Mobilize Your Nonprofit Groups & Teams To Work Remotely
COVID-19 is changing how our nonprofits are serving their communities, coordinating volunteers, and responding to changing needs. The good news is your Aplos platform has some built-in tools that can help your nonprofit respond quickly, communicate, and keep your teams safe while everyone is working remotely. Groups & Teams in Aplos allows you and your team members the option of going remote by logging into a secure group portal to share updates, sign up for tasks, and plan your meetings.
Here are the top ways people are using Groups & Teams in Aplos to keep their teams and community safe during Coronavirus.
Coordinate Your COVID-19 Volunteers Online
You’re likely beginning to hear of new needs from people requesting food packages or assistance with shopping for those who can’t leave their homes. You can invite your volunteer team to a group and divide them into teams, assign tasks, email all teams or specific ones, or send them a link to sign up for specific needs.
Share Ideas And Content With Parents Who Have Children At Home
If you have a network of people who count on you for educational resources, whether you are a school, after-school program, or a supportive service, ask them if they are interested in joining a group to keep in touch. It’s important to stay connected to the parents of those kids, and remain a resource even when they are remote. You can invite parents to connect in a group to receive updates, connect with other parents, share ideas for homeschool, or share packets for fresh content.
Moving Board Meetings Remote
Some of the most active members on nonprofit boards or committees are often seniors, which is also a group that is at risk with COVID-19. It is important to keep them connected, even if it is remotely. You can easily schedule your meetings, upload your financial reports that you would normally print out, and post your agendas and minutes. Plus, you can send out an email to the members so they can video or phone conference in using a tool like Zoom or Google Hangouts.
Want To Get Started On Using Groups?
Here are some helpful tutorials to walk you through step by step so you can accomplish some of the ideas above.
Support Center Tutorials
Learn how to create groups, add group members (with role permissions), and invite those members into the group.
Access your group from your Aplos account or your member mortal.
Learn how to create planned meetings and poll your members for the most optimal meeting time for your group.
Learn how to create events, set event coordinators, assign tasks, and share helpful information.
Once you have an event, you can add and manage your people, and invite volunteers to sign themselves up.
Send an email update to your group to share new information or files, or invite them to sign up for a volunteer opportunity.
Other Helpful Resources To Equip Your Team To Work Remotely
- Tools for Remote Workers by National Council of Nonprofits
- Resource shared by software fundraiser on LinkedIn about the ways you can do fundraising and target tech-savvy donors remotely
- Remote Workers and Telecommuting Practices for Nonprofits by National Council of Nonprofits
- Nonprofits: Continuity Planning for COVID-19 (and Other Disruptions) by Armanino’s Financial Advisory
- Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits Webinar by TechSoup