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Lonely at the top? Get an hour of free consulting from CNPE

As part of our commitment to guide nonprofits during this challenging time, CNPE is offering free consulting support for nonprofit leaders.

In times of crisis, nonprofit leaders need help that goes beyond getting the answer to a specific question or resolving a particular issue. We’re here to provide that help.

What is CNPE offering? Up to an hour of free consulting with one of our seasoned nonprofit consultants.

Who can benefit from this offer? CEOs, Executive Directors, executive staff, board chairs, and other board officers.

How can CNPE help? Our consultants can help leaders think through critical challenges and issues by encouraging you and by serving as a resource and a sounding board. Here are the types of questions we can help you answer:

  • How do I both manage and lead in times of crisis?
  • How do I keep my board engaged? What should they be focusing on now?
  • My strategic plan is derailed for now. How do I plan for the next 30, 60, 90 days – and still not lose our strategic focus?
  • Things are changing so fast. How do I recalibrate and keep moving forward?
  • How do I maintain morale and hold the team together?
  • Everyone’s working from home. How do I keep everyone engaged, focused, and positive about their work?
  • How do I think through the longer-term implications of the decisions I am making now?
  • How do I project strength and confidence when I’m as uncertain and anxious as everyone else?

How can you connect with a CNPE consultant? Complete and submit this simple form. We’ll strive to respond within one business day to schedule a virtual meeting.

We are eager to hear from you. Meanwhile, hang in there. Your work has never been more important. It is an honor to walk with you in these times as you provide so much critical support to our community.

Upcoming free webinars
We continue to offer free webinars: three CEO Roundtable webinars and a third put on by Mutual of America that we recommend:

  • At 3:00 PM TODAY, April 9, we will engage with the Washington-based Center for Disaster Philanthropy on Effective Philanthropy During a Pandemic Crisis. This CEO Roundtable webinar will help both nonprofits and funders understand the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on communities and needs for immediate response and recovery. We will address how to prioritize activities and funds, ideas for best practices for funders, and key areas of need. You can register here.
  • At 9:00 AM on Friday, April 10, Steve Yards, CEBS CRPS, of Mutual of America will walk us through the CARES Act Impact on 401(k) and 403(b) Plans in a WebEx webinar. With our entire economy contracting so quickly and dramatically, employers and employees alike will be scrambling to figure out how to fund and maintain these essential retirement plans. On Friday, just before 9:00, log in here; the meeting access code is 617 484 052; password is WnxAaB2P@23.
  • On Tuesday, April 14, at 9:00 AM, we’ll hear from organizational development and HR expert Dave Neumann, PhD, on Building Engagement During Times of Crisis Dr. Neumann will give you tips for helping your remote team stay focused and engaged in the midst of this slow-moving crisis. You can register here.
  • Next Thursday, April 16, at 9:00 AM, we have an important webinar on finances: “Evaluating Your Nonprofit’s Financial Position in the Wake of COVID-19” from Jeff McCaffrey, CPA, and Christine Koenig, CPA, both DMLO partners. Your 2020 financial plans have probably been upended. This webinar will guide you through a timely review of your financial plan and will show you how to adapt your budget to the ongoing crisis.  This session can help you determine your immediately available cash reserves, evaluate changes in revenues and expenses, revise your budget; and reach out to donors and grantors. You can register here.

Thanks to our volunteer presenters and sponsors who make these free webinars possible.

“The List”: CNPE continually curates its useful COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources List.

The Facebook Group: Join our new Nonprofit Community Connection Facebook Group to engage informally with other local nonprofits and the CNPE staff on issues you are either struggling with or have had some success with. Our group’s tagline is “Learning through crisis to build a better world.” We already have more than 100 members – please join us.

No Sugar logoCNPE Self-Care Tip of the Day: Now is the time to cut back on sugar. Sugar can worsen both anxiety and depression, and no one needs to fuel those states of being. You know the drill: Choose sweet fruits for snacks, and ditch the processed sugar. Staying off the blood sugar roller coaster can help level your mood.

Hang in there. CNPE has your back. Ask our consultants for help if you need it.

My best,

Ann L. Coffey, CEO

The CNPE office is closed temporarily to help ensure everyone’s health. Our staff will be working remotely, though, and remain available to help members. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. CNPE Staff Contacts

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