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As a new feature this month, we would like to get your responses to MHS’ question of the month. This is your opportunity to share with and hear from your MHS community. 

If you could give one, concise piece of advice to the next generation of leaders, what would it be?

Simply go to our very brief online form to answer the question and we will share a selection of the responses in next month's Newsletter.

Meet MHA Keynote Speaker Philip Gulley

Tuesday, March 9 - Thursday, March 11, 2021

The virtual conference will take place from Noon - 3:00 p.m. (EDT) each day.

Philip GulleyPhilip Gulley is a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker from Danville, Indiana.  Gulley has written 22 books, including the Harmony series recounting life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana and the best-selling Porch Talk essay series.  Gulley’s memoir, I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood, was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

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Leading a Nonprofit Board: A Toolkit for Board Chairs

October 22, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern

In this session, Karen Lehman, President & CEO of MHS, will walk us through the new MHS Board Chair Toolkit. This tool was designed with the Chair role in mind, and seeks to offer learnings on preparing for the role of Chair, limitations of the role, meeting planning and leadership, Robert’s Rules of Order, preparing to leave the role, and maintaining health and balance. Karen will provide leadership tips and ideas that are considered governance best practices, as well as tips for creating effective Board Chair and CEO partnerships.

Register for the free webinar now.

Network Groups: A Strong Community Leads to Stronger Ministry

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Network Groups are an opportunity for senior level employees of MHS member organizations to share knowledge, brainstorm and find solutions while connecting via Zoom with your peers in MHS organizations.

CEO, Operations, Development, Human Resources, Finance, Marketing/Communications, and Senior Living Administrator Network Groups will be starting in the 4th quarter of 2020.

Learn more about our Network Groups on our website at


Recruitment During the Pandemic

Recruiting qualified staff during the best of times can be challenging and these are not the best of times. MHS reached out to two of our member organizations to hear from them about recruitment during these times. Read on to hear from your peers.

Best Practices in Fundraising During a Pandemic

by David King, of David P. King Fundraising Counsel, LLC

Data to Focus Your Fundraising Thinking

  • Giving chartThe stock market is strong, indicating an underlying healthy business capacity.
  • A Gallup poll in May found that 66% of respondents said they will continue charitable giving during the pandemic at the same or higher level than in 2019.
  • Eighty-five percent of people who gave at least $1,000 in 2018 or 2019 to a faith-based nonprofit say they expect to give the same amount or more this year (Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 30, 2020).
  • Major donors who own their own businesses or are professionals continue to have incomes.
  • Grants from foundations and major donor support are as strong or stronger than in 2019, according to a survey of 172 nonprofit CEO’s (Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 8, 2020).

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Theo Omo to Retire at End of the Year

Theo OmoTheo Omo, CEO for Thurston Woods Village, will retire after 24 years with the organization on December 31, 2020.

Omo, along with her staff and Board of Directors, took Thurston Woods to an award-winning, multi-level retirement community during her time there.

Regarding the global pandemic that has made all of us pivot and adjust to new realities, Omo says, "I am blessed that our staff have been so committed to our residents, going above and beyond in every situation.   During this pandemic our team has shined."

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Member Portal

The portal is coming...

CARES Act Stimulus Funding Audit Requirements. Are you prepared?

Dianne Piet, your dedicated CPS Client Account ManagerWebinar: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 1 pm CST

Many of you have not undergone this level of detailed audit before! Even if your organization has been through a standard GAAP audit, these requirements are far more demanding and you need to be prepared. Whether you are a for profit or non-for-profit entity, you will be subject to these audit requirements. [ Read More...]

Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

As part as our committment to continue working toward racial justice, we will feature several items from the list of 97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice in each issue of eConnections.

  • Do deep canvassing about race and racial justice. Many SURJ groups are organizing them, so many people can do it through your local SURJ group. If they’re not already doing it, start it.
  • Research your local prosecutors. Prosecutors have a lot of power to give fair sentences or Draconian ones, influence a judge’s decision to set bail or not, etc. In the past election, a slew of fair-minded prosecutors were elected. We need more.
  • Call or write to state legislators, federal legislators, and your governor to end solitary confinement in excess of 15 days. It is considered torture by the UN, and it is used more frequently on Black and Hispanic prisoners. For more information on solitary, two good overviews can be found here and here.
  • Watch 13th (Netflix). Better yet, get a group of friends together and watch 13th.
  • Watch The House I Live In (PBS). Or get a group of friends together and watch it.
  • Read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article The Case for Reparations and From Here to Equality by William A. Darity Jr.A. Kirsten Mullen. The US has already participated in reparations four times. Thank you to Clyanna Blyanna for suggesting this addition.
  • Participate in reparations. One way is through this Facebook group. Remember reparations isn’t just monetary — share your time, skills, knowledge, connections, etc. Thank you to Clyanna Blyanna for suggesting this addition.
  • Read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Better yet, get a group of friends together to read it like a book club would — read, then discuss. Buy it from one of these Black-owned bookstores.
  • Read Caught by Marie Gottschalk. Better yet, get a group of friends together to read it like a book club would — read, then discuss. Buy it from one of these Black-owned bookstores.


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