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Grantmakers Must Put Equity at the Forefront of the Coronavirus Response

David Biemesderfer, United Philanthropy Forum
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy calls on everyone in philanthropy to continue doing all that you can to ensure that our communities and our country address the coronavirus outbreak in ways that are as equitable and fair as possible. A joint statement of over 60 Forum member PSOs served as the basis of this op-ed.

What Big Donors Can Do Now to Alleviate the Misery Caused by Covid-19

Akhtar Badshah, & Barbara Weber
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers some suggestions that big donors can take to help alleviate the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Federal Aid Plan for Nonprofits Needs More Input From Black-Led Organizations

Susan Taylor Batten, ABFE
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights the importance of keeping racial equity at the forefront when making important stimulus proposals and ensuring that money gets to nonprofits that actually support the most impacted communities.

In Covid-19 Crisis, Philanthropy’s Attention Must Focus on People With Disabilities

Richard E. Besser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & Darren Walker, Ford Foundation
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights the importance of taking action to end the inequalities faced by people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and afterwards. 

As Coronavirus Spreads, the Bill For Our Public Health Failures is Due

Richard E. Besser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This op-ed in The Washington Post provides an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 and how the bill for public health failures is due.

We Can’t Let Nonprofits That Serve People of Color Fail

Antony Bugg-Levine, Nonprofit Finance Fund
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers three suggestions that foundations and policy makers can keep in mind when addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why All Foundations Should Support the Guardians of the Nonprofit World Now

Dan Cardinali of Independent Sector, Fred Blackwell of San Francisco Foundation & Jeff Bradach of Bridgespan Group
In this op-ed, Dan Cardinali, Fred Blackwell, and Jeff Bradach emphasize the importance of foundations supporting nonprofits that are doing the direct work to address the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that they have the resources to help those in need and maintain operations.

What Philanthropy Can Do Now to Promote Education Equity After the Pandemic

Celine Coggins, Grantmakers for Education
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers three points on what philanthropy can do to promote education equity after the pandemic.

Covid-19 Lesson for a Grant Maker: Listening and Understanding Matters (Dispatches)

Lisa Pilar Cowan, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy Lisa Pilar Cowan shares a reflection of the importance of listening and understanding the organization that foundations support. 

The Racial Funding Gap Can’t Continue in the Pandemic

Cheryl Dorsey, Echoing Green, Jeff Bradach, Bridgespan Group &  Peter Kim, Partner of Bridgespan
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights the importance of closing the funding gap during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The News for Philanthropy Is More Positive Than You Think 

Suzanne Garment & Leslie Lenkowsky,  Indiana University 
This op-ed in the authors shares why philanthropy has reason to be hopeful and lessons of the great recession amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How Foundations Can Mobilize Their Staffs to Do the Most Good in This Crisis

Sam Gill, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation & Greg Bunch, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
This op-ed in the authors highlights the importance of leaders to give the three permission to the right people at the right time to ensure that their staff do the best that they possibly can during the COVID-19 crisis. 

In the Covid Cyclone, Philanthropy Can Lean on Lessons From Disaster Aid

Jacob Harold, Candid
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy shares four guiding principles for how philanthropy can lean on lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s Time to End Nonprofits’ Hand-to-Mouth Way of Life

Stephanie J. Hull, Girls Inc &  Phil BuchananCenter for Effective Philanthropy
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge shift in nonprofits due to layoffs, furloughs, and closings. 

How Foundations Can Make COVID Research Grants More Equitable

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, University of Pennsylvania
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers suggestions on ways foundations can ensure that COVID-19 research grants are more equitable and inclusive.

In This Crisis, Philanthropy Must Tackle 3 Existential Challenges All at Once

Grant Oliphant, Heinz Endowments
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy features Grant Oliphant who asks three critical questions that philanthropy must answer when addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Foundation Leaders Can Prevent an Exodus of Nonprofit Staff

Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Peery Foundation
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy discusses ways for foundation leaders to support nonprofit staff during the pandemic when times are stressful for leadership and staff when responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Twin Crises, Philanthropy's Test Is All About Power

Benjamin Soskis, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic and anti-Black racism have provided philanthropy with a way of meeting the challenge posed by emergencies.

