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 ways to successfully navigate through these difficult times. The Alliance has also put together comprehensive information on how you can use your voice to advocate for museums, including the resources needed to let your legislators know the impact the pandemic has had on you and your institution, and how museums are continuing to serve the community even while closed.
Chronicle of Philanthropy hosted a Virtual Forum on Engaging Your Board During COVID-19. To help you activate your board during this challenging time, the live online forum featured two experts on nonprofit governance: Kate Barr, president of Propel Nonprofits, and Anne Wallestad, president of BoardSource. The experts discussed how to handle an executive transition that is happening now, whether to put board recruitment on hold, tips for approaching strategic planning amid uncertainty about the future, and how to best involve trustees in seeking financial assistance from the federal government, among other topics.
In addition to contributing to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s webinar, Board Source posted a blog article on What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation, discussing how boards can provide steady and adaptive leadership while responding to the threats of COVID-19. Board Source also maintains a resource center on How Nonprofits and Board Members Can Respond to COVID-19 where they continue to compile their Ask-an-Expert team answers to some of the most common questions being asked by the nonprofits. While their Ask-an-Expert service is typically a members-only benefit, during this time it will be open for the entire community. They will be updating this page as needed to include new questions and resources for nonprofit board and staff leaders.
And in case you missed it, back in March the American Association for State and Local History held a webinar on Leadership, Boards, and Response to COVID-19 as part their AASLH Conversation series. In this interactive online conversation, history leaders and AASLH Council Members Christy Coleman and Katherine Kane discuss how the boards and senior leadership of historical organizations can serve their audiences and communities and support their staffs and volunteers while confronting immense challenges and uncertain futures.
The Four Rivers Heritage Area and our Board of Directors wish you all the best as your own Board develops a plan for recovery!