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Podcast: Philanthropy 360

In a Global Pandemic, What Does it Mean to Thrive?

How does our community thrive in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic? What does it even mean to thrive when people are rightfully preoccupied with survival? And, what is the role of philanthropy – specifically, a funder whose daily mission is to create thriving communities for all – during an unprecedented crisis that is proving to be disdainfully disruptive and, in some ways, powerfully paralyzing?

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These days, our team at Communities Foundation of Texas finds ourselves processing through the above questions and many more, using the directive of President Theodore Roosevelt, “do what you can, with what you have, where you are” as a guiding light for our actions. You’ll hear that quote in the first episode of our new podcast, Philanthropy 360 – Health, Wealth, Living and Learning in the era of COVID-19. We’ve created this new podcast, because we believe our role – which brings with it our partnerships, resources, networks, access and expertise – is to share everything we can do and everything we have with you.                                                                                                             

Philanthropy 360: Overview

Philanthropy 360 is produced by Communities Foundation of Texas for nonprofit organizations and others striving to build thriving communities through health, wealth, living and learning. The show’s lens is currently centered around all things related to community response to the coronavirus pandemic. Each episode, while short, will feature helpful resources and perspectives from the foundation’s team members and numerous partners.

Enjoy our first few episodes and listen each week as we walk together through the evolution of COVID-19 response, using the hope of what it means to thrive as a driving force to get us to its end. If you share on social media, we'd love if you would add our hashtags, #CFTImpact and #CFTPhilanthropy360.

Philanthropy 360: Season 1

COVID-19 threatens our opportunity to thrive, shifting our focus to survival. In our first episode of Philanthropy 360, we offer a plan to help nonprofits sort out their needs and share four resources for getting the needs fulfilled during this public health crisis.

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North Texas Cares | Voly | Get Shift Done | The Cares Act | Council of Nonprofits

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Jay Cole, executive director of Crossroads Community Services, describes how the coronavirus pandemic is challenging the organization’s well-oiled hub-and-spoke food distribution network. The network, which nourishes people through more than 60 local partners in Dallas County, is distributing three times more food now than before COVID-19 times. He shares the organization’s needs, volunteer opportunities and some heart-tugging moments that make the work worth doing.

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Crossroads Community Services | Get Shift Done | Voly | VNA

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Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests black people are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Numbers released by Dallas County show a similar trend among black and Latinx people locally. Viruses don’t discriminate, but their spread can shine a light on existing race and class disparities in healthcare. Richie Butler, a board member of Communities Foundation of Texas and pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas, talks about this issue and the #WeNeed2Survive campaign, an effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.

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#WeNeed2Survive | Dallas County Health & Human Services | How to make cloth masks

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The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted the service industry while also putting many people in desperate need of meals. At the same time, nonprofits that usually provide food assistance are seeing a spike in the need for volunteers because of municipal physical distancing orders. Get Shift Done is a relief fund and initiative launched in North Texas to address all of these challenges. Sejal Desai of Communities Foundation of Texas’ CFT4Business chats with us about how the initiative started, the impact its having to stabilize incomes, relieve hunger and create opportunities for similar programs in other cities.

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Organizations interested in learning more about how to create a “Get Shift Done” program in their communities should send an e-mail to Sejal Desai at sdesai@cftexas.org. Members of the local hospitality workforce who have been affected by the COVID-19 economic shutdown and are looking to use their skills to provide hunger relieve to the community should visit GetShiftDone.org.

Check out this heart-warming story from The Chocolate MINT Foundation, one of the nonprofits partners with Get Shift Done. CFT is proud to support organizations like these with the help of Get Shift Done and Shiftsmart! We are better together.

The Mint Foundation + Get Shift Done
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The Deason Innovation Gym in the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU is putting its space to use to manufacture face shields for area medical professionals to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Communities Foundation of Texas put the muscle of its highly respected, well-recognized North Texas Giving Day brand behind Giving Tuesday to support the widespread regional needs that are a result of COVID-19.

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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing people to process the death of a loved one while navigating uncertainty, requiring us to do without the intimacies we expect to experience when someone dies. 

*A NOTE OF CAUTION: This episode contains explicit details of a young child's suicide. If you or someone you know may be triggered by this conversation, we encourage you to care for yourself well by not listening or sharing.

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About CFT's Relief and Recovery Approach

An effective response, regardless of where a crisis occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors. The bulk of dollars in response to tragedy and disaster are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care). Emergency relief is vital. Still, experts agree that relief and recovery dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of crisis-affected communities. CFT believes in supporting the complete timeline of management efforts: from immediate relief to recovery.

Learn more about CFT's approach to long-term recovery efforts