November 10, 2020
Nonprofit tech leader Jay B. Love outlines 7 nonprofit trends and lessons to embrace in 2021
Bloomerang co-founder encourages nonprofits to embrace out-of-the-box thinking to prepare for the coming year
With 2021 quickly approaching, there’s little doubt that nonprofits will continue to navigate the challenges caused by the unprecedented combination of a pandemic, social unrest, food insecurity and high unemployment rates. Yet, the year can represent a period of significant and, in some cases, much needed growth for small- to medium-sized nonprofits, according to Jay B. Love, Bloomerang’s Chief Relationship Officer and co-founder.
 
In sharing his insights on the best path forward in 2021, Love highlighted ways for nonprofits to better engage with corporate partners, supporters and volunteers, and explore more effective and cost-efficient ways to leverage technology. He also predicted that nonprofits will increasingly use artificial intelligence to develop meaningful relationships with supporters, and that two-factor authentication to enhance data security will become commonplace.
 
Here are Love’s insights:

1. Lean into the virtual lessons taught by COVID-19. “2021 is a time for thinking outside the box, as the old saying goes,” Love said. “We can still fulfill our mission without doing things the old-fashioned way.”
 
While the shift to a virtual work setting may have been initially painful for some nonprofits, the benefits of doing so can be long lasting, according to Love. “Every nonprofit has had to learn how to embrace technology in a greater fashion because of the need for so many of them to work from home,” Love said. “It caused a lot of systems to be revolutionized.”
 
As a result of the increasing reliance on web applications, nonprofits are now able to realize some of the advantages they bring, including streamlined processes, and more frequent touchpoints with supporters, volunteers and the community.
 
Now that a significant portion of the population has become accustomed to functioning in a virtual world, Love said, there will be an increasing acceptance of virtual connections. “I don’t think business travel is ever coming back,” he said. “People have realized that you can do business remotely and easily talk to people this way. For a lot of nonprofits, 50 percent or more of their workforce will continue to work from home. It’s not just the future. We all have lived with this pandemic and realized it works very, very well.”
 
For nonprofits, virtual connections can represent a bonus. It allows them to broaden their reach, as well as hire talent anywhere in the country. “You can live in Florida and work for a nonprofit in Indianapolis and do it very, very well.”

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Coburn Place has hired Dena Simpson as its first housing service coordinator. Simpson previously served as state director of Fresh Start Recovery Centers, Indiana, for Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana.
Coburn Place has added Sudha Sankar to its team. Sankar, who will serve as a consultant, is responsible for the strategic design, planning, organization and product generation for the newly formed Impact and Innovation Division.
Conexus Indiana has hired Laura Miller as vice president of communications. Miller has 35 years of experience and previously owned and operated an independent communications agency.—Inside Indiana Business
The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has added Marc Allan as director of communications. Allan most recently worked in marketing and communications and served as an adjunct professor at Butler University.—Inside Indiana Business
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United Way of Central Indiana is inviting 501(c)3 community-based organizations that meet current eligibility requirements to apply for United Way accreditation through Dec. 3, 2020. The open call is for organizations serving specific areas of service in the zip codes of 46218, 46201, 46222, 46226 or 46208. Read

Prosperity Indiana is accepting nominations for its achievement awards. Nominate a leader for the categories of industry veteran, staff member of the year, rural development leader and innovative program by Nov. 13. Nominate

Families First is offering a free virtual workshop on how to protect your own mental health when dealing with a crisis, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms in others who may be experiencing mental health challenges. Register

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Center of Wellness for Urban Women is accepting applications for the Neighborhood Food Champions that awards $2,000 to provide food access and resolve food insecurity issues in neighborhoods. Applications are due by Nov. 30. Apply
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Ten quick tips to super charge your next fundraising appeal webinar on Nov. 12 at 11:00 a.m. The tips focus on how to write content that spurs action, including giving prospects incentives to open the appeal. Hosted by Nonprofit Hub. Cost: free. Register

Frame the problem webinar on Nov. 12 from 10:00-noon. Before using data to inform decisions, identify the goals your organization is trying to accomplish and determine how data can help. Presented by SAVI Data Literacy. Cost: free. Register

Find existing data webinar on Nov. 12 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The session will cover the strengths, weaknesses, and costs of readily available data sets. Presented by SAVI Data Literacy. Cost: free. Register

Succession planning isn’t just for retirement anymore webinar on Nov. 18 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Whether you are a nonprofit ED/CEO beginning to think about your retirement timeline or a board or staff leader who wants to ensure a successful transition, this webinar can assist in your planning. Limited to 10 participants. Two individuals per organization recommended. Presented by Charitable Advisors. Cost: free. Register

Breaking the cycle: Ending youth homelessness webinar on Nov. 19 at noon. Coalition for Homeless Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) will highlight the successes of the past year around homelessness. Cost: free. Register

Leadership Johnson County virtual lunch on Nov. 23 from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Former Paralympic Games swimmer, Dalton Herendeen, will spend an hour sharing his inspiring story of overcoming obstacles with a positive attitude. Cost: $10. Register
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