Food for Thought Online


Food for Thought has been a wonderful forum to open the conversation for community engagement. We invite you to continue the conversation online during the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss topics that will help your nonprofit continue to operate, grow, and thrive during this crisis. For questions, contact info@chescocf.org or call (610) 696-8211.

CLICK HERE to help us focus our weekly sessions by taking a 2 minute survey. The Community Foundation will use your confidential responses to develop weekly board/staff online discussions.

CLICK HERE to register for any Food for Thought session that interests you. Share with your nonprofit and board friends! Please note, this program is for Senior Staff and Board Members. 

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Topics & Thought Leaders:

6/9 – Back to Work: Reopening Chesco Nonprofits Safely (Cierra Eckenrode & Ernie Holling)

6/16 – Back to Work: Reopening Chesco Arts & Culture nonprofits Safely (Cierra Eckenrode, Heather Reiffer, & Emily Simmons)

6/23 – Pivoting your Mission in Turbulent Times

Bob & Noel Stanek, Stanek Associates LLC
Joe Sherwood, Executive Director, Chester County Library System

7/21 – Learning from the Best: LONGWOOD GARDENS’ COVID RESPONSE (Personnel – Volunteers – Programs)
Thought Leader: Nick D’Addezio, Director, Marketing, Longwood Gardens


Food For Thought Resources:

Nonprofit Crisis Management: A Checklist pdf

   Nonprofit Crisis Management: A Checklist docx.

4/28 Nonprofit Crisis Management: Survey Result

For live results visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-83VLV3B9/

4/28 Nonprofit Crisis Management: Crisis Communications

5/5 Nonprofit Crisis Management: Program, Service & Org Strategy Refinement

5/12 Nonprofit Crisis Management: Fiscal Security

5/19 Raising Revenues: Events & Virtual Fundraising

5/26 Raising Revenues: Gifts & Grants

6/2 Raising Revenues: Stewardship

6/9 BACK TO WORK: Reopening ChesCo Nonprofits Safely

6/16 Return to Work Safety PowerPoint

6/23 Pivoting your Mission in Turbulent Times


Older Board Resources from 2019-2020: 

Nonprofit Board Fundraising

Creating Strong Board-Staff Partnerships

Board Best Practice Examples & Templates

January 2020 Topic: What??? You Want Me to Fundraise TOO?

February 2020 Topic: Board Legal Duties & Avoiding Liability


Additional COVID-19 resources