Nonprofit organizations of all kinds have been making a range of adjustments to address the disruptions and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic fallout, and renewed attention to racial equity and civil rights. In this June 24 webinar, Melissa Spas shares how for faith-based nonprofits, the distinctives of religious identity and donor motivation remain important assets, for doing the work and for inviting others to participate in the mission through new ways of relating to partnership, program, and advancement. She also shares insights from the sixth report from the Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF), in concert with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, on the impact of the pandemic on nonprofit organizations, and data and trends from the soon-to-be-released Giving USA 2021: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2020.

Melissa Spas is the Managing Director of Education and Engagement for Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.  She joined the staff of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016, having spent two years developing new initiatives and strategic partnerships for Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington.  From 2007-2013, Melissa worked for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions.  A native of Chautauqua, New York, Melissa is a graduate of Allegheny College and Harvard Divinity School, and she is an active lay person in the United Methodist Church.

All CWR Academy webinars are recorded and made available on the CWR member website.