Join us for The New Normal

We are all trying to make sense of how to advance social good in the post COVID-19 world. Rather than go that road alone, we invite you to engage in our free nonprofit virtual roundtable series where the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ is on full display. Each Friday at noon, Next Stage convenes social good leaders to share their insights on a variety of topics related to the nonprofit experience.

In June 2020, The New Normal tackles the topic of PROGRAMMING. Survey responses and conversations with our network indicate that the ways organizational leaders are shifting programs and responding to increased demand is a key concern for nonprofits moving into the summer. In its last full month before moving to a new, bi-monthly format, The New Normal will focus on how organizations can shift their programming and respond quickly and effectively to current challenges.

Check out the topics below and register today!

June 5: Shifting Delivery Systems (Register Now)
“Necessity is the mother of all invention.” Nonprofits across the spectrum are demonstrating the truth of this statement by finding creative ways to accomplish their missions, even when their traditional channels are not available. Learn how several organizations have evolved their delivery systems to meet the needs of their clients through both hands-on and digital channels.

Panelists
— Beth Morrison, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together of Charlotte
— Ed Price, Executive Director, Community Matters Café
— Adrienne and Emmanuel Threatt, Co-Founders/Directors, Hope Vibes

June 12: Impact, Need & Changing Priorities (Register Now)

The public health crisis has changed or intensified the need in our community. Fresh off of a community assessment in service to developing a plan for the deployment of CARES Act funding, Charlotte Area Fund’s Nick Wharton will be joined by the Next Stage team for a review of that research and insights into the road ahead.

Panelists
— Nick Wharton, President & CEO, Charlotte Area Fund
— Janet Ervin, Consultant, Next Stage
— Caylin Haldeman, Director, CULTIVATE
— Josh Jacobson, Managing Director, Next Stage

June 19: Rethinking Our Collective Charge: Cultural Competence & Program Changes (Register Now)
The COVID-19 crisis has further exposed disparities across a range of issues in our city. As Leading on Opportunity and other studies have already demonstrated, many communities in Charlotte are disproportionately affected by these issues. As we make major changes to programming in response to the crisis, how do we ensure we are building culturally competent services that engage the communities they are meant to serve?

Panelists
— Additional Panelists To-Be-Announced

June 26: Getting Creative with Partnerships & Collaborations (Register Now)
Effectively meeting the needs of our city through this crisis makes working together critical. For the final #NewNormalCLT before its evolution, Next Stage invites Tim Miner from Charlotte is Creative to highlight creative approaches to partnerships and doing more together than alone.

Panelists
— Tim Miner, Co-Founder, Charlotte is Creative
— Additional Panelists To-Be-Announced

Catch Up with Past Sessions

May 29: Earned Revenue Challenges – The Future of Social Enterprise (Watch On-Demand ¦ Follow-Up Blog)
Up until just a few months ago, nonprofit organizations were being encouraged to launch social enterprise strategies to generate earned revenue as a means to diversify funding streams. Now, with the economy slowed and many still sheltering in place, the future of these strategies is uncertain. Hear from three nonprofit leaders who continue to innovate with new market-driven approaches.

Panelists
— Laura Belcher, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte
— Manuel Campbell, CEO, ASPIRE Community Capital
— Kelly Finley, Executive Director, Girls Rock Charlotte

May 22: Will They Really Give? Sustaining Your Major Gift Campaign During Crisis (Watch On-Demand ¦ Follow-Up Blog)
Many organizations are experiencing the tension of increased need and decreased revenue. This is particularly true for organizations that were mid-stroke on ambitious campaigns to increase impact and launch capital efforts. Our panelists are all in the midst of raising funds for ambitious projects and will share their recent experiences.

Panelists
— Jenni Gaisbauer, Executive Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Foundation
— John Searby, Executive Director, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
— Banu Valladares, Executive Director, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool

May 15: Getting Creative with Corporate Sponsorship Fulfillment (Watch On-Demand ¦ Follow-Up Blog)
Corporate sponsors are a key partner in many nonprofit fundraising efforts. With the disruption of spring events, many organizations are left wondering about the best way to fulfill sponsorship commitments and how to continue to engage companies. We’ll find out what area sponsors think and get their advice for maintaining connection. 

