AFP Southern Arizona Members and Partners,
From everyone here at AFP SoAZ, we hope you and your family are safe and healthy. We know how frightening and uncertain things are right now for everyone and want you to know that we’re all in this together. Our AFP chapter is here as a resource for you and your organization.
To this end, we would like to remind everyone of the resources that AFP can provide.
- Be creative when having to cancel your fundraising events. Can you host your silent auction online? Several software programs are available to support this component. Send a non-attend invite, asking for donations of support in lieu of purchasing tickets. Think creatively and use the resources you have to educate your donors on the impact of your mission.
- Use the time wisely. Take the time you have now to address some of the projects you have always wanted to get to. Some ideas include:
- Create or re-visit your development plans. Make sure it fits your current fundraising strategies and you are fully using best practices and all the resource available to you.
- Practice social distancing by calling your donors! Take the quiet time in your office (or home office) to call as many donors as you can, share the latest impact and appreciation for their support.
- Update your database. We all know there are contacts that need to be updated and reports to be created. Take this time to visit your database’s website for recommendations on how to make your database work for you to raise money during this difficult time.
- Check out a webinar! There are many educational opportunities being offered remotely.
- Check out community resources for support! Here are a few resources that we’ve compiled:
- The non-profit loan fund, Growth Partners Arizona is here to offer financial support and the community has a variety of non-profit fundraising consultants to guide you through uncertain times.
- The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has set up an Emergency Response Fund to help organizations that have had to cancel fundraising events or efforts.
- The Arizona Foundation has set up a Community Response Fund to help organizations that are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Legacy Foundation of Southeastern Arizona is offering Emergency Funding for organizations whose ability to provide services in the community is impacted by COVID-19.
- The CRM platform Bloomerang has compiled a library of crisis fundraising advice, articles, opinions, webinars, videos and resources in the wake of the new coronavirus and its impact on the nonprofit sector, which can be found here .
- The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits has compiled a COVID-19 resource page with general information about the virus, as well as contingency planning, webinars, and local news and information, which can be found here .
- The National Council of Nonprofits has set up a webpage with information about what steps nonprofits should take, and other resources, which can be found here .
- The AFP ICON conference has been converted to a virtual conference. Information on that can be found here .
- This list is free to access and uniquely tailored to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the US – COVID19 grants for nonprofits