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Survival & Strength: COVID-19 Recovery & Nonprofit Sustainability

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm PDT
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For more than a year now, we’ve relied on our nonprofit partners to help us manage the multitude of impacts from COVID-19. They’ve fed, housed, healed, educated, inspired us, and fought for our rights. They’ve stepped up and stepped in to care for the Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities that have experienced the most severe health and economic tolls from this pandemic. Nonprofits have been operating under duress. They pivoted quickly to reimagine operations, programs, and fundraising. Their staff has taken on new work, pushing their capacity to support the communities they serve, while dealing with the stress and impacts that COVID has had on their personal lives as well.

As we turn our hopes to recovery, how can philanthropy step in and step up to support our critical nonprofit partners so they can be sustainable and thrive now and in the future? What resources are available to help them sustain and grow their programs, re-think business strategies, consider new models of operation, and navigate space needs in a much-changed world?

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Our second conversation in a series we are hosting on the role philanthropy can play to ensure our nonprofit community is healthy, resilient, and sustained.


Chris Hoene, Executive Director, CA Budget & Policy Center
ChrisHoenejoined theCaliforniaBudget&PolicyCenteras Executive Director in 2012. Prior to joining the California Budget & Policy Center, he was director of the Center for Research & Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, governance, housing, sustainability, and infrastructure. Chris previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Public Policy Institute of California. In 2010, he was inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for his service and expertise in the areas of public policy and government. Chris holds a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Idaho.
Cat Howard, Senior Vice President of Programs, Community Vision Capital & Consulting
Catherine Howard is Senior Vice President of Programs at Community Vision Capital & Consulting, where she leads the organization’s lending, consulting, and grantmaking activities. Founded in 1987, Community Vision is a locally invested, collaborative partner in social justice and financial equity that provides nonprofits, small businesses, and social enterprises with strategic investment and guidance, to deepen work, scale impact, and strengthen our communities. Previously, Catherine served as the Director of Healthy Food Programs at Capital Impact Partners and was the inaugural Fund Manager of the California FreshWorks Fund. Catherine holds a degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland Honors Program at College Park, from which she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a Masters in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Byron Johnson, Capacity Building Officer, East Bay Community Foundation
In his current position as Capacity Building Initiative Officer, Byron helps to shape and implement EBCF’s overall approach to building the capacity of grantees and community organizations throughout the region. He currently leads and manages is the ASCEND: BLO Initiative to Support Black-Led Organizations, a seven-year strategy to stabilize and accelerate the work of anchor organizations led by and serving the Bay Area's Black communities. Before coming to EBCF, Byron spent 12 years at CompassPoint, designing and delivering cohort-based leadership development programs such as the Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color, Bright Spots Fundraising Academy, and the STRONG Nonprofits Program for East Contra Costa County. As a certified coach, he’s worked with individuals, boards, and teams to increase trust and accountability during times of change and transition and to deepen the impact of strategic leadership development, succession, and transition plans. His coaching practice was informed by over a decade of consulting and training nonprofit leaders, networks, and teams in executive transitions management and succession planning and is centered on fun and risk-taking that inspires bold, confident, and creative actions.
Jan Masaoka, CEO, CA Association of Nonprofits
Jan Masaoka is CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits(CalNonprofits), a statewide policy alliance of more than10,000 nonprofits speaking to government, philanthropy, and the public at large. Along with active policy and research work, CalNonprofits' current initiatives include the Nonprofit Overhead Project and the Nonprofit Student Debt Project. With offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, CalNonprofits works with legislators and regulators to strengthen the economic and regulatory climate for nonprofits. CalNonprofits also provides health insurance to more than21,000 nonprofit staff. Janis a leading writer and thinker on nonprofit organizations with particular emphasis on boards of directors, business planning, and the role of nonprofits in society. Her books include best of the Board Café(Fieldstone), Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, co-author (Jossey Bass), and The Nonprofit's Guide to HR(Nolo Press). Jan founded and wrote Blue Avocado magazine, growing it to64,000 subscribers, before leaving in late 2015. Prior to CalNonprofits, she served 14 years as executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in which position she was named Nonprofit Executive of the Yearby NonprofitTimes.She is an eight-time designee as one of the "Fifty Most Influential" people in the nonprofit sector nationwide and was named CaliforniaCommunity Leader of the Year by Leadership California. Her volunteer work includes serving as chair of Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and founding chair of Community Initiaitives she currently serves on the National Public Policy Committee of Independent Sector.

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