NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGES OF 2021
The unprecedented challenges we dealt with due to the global pandemic extended throughout our previous fiscal year. We gathered insights that led to new possibilities and opportunities to act and deliver the work of the 100 across the United States, London, and Turks and Caicos. While navigating the lingering effects of the pandemic, we adjusted our leadership styles. The Board of Directors, 100 Chapters, and the HQ staff led with virtual connections and empathy. We realized success by empowering people at every level of the organization to adapt whenever necessary.
The Jan 2022 Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies report on the COVID-19 jobs updates through December 2021 estimated a decline of 459,000 nonprofit jobs – 3.7 percent from pre-pandemic levels. With people continually leaving the workforce, the return of these jobs will take time. Causes and the communities served by nonprofits can’t wait. The youth and families served by the 100 need support now more than ever.
For this reason, we are forever grateful for the unwavering support we’ve received from sponsors and partners. This allowed us to provide increased grant funding of $9.6M directly to chapters, ensuring their great work was not diminished. Total aid was in the form of financial, in-kind resources, hands-on participation at community events, speaking on virtual panels, and more, allowing us to deliver uninterrupted services – no elimination of jobs, expanded programs in the virtual space, and the hiring of paid interns. I am also proud to inform you that our scholarships to hard-working, deserving students continued.
As we worked with our students, their resilience was always on display. No matter the challenges, including those that accompanied quarantine, our mentees were amazing. As you review this report, you’ll gain insights into their resiliency. Their accomplishments and recovery from adversity reveal strength and adaptability skills that will serve them in years to come. I hope you will always join the 100 in championing our mentees, our future leaders.
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.
Chairman of the Board