COVID 19 - Statement

Statement about COVID-19

June 09, 2020

We are nearly three months into the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, Maryland has had over 58,404 confirmed cases and COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 2,776 people in our state. (Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center). We grieve with those who have lost loved ones and our hearts are with our fellow Marylanders who have suffered and continue to suffer in countless ways during these last three months of turmoil.

In many ways we’ve normalized this new reality and we hope each of you are taking the time to process and care for your own well-being. Most of our team continues to work remotely and plan to for the foreseeable future. As we enter into summer and begin planning fall programs, we have decided to keep all programming virtual through the end of 2020.

In order to do our part for the collective health of our communities and to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, which is disproportionately impacting communities of color across our state and nation, we will continue delivery of robust programming by virtual means. This decision is guided by our organizational values and practices. Keeping our events and convenings virtual is one way we can contribute to the health and safety of both our immediate and broader Maryland communities.

The virtual convenings we have held so far, and will continue to hold for the rest of 2020, are ensuring that funders are part of a connected and collaborative community focused on learning to action. This decision affords us the time and space to continue reimagining and refining our programs for high-impact learning, inclusive community building and actions responsive to the challenges our funders are being called upon to address.  Our team is working diligently to ensure timely and thought-provoking conversations are prioritized.
The success of our virtual work over the last three months is a result of the network we’ve built together as a community—and I am confident we will continue to draw upon that strong foundation.

March 30, 2020

At Maryland Philanthropy Network we are striving to be forward-thinking as we and our communities face the outbreak of COVID-19. We are working to support our members as well as our nonprofit and government sector partners to meet the existing and emerging challenges. As we lend our organizing and convening capacity to collaboration among partners and a strategic response we also want to share the precautions we are taking.

Many of you have been planning to attend upcoming Maryland Philanthropy Network events over the coming months. We hare reviewed each event individually to determine whether digital convening makes sense or if an event should be canceled or postponed.  Please see individual event listings. For meetings converted from in-person to virtual, we will send call-in information prior to the event date.

We encourage our members, partners, and employees to follow widely recommended hygiene practices including hand washing, covering sneezes, social distancing, and other common-sense precautions.

We are doing the following:

  • Working remotely to support social distancing and self-isolation best practices.
  • Increasing and intensifying our cleaning routines in our office and meeting space.
  • Following our Influenza Season Planning and Response guidelines and the guidance of local and national health officials; and encouraging you to do the same.
  • Providing transparency on our decision-making process as we determine whether or not an event will proceed and a date by which that decision will be made.

What else? We are open to your thoughts about additional precautions we should consider.

Please click here for resources about COVID-19 and Disaster Grantmaking.

We understand that the context differs across the country and the situation is rapidly evolving.  We will make adjustments as appropriate to protect our members, staff and broader public health outcomes.