Red Cross:

Sunday, June 14, was World Blood Donor Day, and the American Red Cross is especially grateful to the blood donors who help to ensure a diverse blood supply is available for patients battling cancer, sickle cell disease, those involved in car accidents or undergoing planned and unexpected surgeries. Patients in need across the United States depend on the generosity of blood donors to ensure their needs are met as we all navigate the uncertainties of COVID-19.

During this time, the Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelets. If you are healthy, feeling well and eligible to donate please help us ensure blood is available for patients in need by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment to give.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

­­Adapting in the Face of COVID-19: CorpsAfrica Finds Innovative Ways to Respond to New Demands In A Crisis


According to our survey of rated nonprofits, 83% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 50% of respondents are reporting an increased demand in programs. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities in need, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating.

Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and adaptation looks like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis from Liz Fanning, Founder and Executive Director of CorpsAfrica*, a human services and development nonprofit headquartered in New York City, serving communities in four African nations.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Providing a Window into the Mission - Visual Explorations


Written by Stephen Rockwell, Chief Ratings Technology Officer at Charity Navigator. Stephen is leading the team of charity analysts, program specialists, and development engineers that will launch the new rating methodology and criteria. Read the preceding two installments here.

As Charity Navigator evolves the rating system, we are considering ways to improve the visual interface of not just the ratings, but also the website. I came into the organization with a deep appreciation of the history of Charity Navigator, but also dissatisfied with a rather dated website design built with older technologies.  Therefore, we are evolving all three aspects of how we deliver the product at the same time: the ratings methodology and visual design, the website user interface and design of a nonprofit profile, and the underlying technologies that power both ratings and the website. We believe that we will deliver a much better experience that paints a more complete picture of the important work in which nonprofits engage the users and donors who rely on Charity Navigator.

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Global Pandemic and the Environment: Unexpected Effects, Cautions and Reminders


COVID-19 shocked the world, forcing us inside for months. While cases have declined in many areas, data shows that the virus is still deadly and continues to spread. Economies aren’t built to withstand the repercussions of a pandemic. U.S. government leaders and healthcare advocates have had to balance the need for the country to get back to work, in order to prevent a spiral into a deep economic depression, while instituting new, stringent health and safety measures for businesses. In the past two weeks, thousands have taken to the streets to protest against police brutality and to honor the #BlackLivesMatter movement—an international human rights campaign against violence and systemic racism toward Black people. The cause is so important that people are willing to risk exposure to the virus.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Black AIDS Institute: Resilient, Focused and Determined


According to our survey of rated nonprofits, 83% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 50% of respondents are reporting an increased demand in programs. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities in need, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating.

We are honored to showcase the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) (★★★) in our Innovation Series. The series provides an opportunity for nonprofits to share how they have delivered on their missions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  BAI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Raniyah Copeland, and Director of Development, Aaron Chandler, provides a behind-the-scenes look at their ‘new normal.'

Monday, June 1, 2020

How to get an Internship at a Nonprofit


There’s no denying that the job market is a little scary right now with the unemployment rate almost at 15% in the United States. Chances are you know someone who received an amazing full-time or internship offer months ago, but it ended up being rescinded due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though unfortunate, it’s no surprise companies had to ensure the safety of their employees and the health of their organization first.