In the Covid-19 Crisis, Philanthropy’s Investment in Local News Pays Off

Vince Stehle, Media Impact Funders
This op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights how the increase in philanthropic contributions to support journalism over the past decade are paying off as people are in need of trusted information about the coronavirus crisis.

Why Foundations Like Mine Need to Give More to Stave Off the Collapse of Vital Nonprofits

Darren Walker, Ford Foundation
This piece in The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights the importance of larger foundations like the Ford Foundation to give more money amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to support nonprofits in America.


Blog Posts

Convening Through Pain Reflections on Harambee 2020 and Why ABFE Matters

ABFE
Susan Taylor Batten, President & CEO of ABFE writes a blog post highlighting ABFE's virtual conference shift, how the COVID-19 pandemic shines a light on existing injustices and why groups like ABFE matters.

Making Sense of Uncertainty: Nonprofit Scenario Planning in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Bridgespan 
Nonprofits can’t be sure how the pandemic will affect society, the economy, or their own field six months or a year from now. But they can navigate the uncertainty with greater confidence by building scenario plans that can help them continue to pursue their missions.

Corporate Partnerships—Moving Beyond Event Sponsorships

Candid
This blog highlights the slow thing was the rise of corporate social responsibility and the swift upheaval of COVID-19 will push more and more companies to forge partnerships in the future as opposed to just sponsorships. 

Action & Accountability: Why Demographic Data Matters Now 

Candid
This blog highlights the importance of collecting and making use of demographic data when addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Race, Equity, and Unavoidable Challenges for Philanthropy

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
President of Center for Effective Philanthropy Phil Buchanan wrote a blog focusing on the murder of George Floyd in the midst of the #COVID-19 pandemic. 

Using Evidence to Effectively Support Education During COVID-19

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
This blog features Kim Dadisman and Caroline Garau of J-PAL North America who offers four recommendations to support K-12 education during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As Learning Changes, It’s Time for Students to Weigh In

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
This blog features Jen Vorse Wilka of YouthTruth who highlights the importance of students having a platform to share how the COVID-19 has impacted their learning experience, well being and other factors and ways that we can support them.

How Learning to Listen Prepared One Funder for Its Crisis Response

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
This blog features LaTida Smith, who highlights the importance for funders to listen grantee's feedback which provided clarity on the next steps they should take as an organization to support the work that is being done by nonprofits.

Spend Now or Spend Later: A False Choice?

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
This blog features Hilary Pearson, who shares insight about Foundations increasing their spending to address the COVID-19 pandemic and funding to change the system for the better.

Mission First: Giving Counter-Cyclically

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
This blog features Phil Buchanan, President of CEP who encourages foundations and individual givers to increase funding in the times where there is a significant increase need.

Supporting Our Unsung Heroes in a Moment of Crisis Series

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
As stores, companies, foundations, schools, colleges, and other organizations close up and go remote due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the staff of direct service nonprofit organizations on the front lines — often serving the most vulnerable and marginalized among us — don’t have that option.


Essential Questions for Foundation Boards in a Time of Crisis

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
This blog features Anne Wallestad, President & CEO of Boardsource who offers six essential questions for foundation boards to consider before addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leadership in a Time of Crisis

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
This blog discusses what leadership in a crisis looks like, provides a recording of a webinar where this topic was discussed and 15 things for leaders to keep in mind as they adjust to leading their organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fulfilling Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Pledge: Listening in a Time of Crisis

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
This blog discusses the COVID-19 pledge to support nonprofit partners and the people and communities hardest hit by the pandemic and associated economic impacts and offer seven suggestions as an initial roadmap for foundations as they seek to act on their commitment to listen to grantees and affected communities.

Coalition Urges Congress to Fund Critical Water Needs

The Community Water Center 
This blog shares four steps that major agriculture and business leaders of clean water coalitions are using to advocate Congress to support the HEROES Act and fund critical water needs to keep families safe and healthy.

Tomorrow Can Be Starkly Different Than Yesterday- Reflecting on Pandemic, Pain, and Hope on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Environmental Grantmakers Association
This blog highlights the 50th anniversary of earth day, a reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic, and resources to get more information regarding the pandemic. 