Panelists
— Natalie J. Brown, Director, Corporate Citizenship, Ally Financial
— Dominique Johnson, Community Affairs Manager, Duke Energy
— Blair Primis, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Talent Management, OrthoCarolina

May 8: Launching a Crisis Response Fund (Watch On-Demand ¦ Follow-Up Blog)
With the spring fundraising season completely disrupted, several organizations quickly sprang into action with crisis response funds. Find out how these organizations are messaging to their communities, raising money and even acquiring new donors in the midst of crisis.

Panelists
— Randall Hitt, Chief Engagement Officer, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte
— Katy Ryan, Executive Director 24 Foundation
— Sam Smith, Director of External Partnerships, United Way of Central Carolinas

May 1: Budget Shortfalls & Bold Leadership – What Does Success Look Like? (Watch On-Demand ¦ Follow-Up Blog)
Public health concerns, increased service needs and economic challenges have completely flipped the script for many nonprofits in just a few short weeks. What should our KPIs look like when the goals set at the beginning of the budget year have been completely disrupted? How do we manage budget shortfalls and set goals that will continue to drive our missions forward?

Panelists
— Michelle Hamilton, Interim President & CEO, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
— Chris Jackson, President & CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
— Basil Lyberg, CEO, The Ability Experience

April 24: Keeping Volunteers Engaged (Watch On-Demand ¦ Follow-Up Blog)
Volunteers are critical for many organizations. How do you continue to engage volunteers in a digital, socially distant world? These organizations share how they are communicating with and continuing to engage their volunteer networks.

Panelists
— Tina Postel, Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes
— Michael DeVaul, Chief Social Responsibility Officer at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
— Amy Jacobs, Executive Director of SHARE Charlotte

April 17: Digital Outreach in a Time of COVID-19 (Watch On-Demand)
Organizations are having to adapt digital outreach to volunteers, donors and clients. In this session, our panlists share which digital channels they are using to communicate with their communities, what to do when access is limited, how they quickly galvanized their supporters to meet needs, and where they are finding success.

Panelists
— Angela Woods, CEO of the Girl Scouts, Hornets Nest Council
— Jimmy McQuilkin, Executive Director of UrbanPromise Charlotte
— Becky Santoro, Founder of Foster Village Charlotte

April 10: Your Mission Still Matters: Finding Your Narrative in a Crisis (Watch On-Demand)
Organizations of every size and mission focus are asking themselves the same question: How do we stay sensitive to the crisis at hand while also staying true to our mission? Learn how three very different organizations are finding narrative traction in the midst of crisis and how their communities are responding.

Panelists
— Kris Reid, Executive Director of the Piedmont Culinary Guild
— Erin Santos, President of The Isabella Santos Foundation
— Witnie Martinez, M.S.,C.G.S, VP of Institutional Advancement, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

April 3: So Your Event Was Cancelled, Now What? (Follow-Up Blog)
This session focuses on the transition from in-person to virtual events and features nonprofit professionals who have already made the switch. They discuss what worked well, lessons learned and advice for other organizations considering a switch to a virtual event.

Panelists
— Shannon Greene, AVP, National MS Society
— Sil Ganzó, Founder & Executive Director, ourBRIDGE for KIDS
— Dick Sesler, Founder, Camp Blue Skies
— Kristin Winkle Beck, Executive Director, Social Venture Partners Charlotte

March 27: What’s On Your Mind? (Watch On-Demand)
Our first roundtable topic of The New Normal series featured three prominent local leaders discussing the questions and concerns that have been top of mind for them over the last week, as well as how they are navigating short term challenges and changes.

Panelists
— Don Jonas, Executive Director, Care Ring
— Banu Valladares, Executive Director, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool;
— Shannon Binns, Executive Director, Sustain Charlotte.