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Covid: Where Finance and Program Intersect

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How does a local non-profit service organization pivot to respond to the unthinkable? The Covid-19 pandemic was no surprise to organizations working in the infectious disease arena. None-the-less, even they were not prepared for the worst combination of worldwide crises in literally a century. Community based organizations arise to address unmet needs on a local level. Yet they have been faced with the challenges of both health and economic crises of national scope. How can they combine their financial tools and their programmatic expertise to respond to such massive change without prior preparation and in such short order?

  • Understanding the magnitude of the challenges faced on the local level
  • The financial systems and processes that prepare organizations for the unexpected
  • How finance and service intersect to deal with the crisis


Bart A. Charlow
Samaritan House

Bart Charlow is a seasoned health and human services CEO, who manages and consults in the non-profit, business, health care and human relations markets. He is also a practicing Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist.

He has been CEO of Samaritan House since 2014, the leading agency in San Mateo County fighting poverty, lifting lives, providing a full range of essential services to keep low-income residents housed, fed, clothed and healthy.

He combines business experience with a depth of psychological and inter-cultural knowledge, providing both technical expertise and insight about human behavior so vital to growing an organization. His career activities have spanned diverse fields, including business administration, education, research, audio-visual media and information technology.

In his 45 years as a San Francisco Bay Area executive he has held posts at several Bay Area non-profit organizations: CEO of Easter Seals Bay Area; CEO of Adult & Child Guidance Center, President of Silicon Valley FACES (former Northern California National Conference for Community & Justice), Executive Director of Peninsula Volunteers, and has been Interim Executive Director for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Coastside Children’s Programs, and Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa. He has been an Instructor for the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, for St. Mary’s College in Management and for Notre Dame de Namur Univ. in Management and Behavioral Science.

Bart has been a member or officer of numerous community boards and commissions. In 2007 he received the Award of Special Merit from the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission for his Interfaith work.

He holds an M.A.Ed in Counseling and a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology from Wake Forest Univ.

He is rated as an excellent public speaker, who has been featured on television, radio, and in newspapers many times, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and interviewed on the NBC Today Show.

Event Details:


Tuesday, September 22nd

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


CPE Credits

One (1.0) CPE credit available. Field of Study: TBD

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