Meet The Explorers: Navigating the Unknown Future

August 31, 2020

The past few months have taught many organizations, both large and small, important lessons about ways to navigate amid a global pandemic. Examining how successful leaders are pivoting and adapting to new ways of conducting business in a world transformed offers a great perspective for the rest of us on the lessons of resilience and courage.

Today, Wilks Communications Group is launching “The Explorers: Navigating the Unknown Future,” an ongoing virtual series of interviews focusing on ways industry leaders and organizations, or “explorers,” are responding to the pandemic, economic fallout, and volatile cultural and political landscape.  The conversations will examine unique lessons learned, what continues to inspire, and strategies for success as we all move forward together into a future filled with optimism rather than fear.

Unexpected Ways COVID-19 Made This Explorer Stronger

This week, we’re joined by Steve Gumaer, Founder and President of Partners Relief & Development, a global NGO providing humanitarian relief, including food and medical supplies, to displaced communities throughout the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Steve shares his surprising insights on the catalysts that have bucked industry trends, allowing his nonprofit to substantially grow despite the challenges of the pandemic. On this episode, we will explore three surprising ways Partners has grown their organization, including:

  • How COVID-19 was an equalizer for Partners’ donors
  • Why investing in a public relations strategy was a gamechanger for fundraising
  • How to nurture lessons learned to maintain a lasting relationship with supporters

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Watch to learn why, for the first time in the 26-year history of the organization, Partners is operating in the black this summer, and facing a budget surplus instead of a shortfall. Steve also shares some inspiring stories from around the world of his team’s tireless humanitarian aid work and the impact they are having on the communities they serve.

If you would like to learn more about WCG or join the conversation as an Explorer, please contact us at for consideration.


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