Why Should It Take a Pandemic to Bring out the Best in Philanthropy?

2020-03-31T10:37:55-07:00March 31st, 2020|News|

By Farhad Ebrahimi, the founder and president of the Chorus Foundation

Every crisis, actual or impending, needs to be viewed as an opportunity to bring about profound changes in our society.

Grace Lee Boggs, “The Next American Revolution”

Even in the context of an ongoing pandemic, I must admit that I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see so many philanthropic organizations going out of their way to announce—or even to advocate for—some sort of suspension of “business as usual.” The philanthropic sector isn’t exactly known for our flexibility, nor are we known for our ability to move […]

Census, COVID-19, and the Need for Hyper Change

2020-03-25T08:56:08-07:00March 25th, 2020|News|

How nonprofit trusted messengers are pivoting to virtual and digital outreach approaches to continue reaching those who will likely be hard to reach and count. It is a remarkable story about groups across the country that had to cancel in-person events of all types, canvassing, and opportunities to share tablets and computers to fill out the census.  They are quickly turning to a deeper emphasis on social media platforms. They are ramping up text messaging campaigns and phone banking.  And they are exploring old and new school strategies for outreach that do not involve in-person interactions.

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How BFG Is Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic-Members Exclusive

2020-03-18T11:52:14-07:00March 18th, 2020|News, Resources|

(Duplicate of notice sent via email last week)

In a normal year, hundreds of members and program partners of the Biodiversity Funders Group (BFG) would be gathering in different places this spring to learn, strategize, collaborate and have fun together. As the COVID-19 virus officially becomes a global pandemic, our main concern now is the health and safety of our staff and members—and everyone else we might come in contact with. Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and the city of San Francisco, we are committed to doing all that we can to help […]

Live COVID-19 National and Bay Area News Updates

2020-03-19T09:24:00-07:00March 17th, 2020|News|

Live Bay Area Updates From SF Chronicle

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Coronavirus-live-updates-Bay-Area-California-cases-15100710.php

Bay Area coronavirus shutdown: How life will change with new shelter-in-place order

From SF Chronicle

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Bay-Area-to-shelter-in-place-What-you-need-15135087.php

Live National Updates From CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/coronavirus-updates-cases-fears-deaths-us-latest-2020-03-17/

To Predict an Epidemic, Evolution Can’t be Ignored

2020-03-05T12:50:54-08:00March 5th, 2020|News|

Whether it’s coronavirus or misinformation, scientists can use mathematical models to predict how something will spread across populations. But what happens if a pathogen mutates, or information becomes modified, changing the speed at which it spreads? Researchers now show for the first time how important these considerations are.

From Science Daily

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200302153551.htm

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