A Message from President & CEO Lori O’Keefe Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparation and Support
Triangle Community Foundation is closely monitoring the local impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While this situation is quickly developing, there is still much we do not know. At the Foundation, we are focusing on how we can best prepare and support our staff, our donors, and the nonprofits in our community. Continued reports of confirmed cases and social distancing methods to limit the spread of the virus will potentially impact the people in our region, but they will also impact the nonprofits that serve those people as needs increase.
Our Office and Staff
The health and safety of our employees is of great concern to the Foundation. We are following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control, and are taking proactive steps to implement additional health safety measures in our office to best prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. The Foundation is currently determining our in-office work policy and will update accordingly when there are office closures. If we close our office, we will let our stakeholders know and will make every effort to continue programs and services even if only virtually. In addition, we will place a hold on our free nonprofit meeting space during this time, to better protect our employees, and will lift this hold once we feel it is appropriate.
Upcoming Foundation Events
The Foundation hosts many events throughout the year for our stakeholders, and we are currently discussing individual contingency plans, specifically for each event that is coming up in the next few months. We appreciate your patience as our staff meets to discuss the possibility of moving events virtually, postponing upcoming events, or cancelling planned events. Once decisions are made, registrants and stakeholders will be informed in a timely fashion through email, phone calls, on social channels, and on our website.
We have been in contact with our local funder partners, as well as with many current grantees, about the potential need for an increase in services for our local nonprofits, and what the philanthropic response will be. Please be assured that we are in discussions and exploring options for what this could look like and will share more information about programs and funding as it becomes available. In addition, many nonprofit organizations are seeking information regarding what they can do for their internal operations in response to this crisis. For this, we recommend reviewing the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits pandemic resource list, which they have published here, and includes important agency/business information from the CDC as well as other helpful information.
We hope that everyone in our community remains safe and healthy as we work together to address this public health challenge. Please reach out if you have any questions, or information you wish to share with us.
Lori O’Keefe, President and CEO