After a disastrous summer of bushfires across the country, the not-for-profit (NFP) and philanthropic sectors are yet again stepping up to provide urgent community relief while planning ahead for a future of unknowns. The not-for-profit sector like the rest of society has been greatly affected by the current public health crisis and is trying to adapt quickly to the changing landscape.
Below are just some useful resources that peak bodies and sector-focused providers are making available to the NFP sector during these difficult times.
Our Community – Save Our Sector (SOS) initiative
The Institute of Community Directors (an enterprise of our.community.com.au) is providing the NFP sector with access to a library of capacity building resources to help them viable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These resources include:
- Initial community group survival steps and strategies
- Governance and decision-making
- Workplace and volunteer issues
- Funding and fundraising
- Technology, communications, networking and working from home tools
Find more information here: https://communitydirectors.com.au/save-our-sector
Philanthropy Australia has partnered with the Australian Communities Foundation to create the COVID-19 National Funding Platform. This is a matching tool to help funders find COVID-19 initiatives that are seeking funding. Philanthropy Australia is also providing guidance for funders and hosting several digital events for NFPs and fund seekers. More information here.
There are also some great resources now being made available for free by providers to the sector.
Lumin Lessons now free
Created by Think HQ, Lumin is an online training website, with an ever-growing library of courses teaching everything there is to know about marketing, communications, media and messaging. As of early March, access to all of Lumin is free. Previously, users paid an annual subscription to access Lumin courses. Designed specifically for the NFP sector, organisations can sign up now at no cost and start doing courses.
To do their part in this crisis Socialsuite is donating its impact monitoring technology to organisations for the purpose of monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on their people.
This free COVID-19 Social Impact Assessment tool is built on Socialsuite technology.
These easy-to-set-up, automated email surveys will monitor sentiment across six key domains:
- loneliness and isolation
- anxiety and fear around mortality
- employment and income
- access to basic needs and services
- sense of community and safety.
The data is available in an interactive dashboard that shows where people are being impacted so you can best understand their needs and how to support them.