COVID-19 News Digest: Week of May 4, 2020

Here is this week’s selection of thought-provoking readings and resources that we’ve found useful for navigating the philanthropic response to the coronavirus pandemic:

  • In Philanthropy, Race Is Still a Factor in Who Gets What, Study Shows | A timely New York Times article on the findings of a new study “Racial Equity and Philanthropy: Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table” released this week. “The timing is relevant because the coronavirus crisis is a crossroads for foundations: Either they will return to the status quo or they will use this moment to evaluate different ways to fund groups in need.”
  • Advocating and Investing in Equity for Immigrant Families | A brief from Early Childhood Funders Collaborative and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees on the ongoing needs of immigrant families and children, and opportunities for advocacy at the federal, state and local level. “Many immigrants, including some with permanent residency also known as green cards, do not qualify for safety-net programs like food stamps and key parts of the federal relief bills exclude mixed-status households and other immigrant families from some forms of relief, making private action more crucial.”
  • Three Things Nonprofits Should Prioritize in the Wake of COVID-19  | A timely article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review as part of the publication’s series on COVID-19 and social change. “Before doubling down on financial health and organizational preservation, nonprofits should first reflect on their social purpose. Getting clear on the impact they want to have will then help guide decisions about how to financially sustain the work and how to build the capacities needed to deliver impact.”
  • Free Webinar resources for all nonprofits via Catchafire | Catchafire, a fantastic capacity-building platform is offering their collection of webinar resources free for any nonprofit (regardless of Catchafire membership). Some timely webinars include a focus on shifting to remote work and virtual fundraising.