Due to recent Coronavirus-based executive orders requiring non-essential employees to stay home, it has become difficult for nonprofits to continue running their programs as usual due to less community interaction. Nonprofits rely on connections with people and donations to help those in need, which is why getting creative is crucial.

Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization that works to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, has demonstrated the utmost perseverance through the means of creative innovation despite these stressful times. Since 1864, this organization has delivered life-changing programs and experiences to girls throughout America to overcome serious barriers. They understand that even though the world may be on hold right now, their mission cannot halt.

The Long Island chapter of Girls Inc. understands that the girls they serve come from some of the most vulnerable communities on Long Island, so it is their duty to be at the forefront of keeping girls safe and helping them thrive. That is why they have shifted their programs online, an experience open to all girls throughout the Island.

Each week, girls can join video or phone conference calls with their peers and Girls Inc. facilitators to stay connected and supported through a time that is overwhelming for many. Until school programs resume on Long Island, Girls Inc. will continue to host these online sessions to maintain a small sense of normalcy for Long Island’s youth. In addition, even while in the middle of an economic downturn, they are delivering their programming at no or minimal cost to participants.

This article was also featured in our newsletter Lesson Plan Vol. 22

Shari Diamond, CIA

Shari Diamond, CIA


Shari has been with Cerini & Associates, LLP since 2008 where she works primarily with the firm’s school district clients providing internal audit and claims audit services. She has over twenty years’ experience performing internal audits, risk assessments, and compliance reviews, as well as recommending processes to strengthen the internal controls environment while increasing efficiencies. Her prior experience at PWC and Northrop Grumman included performing Information Technology audits.