The COVID-19 pandemic has opened many of our eyes (and reminded some) to glaring disparities within our society. Many would argue that a return to ‘normal’ is insufficient. We agree. Over the past two years, nonprofits, and the individuals and families whose lives they impact, have been devastatingly impacted by these crises and have had to adapt quickly. Now that we as a funder community continue to see the impact of these crises, and have responded quickly, it’s impossible to no longer see it.
We have experienced how our institutions (and their respective thinking and practices) can adapt in dire circumstances. Funders can continue to:
- Support nonprofits beyond a grant check, by connecting them to additional resources (namely people and money) and offer learning opportunities for their Staff
- Strengthen the relationships and connections to their grantees and nonprofit partners in their transparency and frequency of communications
- Increase payout rates and provide more unrestricted support
- Consider what they are asking of grant applicants/recipients, both in their application and reporting processes and reduce barriers to both
- Add/enhance a focus on racial equity in their grantmaking
- Engage in conversations and actions pertaining to racial equity, including the composition of their Boards/Staff
At Philanthropy Massachusetts, we will continue to elevate the funder behavior and practices that help increase the overall effectiveness and positive impact of the sector.