A Note from Home

Ford Foundation
Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation wrote a blog discussing the impact of COVID-19, the feeling of the unknown and how philanthropy is mobilizing across the United States to respond to the pandemic. 

What Can We Learn from Early Corporate Responses to COVID-19?

FSG
In this blog, Lakshmi Iyer shares five helpful insights that philanthropy can use to respond to COVID-19.

Lessons From The HIV Epidemic Can Help Fight COVID-19: An Interview With  Michael Seltzer

Funders Concerned About Aids
In this blog, FCCA interviews Michael Seltzer where he offers ten lessons from the HIV epidemic can help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Coronavirus: How Philanthropy Can Prepare & Respond

Gateway Center for Giving
Gateway Center for Giving offers three ways that philanthropy can prepare and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic which posses unique and daunting challenges.

How Does COVID-19 Impact Refugee Resettlement?

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees 
This blog highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the reunification of refugee families, and the concerns that refugees would be placed at a higher risk of contracting and transmitting the virus if they continued to travel as reasons behind their decision.

Reopening Is an Opportunity to Rethink and Rebuild

Grantmakers In Health
In this blog the President of Grantmakers In Health shares her reflections on how philanthropy can help galvanize support for focusing on equity in the recovery, and can invest in efforts to achieve health equity across multiple dimensions.

The Urgent Need for Nature During and After COVID-19

Grantmakers In Health
This blog highlights the importance of equitable access to nature at a time when they need it most during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resilience: Living Beyond Fear With The Coronavirus

Health & Environmental Funders Network
This blog highlights the importance of getting past the fear of the coronavirus and finding courage and hope in times of crisis.

Leveraging Deep Community Ties: Rural Funders Tackle COVID-19

National Center for Family Philanthropy
In this blog, Allen Smart share interviews with foundations that represent a distinct rural geography, grantmaking focus, and family history about their responses to COVID-19 and the future that lies ahead.

A Clarion Call for Family Philanthropy

National Center for Family Philanthropy
In this blog, Nicholas A. Tedesco writes about the one month mark since the World Health Organization named COVID-19 a global pandemic and how the crisis requires family foundations to carefully consider expanding payout and grants budget.

How to Best Support Nonprofits through Uncertainty

National Center for Family Philanthropy
In this blog, Hannah Martin of Forum member Center for Effective Philanthropy shares eight ways to best support nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

My Favorite Funders Responses so Far to COVID-19

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
In this blog, Aaron Dorfman shares three of his favorite funders' responses so far to COVID-19.

New Blog Series: Tribal Perspectives on COVID-19

Native Americans in Philanthropy
Native Americans in Philanthropy is working with Tribal nonprofit and community leaders across the country to get their perspective on how they’re tackling this challenge in a wide range of areas, from those who work with our most vulnerable populations to business owners.

Lifting up Philanthropy Forward Fellows’ Response to Coronavirus

Neighborhood Funders Group
This blog highlights the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic of Neighborhood Funders Group's Philanthropy Forward Fellows.

COVID-19 Strike Wave

Neighborhood Funders Group
In this blog, Rob Chlala of Funders for a Just Economy discusses the increase in strikes to get more protective gear and for the safety of employees.

COVID-19 and Aging: What Can Philanthropy Do?

Next Avenue
Grantmakers in Aging CEO, John Feather wrote a blog offering nine recommendations that philanthropy can use to address the coronavirus and the importance of acknowledging aging in addressing the pandemic. 

This is The Wake-up Call for Nonprofits and Foundations to Get Political

Nonprofit AF
In this blog Vu Le discusses how COVID-19 has been impacting the world and calls for nonprofits and foundations to get political to address the issues at its root. 

COVID 4 Stimulus Bill Must Recognize: Water Is Life

NRDC
This blog highlights the importance of water being one of the critical elements of our everyday lives that is at risk and how it must be acknowledged in the COVID-19 bills enacted by Congress.

The Grants Management Response to COVID-19 Series

PEAK Grantmaking
PEAK Grantmaking has compiled the conversations between its members and across the field through fellow philanthropy-serving organizations to provide a series about trends in a now rapidly changing sector.

