There is little doubt that COVID-19 surprised us all. Its cold touch on countless lives and its impact on their families is easy to see. And unless we can shut it down soon, what we have seen will be but a trifling harbinger of the devastation that is yet to come to individuals and families throughout the world.
On the macro level, COVID-19 has also triggered a disruption of the world's economy that cannot be calculated in dollars and cents. For the most part, American businesses, including schools, have virtually been shut down by social-distancing guidelines needed to stop the virus. Where this is going, no one can know yet.
What does seem fairly predictable, however, is that the world will change. You are likely seeing some of that change already in your organization. Right now, volunteerism is on halt . . . undoubtedly prompting you to change how you deliver needed services. Perhaps, also, to discontinue services or programs the organization sees as no longer necessary.
Fundraising, also, is taking a hit across the United States . . . likely prompting your nonprofit to explore alternative (better?) ways to connect with donors. You might also be in a mad dash to find new means of generating revenue. In this mosh pit of troublesome signs, have you considered even the possibility that government support of a charitable sector might itself be the greatest casualty?
I haven't given you answers in this brief commentary but hopefully, I have implicitly challenged you to get ahead of this tsunami. If anything, the needs we are addressing via our nonprofits have probably gotten much worse. So . . . if there can be a silver lining in this maelstrom, my bet is that you will find it when you skip past answers to ask the right questions.