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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the coronavirus continues to spread in the country, organizations have actively created resources to address the impact of the virus. We've collected how organizations are responding with resources and programming that aims to provide insight during this time.

For the latest health updates please visit CDC resource page and NIH resource page

If you have a resource you'd like to add to this page, please email Brandon Iracks-Edelin.

The Momentum Fund Awards $8.5 million in grants to 129 501(c)(3) Organizations

The Momentum Fund has announced it has awarded $8.5 million in grants to 129 501(c)(3) organizations around the country managing COVID-19 relief funds that provide grants and other forms of direct support to community-run organizations working with communities of color, historically marginalized populations, and other groups being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic that continues to ravage these communities. 

Read the Press Release 

Joint PSO Statement: Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus

Members of the Forum network came together to issue a joint statement addressing the importance of keeping equity at the forefront in philanthropy’s response to COVID-19. This joint statement highlights the inequities that are present and offers funders seven action steps that philanthropy can start using to provide support during this time. 

Read the statement

Digging Deeper in Times of Crisis

Forum President & CEO David Biemesderfer highlights the importance of funders to dig deeper to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the work that nonprofits, foundations and philanthropy-serving organizations have already taken in response to the crisis.

Read the blog

Statement Encouraging Increased Giving In This Time of Crisis

United Philanthropy Forum is proud to be an originator with a group of our colleague philanthropy-serving organizations on a joint statement that calls on all funders to consider significantly increasing their grant spending during this time of crisis.

Read the statement

Open Letter to Philanthropy: The Cure to Viral Racism Is Within Our Hands

United Philanthropy Forum is proud to sign onto Forum member Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy's open letter to philanthropy to address the increasing rate of racism and xenophobia against Asian Americans communities since the rise of COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the open letter 

Forum Joins Sector Leaders to Advocate for Nonprofits in COVID-19 Stimulus Legislation

The Forum has joined other national nonprofit and philanthropy organizations in signing on to two letters sent to Capitol Hill on behalf of nonprofits, relating to proposed COVID-19 economic stimulus package legislation.

Find out more

A Call to Action: Philanthropy's Commitment During COVID-19

There is a pledge available to sign on the Council on Foundations website for funders and other leaders in the philanthropic sector acknowledging the critical need to act with fierce urgency to support nonprofit partners as well as the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19.  

Sign the pledge

Helpful Resources

What is the Courageous Opportunity for Companies in this Crisis?

ACCP, CECP, Council on Foundations, Points of Light
ACCP, CECP, Council on Foundations, and Points of Light wrote a joint letter that offered four action steps for companies to take to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Protect the 2020 Vote from the Coronavirus

The Brennan Center
This document benefited from the input of multiple election officials and voting rights experts and may be updated to account for new developments and comments. Given the scope of the challenge, large-scale preparation, backed by the concerted support of the government and the public, is needed immediately to ensure that the 2020 election is free, fair, accessible, and secure.

Nonprofit Scenario Planning Tool Download

The Bridgespan Group
This toolkit offers a four-step scenario planning process anchored in preserving your organization’s ability to pursue its mission during times of crisis.

Disaster Funding Map

Candid & Center for Disaster Philanthropy
This map is a data visualization application developed by Candid in partnership with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy showing giving for disasters, including coronavirus.

Funding Summary for COVID-19 

Candid has released a new page on its website which is tracking the latest funding to respond to the outbreak, as well as related news and RFPs. The page updates automatically as data and news are added to the database. The data is derived from news articles and other sources, and funders who directly share their funding data with Candid. If you are a part of a foundation that is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak then share your grants data.

Resource Recap for CEOs

CECP has two resource pages to help CEO and companies respond in an efficient way to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Approaches for Funders

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy
CDP has created a COVID-19 disaster profile which is updated several times a week with links to key resources with accurate and relevant information about the virus. CDP is also checking in with our nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners and foundations to see who is going to be responding as the disease continues to spread.

Funder Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Center for Effective Philanthropy
This report sheds light on which organizations face the toughest challenges, what is most needed from funders, and what differences in experience are emerging based on characteristics such as organization type and gender of nonprofit leaders.

Rapid Grantee Feedback in a Challenging Time

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
CEP’s rapid-response grantee feedback tool is designed to help you gather a comprehensive picture of what your grantees are experiencing during the ever-changing context of the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent economic challenges. This five-minute tool is designed to help you identify specific grantees in need of immediate support as well as general themes to help you focus your efforts now.

Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit

The Communications Network
The Communications Network started a Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit — to share and crowdsource best practices, resources, and examples of effective crisis comms from foundations and nonprofits covering many of the tasks you’re likely attending to.

COVID-19 Resource Hub

Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations has created a resource hub to share information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Did We Miss While Managing the COVID-19 Crisis?

Council of Michigan Foundations
After months of deep crisis-focused activity, as organizations create capacity to turn their attention to other efforts, many are realizing some essential activities have been missed and critical deadlines are now rapidly approaching. This resource serves as a starting point for staff to assess which tasks need to rise to the top of the to-do list.

