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Webinar: The Path Forward for Nonprofits: Surviving COVID-19 and Thriving Post-Pandemic
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When: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Virtual Synchronous Learning Environment
United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has rattled all of us. Hundreds of thousands of deaths, global economies in jeopardy, and Central Florida is forever changed. Most nonprofits are thinking about meeting funding goals, delivering services in a locked-down environment, and evolving quickly in preparation for what comes after the virus. It's time to reimagine who you are and what you do!


This session will look at three strategy paths for nonprofits to survive the pandemic and rethink the future. We'll look at options for sustainability and at-risk nonprofits. If you are wrestling with questions about funding and revenue streams, how to align your governance and operations during this difficult time, or how your business model will evolve during and after the pandemic, you'll find a path forward.


Thriving post-pandemic will require coping with a forever-changed marketplace for what you do and new expectations from donors and investors. This session will explore three ways to exit the pandemic with more robust financials, including opportunities for strategic alliances and mergers. Having a crisis strategy and an operational values-based strategy can provide choices and opportunities in this confusing time and during this session we'll explore both.


Join us for a fresh top-line look at the impact of an evolving marketplace, finances, and the changing community of Central Florida on your nonprofit and how to survive and thrive post-pandemic. This presentation, Q & A, will provide a clear vision and tools for all nonprofits evaluating sustainability in a new financial world.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the nature of the "muted market" that nonprofits will inhabit going forward. Explore projections for donor and revenue markets.
  • Identify a strategy for operations and governance that will get you through phase 1 of the pandemic.
  • Learn financial strategies for working through a massive market disruption.
  • Create a values-driven scenario planning approach to navigate the pandemic and new environment that will follow.
  • Explore new collaboration strategies and how to create the right structure to thrive through the pandemic.
  • Learn the value of exploring strategic alliances, mergers, and acquisitions and why the pandemic is driving more nonprofits to merge.
  • Learn about evolving assessments and resources and how they are likely to be made available.


Cost: $60 members, $80 non-members

Instructor: Mark Brewer, President/CEO, Central Florida Foundation

Central Florida Foundation believes in the power of philanthropy and that thoughtful strategies, combined with a generous community, make Central Florida a place where everyone feels at home. The Foundation works with families focused on giving back, nonprofits and across public and private sectors to bring philanthropy to life. It all began in 1994 as a dream around a table of local, passionate people, and has grown to be one of the community’s most trusted resources.

Mark joined the Foundation in 2000 and has earned respect for his ability to build community partnerships that meet issues head-on and produce measureable results. He has worked with hundreds of individuals, families, and corporations to establish philanthropy plans, endowments, funding strategies, and planned gifts. More than 100 regional nonprofit boards have enlisted Mark’s assistance through the Foundation with strategic and scenario planning initiatives that included the use of endowed investments to sustain their organizations. He is a well-known national speaker on the independent sector, philanthropy’s role in America, venture philanthropy strategies, and the role of the independent sector in public policy. In his leadership role at the Central Florida Foundation, Mark frequently advises private and corporate foundation grant makers across the region, and plays a public policy advisory role on strategy and advisory boards around the state of Florida.

Mark began his career in the media as a reporter, anchor, and journalist. His background includes more than a decade as a management consultant in the private and independent sectors, leading merger and acquisition strategies for cross-sector initiatives. Later, as a licensed investment professional, he assisted clients with estate and planned giving strategies. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialty in Nonprofit Management, is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy ®, and is ABD for a PhD in Public Administration with a specialty in Policy and Law from Walden University.




Note: This event will be a virtual synchronous learning environment. After registering, virtual participation instructions will be sent to you. 

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