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Thursday, 19 March 2020 13:37

Philanthropy In Times of Coronavirus

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These are indeed trying times. Our world is faced with a pandemic that has all but stopped our daily lives. Around the world our fellow humans are coming together (apart) to defeat this deadly disease.

 The philanthropic sector has a great responsibility at all times, and especially during this pandemic. The sector has the responsibility to hold together the safety nets so many in our communities rely upon. Beyond providing for the basic needs -- food, clothing, shelter, safety, health and wellbeing -- the philanthropic sector also provides the cultural enrichments that enhance our lives with vibrant and meaningful experiences. The pandemic has made these the safety nets and cultural enrichments vulnerable. 

 So what do we do?

How do we keep our eyes focused on our mission and those benefiting from our good work?

 We can choose to panic, or we can keep calm and look at this as a time of opportunity. A time to be creative in how we invite others to partner with us to keep the mission afloat.

 People, so many people, are asking “how can I be of service?” 

 We, the philanthropic sector can answer that question. And we don’t need to feel guilty. We shouldn’t feel guilty, because helping feels good and there are many out there who are eager and willing to help. And the need is great.

 During the coming days and weeks, J. Milito & Associates is here for you, here to be of service to your organization. No strings attached.

 Whether it’s through the Facebook group “Philanthropy in Times of Coronavirus ”, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on topics of interest to you, J. Milito & Associates is using our years of experience and willingness “to be of service” that is prompting our activities. This is our opportunity to give back to the philanthropic sector, to help make us stronger and more focused life-changing missions. 

Let's get through this together.

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Janice Fonger

Janice Fonger, is SVP and general manager with J. Milito & Associates a direct response fundraising company. Janice has spent more than thirty years in the nonprofit sector. She has been on the front line, in the development office, in the board room and in the executive director’s chair. She knows organizational operations, board and committee oversight, marketing, finance, program delivery and fundraising in small nonprofits. She rose to the many challenges including creating new annual fundraising strategies, building an endowment during a recession, securing and maintaining needed public and private grant funding, as well as caring for and nurturing donor relationships. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter.