Funding Your Work In Uncertain Times – Part Two!

Updated: Jul 5


First off, I hope everyone is healthy and safe right now.  This is an uncertain time for us all and the most important thing we can do is take care of ourselves.  I for one am “sheltering in place” in our home near Hendersonville, NC; up in the beautiful Western NC mountains, somewhat isolated from the major urban areas.  Not immune by any means but in a place where let’s just say it’s easier to shelter in place.


Too busy to read it all? I get it. Here’s the nutshell: In this blog I touch on the following: RDG’s recommended COVID-19 RESPONSE relative to resourcing your organizations – see paragraph four below. Or if you’d just like to chat about your specific situation, call me, for free.  These are crazy times that require creative responses; a fundraiser offering free advice to, well, anyone falls into that category I think!  PS – I did clear that with the CFO!   (614) 395-3842. Finally, if you have a minute, literally one minute or less, please take our RDG Quick Poll where we are tracking some important industry trends.

RDG has been intentionally quiet during these past few weeks as our Chamber/EDO friends settle into routines, to the extent that is even possible, and try to find some sort of rhythm to the important work you do.  As you might imagine, we have been highly communicative with our current clients, but thought now might be a good time to share some of our on-going advice and counsel with our more extended family and acquaintances.


Before doing so, however, I also wanted to let you know we will be pushing out more content, primarily via this blog, over the next few weeks.  I guess you can put this into the category of forewarned is forearmed!  If it gets to be too much, let us know and we will suspend sending to you, but our sense is this is a good time to be sharing different, creative, innovative ways of thinking about the future.  That is something we have always tried to do with this blog – keep it interesting and on the edge.


So, with that, you can find a short message HERE that captures our approach to resourcing in COVID-19.  Some of you have already seen this, but for those that have not, it’s not rocket science, but perhaps in here you will find confirmation of your current direction, or even a new idea that might help you navigate your funding for the next few months.


Shut in but we are not shut down!


One more item:  while this particular situation is new for us all, economic disruption is not.  RDG successfully navigated the 9/11 induced recession and the great recession over a decade ago, so we understand economic uncertainty and the instability it may cause in your funding streams.  Our experience over the years may provide a kernel of advice that you might find helpful so we encourage you to call anyone on the RDG TEAM — to talk about what you are experiencing and how to manage the triage in which we all find ourselves.  It won’t cost you a dime!


I can’t say our advice and counsel will always be free, but right now is a time when all of us need to do whatever we can to help get our economy back on track.  One thing we know for sure, the issues our Chambers/EDOs are working on will never be more important and urgent as we emerge from this situation. If our industry is decimated as a result of the current economic impact of COVID-19, the economic recovery will suffer.  We can’t have that so call this our small part to help advance the greater good.


In closing, stay healthy, stay safe and remember, we are shut in but we are not shut down!


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