October 13, 2020
The other side of the heroic nonprofit pivot to provide COVID-19 services? The toll on the mental health of staffers
by Lynnette Hazelton, contributor, Generocity

(For local resources on mental health tools, please visit Families First Indiana resources, including a six-part podcast series and a 2020 Mental Health checklist)

COVID is not just a health crisis that has laid bare the vast economic disparities and social injustices of the United States. It also has uncovered the fragility of the country’s anemically resourced nonprofit sector.

There are an estimated 1.5 million nonprofits organizations in the United States, and 65% have budgets under $500,000, according to the Harvard Business Review. This means, even before the pandemic, nonprofits were under resourced, understaffed, underfunded. Now, COVID-induced death, economic chaos and social disruptions have sent client need escalating and revenue has failed to keep pace.

The resulting uncertainty and drastic changes are also taking a severe toll on the mental health of nonprofit staffers, many of whom are becoming as vulnerable as the clients they serve.

On the other side of the heroic agency story of staff pivoting to provide COVID-19 complaint services in record time is an uptick in staff stress, anxiety and depression.

“At some level everyone is not OK. You can’t be 100 percent,” said Shanell Ransom, program officer for the Social, Racial & Economic Justice portfolio at the Samuel S. Fels Fund.

Ransom also manages the Fund’s Beyond the Grant program for its grantees. Beyond the Grant provides resources (however, not direct cash support) for grantees to help them better manage their grants and their programs. In that capacity, she has been fielding a growing number of grantees’ calls concerned about their employees’ mental health and well-being.

It’s a growing concern for the nation’s nonprofit leaders.

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Best Practices for Improving Diversity and Inclusion in Your Business
by Jeremy York, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Human Relations Specialist

With recent equality movements gaining momentum in society, there is a powerful microscope on companies today. Many are trying to evaluate their own organization’s diversity, but diversity has many layers. Yes, it’s about race, but it’s also about gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and any other trait that differentiates one person from another. The pressure is on for businesses to move beyond a simple definition of diversity and reach a level of inclusion.

What Is Inclusion?

At their most simple, diversity practices in business often mean making sure there is appropriate representation from different groups of people. That intent is admirable, but it’s not enough on its own. Even with diversity, if a company culture is still focused on one group of people, then the richness diverse populations bring to the workplace is lost. In that environment, employees can feel like they are not part of the group. Their viewpoints are either missed or not embraced, and they may even downplay their diversity in an effort to conform to the company.

Diversity is most valuable to organizations when it is not just viewed as a legal, compliance, or ethical concept. Diversity is most powerful when differences are embraced throughout the organization. Inclusive representation like that improves internal engagement and also helps a company provide services and products to diverse customers better. In other words, inclusion is the real goal, not just diversity.

The Power of Listening

In life, it’s difficult to learn anything without listening first. The same holds true for diversity and inclusion efforts in organizations. The companies that have received backlash for their efforts are those that jumped into the fray with a statement that had no real weight behind it. They thought they solved the problem without even understanding the views, experiences, and emotions of their people or their audience. That’s why conversations are one of the most powerful tools available.

The Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) has named Lakshmi Hasanadka as its chief executive officer. Hasanadka most recently served as the assistant vice president of Strategy & Innovation at Ivy Tech Community College.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has named Terry Coleman as its new director of Indiana State Parks. Coleman, who served as deputy director of state parks since 2014, most recently acted as interim state parks director. — Inside Indiana Business
Aspire Indiana Health has received a $400,000 federal grant to expand the mission of its Kids Talk child advocacy program to include elder abuse, abuse of vulnerable adults and sex trafficking in Madison County. Read more

The Journey is accepting nominations for The Executive Journey Fellowship and The Journey Fellowship for New Professionals in Youth Work. Nominations for the fellowships are due Nov. 20. Read more

Stop Mediocrity, a newly launched nonprofit that supports learning, self-improvement and career services for under-resourced youth and young adults., is seeking partnerships with nonprofits that would benefit from proceeds of its campaigns. Read more

Pathways to Adult Learning is providing educational opportunities to adults interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum is designed for non-traditional students in Marion County. Cost: free. $500 stipend for completers. Application

Teach Indy, a partnership among Indianapolis Public Schools, The Mind Trust and the Indianapolis Mayor's Office of Education Innovation, has received a $200,000 award from the College Football Playoff Foundation in Indianapolis. The grant will be used for recruiting, developing and retaining teachers. Read more

The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields has announced the largest exhibit in its 137-year history. The Lume Indianapolis, an immersive digital art experience, will feature the work of Vincent Van Gogh when it debuts in June 2021. Lilly Endowment Inc. is funding the project. Read more

As a result of the pandemic, the Million Meal Movement has decided to host its annual Million Meal Marathon over a one-month period to help Hoosiers cope with food insecurity. The event traditionally has been a one-day event at Lucas Oil Stadium with the goal of gathering more than 2,000 volunteers to pack one million meals. Read more
Closing the GAAP: 2020 Nonprofit GAAP update webinar on Oct. 20 at 3:00 p.m. provides an in-depth overview of recently issued Accounting Standards Updates (ASU) and FASB projects. Learn how it can impact nonprofit organizations, including Paycheck Protection Program accounting, leases, gifts-in-kind donations, and other ASUs and FASB projects currently in process. Presented by BKD. Cost: free. Register

An introduction to Robert’s Rules of Order webinar on Oct. 21 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. This interactive workshop enhances an understanding of Robert’s Rules of Order, a guide to parliamentary procedure often used by nonprofit boards. Presented by Leadership Indianapolis Cost: $10. Register

Madam C.J. Walker’s gospel of giving: Insights on the past, present, and future of African American generosity webinar on Oct. 22 at noon. An exploration of millionaire Madam C.J. Walker’s philanthropy in the early 1900’s provides insights into a more diverse definition of philanthropy — which can impact current fundraising efforts. Cost: free. Presented by Johnson Grossnickle & Assoc. Register

Nonprofits: Investments, fundraising and the new tax law during COVID-19 webinar on Oct. 27 at 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Participants will engage in a discussion on how nonprofits are navigating new tax structures. Presented by VonLehman CPA & Advisors. Cost: free. Register

Strengths for managers webinar on Oct. 30 at 9:00 a.m.- noon. Workshop participants will learn how to align personal strengths with leadership style, explore strengths-based coaching, and create a personalized action plan to lead with strengths. Presented by Leadership Johnson County. Cost: $59. Register

Managing change in times of uncertainty webinar on Nov. 13 at noon. Nonprofit leaders will discuss changes in programs and services, current demands on leadership and culture, and how to adapt to changes in finances, fundraising, strategic communications and messaging. Hosted by Hedges and National Bank of Indianapolis. Cost: free. Register
How a new CEO of nonprofits can become change makers. New CEOs are often expected to pick up where a founder left off when they take the helm of an organization, but that isn't always the ideal course of action.
Fundraising for small nonprofits. Learn how many small nonprofits best fundraise during good times and bad? Interview with Bill Stanczykiewicz and Bobbie Donahue, veteran fundraiser and faculty member at The Fund Raising School. 
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