Carol Wick, CEO, Sharity
- HELPING NONPROFITS: Amid unprecedented suffering and increased demand for services, helping nonprofits has never been more urgent. Throughout COVID-19, nonprofits have stepped up in extraordinary ways, as community foundations, philanthropists and businesses contributed billions nationally. Our own CFL Community Foundation directed $1.6 million (plus $1.3 million from donor-advised funds) in critical relief to nonprofits in the areas of mental health, the elderly, animals, health care, hunger and homelessness. Others have followed suit. If we are to bounce back in this time of “reeling and reinvention,” we need everyone to continue pledging more and thinking outside traditional funding models. Make your dollars count.
- Looking ahead: HOLD ABUSERS ACCOUNTABLE: As we mark this Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Month, we must double down on supporting survivors and crisis centers impacted by the terror of DV during this pandemic. Like COVID-19, DV knows no partisanship. In the U.S., 24 people every minute are victims of physical violence, rape, and/or stalking from their partners; the numbers are even more stark for women of color. Freedom from fear and abuse is a fundamental human right. Now, more than ever, we must break the silence of this shadow pandemic and rededicate ourselves to holding abusers accountable.