We are sharing a historic moment together, and although we are asked to be socially distant, our experience is now more connected than ever before. When we look back at this time, how will we want to have shown up for one another? Do we want to be defined by holding onto resources, or sharing them generously with our neighbors in need?
Like each of us, nonprofits are sharing in the uncertainty of these times. Across Minnesota and the world, organizations are grappling with how to continue to meet their missions—as important now as ever—with fewer volunteers, quarantined staff, and donations decreasing as spring fundraisers need to be cancelled.
Though all nonprofits are facing significant challenges, some are already being affected more than others. With schools closed, social service organizations are trying to fill gaps to ensure children are fed. Nonprofit clinics are preparing for the worst while still trying to meet other basic health needs for their patients. Cash flow shortages will mean small- to medium-sized nonprofits will struggle to fund their missions and support their staff. And existing systemic inequalities are always amplified during tough times, and we know organizations serving Black, Indigenous and people of color will be especially affected by what is to come.
We are also aware many of you receiving this email are already having a wide variety of experiences through this crisis. This crisis feels urgent for all of us, and some of us will need extra support to get through it. For many, working remotely and social distancing will feel like a new normal. Others are facing much more uncertain times. We are thinking about all of you.
GiveMN believes in the power of abundance over scarcity. We know we are at our strongest when we share our resources with our neighbors.
Here are two immediate ways you can show generosity right now without leaving your home: