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The image above is taken from Angélica Dass’s “Humanae” project, in which she photographed hundreds of people from around the world. Ms. Dass is attempting to show our “true colors” by mapping human skin tones (measured by an 11-pixel sample on her subjects’ noses) to Pantone’s industrial color palette. We recommend not only visiting her mesmerizing site but watching her 11-minute TED talk, in which she movingly explains this project and how it has taken on a life of its own, showing up on magazine covers, on museum exteriors, and in anthropology studies. A gentle, powerful exercise exploring how we attach importance to skin color.

Meanwhile, we have four important – and free – webinar opportunities for you in the second half of June:

  • Here’s a very recent addition: Race, White Fragility, and Reconciliation: How You Can Support Black People Now, this Wednesday, June 17, at 9:00 AM. You’re invited to join a courageous conversation with Michele Lawlis Shelton, Diversity and Human Relations Expert, and former Executive Director of the Office of Diversity & Equality for the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet. She will answer your questions on the challenges of being black in America, the current climate of race relations, and steps you can take to be a part of the solution during these challenging times. Register here.
  • Budgeting and Spending: A Level-2 Certification Class, will convene as a webinar on Wednesday, June 24, from 10:00 AM to noon. Join Joseph Cecil of the Community Financial Empowerment Certification Program as he goes over strategies for creating budgets for nonprofits and how to track and analyze spending. Register here.
  • Our Summer Grants Refresher is a virtual session on Thursday, June 25, from 9:00 to 10:30 AM for nonprofit pros new to CNPE’s grant-writing courses. We will review grant basics, help get your organizations grant-ready, create need statements, and develop project descriptions. During the session, we will apply grant-writing skills to the challenges nonprofits face during the COVID-19 crisis. Register here.
  • PPP guidance: In recent weeks, we’ve seen new regulatory guidance from the U.S. Treasury on PPP loans, both existing and future ones. And we have a new PPP Flexibility Act that relaxes some of the initial restrictions on borrowers. To help you recalibrate how you will navigate this evolving landscape, we are bringing back two of our popular expert CPAs, Becky Phillips and Theresa Batliner, both of MCM CPAs & Advisors. Join them on Tuesday, June 30, at 9:00 AM for our third PPP webinar, Plotting Your PPP Path from Here. They will explain the new statute and the new regulations and how they affect those who received PPP funds. They will, of course, answer your questions, too. You can sign up here.

Let’s try to really see each other this week.

My best,

Ann L. Coffey, CEO