A personal message from our Staff - Liz Holt, Executive Director, OPRF Chamber of Commerce
"Our non-profit members are all important to us and we are committed to supporting all that you do in these challenging times. Your missions and visions for a better future for our community is the life-blood of what makes Oak Park and River Forest so special. The Chamber is a fellow non-profit, and I can already see that there will be tough times ahead for all of us. Like many of you, we have had to postpone our largest fundraiser of the year, and looking to the future where our main revenue stream is member dues, things feel a little scary. Circumstances for the usual donors and supporters have no doubt changed and we will all have to figure out the new normal. I hope that we can lean on one another and figure out how to just keep moving forward, one day at a time, one step at a time."
To contact Liz to learn more about your member benefits, or just to commiserate, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Profit Covid19 Survey - Forefront is gathering needed information from Illinois’ nonprofit organizations about the impact of COVID-19. Your participation and input are critical. CLICK HERE to take the survey. Forefront also has some great resources on their website - CLICK HERE.
OPRF Community Foundation - thank you for letting us know that the American Philanthropic is hosting a free webinar series on fundraising in uncertain times. See more information on their website: https://www.philanthropydaily.
com/fundraising-uncertain- times-coronavirus/ See registration link here: https://zoom.us/webinar/ register/WN_ 6tipXd4FSQKvr7z1vKq_xg
The first webinar will take place this Thursday at 1 pmCT/2pm ET. Please get in touch with Kyle Vander Meulen cc above at: kvandermeulen@
americanphilanthropic.com if you have any questions.
Chicago Covid-19 Response Fund for Non Profits - Another potential funding option for non-profits. CLICK HERE and then scroll down to the FAQs. Click on "What if my organization wants to apply to the fund" and fill in the Google form expression of interest. If there are funds available they will contact you to apply.
Navigating the Financial Impact on Non-Profits - Watch a presentation from Forefront on
Non profits are eligible for SBA Disaster Relief Loans - CLICK HERE for info on how to apply.
SHOW THEM HOW SAFE YOU ARE!
Take the OPRF Chamber Safety Pledge and show your clients and customers that you are serious about their safety. CLICK HERE to take the pledge NOW!
Print bold and large signage to have in your office or in your public-facing spaces to give the community confidence in what you are doing to keep them safe.