As grant professionals and fundraisers, we look to data, information, and resources to determine the best course of action when meeting the needs of the communities we serve. With the growing health pandemic of COVID-19, we need to lean on one another and share relevant health and safety concerns. Funders, both federal and private, across the country are stepping up their game by relaxing restrictions and providing flexibility to grantees. Join us in this bonus episode as we talk about safety, resources, and ways grantors can step up their game.
Facing COVID-19: Staying Healthy & Helping Grantees
The following resources were shared during this episode.
World Health Organization & Google Public Service Announcement – 5 Steps to Help Stop the Coronavirus
Do these five simple things to help stop coronavirus (COVID-19).
DO THE FIVE
1️⃣ HANDS: Wash them often
2️⃣ ELBOW: Cough into it
3️⃣ FACE: Don’t touch it
4️⃣ FEET: Stay more than 3ft (1m) apart
5️⃣ FEEL: Sick? Stay home
*General public health information* pic.twitter.com/7SNGV1ROxZ
— Google (@Google) March 14, 2020
Governors and other leaders in states not already declared as “shelter in place” emphasize social distancing, AKA, stay at home as much as possible. Go to the grocery store only once a week.
Find the nearest food pantry in Atlanta / North Georgia – text “findfood” or “comida” if you want instructions in Spanish to 888-976-2232. Then you will be prompted to enter your zip code (street address if you want), and you will receive texts with the addresses and phone numbers of nearby food pantries.
Across the country, there are 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries – connect with yours and share info to others.
Feeding America – Find info on SNAP and other federal/charitable programs
Government Response to the Coronavirus – website with tons of useful tips from housing to travel to health and so much more
Office of Management and Budget offers suggestions to federal funders to relax funding requirements to grantees
Audible – Free audible stories for children through adults in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese
Local Book Store Support – You can get two audio books for the price of one and the payment goes to a local book store when you sign up for a membership
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Grant writing, just like fundraising, is very relational. The truth is that people give to people. This is why we are talking to Kara D. Mostowy, CFRE, GPC, Chief Development Officer of The Watson Institutehttps://www.thewatsoninstitute.org/. We are working to break down the silos between fundraisers and grant professionals. The more we can work together, the better we can fund the good work of our organizations.