No Limits, Meals on Wheels People and other nonprofits nationwide are grappling with declining revenue and soaring demand for their services in response to the coronavirus. The majority of nonprofits don't have sufficient capital to maintain operations past six months, according to a 2018 Nonprofit Finance Fund survey.
An "idea market," which collects and rewards ideas from employees, can be a helpful way to circulate ideas, while having an employee buddy system can offer other forms of support during this time, writes Alex "Sandy" Pentland. "Strong evidence shows that such sharing between people bolsters mental health and that having a specific person to turn to in a time of need or crisis is especially helpful," Pentland writes.
The town of Fort Collins, Colo., has made a temporary change to a city policy that will allow people to use RVs parked in private yards and driveways and on private streets to enable social distancing or quarantine due to the coronavirus. The measure means HOAs are not permitted to enforce their own restrictions regarding how RVs will be used, parked or occupied during this outbreak.
New York's Empire State Development Corporation has clarified that condo and co-op staffs are classified as part of the "essential" workforce, exempting them from stay-at-home measures that have been put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic. This group includes doormen, cleaning staff and building maintenance workers.
The mayor of Royal Oak, Mich., is challenging HOAs and other communities to find and help those who are struggling during the coronavirus lockdown, highlighting the role neighbors can play in helping one another weather this crisis. Mayor Michael Fournier is encouraging people to perform tasks such as gathering essential supplies and walking pets for their neighbors.
HOA boards in California that have fewer than 10 members are not banned from having face-to-face meetings during the "stay-at-home" directive, and for larger board meetings, state law has a provision allowing remote meetings via video or teleconference. While foreclosures are currently banned, HOAs do not have to suspend the collection of assessments.
The Horizon Foundation has donated $4.8 million to the University of Oklahoma to establish the Native Peoples Institute, including $1.5 million each to endow three chairs focused on different aspects of Native American studies. Thirty-nine tribal nations are based in Oklahoma, making the school the perfect location for the center, says Horizon Foundation President Rod Sanders.
JetBlue and Delta Air Lines are offering free flights to medical personnel traveling to provide assistance during the coronavirus epidemic. JetBlue is also working with the nonprofit Together We Rise to help college students displaced from university housing and donating resources to the Food Bank for New York City.
Centerstone of Kentucky is disaffiliating from Centerstone, a national organization it partnered with in 2016, and will begin using its original name, Seven Counties Services. "We felt like the disaffiliation gives us a better focus on providing mental health services in the local community," says Board Chairman Michael Abate.
The closure of nonessential services and event cancellations are creating funding shortfalls for Catholic Charities of San Francisco, the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations, many of which will end up operating at a loss or closing their doors. Habitat for Humanity has had to stop building homes and some of its 1,200 chapters in the US may have to shutter their operations in the coming months, says CEO Jonathan Reckford.
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