In the throes of the global COVID-19 pandemic, organizations everywhere are feeling the effects of the economic devastation wrought by isolation measures, business shutdowns, travel bans, and markets crashing. To assist their leaders, we have worked on pulling COVID-19 resources for nonprofits.
Nonprofits have been among the worst affected. In fact, the Nonprofit Times reported on 18 March 2020 that a coalition of the United States’ largest charities requested $60 billion in COVID-19 relief from Congress, in order for them to maintain operations.
Amid the crisis, donations have diminished, and charities are finding that they are loose ends for support during this difficult time. But sadly, all there is to do at this stage is mitigate, given the current circumstances. To help, The Charity CFO has curated a few useful links and resources that may be of assistance. COVID-19 resources for nonprofits include some of the following:
There is a lot of fake news out there. This being the information age, there is also a lot of misinformation around. But for legitimate and up to date facts on COVID-19; how to prevent it, how it spreads and everything else you need to stay informed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on cdc.gov is about as reliable a source as you are likely to get.
Another reliable and educated source of information for all things COVID-19-related, is the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO curates information from a global network of healthcare professionals via their web portal on who.int.
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center offers a variety of services to nonprofits, including workplace safety services, fiscal oversight and fraud protection, and governance assistance. Visit their website on nonprofitrisk.org.
Bridgespan has set up a page for nonprofits as an easy reference guide to helpful resources such as various regional non-profit councils, educational resources, funder responses, and social distancing guidelines, to help ease the burden.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is a nonprofit organization that was established specifically to help donors maximize the effectiveness of their funds in the event of a disaster – which COVID-19 certainly is.
And while this may not necessarily be relevant to other nonprofits, their website is a valuable resource for reading material and case studies that could provide helpful insight on navigating the current crisis.
Harvard Business Review
The HBR is a great source for articles like this one and more that are helpful for employers seeking to manage the coronavirus pandemic in the workplace. In the wake of the pandemic, HBR has set up an Coronavirus Insight Center, which collects informative articles and thought leadership about the situation.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), an arm of the United States Department of Labor, offers regularly updated information for employers and staff about the ever-changing state of COVID-19. The site also includes resources that guide on preventative measures that can be implemented in the workplace. Visit their site on osha.org.
The National Council of Nonprofits
The Council of Nonprofits remains an invaluable hub for information on updated policies, trends and highly relevant material relating to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit their site for advocacy resources and useful material like this, to stay informed about the ever-changing nonprofit landscape.
“This too shall pass”
Times may be tough. But as the old Persian adage suggests, it is temporary. And through understanding, cooperation and responsibility, organizations can and will bounce back.
The Charity CFO provides specialized accounting services and resources to nonprofits, particularly in times like the present where responsible financial management is of extremely high importance. If you need help with your accounting or applying for COVID-19 SBA funding, please connect with us here.