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Coping with the Coronavirus: The Latest from CEO Emily Benham

It is hard to believe how much our world and daily routines have changed in such a short period of time. Since my most recent communication about the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s response to COVID-19, we’ve made several decisions and are taking timely actions to support our nonprofit community now.

Status of NLC Events

Like all organizations and businesses, NLC is closely adhering to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health authorities. As a result, we’re postponing all our April classroom training events and will reschedule them as soon as the CDC and government officials declare that it’s safe to gather in groups again. If you’re currently registered for an April event at our training center or at one of our Pinellas County partner locations, we will contact you via email regarding next steps. If you cannot make the rescheduled date once it’s established, we’ll ensure you don’t forfeit your class fees or the opportunity to participate in a future training.

For organizations that have scheduled custom training or individuals who are participating in our peer-based leadership cohorts, we are working to determine the appropriate plans for either rescheduling events or delivering experiences virtually. We will email you directly to communicate about and collaborate on next steps.

As of March 20, 2020, we still plan to gather with nonprofit and business leaders on June 11 for our 10th anniversary Leadership Conference at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. Of course, as we learn more from the CDC and government officials in the coming weeks, we will keep you informed of any changes to the current plan.

Finally, to actively contribute to mitigating the spread of the Coronavirus, Team NLC is working from home until further notice. We remain available and ready to assist you via email, phone and Zoom.

New Support for Nonprofits

As we all find ourselves working in a new environment that’s anything but normal, NLC is partnering with our trainers and subject matter experts to bring you a series of FREE virtual webinars and discussion opportunities throughout the next month. This includes everything from managing remote teams effectively and leading through a crisis to fundraising in uncertain times and pandemic preparedness/response. Please be sure to check your weekly NLC e-newsletter and our FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter pages for dates and registration information. Please also check out our NLC Blog where we’re posting several articles each week from experts on a variety of current topics to help us all through this time.

Additionally, we’re developing a COVID-19 digital hub for nonprofit leaders that’s a one-stop-shop for all the information and resources available to nonprofits. With the deluge of emails from a variety of sources and so much good content to support our sector, we want to help you curate and access it easily. We’ll share this with you next week. Please don’t hesitate to let us know about helpful resources at

Connecting Funders and Nonprofit Leaders

Last but not least, we’ve been in close communication with area funders who want to assist local nonprofits during this challenging time. Yesterday, we issued a survey to nonprofit CEOs and executive directors to explore the realities they’re facing and current needs to inform immediate actions funders might take to support our sector. We’ll also use these insights to create real-time resources from NLC. If you’re a nonprofit CEO or executive director, please take the survey by Tuesday, March 24. We will share the results with you in the coming days as we collect and analyze the responses.

As always, I’m profoundly grateful to serve our nonprofit community and for the leadership and courage you and your organizations continue to show in this time of crisis. Please don’t hesitate to contact our team if there is anything we can do to support you. We are better together.

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