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In the Time of Coronavirus: Using Data to Chart a Course Through Crisis

May 8 @ 10:00 AM11:00 AM EDT

Using Data to Chart a Course Through Crisis: A Conversation for Nonprofits

While we cannot predict with certainty how the coronavirus crisis will impact the nonprofit sector in Michigan, we can use available data to anticipate where and how the greatest needs and challenges will arise.

The Johnson Center’s Community Data and Research Lab has analyzed information from IRS 990s dating to 2015 to reveal the types of nonprofits that may be most at risk from different financial threats, and which may be in the best positions to weather this storm.

Donna Murray-Brown from the Michigan Nonprofit Association will join the Johnson Center’s Jeff Williams and Tamela Spicer for a conversation exploring how nonprofit leaders and board members can use this data to guide their organizations through the crisis and plan for recovery.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about the state of nonprofit finances in Michigan heading into the crisis so you can gauge your position
  • Why your relationships with board members, staff, partners, and donors are more important than ever — and how you can lean into them even now
  • How scenario planning can help you and your organization set priorities and goals for the next several months
  • What stories to consider telling about your organization’s strengths and role in combating this crisis and supporting a strong recovery


Registration (choose the price level that’s right for you):

  • $0 – Option for those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • $35 – General Admission
  • $50 – Support each other! Help make this program available to those who need it most. Support the data and capacity-building services that will help our sector recover.

Explore the data behind this webinar:

Our Presenters
Photo: Donna Murray-Brown
Donna Murray-Brown is the President and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). She leads the strategic direction and overall operations of MNA’s body of work. She was named one of Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 for 2018 and 2019, one of Crain’s Detroit Business 2018 Notable Women in Nonprofits as well one of the 2019 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence. Learn more about Donna.
Photo: Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams, M.A., M.B.A., is the director of the Community Data and Research Lab (CDRL) at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, where he manages CDRL’s annual research agenda and oversees a staff of researchers, database experts, and web developers who promote access to data and provide insights into nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and activities. Learn more about Jeff.
Photo: Tamela Spicer

Tamela Spicer, M.A., is the program manager for nonprofit services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. She works primarily with faith-based clients, and specializes in organizational structure, fund development, and strategic planning. Learn more about Tamela.



May 8
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
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