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Coping with COVID-19 Series

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Coping with COVID-19 is a four-part virtual series offered by the Center for Healthy Nonprofits intended to help nonprofit organizations now and as they adapt in the future. Presenters will focus on planning and decision-making, including recommendations about technology use and implement scenario planning, financial forecasting, and management. The final session is specifically for nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors to help them think about managing their own stress in the midst of uncertainty and incorporate self-care practices during times of crisis.

Part Two: The New Normal is Not Normal

The changes brought about by the pandemic will not fade soon–perhaps never–so nonprofit organizations need to shift to a new paradigm about who they are, what they do and how they do it in the society in which we’re now living in.  The financial, staffing and programmatic impact is widespread in the sector, so leaders cannot just wait it out, hoping things will get better on their own. Business as usual just won’t work.

Scenario planning helps leaders mitigate risk by making short-term strategic decisions in the midst of an uncertain and rapidly changing environment. With the discipline of anticipating alternative scenarios that could happen before they happen, leaders can plan for the decisions they need to make.

Nonprofit consultant and experienced nonprofit leader, Robert Alpaugh, will detail the building blocks for putting together a scenario planning process for your organization.  He will highlight real-life case studies of how nonprofit boards and staff have collaborated on building and evaluating several scenarios for their future.  The session, conducted on Zoom, will provide opportunities for interaction both with the presenter and fellow nonprofit leaders who participate.

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Part Three: Building Your New Normal

As the world heads into more uncharted territory, the nonprofit community is navigating the impact of COVID-19 on how they work to fulfill their mission.  Now is the time to discuss the new reality in terms of how technology can help address pressing issues and assist a workforce that is still adjusting to more people working from home.  Many nonprofits have tech solutions already available that they haven’t activated, such as features included in Microsoft Office 365. In other cases, nonprofit leaders are in search of answers, sometimes without clarity about whether or not technology is actually the problem or limiting factor. Topics will also include keeping the cultural aspects of working at a nonprofit alive and the things that help people bond and collaborate at the same time.

Cristie Street, a seasoned technology leader and Co-founder/CEO of Nextrio, will conduct an interactive session focusing on tech-based solutions in key areas, mainly remote work, employee safety and expanded effective communications.

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Part Four: Selfcare for CEOs During Unsettling Times

This workshop is being offered to Southern Arizona nonprofit CEOs/Executive Directors only. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of the way nonprofit leaders live and work.  It’s easy to see how CEOs could get so wrapped up in the details of managing the programmatic, staffing and financial circumstances of their organizations in a changing environment that they can forget about taking care of themselves in this stress-filled situation.  Taking stock daily of the issues that need to be resolved (and not postponed ‘til later) adds to what may feel like an overwhelming sense of urgency.

There are practical steps that you can take to mitigate stress and anxiety so that as a leader, you can continue to function and make the best decisions possible under the circumstances.  Additionally, we know that commiserating and sharing ideas with peers can be very helpful. It can also boost your confidence and self-esteem.

Beth Morrison, Chief Executive Office of Our Family Services, will facilitate a conversation among CEO peers that will draw upon her decades of experience as a human services leader and team builder.  She will share proven strategies for executive self-care that work and encourage participants to speak from their own experience about what self-care practices work for them.

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The Center for Healthy Nonprofits, a program of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, works to strengthen the southern Arizona nonprofit community by offering free and reduced cost capacity building workshops and training for nonprofit professionals and volunteers.

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