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May 06 2020

Our nonprofit donors play an integral role in allowing us to fulfill our missions. For that reason, even with our sites closed for now, donor engagement remains important. The resources listed below may be helpful to reach a better understanding of how this engagement might change and evolve due to our shared experiences with COVID-19, and how we may want to shift our approaches towards donor relations in order to ensure the financial sustainability of our organizations.  Bloomerang has compiled a library of crisis fundraising advice, articles, opinions, webinars, videos and...

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May 05 2020

As we begin to look towards reopening and deciding how our organizations can best respond to the current crisis, we will depend upon the support and leadership of our boards to help guide us. Below, find some resources for nonprofit boards during COVID-19. American Alliance of Museums has put together a selection of resources on Leading in Time of Crisis to help guide nonprofit leaders and board members. In this section, you will find information for cultivating effective leadership practices and be inspired by examples of visionary leaders who have found...

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May 04 2020

Our local heritage sites have done a fantastic job in adapting and adjusting to the current crisis. Now is the time to start planning ahead to reopening and determining what’s next for your organization. The below resources have helpful guides to assist you in the process. American Association for State and Local History First, read AASLH’s It’s Strategic to Think of the Future: Strategic Planning in the Time of COVID-19 to understand why you need to start thinking now not only about your pending reopening, but what your organization will look like...

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Apr 30 2020

Applications Open May 1 Maryland Humanities is accepting applications to its $500,000 CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants Fund. The funding is made available by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the CARES Act. The goal of this new program is to sustain Maryland’s public humanities infrastructure and to ensure that organizations can continue to provide opportunities for Maryland’s diverse communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning during this unprecedented time. Grants will support nonprofit general operating expenses. Eligible nonprofit organizations include: museums, historic sites,...

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Apr 29 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers are working hard to make sure our community has access to healthy food and fresh produce. According to the Maryland Farm Bureau, Anne Arundel County has 381 farms totaling 28,111 acres. Fortunately, farmers’ markets in Maryland are considered an essential business and can remain open. Here are some ways you can continue to buy local and support our farmers. Farmers’ Markets Guides Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation publishes the Arundel Grown Guide, an informative directory of locally grown and produced goods in Anne Arundel County. Southern Maryland Farmers’...

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Apr 28 2020

We are pleased to announce a new section of our website! Check out the Virtual Experiences listings page! While our heritage sites are currently closed to the public, many of our partners have gone virtual, offering online exhibits, educational resources, activities, webinars, video tours, and more! Four Rivers is sharing these these virtual experiences in a new section on our website to highlight our partners as they strive to remain accessible to you wherever you are. Visit our all-new Virtual Experiences page to learn more -- and continue to check back as more online...

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Apr 27 2020

Following the second round of CARES Act funding, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from participating lenders. Nonprofits with less than 500 employees are eligible to apply for this federal relief measure. About the Paycheck Protection Program The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. You can...

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Apr 27 2020

Four Rivers strives to keep you updated on changes to the assistance programs available to our stakeholders. Here are today's updates: State Arts Council Emergency Grants Update Recognizing that the extraordinary demand for State and Federal resources is resulting in application delays and increased wait times for responses, the Council and the Secretary of Commerce have approved changes to MSAC’s Emergency Grant program. The program now requires applicants to estimate anticipated funding from State and Federal sources but does not require proof of application. In addition, clarity on deadlines and review periods...

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Apr 24 2020

This week is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to recognize and honor the countless individuals who selflessly invest in the lives of others. The time and talents that volunteers contribute to our organizations are beyond invaluable. We wouldn’t  be able to fulfill our missions without them! As examples of our gratitude, here are a few ways some of our volunteers have been celebrated in the Four Rivers Heritage Area.  Thank you to all of our volunteers! Four Rivers Heritage Area To start, Four Rivers thanks our many volunteers who join with us...

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Apr 23 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEC) has announced guidelines for "NEH CARES," an emergency relief funding program for cultural institutions. Guidelines The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit humanities sector is an essential component of America's economic and civic life. NEH has received supplemental funding to provide emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus.  In keeping with Congress's intent in enacting the CARES Act, proposed short-term projects should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff. NEH invites applications...

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