Sector Rebuilding Campaign
To further our mission and foster the sustainability of nonprofit organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, the Center is launching a Sector ReBuilding Campaign, consisting of three components: Evaluation, Education and Action. The Center staff and its network of consultants with extensive experience and subject matter expertise in nonprofit management will support Center members and participating organizations through the following activities:
- Conduct research on the impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector through surveys, individual and group interviews to understand their needs and challenges
- Engage with nonprofit organizations to evaluate their circumstances and provide technical assistance, guidance and consulting as necessary to support each organization’s ability to recover and rebuild
- Engage with other capacity building organizations in the region to fully understand their offerings and curate a directory of resources available to nonprofit organizations
- Host a series of convenings for nonprofit board members and leaders on COVID-19 impact and rebuilding strategies, including collaborations, strategic alignment and mergers
- Provide crisis management and leadership capacity building, customized for organizations by size, mission and the degree of challenge experienced
- Provide information to nonprofit organizations about all capacity building resources available in the region to help them address their needs
- Share information with the philanthropic community in our region to increase awareness of the challenges facing the nonprofit sector to help inform philanthropic and other efforts to support the nonprofit community
- Facilitate organizational rebuilding strategies, including developing collaborations, strategic alignment and merger tips, strategies and coaching
- Assist nonprofit organizations in navigating government funding opportunities and provide technical assistance, including grant writing, as needed
- Develop and assist in the implementation of pandemic specific strategic planning processes
Resources & Tools
There is a multitude of tools, webinars and resources being created to assist nonprofits in coping with the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and transitioning back to an unfamiliar normal. To keep you informed and up-to-date, the Center will continue to post helpful resources as we learn of them.
Two Live Webinar Dates Available: June 11 and June 17
Nonprofit employers have faced unimaginable challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as states start permitting businesses to reopen, nonprofits across the country are trying to figure out what that looks like for them, their employees and the communities they serve. This informative webinar will provide helpful tips for preparing to welcome employees back to the office while maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations related to the Coronavirus. Topics will include:
- Workplace health and safety measures
- Returning employees to the office in phases
- Handling common areas in the office
- And more general best practices
Prepared by UST
Members can access these helpful COVID-19 human resource tools, including sample policies for Work from Home, Emergency Paid Sick Leave, Emergency Family and Medical Leave and a Furlough Letter.
Prepared by Greater Washington Community Foundation
The Greater Washington Community Foundation recently launched Get Shift Done DMV to address two needs: (A) the shutdown has hit restaurants and food service industries hard, leaving many workers in desperate need of income; (B) our hunger-relief organizations have had to scale up their efforts to meet the growing demand while also struggling with a shortfall of volunteers. Working in partnership with several major local funders, Get Shift Done DMV will use smart matching software to connect displaced hospitality workers with hunger-relief organizations in need of extra help. Join this webinar on May 8 at 11:30am to learn how the Get Shift Done initiative can provide paid restaurant workers to help boost your hunger relief efforts.
Prepared by Center Industry Expert West, Lane & Schlager
As a result of the COVID0-19 crisis, WLS Realty expects lower rental rates and greater tenant concession packages as well as other favorable lease terms to be available market wide. So act now or wait? See their tenant strategy recommendations.
Prepared by Maryland Nonprofits
Maryland Nonprofits is taking a survey to increase understanding of how the PPP application process worked—or didn’t work. They are asking all nonprofits to complete the brief survey regardless of whether you have already submitted a PPP application. Survey results will document for policy-makers the collective experience of those who have tried to use this program.
Presented by Center Industry Expert Brighter Strategies
Learn how to use mindfulness meditation practices to calm anxiety, work with grief and gratitude, nurture resilience, dismantle fear and cultivate compassion for yourself and for others. Brighter Strategies is providing four weeks of free mindfulness meditation classes in May—60-minute classes every Tuesday will focus on learning about the science behind meditation, as well as tools and resources, and classes every Thursday will focus on putting that information to work in a guided meditation practice. Register here.
Presented by DC Bar
Webinar: Open or Closed for Business? — April 23, 2020
Employment Law Issues for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
During the Pandemic
During the COVID-19 global pandemic, organizations of all shapes and sizes are facing unprecedented challenges. Organizations are encountering a variety of employment law issues including layoffs, furloughs, paid leave benefits, understanding assistance programs for keeping staff paid, and expanded unemployment compensation. Learn how your organization may be able to approach some of your COVID-19 related employment law issues in this free webinar. Learn more/Register.
Prepared by Group-Buying Partner Goldin Group
Download the presentation from this webinar about two of the largest Federal Stimulus Aid Programs:
- a review of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how it can affect your organization, what your obligations are and how to enforce it
- a review the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), a 2 trillion dollar legislation which contains two principal programs the Paycheck Payroll Protection (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).
Learn what they offer, which may be best for you and how to get your loan forgiven.
