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Field Notes

A Message from Root Cause: Hope, encouragement, and solidarity in the face of crisis and uncertainty

Andrew Wolk
April 2, 2020

Dear friends,

We write to share a message of hope, encouragement, and solidarity in the face of crisis and uncertainty.

Your work has never been as important as it is now.

We are here to offer our help.

We will be hosting a series of free webinars and virtual office hours in an effort to share our expertise and capacity in this time of need.  Stay tuned for details on sessions such as:

Financial Sustainability:  Scenario planning in uncertain times

Program Design:  Adapting program delivery in crisis mode

Talent Management:  Leading and supporting your team



Crisis like coronavirus cause disparities to widen and deepen.  While this crisis is framed in terms of a public health crisis, its impact on people’s lives is linked to and influenced by factors related to socioeconomic status and employment.  As our collective social sector struggles to find ways to deliver essential services for the people who need them most, the very same populations are also most likely to be affected by the disease or the economic fallout from it.

There has never been a more critical time to look to the old adage “it takes a village” for inspiration and guidance as we navigate the uncharted territory ahead.  Even as we isolate and distance ourselves – and our organizations – from each other, our sense of community can and must tighten if we are to grow our collective capacity for resilience in the face of crisis.

You are a part of our village.  Your well-being and the well-being of our team are most important to us as we chart a path forward.  If there is any way we can be helpful to you and your colleagues at this time, please tell us.

We are also here for you as a partner.  In responding and adapting to this crisis, we cannot offer a social service like a nonprofit, or a grant like a foundation, but we can offer our strengths as a thought partner, researcher, facilitator, strategist, and problem-solver.  If we can help your organization help the village in any way, please tell us. The best way to get in touch with us is to email Abby Fung at afung (at) rootcause (dot) org.

On behalf of all of us at Root Cause, thank you for all you do to improve people’s lives.


Be well,

The Root Cause Team




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