Chattanooga-area nonprofits share the pandemic's impact to their organizations and brainstorm potential solutions

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Teachers and volunteers help pack care packages in the auditorium at Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts.

A local look ahead

The Chattanooga Nonprofit Alliance was founded at the outset of the pandemic to advocate on behalf of the collective community of area nonprofits. The consortium's 40 partners span the gamut, from large social service providers like the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and the YMCA to niche organizations including the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga and ArtsBuild. The alliance is also working to develop and administer a fund housed at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to finance shared resources with the highest possible impact, such as a producer to assist multiple organizations with digital events.

"We mobilized at the beginning of this to speak for all nonprofits, but especially the non-frontline responders," says Phil Trammell, president of the local Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter and a member of the new alliance steering committee.