Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Lessons From 3 Nonprofits & How They’ve Really Handled COVID-19

Welcome to the 6th (and final) Installment of the 2020 Cause Conference Summer Webinar Series


Nonprofits are more critical now than ever before as they meet the growing demand for services from individuals and families in San Diego that struggle to adapt to COVID related crises. These creative organizations have met with extreme obstacles and uncertain futures. Yet many have demonstrated exceptional agility during this difficult time- and we’re all better off for it!

Leadership from three local nonprofit organizations will join in conversation to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly “pivots” they’ve made amidst the pandemic.

What attendees will learn:

  • The elements that have underpinned the successful adaptations nonprofits are making today
  • What to do in those dark moments – you aren’t alone in this challenge!
  • A deeper picture of the nonprofit sector past the newsletters and promotional emails
  • And more! The Q&A section will be open to all attendees.

Date / Time / Format:

  • Date: 9/15/2020

  • Time: 2pm-3pm PT

  • Format: Moderated Panel with Q&A (on Zoom)

Who is this event good for?

  • Individuals who care about supporting the nonprofit sector through a period of challenge with their time, talent, treasure, and ties
  • Nonprofit leaders who are looking for a peer group with whom to share ideas
  • Change agents who are “stuck” and need a different perspective

Register Here

Our Moderator

Sierra Visher Kroha, Executive Director, San Diego Social Venture Partners

Sierra Visher Kroha, a leader in the San Diego nonprofit and philanthropic community, is the current Executive Director of San Diego Social Venture Partners. SDSVP is an engaged philanthropy organization with affiliates in 40 cities across 8 countries that provides funding and pro-bono consulting to strengthen local nonprofits the community.

Before joining SVP, Sierra spent several years living in Nairobi, Kenya, helping to start, scale and then manage a national public health program with the nonprofit Deworm the World Initiative. As a result of the successful implementation of this program, 5.9 million children were dewormed annually, dramatically improving their health and educational outcomes.

A fanatic for working in nonprofits and with the interesting and passionate people that they attract, Sierra has held leadership roles in microfinance organizations, in refugee services, and business development programs in Latin America, and East Africa. Sierra was the 2011 recipient of the Luther Gulick Scholarship for Leadership on International Issues. She co-chairs the board of the Karen Organization of San Diego, local nonprofit supporting refugees from Myanmar.

Our Speakers

Susan Griffin, Executive Director, Hannah’s House

Susan is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 40 years of human services experience and holds degrees in Couples & Family Therapy; Clinical Psychology; and Behavioral Science.

In 1988, Susan co-founded Hannah’s Family Center (AKA Hannahs’s House, a nonprofit organization that strengthens communities by building resilience in children and teaching essential co-parenting skills to parents whether they live together or separately, with an emphasis on preventing and reducing the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Susan writes a blog for Hannah’s Family Center and co-authored a book with her son’s father, Co-Parenting For the Sake of the Kid. She is also the author of a series of articles called “The ABC’s of Parenting.” Books include: Parents are Forever; Turtles Travel Too; The Healing Circle of Stones: A Positive Force for Transformation of Self and Community; and Good Order and Discipline.

Emily Moberly, Founder and CEO, Traveling Stories

Emily Moberly was teaching high school English in Honduras when she first realized that not all children grow up with access to books or a love for reading. In 2010 she started Traveling Stories, a nonprofit that has since opened eight libraries internationally and several StoryTent programs locally.

To date, the organization has helped over 10,000 children. In response to Covid-19, Traveling Stories is now offering programs virtually. The Virtual StoryTent pairs children one-on-one with a reading mentor for weekly virtual sessions and the Reading Raffle app invites children to submit book reviews for chances to win weekly prize giveaways. Emily has a degree in Journalism from John Brown University and a certificate in African Studies and Community Development from Uganda Christian University.  She is the author of the bilingual children’s book, “Watch Out for Mr. B.” For fun, Emily enjoys hanging out with her two foster daughters and three cats!

Meredith Kennedy, Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics, CA Chapter 3

Meredith Kennedy, MPH is the Chapter Executive Director/CEO for the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3, San Diego, and Imperial Counties (AAP-CA3). As the ED for the past 17 years, Meredith has provided administration and oversight of operational and financial functions, conducted community outreach and advocacy with local and state officials, and managed and coordinated chapter programs.

Meredith has over 25 years of project administration and budget management experience on various public health projects including work at UC San Diego in clinical research.  Under her leadership, the chapter has grown to over 500 members and the organization has led award-winning county-wide programs focusing on the well-being of children and families in our community.  Meredith received her Master’s in Public Health from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego.