Nonprofit organizations everywhere are waking up to new challenges daily, as the COVID-19 pandemic changes life as we know it, at least for the time-being. Implementing remote work arrangements, deploying new technologies to communicate with clients, postponing or cancelling events, and figuring out how to fundraise effectively, with sensitivity, are top of mind for many. There is no playbook for this.
We’re here to help.
There is a lot of information online with useful tips, advice and stories of nonprofits that are finding ways to deal with the current health crisis and its impact on fundraising and service delivery. Below are just a few of the links that we have found particularly helpful. We will continue to add others as we find them, and we encourage you to send us your suggestions to add to our list as well.
As always, we stand ready to assist you in any way we can. Please feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email if you have a question, need some advice, or just want to talk.
St. Louis Regional Chamber. To help the suffering business community, the Regional Chamber has implemented several tactics to empower them with the news, resources, collaboration, and connection they seek during this time of uncertainty. More
A Sustaining Arts Practice Fund. Organized by the Sam Fox School and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, A Sustaining Arts Practice Fund (ASAP Fund) will be distributing fifty $2,000 grants to practicing artists, architects, and designers who face significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More
Bilingual International Assistant Services. Bilingual International is partnering with St. Louis Food Angels to provide resources directly to homebound individuals in the area. More
YouthBridge. YouthBridge Community Foundation has created a Nonprofit Recovery and Resiliency Fund to provide recovery assistance and support the operational and capacity needs of St. Louis nonprofits, particularly those serving children and families. They have also established the Immigrant Family Emergency Response Fund, a fund created collaboratively by local foundations and nonprofit organizations to address the financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of funding available for immigrant families.
Invest STL. Invest STL, in consultation with community partners and neighborhood leaders, have developed the Neighborhood Solidarity Fund to support neighborhoods that are the hardest hit by the pandemic and efforts to slow its spread. To apply and learn more click here.
State & Local Resources
St. Louis Community Foundation. Its COVID-19 Regional Response Fund totaling nearly $370,000 were directed to 16 nonprofit organizations serving St. Louisans affected by the coronavirus. It’s Gateway Resilience Fund has already distributed a total of $1.1 million for short-term financial assistance.
Center for Giving. Provides a list of resources for both funders and nonprofits, plus additional helpful information links.
United Way of Greater St. Louis. United Way’s 2-1-1 services is a central source for connecting individuals to needed resources.
The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 or $1,000 to working artists who live in St. Louis City or St. Louis County whose immediate creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
St. Louis Area Foodbank. See how they plan distribute to more than 3.5 million meal to local children, families, seniors and other impacted individuals in the bi-state region.
Operation Food Search has compiled a list of ways to get help, including a child meal map (includes more than 600 schools and community sites offering free meals to children in the bistate region), a “food finder” to identify sources of free food for individuals, and many other resources.
The Jewish Federation has a Community Response Fund to provide urgently needed assistance to vulnerable people in Jewish communities throughout the greater St. Louis area and beyond. Its website also includes additional information on local services and resources.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Includes master’s level oncology professionals who provide free, personalized assistance to patients, families and healthcare providers – are available to speak one-on-one with patients and caregivers.
St. Louis Public Library. The St. Louis Public Library has remote access to the Foundation Directory’s Online Professional and Grants to Individuals, the databases generally available only at Central Library in the SLPL system, to allow community partners to search for grant funding remotely on their own during the COVID-19 emergency. For more information, contact Lisa Thorp, Grants & Foundation Center librarian, at 314-539-0357, firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her latest blog.
VOYCE. This local nonprofit that provides ombudsman support for seniors living in care facilities has a number of resources listed related to COVID-19 and seniors.
CDC COVID-19 Official Site. All the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC Foundation Has COVID-19 Guidelines For Nonprofits. Advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Feds to Provide Nonprofit Organizations Loans to Alleviate Pandemic’s Impact. Federal government to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans to nonprofits at 2.75 percent rate.
Economy Remix: Don’t Just Flatten the Curve, Break the Pattern. The coronavirus will test our economy as no crisis has before. But once we flatten the pandemic curve, we must break our all-too-common post-pandemic racist patterns.
OSHA’s COVID-19 site. Information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak.
Workers’ Compensation. The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has published guidance for federal employees outlining Federal Employees’ Compensation Act coverage as it relates to the novel coronavirus.
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resource Guide. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) offers a number of resources to help guide you in your fundraising, donor communications and more
Fundraising Amidst a Global Pandemic. Advice from Nonprofit Pro on how to maintain fundraising success during the crisis.
Social Distancing at Work. An infographic from Paycor provides a quick “how-to.”
Covid-19 Funds. A compendium of sites offering funds to address and long-term needs related to coronavirus and COVID-19, from GivingCompass.
Mission, Message, and Damage Control. A Nonprofit Quarterly article from 2009 that looks at how nonprofits responded to our last major crisis.
Time for Philanthropy to Double Down in Response to COVID-19. One national foundation’s plan to help nonprofits weather the storm.
Heads Up! Says Vu Le: Foundations, Nonprofits, and Our Response to COVID-19. A frequent sector commentator offers his suggestions for how nonprofits and foundations need to work together.
4 Steps to Business Continuity. If you don’t already have a plan, these four steps will get you started.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan Template. A sample business continuity plan from Nonprofit New York.
COVID-19 Advice & Resources. From Bloomerang, an article on raising funds in tough times, originally published during the 2008 financial crisis.
Time for Philanthropy to Double Down in Response to COVID-19. R.S. Clark Foundation announced that in response to the coronavirus. it will add another year’s funding onto grants already made. Now, that’s philanthropic leadership!
DonorBox Resource Center for Nonprofits. A free resource center with key information and resources on organizational continuity and fundraising, communications, human resources, and more.
Virtual Meeting Resources
Managing Stress (CDC advice).
“Loneliness — the workplace anxiety of the New Normal.” Valuable insights into the psychological and mental problems that workers are currently facing and effective ways to cope with the.