Covid-19 and Racial Inequity
in the Greater Washington Nonprofit Sector

Presented on October 21, 2020

The Center commissioned research from Brighter Strategies as part of a regional study to determine how to structure support that best serves area needs. The data collected focused on the impact of the pandemic and racial inequity in our region—Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia—and is important to the proprieties and action agendas for all sectors.

On October 21, the results of the research were reviewed by  Glen O'Gilvie, CAE, CEO, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, and Elizabeth Scott, PhD, President /CEO, Brighter Strategies, and discussed with close to 100 nonprofit leaders in our area.

See the outcome

If you were unable to participate, you can download the results, as well as watch a recording of the event (Passcode: I!6?T&cm).

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:

Evaluation
    • 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
Education
    • 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
Action
    • 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.

Prepared by UST

COVID-19 HR Sample Policies

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 Center Industry Expert West, Lane & Schlager

COVID-19 Tenant Strategies

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 Group-Buying Partner Goldin Group 

Coronavirus Aid Packages—What You Need to Know

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

Articles guiding nonprofit executives and board members through the COVID-19 crisis

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

Paycheck Protection Program

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

Paycheck Protection Toolbox

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.

Prepared in part by Center faculty members Meico Whitlock, Mindful Techie and Barbara O’Reilly, Windmill Hill Consulting

Nonprofit Resources List: #NPCOVID19

Curated by an experienced group of nonprofit professionals, this document includes a comprehensive list of resources.

Prepared by the PATH Foundation

$485,000 Granted in Response to COVID-19 in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties

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

CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY LOANS: Small Business Guide and Checklist

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.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

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.

What Happens to My Retirement Plan?

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.

Prepared by the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Charitable giving in times of fear

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.

Loans available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

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®

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Nonprofit Employers Need to Know

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:

COVID-19 HR Guidance and Best Practices

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:

Telecommuting Policy & Procedure

Presented by Tech Impact:

Prepare Your Nonprofit for Smooth Sailing Through COVID-19

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.

Podcasts presented by Manager Tools:

Distant Manager Basics Part 1
Distant Manager Basics Part 2

Presented by Greater Washington Society of CPAs:

Legal Strategies for Nonprofit Meetings

(recorded 3/10/20)

Business Continuity Planning-How to Prepare For Coronavirus Impact

(recorded 3/11/20)

Helpful steps for now and down the road

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.