How Philanthropy Can Have Meaningful Impact on Social Determinants of Health
Philanthropy Southwest
In this blog Amanda Arizola and Hillary Evans of Philanthropy Southwest highlighted talking points about COVID-19 from six leading experts in the health field.


Articles

Leading an Organization Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Board Source
Phil Buchanan, President of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) and author of "Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count" — touches on 15 things to keep in mind as you adjust to the many new realities that COVID-19 has created.

Want to Support Your Community’s Equitable Recovery from COVID-19? Invest in Child Care

BridgeSpan Group
Executive Director of Early Childhood Funders Collaborative Shannon Rudisill co-authors this article with representatives of Bridgespan to discuss the importance of investing in child care to support communities in an equitable way in response to COVID-19.

Charities are Suffering Financially During Coronavirus Crisis, Despite Increased Need

Fox Bussiness 
This article highlights how charities are suffering financially during the COVID-19 pandemic, features research from Candid and the importance of GivingTuesday.

Four Upstream Questions to Support Next Steps

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
This blog proposes four upstream questions that arose from conversations within GEO’s Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship to help you consider next steps in a values-aligned way to address the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Power And Precedent Of Countercyclical Grantmaking: What The Funders Who Gave More During The Great Recession Can Teach Philanthropy During The Covid-19 Crisis

HistPhil
Director of Research at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Ryan Schlegel wrote an article highlighting what funders can learn from funders who gave more during the great recession to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Engagement Surges at Regional Associations as Funders Collaborate During Pandemic

Inside Philanthropy
This article highlights what regional associations of grantmakers across the country are proving vital to philanthropy’s response to COVID-19, as the immensity and urgency of the crisis have driven more institutions to prioritize coordination, partnerships and sharing knowledge.  

Leading Foundations Pledge to Give More, Hoping to Upend Philanthropy

New York Times
The Ford Foundation and four others plan to substantially increase their spending, a splurge financed in part by issuing debt.

COVID-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform Our Future

Nonprofits Quarterly
Lori Villarosa, Executive Director of Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity emphasizes the importance of using a racial just lens when responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and offers ways for organizations to incorporate it in their work.

Coronavirus Heightens Importance of Being a Transparent and Flexible Foundation

PEAK Grantmaking
PEAK Grantmaking has compiled a list of resources on grant flexibility, events, sample statements on COVID-19 and more.

Gates Foundation to Focus Resources on COVID-19 Response Efforts

Philanthropy News Digest
Philanthropy News Digest shared an article highlighting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Shifting Gears: How Giving Circles are Adapting to Address COVID-19

San Diego Grantmakers
This article shares how giving circles are adapting to address the COVID-19 pandemic by changing their grant cycles, speeding up their decision-making process and more.

Overcoming the Racial Bias in Philanthropic Funding

Stanford Social Innovation Review
This article highlights how racial bias creeps into all parts of the philanthropic and grantmaking process which leaves nonprofit organizations led by people of color to receive less money than those led by whites, and philanthropy ends up reinforcing the very social ills it says it is trying to overcome.

St. Louis Business Journal
This article focuses on nonprofits seeking funding to continue services beyond responding to the COVID-19 due to expecting a drop in funding from other sources.

Survey Shows Charitable Impacts During COVID-19 Pandemic

Spectrum News 1 OH
Spectrum News 1 OH interviews Forum member Philanthropy Ohio's Chief Communications Officer Claudia Herrold about their COVID-19 impact on nonprofits in Ohio survey report.

Nonprofits That Rely on Foundation Grants Fare Better Than Others Amid Pandemic

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights findings from Forum member Center for Effective Philanthropy's survey about grant maker and major donor support during the pandemic.

The Many Dimensions of the Covid-19 Crisis (Podcast)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This episode of the Business of Giving podcast features Patricia McIlreavy, chief executive of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy who speaks about the life cycles of disasters, the challenges or managing other disasters occurring during pandemic, and the advice they’re giving to clients.

How Grant Makers' Practices Have Changed Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic (Podcast)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This episode of the Business of Giving podcast features Caroline Fiennes, Founder and Director of Giving Evidence, a consulting company based in London who speaks about how the pandemic is changing grantmaking and how pandemic will be viewed in the short term and long term.

