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Coffee Talk: Grantmaking Revelations from the COVID-19 Pandemic

The first wave of funding in response to COVID-19 was largely distributed to nonprofits and businesses for emergency general operating support. As with other emergency situations of national or global scale, successive waves of funding often move beyond immediate needs.

We pose the following questions to the audience during this Coffee Talk:

  • How is second wave funding adapting to lessons learned and community needs revealed by the pandemic?
  • What changes in funding strategy or priority has data revealing the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations caused, if any?
  • How can funders move beyond normal and use the current crises to get better?

To continue the conversation from the session, check out this discussion on Compass - A Foundant Community.

About the Author

Ashley Harper

Ashley began working in the nonprofit community in Memphis, TN in 2005 and joined the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis as a program officer in 2008. In 2013 she became the Director of Grants and Initiatives, managing the foundation’s competitive grant programs. During this time, Ashley helped develop GiVE 365, which became a model for collaborative giving programs in foundations across the United States. She has been a leader in the community foundation field and served as the Chair of ProNet, previously the Council On Foundation's professional development group for community foundation program staff. Ashley is happy to continue her career with a team dedicated to supporting the philanthropic sector. Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors, especially during bird migration along the Mississippi flyway.

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