As we mark the two-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Philanthropy Forum has released a new report, The COVID-19 Crucible, that documents the many extraordinary ways in which philanthropy-serving organizations responded to the pandemic and are adapting in a new landscape.
The report looks back to detail how PSOs—the regional and national philanthropy associations and networks that comprise the Forum network—played numerous vital leadership roles in the philanthropy sector’s response to the pandemic. The report also looks forward to share lessons learned from PSOs’ responses to the pandemic to help inform the sector when future crises strike.
“Over the past two years I have watched firsthand as regional and national PSOs have responded in truly astounding ways to ensure that philanthropy was being as effective and impactful as possible in helping our communities tackle a global health pandemic, demonstrating a powerful level of nimbleness, adaptability and flexibility,” notes Forum President & CEO David Biemesderfer in the report’s foreword. “The sector needs to be planning now for the next crisis, and PSOs must be an integral component of any plan.”