One of the best things about living in Northern Nevada is its vibrant philanthropic and arts community, and because of that, people want to know how to support artists, organizations, and nonprofits during COVID-19.
There are a variety of ways to support the organizations and individuals who bring creativity and compassion to our community. Here’s a shortlist of what you can do to champion artists, organizations, and nonprofits during COVID-19.
7 Ways To Support Northern Nevada’s Artists And Other Nonprofits During Covid-19
1. Give Some Love On Social Media
This first tip won’t cost you a thing! Many of our beloved local nonprofits and arts organizations have taken to the internet to spread joy, positivity, and creativity. Support their efforts by clicking the “like” or “share” button, or leaving a kind comment. For example, the Nevada Museum of Art is sharing pieces of art and #MueseumFromHome moments via its Instagram and Facebook accounts. Check out this video to get a tour of “Where Art and Tech Collide” or see the soothing movements of “Bloom” here.
2. Donate To A Strong Foundation
In cooperation with the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, and Washoe County, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada has established a charitable relief fund to help address needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in northern Nevada. The COVID-19 Relief Fund is intended to address the larger and long-term picture and take action where needed most. A fund advisory committee made up of City and County representatives in a position to be familiar with local needs will make grant recommendations to the grants to the Community Foundation Board of Trustees. For more information and to donate, click here.
3. Fund Artists Directly
The Sierra Arts Foundation has established a Go Fund Me portal to serve as a relief fund for artists and art organizations in the region that are currently affected by COVID-19. As funds filter in, Sierra Arts will allocate up to $500 in awards per awardee. To learn more and to donate, click here.
4. Donate Your Tickets To The Organization
Per Governor Sisolak’s directive and The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, all large events and gatherings have been impacted in Nevada. The widespread cancellation of group events has a direct and disproportionate effect on arts and nonprofit organizations in particular.
If you registered to attend a nonprofit conference or fundraising event and it is canceled, donate your registration fee back to the organization. They’re losing money in two ways: first, the funds already spent on hosting the event and second, the loss of fundraising expected from the event.
“A huge thing people can do to help support the arts is to not ask for a refund on events that have been canceled,” said Evelyn Klatt, the Director of Marketing for the Reno Philharmonic Association.
5. Set Up A Monthly Donation If You Can Afford To
For individuals who can afford to, now is a vital time to set up small monthly donations to nonprofits.
“This is a great time for people to set up recurring monthly donations to organizations as it ensures a steady and consistent flow of income,” said Michael Hicks, Director of Development for the Reno Philharmonic Association.
6. Redirect Canceled Travel Funds To A Nonprofit
If you receive a refund for a canceled flight or hotel reservation, consider donating it to a nonprofit. This money can make a big difference financially for organizations that may be shut down or being forced to reduce services.
7. Donate Blood
Due to the cancellation of blood drives, the American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to maintain a sufficient supply. Make an appointment here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find a local donation site.