In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, local nonprofit organizations faced a serious reality, an increased demand for their essential services in a new and ever-evolving pandemic environment. The Covid-19 crisis caused an abrupt and costly transition to a virtual platforms, implemented new standards for health and safety and forced organizations to adapt quickly.
In response, The Community Relief Fund distributed more than $690,000 to local nonprofit organizations providing critical services to our community. Thank you to more than 150 community philanthropists for contributing to this emergency fund and supporting our efforts to provide immediate relief, recovery, and reimagine resilience.
“It was a refreshing opportunity to collaborate and increase partnership opportunities. [The Nonprofit Leadership Cohort] provided us the opportunity to devise a plan to expand our positive impact in the community, to increase visibility, and usher in change that will focus on results and efficiency. As leaders, this opportunity promotes the sustainability of our workplace to develop future talent that will ultimately add value to our community.”
Juanita Shanks, President & CEO, FAILSAFE-ERA
“We are stronger when we are connected. Often we get so caught up in our own missions we miss opportunities that would be great for the region. The cohort is a great tool to help us connect and stay connected.”
Jason Tickle, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Caroline County
“I am grateful to The Community Foundation for inviting me to participate in the Leadership Cohort. In a time of isolation, the creative staff at the foundation found a way to virtually connect nonprofit leaders, investing in a vibrant nonprofit sector that is, contrary to stereotype, more needed than needy. I am a better leader because of the foundation’s encouragement of our connectedness.”
Ann H. Kloeckner, Esq., Executive Director, Legal Aid Works
Born out of the response to the Covid-19 crisis, The Community Foundation established its Nonprofit Leadership Cohort in January 2021. The Cohort is a network of nonprofits committed to a thriving, equitable and more resilient region with a focus on enhancing its shared effectiveness, capacity and sustainability to better serve the community.
Our commitment to the vitality of the Rappahannock River region includes a responsibility to lead, support and collaborate with local nonprofits. Through our Nonprofit Leadership Cohort, this working group will strengthen the sector and provide a collaborative platform for impactful change.