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Engaging Mission-Aligned Funders | Advancement Outreach Best Practices on April 2

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Thu, April 2, 2020, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM MDT/

Connecting and building relationships with new funders can be a challenge. It requires courage, patience, and professional perseverance. You are likely concerned that COVID-19, and the cancellation of the Skoll World Forum, could affect your fundraising success for 2020 and beyond. Read More

Best Practices in Uncovering Mission-Aligned Funders on March 31

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Tue, March 31, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT.

A robust grant pipeline is vital to cultivating new funder partnerships. Identifying new sources of potential funding is critical, particularly in light of the impact COVID-19, and the cancellation of the Skoll World Forum, may have upon your fundraising success for 2020 and beyond. Read More

Expect Nothing- Pandemic Reflections

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Hello Partners & Friends,

In this time of great uncertainty, I hope this message finds you well. IDF appreciates that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on all of us in different ways. You are all in our hearts, on our minds, and in our prayers as this crisis unfolds.

To support partners as soon as possible, IDF has established a COVID-19 Emergency Fund for our current grantee partners. We recognize that all nonprofits will experience a variety of challenges related to this crisis. At this moment, IDF has decided to prioritize funding for organizations with small to medium size operating budgets (under $5M). We are also prioritizing organizations that are engaged in direct service provision to communities hardest hit by the pandemic. My team has also put together a resource page compiling the many contingency funds that are being put together and also some contemplative resources to help preserve one’s sanity during these tenous times. You can find this list here.

As things unfold for your organization and the communities you serve, please stay in touch. IDF will continue to assess the situation and determine ways we can be helpful. As we learn about available resources, we will share them with you and our broader IDF network on our website.

On a reflective note, I was struck by some inspiration today sitting outside enjoying the about 60 degree temperature here in Boston. I am a bird and flower lover – both things I have been paying more attention to during this state of quarantine. Just as I find nature grounding and settling when things are not at all grounded or settled, poetry has also provided me such comfort throughout my life. I am a huge Alice Walker fan. So I thought I would share one of her poems with you that I hope can, in part, carry you through this bizarre moment we all find ourselves in.

Expect Nothing

Expect nothing. Live frugally.
On surprise.
Become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Given out
Take only enough
Stop short of the urge to plead
Then purge away the need.

Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With cares unmoved and cold
Make of it a parka
For your soul.

Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise.
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.

Be well.

Lisa Jackson, Managing Partner
Imago Dei Fund

COVID-19 Resources

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Global Funding for COVID-19

Open Road Alliance Respond to COVID-19
Charitable Grants will only be offered to organizations responding directly to COVID-19. Open Road will be offering four loan products to organizations affected by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
A new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Solidarity Response Fund will raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, the first-of-its-kind, enables private individuals, corporations and institutions anywhere in the world to come together to directly contribute to global response efforts, and has been created by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, together with WHO.

Massachusetts Resources

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Businesses

Rapid Response: Racism is a Virus Too
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created this rapid response fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Family Support Fund
Our COVID-19 Family Support Fund will help hourly, low-wage workers weather the losses from this epidemic.

MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund
The MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund will support non-profits addressing the most immediate needs or experiencing significant financial challenges due to closures during broad-based community emergencies, such as natural disasters, financial crises, and public health emergencies.

Boston Resources

COVID-19 Response Fund
The COVID-19 Response Fund has been established by a coalition of business, government and philanthropic partners to rapidly deploy flexible resources to organizations in Greater Boston that are working with communities that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Supporting Bostonians in Need during COVID-19
Union Capital Boston established a one-time direct gift campaign to send Visa gift cards to those who need it urgently in the Greater Boston area. 100% of donations will go to families in need.

Cambridge Resources

Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund
In response, the Cambridge Community Foundation has launched the Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund as a source of immediate relief for those who need it most.

Resources for Organizations

The Complete List of Free Tools for Remote Work During Coronavirus
Are you working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak? In response to COVID-19, plenty of software companies have begun offering free tools and resources for those of us working remotely. We’ve rounded up those offers and will update this article as information becomes available.

An overview of the CARES Act and Nonprofits

Resources for Funders/Philanthropy

COVID-19⁠—Seven Things Philanthropy Can Do

6 Steps for Grant Makers to Take Now to Ensure Nonprofits Recover From Coronavirus Spread

Establishing an Emergency COVID-19 Relief Fund

Philanthropy Needs To Trust Nonprofits Now More Than Ever

Resources for Responding to COVID-19
This page is divided between internal and external resources. Internal resources are related to business conitinuity or sample communications with staff. External resources are related to how your foundation might shift grantmaking, create response funds, and includes resources from the government, peer networks, and other experts.

Where to Give

King Boudain Foundation Italy Fund
KBFUS launches COVID-19 response fund for Italy, in an effort to gather support for and assist local organizations with their response.

Give2Asia China and Asia Funds
Give2Asia created funds to support trusted NGOs helping frontline health workers and communities respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

Gates Philanthropy Partners
Gates Philanthropy Partners’ Combating COVID-19 Fund is focused on developing the most promising vaccines and diagnostics and protecting the most vulnerable in Africa and South Asia.

HIP COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund- Funder Note
Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) invites our members to contribute to our COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund, which will provide emergency mini-grants to frontline organizations responding to the immediate needs of migrants and refugees to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund
In response, we have launched the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund. 100% of the money raised will support community members facing hardship as a result of this pandemic.


This Age of COVID-19 Demands new Emergency Ethics

COVID-19 is only slowly reaching Africa. That’s no surprise.

South Africa is taking drastic steps to save its high-risk population from coronavirus

On stigma and outbreak response


COVID-19 Insights

Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day

Contemplative Resources to Help Maintain Your Wellbeing Under Quarantine

Still Harbor 30 Minute Guided Meditation @noon EST Mon, Weds, Fri

Shalem/Executive Soul
Free Virtual Prayer Gatherings Prayer for World – free conference call every Wednesday 8:30-9:00am ET. Read More

Job Postings: IDF and Our Partner Organizations are Hiring

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The Imago Dei Fund is looking to add to our team! Some of our partner organizations are also hiring.  Please pass along these opportunities to anyone you think may be a good fit.

Meet-the-Nonprofits: Women & Girls on Jan 30th

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Investing in women has a positive economic impact across generations and throughout communities.

Here in Massachusetts and throughout the country, women and girls’ rights and cause have been receiving increased attention within the political space and in our overall culture. Reports are showing, however, that this increased interest has not translated into increased philanthropic support. In 2016, for example, organizations focused on women and girls received 1.6% of donations given that year. Read More

“Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless pursuit of getting somewhere else, is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.”
Tara Brach