Bay Area Fundraising in the time of COVID-19

With COVID-19, the nonprofit fundraising landscape has dramatically shifted. While challenges exist, new opportunities have also emerged.

We invite SV2 Grantees, Alumni Grantees and SV2 Partners and Prospective Partners working with nonprofits to join us and learn about fundraising in today’s environment. This working session will be facilitated by Mecca Billings, a highly successful in-house and contract fundraiser for higher education and nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years.

In listening and checking in with our Grantees, we recognize the concerns, challenges, and opportunities to fundraising in this unique time. During this workshop, participants will share today’s challenges with nonprofit fund development, learn how fundraising has shifted during COVID-19, understand opportunities and bright spots, and collaborate in small groups to update their COVID-19 story to attract more unrestricted funding to support their missions.

More about Mecca:

Mecca Billings has worked at the highest levels of fundraising strategy and management for more than 25 years. She began her fundraising career at her alma mater, Harvard, where she worked in the Harvard College Fund during its $2.1 billion university-wide campaign. Within the first two years of joining the Harvard College Fund team, she was promoted from an assistant, to a junior class officer and finally to a specially created frontline fundraising position to manage a $25 million capital campaign project that included a Kresge Foundation challenge grant, and identify new major donor alumni prospects living on the West Coast. Her extensive work for Harvard on the West Coast, coupled with a relentless Boston winter that ended with a snowstorm in April 1997, inspired her to relocate to the sunnier climate of California later that year.

In 2011, after 15 years working as an in-house fundraiser, she founded Billings Consulting Group, a full-service fundraising consulting firm that has a special focus on capital campaigns and major gifts fundraising. Since its inception, her company has supported regional, national and international nonprofits focused on wildlife and animal welfare, environmental education, performing arts, youth empowerment, education, and documentary film. Her counsel has consistently increased the capacity of her clients to execute major fundraising campaigns and secure six-figure and seven-figure gifts and grants from individual and institutional donors.

She is the current board president of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company. A lifelong devotee of the performing arts, she has been an avid student of Spanish flamenco dance and music for more than a decade.

This session will be held in virtual format via Zoom. The meeting access info will be sent via Eventbrite confirmation emails. To access the meeting info, Eventbrite will require you to log in or create an account if you don’t already have one. 

You will receive confirmation emails from Eventbrite 48 hours before the event, 2 hours before the event, and as the event begins. In any of these confirmation emails, click the orange “Go to online event page” box. This will take you to a screen with a gray “video” square. When you’re ready to join the meeting, click on the arrow in the gray square, which will take you to the Zoom meeting. 

If you have additional questions, please contact  Lucinda Brommersma, Director of Partner Engagement.