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ZIM has reached a major milestone in our 14-year history: we signed with our 300th nonprofit client!

In other news, summer is in full swing! Many of our clients have implemented plans to pivot their services, such as virtual and socially distanced summer camps, online fundraising events, and other creative responses to COVID-19’s economic impacts that are redefining what it means to serve community amid a crisis. While the world is nowhere near reverting back to the way it was before COVID-19, we’re starting to see a trend of grant applications going to back to the way they were B.C. (Before COVID). If you’re grappling with how to restructure your routine grant applications to explain your ongoing response to COVID-19, we can help. Get in touch with us to find out more.   

Read on for nonprofit news, strategy insights, and, of course, upcoming grant deadlines.
Client Spotlight: Central City Opera
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Photo by Amanda Tipton

As COVID-19 first struck in March, our client Central City Opera had to make the difficult decision to postpone their 2020 Summer Festival, a beloved event that usually takes place in their iconic jewel box theater. Following this heartbreaking decision, Central City Opera knew it had to find a way to keep opera alive and artists engaged in the community. And so, they brought opera outdoors!

CCO has been holding socially-distanced “Al-fresco” performances on the balcony of the Opera House and in their Opera House Gardens. They are also sharing performances with opera enthusiasts online and have even expanded their online offerings to interviews, stay-at-home activities, and educational opportunities such as “Opera Up Close.” This pivot has allowed CCO to deepen its relationship with the City of Central and make opera more accessible to new audiences.

“The impact of COVID-19 has forced organizations to be creative and innovative in how they function. Fortunately, the performing arts sector is driven by creative minds. Our staff has embraced the challenges presented by COVID-19 and have found a way to develop experiences for our patrons to stay connected. We could not have done any of this without the support of our patrons, partners, and donors.” - Katie Nicholson, Acting Director of Development

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What comes first, the strategy or the grants?
But, seriously, where do grants fit into your strategic plan? This month, Marty Zimmerman, ZIM’s Co-founder and President, took to the blog to discuss where grants make sense within a strategic plan. At long last, Marty offers the nonprofit community clarity around the differences between “Goals”, “Strategies”, and “Tactics” (a feat within itself!). Wondering whether grants should be a goal, strategy, or tactic?

Welcome, Kimberly!

It has been a joy to get to know Kimberly Harris, our newest Grant Researcher and Writer. Kim joins us fresh from her master’s program in International Development at DU. Kim’s nonprofit experience has focused mainly on individuals with disabilities, behavioral health and economic growth, and she’s excited to connect a variety of clients at ZIM to new grant funding. Here’s a tidbit from Kim on her first (ZIM)impressions of being on the team:

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"Everyone has welcomed me with open arms since my first day at ZIM. It's difficult to begin any job remotely, but ZIM has made me feel included throughout this entire process and I'm so thankful for that. I've learned more than I ever thought I would in just three weeks and I'm looking forward to the ways I will grow in the future."
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