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Nonprofits, do you have 15 minutes to advocate for what kids need?

November 29, 2021

A vibrant, inclusive Northeast Florida is a place where every child has the opportunity to succeed, and nonprofits are vital to making that vision a reality. Nonprofit organizations, your expertise — and the input of those you serve — is needed! The Kids Hope Alliance (KHA) is seeking to better understand the needs of children,…

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We all need a refresher! Get started with the Nonprofit Center Member Portal

November 1, 2021

We want our members to have access to and take advantage of all of your member benefits. Wondering where to start?  Well, check out the Nonprofit Center’s “Member Portal”.  The Portal is designed to help you navigate your membership with ease and security.  Start using the Portal today and update your organization’ss profile as well…

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Leadership is a cornerstone of a strong nonprofit sector — meet these inspiring next generation leaders

October 29, 2021

Allow us to introduce you to some of the nonprofit sector’s amazing leaders! For a decade, the Nonprofit Center has recruited the next generation of sector leaders through the Emerging Leaders Program. And in 2020, we added a Board Service Fellowship Program to the lineup, designed to recruit and empower untapped community leaders for nonprofit…

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COJ/HUD honors nonprofit members for work to help families in need

September 13, 2021

Want a peek inside the inspiring work of some of our incredible nonprofit members? Just take a look at the work of the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, Operation New Hope, and Sulzbacher, all of which were celebrated this summer as winners of the 2021 COJ/HUD Initiative Awards!  MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation – Club 904 Teen…

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COVID-19 isn’t letting up, and neither are nonprofits

September 3, 2021

Canceled or virtual fundraisers. Emergency plans activated. Concerns about school closings and mask policies. For nonprofits in our community, 2021 is feeling a lot like 2020 as Northeast Florida grapples with a  surge in COVID-19 cases.  While case reports are trending downward, our health care system continues to be significantly impacted. Nonprofit organizations report either…

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Connecting with Your Employees – More than Just Zoom Meetings

August 3, 2021

Guest blog – Andrea Spencer, ElderSource The pandemic has certainly presented many challenges; however many opportunities for growth, creativity, and engagement in the workplace – albeit remotely – have emerged. One aspect that made itself abundantly clear to us at ElderSource was that direct and regular communication with our employees was crucial in keeping them connected, focused, committed to our mission, and feeling cared for. We’ve learned that it’s more – a lot more – than just gathering on Zoom.  We are a non-profit organization, an Area Agency…

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Welcome new nonprofit leaders!

July 6, 2021

The Nonprofit Center features local nonprofit leaders in a blog series called First Person. This month, we are sending a big welcome to the newest leaders of some of our local nonprofits. We hope you will take every opportunity to reach out and connect with these fine people and offer them support and partnership! The…

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First Person – Chatting about Resilience with CEO Eric Mann

May 31, 2021

The Nonprofit Center features local nonprofit leaders in a blog series called First Person. We asked YMCA of Florida’s First Coast CEO Eric Mann to talk to us about the past year, sharing his perspective on leading, adapting, and caring for people and an organization through extraordinary times. His thoughts and experiences will ring true for…

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First Person – Advocacy lessons with CEO Susan King

April 5, 2021
A photo of the interior of the Feeding Northeast Florida warehouse. There are 5 tables arranged in an upside-down U formation, with Vice President Harris at the head of the table. From bottom left to right, Susan King, Audrey Gibson, Al Lawson, Vice President Harris, Nikki Fried, Garrett Dennis, and Dr. Diana Greene are pictured.

First Person is a blog series hosted by the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. Through the series, The Nonprofit Center will explore different aspects of nonprofit leadership in the words of nonprofit staff across the region. Through an informal conversation with Rena Coughlin, CEO of the Nonprofit Center, leaders share their insights on key skills…

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The Concerns Keeping Nonprofit Leaders Awake at Night

March 2, 2021
Repositioning For Strength Infographic describing the impact of nonprofits in Northeast Florida. 46% have experienced an increase in demand for services, 32% have lost revenue due to decreased demand for services, 9 in 10 have received some form of COVID-19 financial assistance, 21% had to cut hours or lay off staff, 2 in 3 lost revenue due to cancelled events, one third reported difficulty operating in a virtual environment, 2 in 5 nonprofit leaders say “staying solvent through 2021” keeps them up at night. A graph depicts predicted revenue change across organizations in 2020, with all organizations predicting a 15% revenue loss, orgs with budgets under 1 Million dollars predicting a 25% revenue loss, and orgs with budgets over 1 Million dollars predicting a 3% loss.

“I’m worried about my staff; I think we’re all tired and that COVID fatigue is setting in.” “I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to collaborate with other nonprofit leaders to create new ways to serve our communities and I want to know how we can keep it going.” “I wish more emergency funding sources…

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