We are now faced with dramatic evidence that by not directing attention to mental health, we are unlikely to retain engaged, productive staff teams and volunteers. Here are some things to think about to create a supportive team culture that works to acknowledge the difficult times we are in and honor each of us as human beings with unique experiences.
During the pandemic, many nonprofits have temporarily shut their doors, while others have ramped up to provide essential services. How do we plan for the coming year, knowing that there is no going back to “normal”?
Covid-19 continues to profoundly alter our world as we seek to cope with it.... we are all in the midst of it and cannot see its boundaries. No one is outside this trauma. So how can we hold ourselves, our organizations, and our communities together? We can learn from some principles that come from understanding organizational trauma and recovery.
1. Contain the experience and create safety and stability.
2. Understand that what you and others are feeling is normal.
3. Accept that with no road map we will make mistakes.
4. Share experiences and feelings with each other.
5. Collectively make meaning from those experiences.
6. Identify pockets of resilience in your organization.
7. Celebrate unity, caring for each other, and coming together.
An Open Letter to Public Officials in Washington State Regarding Coronavirus Response
Dear Funding Partners,
You are needed more than ever during this time of coronavirus. Your rapid response can save countless lives. Please consult with nonprofit leaders, though, to ensure that your funding goes to the highest and best use. Here’s what nonprofit leaders want you to know:
Let’s get through this crisis together!
We are learning fast about how to survive and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits, who typically operate on thin margins, are facing unprecedented challenges. Washington Nonprofits is committed to supporting nonprofits through this crisis with timely information and advocacy.
Hot off the Presses: Safety and Health in Nonprofits Toolkit
Your people matter.
So let’s make sure you have the information and tools to protect them and follow the law.
Nonprofit people are all about the work. We roll up our sleeves and do what needs to be done, from moving furniture for events to sitting in old chairs not quite at the right height. We know our people matter—where would we be without our tireless volunteers and dedicated staff! And yet paying close attention to safety and health falls by the wayside because we lack time, money, or technical knowledge to do the right thing.
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