Prepared by Industry Expert Good Insight
This series of articles speaks to the challenges nonprofit leaders face in successfully guiding their organizations through this pandemic. Includes access to their COVID-19 emergency management checklist to ensure your organization is safeguarded.
Prepared by SBA
The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program provides potentially forgivable loans for nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees at 2.5x your average month payroll, up to $10M to 501(c)(3) nonprofits experiencing uncertainty in the current economic climate to help cover the costs of payroll and certain operational expenses. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks after the loan originates and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Eligible nonprofits must have their materials ready as quickly as possible since the first come-first served application process opened on Friday April 3rd and is continuing.
Prepared by FMA
FMA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Updated Tuesday 4/7 11:15 am ET
FMA guide to the Paycheck Protection Program and How to Apply (pdf) Updated Tuesday 4/7 11 am ET
FMA PPP Calculator (xls) — Updated Tuesday, 4/7 9 am ET— This calculator will help you estimate the average monthly payroll and loan amount for your application.
FMA Template for Board Resolution Authorizing Loan (docx) — This template will allow you to quickly get approval from your board to apply for a PPP loan.
FMA Script for talking to a Bank about PPP (docx) — This script provides you with key questions you can use to call a bank immediately.
Curated by an experienced group of nonprofit professionals, this document includes a comprehensive list of resources.
Prepared by the PATH Foundation
The grants will act as flexible emergency funds for organizations with services to meet immediate needs in our community; these include childcare organizations to ensure options are available to essential workforce, food and nutrition, and access to healthcare and internet.
Prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Here are the questions you may be asking—and what you need to know.
Presented by Industry Expert GRF CPAs
With news and information coming from many different directions, it is difficult to understand how to respond to the impact of COVID-19 when it comes to taxes, cash flow, workforce planning, IT security and general crisis management ― all while working remotely. Join GRF CPAs & Advisors and Fisher Phillips for a webinar addressing these topics with answers to some commonly asked questions as we navigate the crisis together.
The Greater Washington Community Foundation, in collaboration with regional partners, has established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support emergency preparedness and response efforts that will help mitigate the impact on disproportionately affected communities in our region. Through this fund, we are focused on addressing lost wages, relief for small business and gig economy workers, expanding access to medical services, and meeting the unique needs of people experiencing homelessness, among other needs. Learn more about what this fund supports and how you can submit an RFP.
With the current impact of COVID-19 on the economy, worries extend beyond our physical health to our financial health. The Center partnered with The Capital Group to host a Retirement Plan Overview webinar on March 25 to address the following:
• How to calm the fears of your employees
• Market turmoil overview
• Managing market emotions
This is pertinent to any retirement plan. Register for a recording of the webinar here.
Kaiser Permanente will hold a virtual town hall on Friday, March 27, to review information about Coronavirus, including timeline and characteristics, control measures and how Kaiser Permanente is responding.
Prepared by the Association of Fundraising Professionals
Like the Great Recession, it’s likely that the current situation will pass. And donors still want to make a difference and be in control. For the same reason that hoarding toilet paper allows people to have some control over the current situation, so too can donors take control and help their favorite nonprofit. This analysis of charitable giving during the Great Recession shows nonprofits can survive these unsettling times—and even prosper.
Nonprofits in the District of Columbia can now apply for low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help alleviate economic injury resulting from the on-going coronavirus pandemic. Learn about the Three Step Process.
Prepared by Exponentum®
Exponentum®, in partnership with the law firm of Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe LLP, has prepared this article to help guide nonprofit employers responding to Covid-19.The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, a proud member of Exponentum—a national network of business law pro bono providers, has shared this with the Center.
Presented by ThinkHR:
In this on-demand webinar, Kara Govro, Senior Legal Editor with ThinkHR, addresses the most common HR questions relating to COVID-19, and shares resources and best practices on topics including work-from-home policies, FMLA and PTO.
Template prepared by the Center:
Presented by Tech Impact:
Attempts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus might involve closing nonprofit offices and program sites. But that doesn’t have to shut down your operations or your services. Center Industry Expert Tech Impact hosted a presentation and Q&A with experts about how to rapidly get the right technology in place and minimize disruptions to your organization. Access a recording of the webinar to hear about:
- Options for cloud productivity tools such as email and file sharing
- Tech policies for people working remotely and using personal devices
- Ways to start delivering programs and services remotely, in under a month
- A few tips for sanitizing your tech devices (always a good idea)
Tech Impact is also offering free advice to any nonprofit who needs help with remote work. Request a consultation on www.techimpact.org.
Presented by Nonprofit Montgomery:
The Montgomery County DHHS Administrative Team talks with Montgomery County nonprofits about what they are doing and discusses resources, tips, and support.
Podcasts presented by Manager Tools:
Presented by Greater Washington Society of CPAs:
In addition to taking and promoting proper precautions of cleaning hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, the Center is encouraging organization leaders to take these steps.