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Natalie Scherlong

Bi-Weekly Recap: October 5, 2020

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Hello WESTAF board of trustees: Welcome to the first biweekly of FY21. As you can guess, the biggest news of the past two weeks was learning about Chrissy Deal’s departure from WESTAF and her new role at the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. As I mentioned in my 9/23 email to you all with this news, Chrissy has not just transformed WESTAF through her leadership during her seven years serving the organization, most recently as Director of Social Responsibility and Inclusion, she has devoted much of her career advocating for greater representation of communities of color in the nonprofit arts, culture, and philanthropy…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: September 21, 2020

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Hello again WESTAF trustees: Well, we’ve come to the very last biweekly of FY20. The first half of the fiscal year began promisingly enough. The second half? Well, you know. A global pandemic, an overdue reckoning with racial injustice, a gasping economy, catastrophic western climate fires and now the passing of RBG, a giant of jurisprudence, and all of the troubling implications that this represents to a democracy already dangling by a thread. Pablo Neruda said “You can cut all the flowers, but you can’t keep Spring from coming,” so let’s always let hope be our anchor while we focus…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: September 8, 2020

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Greetings WESTAF Trustees: Hope everyone was able to relax, take stock, and feel safe and during this past Labor Day weekend. It’s really very busy at WESTAF right now as we head towards the last few weeks of our fiscal year so let’s jump right in, shall we? JULY FINANCIALS (AH) The July financials were reviewed by the Executive Committee at their meeting on August 26 and are presented here for your review: July Cash Summary — a snapshot of cash income and expenses as of July 31st; July Financial Memo — accompanies the cash summary footnotes; Aug End of…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: August 24, 2020

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Greetings WESTAF Trustees: This is the first of just three more biweeklies to go until the end of this fiscal year. It’s hard to overstate the shocking whiplash we’ve experienced between the first and second halves of this year due to the sweeping, jarring impact of the pandemic. COVID is like a tidal wave, but instead of demolishing roads, trees and buildings across space, it has obliterated plans, hopes and dreams across time. Visualizing a FY21 budget in the face of such ongoing uncertainty has been quite a task, but the team rose to the challenge, and a FY21 budget…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: August 10, 2020

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Greetings WESTAF trustees, Here’s the latest update, covering the last two weeks! Let’s get to it: VIRTUAL WORK UPDATE (CG) Perhaps this is not a huge surprise, but WESTAF will be staying in remote work mode through the end of 2020. We’ll pick up this knotty situation again in January 2021. We really wanted to stay optimistic and be ready at any time for a return to the office, but willingness to do so is relatively low, WFH productivity is relatively high and the pandemic continues to pose too much of a risk. You may remember that WESTAF has renewed…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: July 27, 2020

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Dear WESTAF Board of Trustees: As July draws to a close, we will have only two months left in our fiscal year — FY21 begins October 1, 2020. This is a particularly busy time for WESTAF — in our web businesses, in public policy and advocacy, in social responsibility and regranting, in technology and innovation, in communications and marketing and in finance and administration — so let’s dive right in: OCTOBER BOARD MEETING UPDATE (CG, NS) Thanks to you all for completing our brief survey regarding the October board meeting. Perhaps not unexpected, the survey indicated that around 80% of…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: July 13, 2020

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Greeting WESTAF trustees: The July 4 holiday fell within this biweekly period, so fewer days upon which to report, but still scads going on at WESTAF, as you can see below. In the coming week or so, we’ll be reaching out to take your temperature (bad joke) on how you’d feel about a trip to Denver in October for the annual board meeting. There are no wrong answers, just honest ones. Like a lot of places in the US, the city and county of Denver’s rate of new cases and hospitalizations is currently heading in the wrong direction. We’ll need…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: June 29, 2020

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Hello WESTAF Board of Trustees: The biweekly comes to you a little later this fortnight, as I am just returning from some time off. You might have noticed that these biweeklies have of late begun to include lots of rich contributions from the WESTAF leadership resource team (LRT) and this one is no exception. Of note, some great updates from SRI (Chrissy Deal), Technology (Adam Sestokas) and Public Policy (David Holland), in addition to further great updates from Seyan Lucero, Christina Villa and our product managers. Thanks, all. Let’s jump in: LATEST ON WORKING FROM HOME (CG) As you may…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: June 15, 2020

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Greetings WESTAF Trustees: Across the United States and around the world, the last two weeks have seen continuing calls for justice in the murder of George Floyd and many others, and for an end to systemic racism and police brutality. In just a few weeks, a string of hopeful developments signaling real change has offered up some hope that there may be momentum. But the fight is by no means over, and global protests show no signs of slowing down. Thank you, WESTAF leaders on the board and staff, who brought our Statement on the Murder of George Floyd and…

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Bi-Weekly Recap: June 1, 2020

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Hello Trustees: It’s hard to sound upbeat or “business as usual” jumping into this biweekly report. The world is hurting so bad and I’m mad and sad and tired about where we’re at. Yet justice must prevail, along with an end to systemic racism. Black Lives Matter. I stay hopeful that great good will happen because of this, but it’s up to all of us to see it through. I am grateful for our WESTAF community and send strength, resiliency and growth to each of you as we press on with our work. Although we sometimes feel overwhelmed, I still…

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