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CNPE eNews: Pride Month | Pandemic’s effect on arts and culture nonprofits | Nonprofit leaders on the move (June 23, 2020)

June is Pride month. COVID-19, protests for racial justice and Black Lives Matter, and dire economic news have justifiably consumed recent news cycles, so Pride Month got less attention than usual. But last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination helped to elevate LGBTQ issues once again.

Fairness Campaign logoThe COVID pandemic has pushed almost all local Pride events off indefinitely. But our local Fairness Campaign, which has supported LGBTQ rights for decades, is in the news this week helping to defend Louisville Metro’s 1999 Fairness Ordinance in a lawsuit filed by a local photographer.
 
Meanwhile, Louisville recently got a chapter of Civitas, a regional LGBTQ chamber of commerce. Civitas, itself a nonprofit, has five classes of membership, including one for nonprofits/allies.

Survey says: Pandemic hit nonprofit arts community harder than most other nonprofits
In May, CNPE published its Check-In Survey of 227 nonprofits in Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana, which painted a sobering picture of how local nonprofits have been faring since the pandemic began. We took another look at the data to determine whether (as we assumed) the local arts-and-culture nonprofits had been hit even harder. We confirmed our assumptions.
 
Today, we are publishing a follow-up survey report that looks at the 36 arts and culture nonprofits that responded to our Check-In Survey last month. In summary, arts & culture groups have:

  • smaller budgets, with 70% having budgets under $1M compared with 52% of all nonprofits;
  • smaller staffs – and they have had to cut staffing more severely, and they expect to need bigger staff cuts going forward;
  • suffered much larger cuts in operating income, and expect bigger future decreases;
  • seen – and expect to see – bigger reductions in contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations;
  • had materially more difficulty delivering programs and services and are just a lot less busy; and
  • had significantly more trouble getting funding, though they applied for PPP loans at about the same rate.

If your nonprofit is in the Arts & Culture sector – or if you care about those who are – you will want to see this survey summary.

New nonprofit leaders you should know about

  • The Lane Report noted in its May list of Corporate Moves that Maggie Elder has been named CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. Most recently, Ms. Elder had been Metro United Way’s COO.
  • Louisville Visual Art has named Kristian Anderson as its new Executive Director, effective July 6. Mr. Anderson is coming from Salt Lake City, where he was the Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor for Arts & Culture.
  • The Community Foundation of Louisville recently announced that Ronald Gallo will begin as its new President and CEO effective July 20. Mr. Gallo is coming from his role as CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation.

If you’d like to announce a new senior nonprofit leader or board member, tell us.

Red Cross will test your blood for COVID-19 antibodies for free
Red Cross logoOf course, it’s always a good day to donate blood; the need never goes away. But here’s an incentive: For a limited time, the American Red Cross will be doing free COVID-19 antibody testing on donated blood. If you are keen to learn your COVID-19 antibody status, make an appointment to donate soon.

June webinars to up your nonprofit game
Two free upcoming webinars can help you run your nonprofit more smoothly:

  • 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.
  • PPP guidance: In recent weeks, we’ve seen new PPP regulatory guidance, a new PPP Flexibility Act that relaxes some restrictions on borrowers, and two new forms to establish loan forgiveness. To help you navigate this changing  landscape, we are bringing back 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. You can sign up here.

Let’s be proud of who we are – and rejoice when others express pride in themselves, too. If you didn’t vote by absentee ballot, please get out and vote TODAY.

My best,

Ann L. Coffey, CEO