Gates Foundation Backs Array of Efforts to Jump-Start Coronavirus Giving and Advocacy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights how the Gates Foundation is supporting organizations through multiple initiatives one of which is the Momentum Fund. The Momentum Fund is hosted by United Philanthropy Forum and will distribute $8.5 million to nonprofits managing emergency funds across the country.

How the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Challenged Rural America (Podcast)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This episode of the Business of Giving podcast features Matt Dunne, Founder and Executive Director of the Center on Rural Innovation, which helps to revive rural economies.

13 Percent of Nonprofits in a Survey Have Suspended All or Most of Their Operations

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights survey results from over four weeks starting March 26, with nearly 800 mostly smaller nonprofit employers responding. Seventy-nine percent of the nonprofits responding had no more than 100 employees, and 65 percent had no more than 50 employees.

How the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Affected the Wellbeing of Vulnerable Children (Podcast)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This episode of the Business of Giving podcast features Lisa Hamilton, Chief Executive of the Annie E. Casey Foundation shares how the foundation has responded to be a good partner, the dramatic decline in juvenile detention during the pandemic and results count tools leaders can use now.

Nonprofits Led by People of Color Win Less Grant Money With More Strings (Study)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights a Bridgespan study that showed nonprofits led by people of Color win less grant money with more strings attached.

How 25 Big Grant Makers Are Responding to the COVID Crisis

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights how 25 big grantmakers are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides a table of grantmaking and policy changes of foundations.

How to Run a Virtual Office, From Leaders Who Have Done It for Years

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
With the COVID-19 pandemic shifting work norms, this article provides tips and tricks from leaders who have years of experience with operating their virtual office remotely.

8 Things Nonprofit Leaders Could Do Now If Their Work Is On Hold

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights eight suggestions for nonprofit leaders to do if their work is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Paul Newman Would Tell Small Foundations in the Pandemic: Don’t Shift Course

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article focuses on small and medium-size foundations that may not have the same funding as larger foundations but can find ways that they contribute and stay the course when responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Giving Cash to the Neediest Becomes Newly Popular With Wealthy Donors and Foundations

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights how foundations and donors have been creating more funds across the country that give people no-strings-attached gifts of money rather than supporting nonprofits that provide services to people in need of food, shelter, and other assistance in responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Foundations and Nonprofits See Crisis as Opportunity to Advance Equity

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights how foundations and nonprofits see COVID-19 as an opportunity to advance equity.

How This Crisis May Upend Grant Making for Good

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article discusses how COVID-19 has increased the demands on foundations and nonprofits and how the pandemic is shifting the way grantmakers are thinking of responding.

Grant Maker Dilemma: Spend More Now or Protect Shrinking Endowments?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights the dilemma that foundations face when deciding to donate more money to support response efforts and grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foundations Adopt Policies to Move More Money Faster, and With Fewer Restriction

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights how foundations have adopted policies to move more money faster with fewer restrictions to help respond to COVID-19. 

A Blow to Nonprofit Workers

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
This article highlights the social and economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic and how nonprofits are struggling to support their employees through this time.

Asian American Grant Makers Call on Philanthropy to End Violence and Bias on the Rise as Coronavirus Spreads

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
In this article, the Chronicle interviews Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy President Patricia Eng highlights the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and how Asian Americans are being scapegoated for the spread of the disease. 

9 Leading Nonprofit Groups Urge Foundations to Dig Into Endowments to Support Charities

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
A group of nine philanthropic membership and advocacy organizations called on foundations to increase their giving in response to the coronavirus pandemic, even if their endowments take a big hit.

Coronavirus ‘Rapid Response’ Funds Proliferate as Threat Grows

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
In this article, the Chronicle highlights how foundations and other organizations have started setting up "rapid response" funds to help nonprofits deal with the fallout from the coronavirus.

Updated Daily: Help for Nonprofits During the Coronavirus and Uncertain Economic Times

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The following stories from the Chronicle can help your nonprofit plan and prepare for the impact of the coronavirus on your workers and volunteers — and your finances.