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Fundraising in a time of economic shortage

June 17, 2020

Nonprofit organizations, suddenly paralyzed by a new reality thrust upon them by COVID-19, are now asking the question: Can we fundraise? The short answer is yes and the longer answer is how.

You may have noticed how abruptly advertisements for products and services by the for-profit sector evaporated as the pandemic inflicted staggering pain and suffering on people and communities. Businesses and industries paused advertising even though they had at their disposal departments fully staffed with seasoned professionals. They too a breath to recalibrate for these times. Now you are witnessing the emergence of advertising for consumerism but with a much different tone and language.

Fundraising is critical for the survival of nonprofits and the mission work of many of them is now more important than ever as we attempt to move people through this life-threatening crisis and into recovery. Form a COVID-19 task force to make a comprehensive plan to transform your traditional fundraising campaign style.


Extension CED Offers Virtual Mission-statement Workshops for Nonprofits

August 19, 2020

Many nonprofit boards are feeling the effects of how COVID-19 is changing things for them operationally to fulfill their mission and are making plans to engage in strategic planning. That’s a good thing. However, the pandemic has hindered board members’ ability to meet in person. That’s a bad thing.

Since the pandemic started, the Community and Economic Development CED program in Iowa State University Extension and Outreach had been quite proactive in developing and delivering virtual programming, and mission-statement workshops are no exception.


Goal Setting, Strategic Planning, Facilitation

Goal setting and strategic planning help local governments and nonprofits address critical issues, identify priorities, and develop action plans to accomplish those priorities. An effective board or council is one that works together towards common goals. Taking time annually as a group to prioritize and plan to move forward is vital for any government or nonprofit group.