Dear Members of the AFPDC Community,

What a year the last 48 hours have been. I hope that you all are staying safe and are able to mobilize your fundraising plan B’s right now. I wanted to share with you what we’ve been doing at the chapter. We are working fast to curate fundraising and other nonprofit resources that may be helpful to you during this very unusual time.

Here are a few updates:
1.     A dedicated page on the AFPDC website only for managing during COVID-19 will go live early next week. We will continue to update that regularly bringing you an easy point of access for information and guidance.

2.     We are organizing a webinar for late next week to discuss implications this public health emergency will have on the nonprofit sector and what you as nonprofit leaders need to know. Details on day and time are being sorted out now and you will receive a separate email with login info. This will be the first of a few webinars we will offer you bringing the incredible talent and expertise in our nonprofit community direct to your offices.
 
3.     I know professional development feels like that absolute last thing you have time to do. But, if you need a break, here are some online trainings to consider:

Don’t forget to practice self care . Our nonprofits and those we serve need us now more than ever.  While much of our focus is on our physical health right now, we can’t ignore the toll this situation is taking on our mental health. Stress and anxiety are not only powerful emotions, they can also have physiological effects on our vulnerability to illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) has tips for how you can support yourself  here.  

In the meantime, I encourage you to use our chapter online discussion group  to virtually connect with other members to share resources, ask questions, and cheer each other on. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if I can be of any other assistance. 

Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” The AFPDC chapter is here for you and together we will keep going. Stay well.

All best,
Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE
President, AFP DC