In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the philanthropic community recognized the critical need to respond with fierce urgency to support nonprofit partners. Over 800 organizations pledged to ease or eliminate restrictions on grants and reduce what is asked of grantees, aiming to support to move essential work forward. Since then, nonprofit partners have pivoted, stretched, and adapted to meet increased demand for services, unpredictable environments, and an unknown future. As we enter the third year of the pandemic, there is evidence that health, economic, and social turmoil has the nonprofit sector nearing exhaustion and burnout.
This panel discussion shared perspectives and solutions on how to equip nonprofit partners with adaptability and capacity. The insights included from Bridgespan’s research on adaptive strategies and examples of how philanthropy can become a more trusted partner in supporting nonprofits and advancing the greater good.
Vice President of Programs
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley
President & CEO
Council on Foundations