Coronavirus & Nonprofits: Resources for Responding to COVID-19

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic moves arounsd the globe and across communities, nonprofit organizations are tasked with ensuring safe operations while still carrying out their missions—and, in many cases, increasing their workload.

If you’re looking for the latest advice, we’re collecting resources and links to help charities in their responses, including information about human resource management, fundraising, communications, event planning and more.

Official Guidelines | Operations & HR | Marketing & Communications | Event Management | Fundraising & Funders | Nonprofit Tools | Nonprofits in the News | State & Regional Resources

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Official Guidelines

For the latest updates, guidelines and restrictions related to coronavirus (COVID-19), be sure to check with official sources. In addition to informing your organization’s activities and staff health, there are a number of resources, visuals and advice you can pass along to your constituents.

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Nonprofit Operations & HR

A growing pandemic has far-reaching implications for how you run your organization, no matter your size, budget or mission. From human resources (HR) planning and virtual work life, to governance and volunteer management, here are the latest resources for operations.

Leadership & Partnerships

Volunteers & Organizing

Working & Meeting Remotely

Marketing & Communications

Wondering how to craft the right kind of messaging for your nonprofit’s audiences? Or how your regular marketing and communications need to change? Learn more about effective crisis communications, sharing effective content, and how to prepare your team.

Examples of Real Responses

It’s always nice to have some examples to work from, so we’re sourced some recent announcements from organizations who are responding to coronavirus concerns.

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Event Management

Some of the most common questions we’re seeing from clients right now have to do with upcoming events and whether or not gatherings should be canceled or adjusted. As events, galas, festivals and conferences around the world are impacted, get tips and advice for how your nonprofit should respond.

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Fundraising & Funders

Raising money for your nonprofit during COVID-19 poses lots of challenges—and questions about the right way to do things. In addition to getting advice from fundraising experts, these resources include information on how foundations are responding to increasing demands for services.

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Funders & Grantmaking

Appeals & Donor Comms

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Access to Tech Tools & Learning Opportunities

As many industries shift to remote work and events, a number of technology companies are offering free or discounted licenses, especially to nonprofit organizations. Other tech, like Google for Nonprofits, is widely available anytime and could be a good fit for your communications and internal collaboration. And, finally, it’s a good time to find free virtual learning opportunities for nonprofit professionals.

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Nonprofits in the News

A wide variety of publications are covering the impact of coronavirus on nonprofits as well as how nonprofits are responding in their communities. These articles offer compelling insights into the situation to share with your colleagues and might even offer inspiration for coverage that your organization could pursue.

State & Regional Resources

For resources and information that are more tailored to your location and local regulations, be sure to  look to state/provincial and regional associations. Many are already offering crucial updates and guidance, including the following websites.

A rapidly changing situation is difficult for any organization to manage. And the amount of information out there is overwhelming! As you help your nonprofit and constituents respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) for the foreseeable future, we hope it provides you with a little bit of comfort to know that there are lots of folks out there ready to assist and provide critical resources.

If you have a resource to add to this page, please comment below with the link. We appreciate your help keeping this list up to date.