Last updated: March 31, 2020
It is a difficult moment for communities in Canada and around the world. With the declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic, we want to share information about the steps we are taking to support community foundations as well as updates about our operations during the crisis.
First, there are many actions we each can take personally to not only ensure our own safety, but also that of others in our immediate vicinity.
We remind everyone to please prioritize personal hygiene by washing your hands often with soap, using hand sanitizer, and limiting person-to-person contact (ie handshaking, hugging). Other reliable tips are available via Health Canada and the World Health Organization.
Resources for community foundations
We understand that the impacts of this crisis are profound across your community and for many areas of your core business. Community foundations have important work to do. We are committed to supporting all foundations who may be seeking guidance or a space to exchange with others while navigating the crisis over the coming days and weeks.
We will be hosting COVID-19-specific online learning sessions and conversations. We have also compiled a selection of free online resources, which we will update regularly going forward. We are engaged in active dialogue with sector partners and peer organizations about ways we can best support the charitable and non-profit sector during the crisis.
|Our Resources and Guides|
Designed for community foundations
|The Learning Institute |
– A COVID-19 Statement from CFC, PFC, EFC, and The Circle on supporting grantees
– Programming Updates Amid COVID-19
– Five tips for community foundations on responding to COVID-19
– Map: Local Community Foundation Responses to COVID-19
– Recording COVID-19: How are community foundations responding?
– Slide Deck COVID-19: How are community foundations responding?
– Recording COVID-19: Managing investments in volatile markets
– Recording Canadian Foundations In Times of Crisis: Giving to Non-Qualified Donees
– Recording Best Practices for Engagement in Virtual Meetings
– When Disaster Strikes: A guide for community foundations
– When Disaster Strikes: A webinar for community foundations
Coping with COVID-19: A Weekly Newsletter for Community Foundations
March 27, 2020
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|Upcoming Webinars||Date and Time|
|Facilitation & Remote Work||April 2, 1:00 p.m. EST|
|COVID-19: A conversation with community foundation board chairs||April 6, 1:00 p.m. EST|
|Stewarding donors during turbulent times||April 14, 1:00 p.m. EST|
|Governing in a time of crisis||April 16, 1:00 p.m. EST|
|Past Webinars||Date and Recording Link|
|COVID-19: How are community foundations responding?||March 19 |
|COVID-19: Managing investments in volatile markets||March 24|
|Youth Powering Community: Coping with COVID-19||March 26|
For privacy reasons, this recording will not be made public.
|Canadian Foundations In Times of Crisis: Giving to Non-Qualified Donees||March 26|
|Best Practices for Engagement in Virtual Meetings||March 30|
If there are other actions we can take to help you, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. We can all continue to learn and support each other during this difficult time.
In our own operations, CFC is taking several measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and wellbeing of our team and extended network. These measures include:
- Enhancing hygiene and cleaning procedures in our Ottawa and Toronto offices
- Limiting business travel and using remote work procedures
- [Update: Mon March 16] CFC staff will be working from home as of Monday, March 16
- Postponing CFC network gatherings, or large group meetings scheduled in March and re-organizing, where possible, using virtual teleconferencing systems. We are monitoring the situation closely and will make a decision in the coming weeks about whether to hold or postpone the April and May peer gatherings
While we adjust our operations, members of our team are available to address any questions or concerns you may have. We will continue to communicate updates to you as the situation evolves.
Finally, we know that times like these put communities to the test. Vulnerable populations typically feel the weight and negative social impacts most acutely. As pillars in your communities, thank you for all that you do to bring out the best in people and for championing compassion and resilience in uncertain times. On behalf of CFC, we wish you and all those in your community good health throughout the weeks to come.