Dot Org Solutions webinar series to focus on nonprofit resilience

by Amy Wong, president, Dot Org Solutions | Oct 01, 2020 |

Consulting, Leadership, Nonprofit operations, Small Business |

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Our communities rely on nonprofits to thrive. So, we must provide as many opportunities as possible during this pandemic to support nonprofits and nonprofit professionals. Essentially, when the nonprofit sector is stronger, our communities are stronger.

In many cases, that’s going to take resilience.

Resiliency is a popular topic right now. We’re being told that being resilient and learning resiliency will help us, our businesses, our organizations and our constituents navigate the pandemic and come out stronger. But what does it really mean? 

Many people think of resilience as the ability to come back from adversity. Or as Merriam-Webster defines it, “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” But I like Merriam-Webster’s main definition of resilience which is “the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress.” (Think of how a tennis ball looks in slow motion when it hits a racquet at a high velocity.) 

I think many nonprofits and nonprofit professionals are experiencing competitive stress right now and as a whole, they are strained bodies that are trying to recover. There are fewer or no volunteers to help due to COVID restrictions. Staff sizes are smaller, but people are working more hours with fewer resources. Budgets are tight and pay has been cut. Donations in many cases are flat or greatly reduced. But the demand for services is often at an all-time high.

At Dot Org, we want to help nonprofits and nonprofit professionals bounce back from that stress and help them recover. That is why we are devoting our third FREE webinar series this year to the topic of resilience.

Starting in October, we are hosting a three-webinar series that addresses resilience as it pertains to our mental and physical health, the health of our communities and the health of the nonprofit itself. The webinars will feature a variety of topic experts in these areas and will provide attendees with information and resources they can use personally and with their nonprofit. They are all designed to give nonprofit professionals some tools they can use to effectively plan for the future.

Our webinar dates, topics and general information are listed below. We are still finalizing the speakers for these webinars and will announce them as soon as we have them. (Join our Coffee Shop email list to be notified of upcoming webinar events.)

Upcoming webinars: (All webinars begin at 2 p.m. ET)

Tues., Oct. 20 - Resilience for nonprofit professionals: Your mental and physical health

In this session, our panelists Tracy Yaeger, Ph.D., executive director of Portage Path Behavioral Health and Anjua Maximo, an entrepreneur and certified life + movement coach, will discuss resilience as it pertains to both mental and physical health.

Tues., Nov. 17 - Resilience for communities: The impact of healthy communities on nonprofits

In this session, we will discuss the importance of healthy communities and how they affect the nonprofit sector. Our panelists will address the topic of community health in a variety of ways – physical, financial and structural – and its impact on our communities as a whole. Speaker information will be available soon.

Tues., Dec. 15 - Resilience for nonprofit organizations: Building a resilient nonprofit

This session will address the steps nonprofits need to take now, in the short term and in the long term in order to survive and thrive during and after the pandemic. Panelists will discuss a range of operational, strategic and financial strategies to help nonprofits think beyond COVID. Speaker information coming soon.

For more information and to register for these events, visit our events page.

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Again, these sessions are free and open to anyone wanting to know how to be a better nonprofit professional and run their nonprofit better.

Why are we doing this?

One of our core values at Dot Org is Give Back. One way we do that is through our free Coffee Shop webinar series. We want to share our knowledge and the knowledge of people we work with on a regular basis with nonprofits to make them stronger and more sustainable organizations. Our hope is that these sessions will contribute in some way to the success of the nonprofit sector.