The pandemic brought immense challenges, but it also presented new opportunities. How can nonprofits apply learnings from this past year to propel their work forward? In this closing keynote, a panel of nonprofit leaders shared insights on the future of giving, innovation, leadership, impact-driven strategies, how boards might pivot, and more.

Speakers included: 

  • Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
  • David Simas, CEO, The Obama Foundation
  • Calvin Holmes, President, Chicago Community Loan Fund

Quote of the Day

“How can we provide relief to our customers and the community, and how can we make sure that there is broad recovery and relief for everyone?” – Calvin Holmes, President, Chicago Community Loan Fund

Three Takeaways from the Conversation

  • Provide resources for your clients to help ease their financial difficulties. Offering one-on-one consultations with customers, webinars to educate the community, and a virtual call center for paycheck protection ensured smaller nonprofit organizations were not left behind during the recovery.

  • Join forces by forming public and private partnerships to bolster the community. Teaming up with city, state, and local governments is essential in order to provide critical lifeline financing. 

  • Identify best practices. Reassess board planning in moments of uncertainty and figure out the best use of your organization.

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