COVID-19 Resources for the EPIP Community

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
EPIP has compiled resources to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Resources

The Giving Institute 
The COVID-19 pandemic has already made a large impact on fundraising and nonprofits. In response,The Giving Institute member firms and their clients have made unexpected adjustments to their messaging and strategy.

Information on COVID-19

Independent Sector
In an effort to help you manage your information intake so that you can spend more time focusing on your community (and your own health), Independent sector curated a list of resources and articles that we hope you’ll find helpful.

The 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report: The 3rd Largest Employer Faces the COVID-19 Crisis

Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies
A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies finds that U.S. nonprofits maintained their position as the third largest employer in the U.S. economy, overtaking manufacturing by nearly 100,000 workers nation-wide in 2017, and exceeding that industry in 28 states and territories across the U.S. Indeed, the only industries employing more workers than the nonprofit sector in 2017 were retail trade and restaurants and hotels.

Greater Good in the Time of COVID-19

Message Agency
The Message Agency compiled a list of sites, articles, tips and hints, and advice on remaining sustainable and connected during the crisis. 

COVID-19: Crowdsourced Idea Mapping

Mission Investors Exchange
This document is filled with COVID-19 resources and information that was collected during a twitter chat with more than three dozen collaborators.

Leadership in Difficult Times: Guidance for Donors and Giving Families

National Center for Family Philanthropy
This document is a compilation of lessons and inspirations to help you act in the near-term. It shares ideas and resources from giving families, family funders, philanthropy organizations, philanthropic advisors, and NCFP team, many drawn from responses to previous crises.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources

National Center for Family Philanthropy
National Center for Family Philanthropy released a resource page with a list of national response funds as well as an interactive map of local funds that need support. 

COVID-19 Micro-site Resource Page 

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy 
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has compiled resources on advocacy, what funders are saying, what members are saying, and much more in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidance for Philanthropic Communications in a Pandemic

Northern California Grantmakers
Philanthropy can serve as a trusted resource for actionable communications that lead with empathy and support grantees to prevent the spread of disease, preserve well-being, maintain social cohesion, and respond to economic hardship. NCG has compiled a list of resources to help provide guidance for communications during a pandemic.

COVID-19 Grantmaking Survey: How are Practices Evolving – and What Will Stick?

PEAK Grantmaking
PEAK Grantmaking conducted a flash survey of its members to understand how grants management practices are evolving during this time of crisis. They acquired 165 responses from grantmakers across the spectrum and provide breakdown of the changes they are making now, and those they anticipate continuing.

COVID-19 Support for the Grants Management Community

PEAK Grantmaking
As the calls for more responsive and streamlined philanthropy grow around the COVID-19 crisis, our members – grants management professionals – will be leading organizational efforts to adapt grantmaking processes, procedures, technology, and communications.

We Count LA

We Count L.A
This toolkit is your one-stop-shop for all things We Count LA. As the campaign progresses, we'll continue to update this toolkit with everything from capacity-building resources and campaign collateral, to tips and tricks for mobilizing your supporters.

Resources in response to COVID-19 

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmakers Support
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been truly encompassing and global. On this page you can find links to information and resources on how our members and partners are responding to the crisis. 

Impact on Regions

COVID-19 Response

Arizona Grantmakers Forum
Arizona Grantmakers Forum is monitoring developments related to new coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure it is taking the necessary measures to preserve the health and well-being of Arizona Grantmakers members and to share information relevant to the philanthropic community.

Funder Resources and Responses: Coronavirus

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
This page is updated frequently and contains resources for philanthropic responsiveness to the anticipated effects of the Coronavirus on under-resourced and vulnerable communities.

COVID-19 Resource Central

Council of Michigan Foundations
Our community of philanthropy is wrestling with difficult issues now and will experience new challenges in the weeks and months ahead as Michiganders deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has spread across the globe. Please check back regularly, as we continue to work in collaboration with our partners throughout the U.S. to bring the best of CMF’s work to our members and the broader field of funders nationally.

Rapid Response Survey: The COVID-19 Crisis and New Jersey’s Non-Profit Community

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers & Center for Non-Profits
CNJG and Center for Non-Profits have partnered together to compile survey results for the months of March and April regarding the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits.

Coronavirus Response

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
CNJG has compiled resources to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Filantropía Puerto Rico
Filantropía Puerto Rico has created a resource page in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Effects of Covid-19 on Florida Nonprofits

Florida Philanthropic Network
The data was collected through a joint effort with Florida Nonprofit Alliance and Florida Philanthropic Network and supplemented by various similar surveys conducted in regions of Florida. More than 1,400 nonprofit organizations in Florida participated. 

COVID-19 Sector Resources & Updates

Gateway Center for Giving
Gateway Center for Giving has created a resource page to share the latest information on COVID-19.

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania
GWP has created a resource page to share the latest information on COVID-19.


Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington has created a resource page with the latest information and offers ways in which your foundation can support collective responses.

The State of Nonprofits in Southeast Louisiana: The Impact of COVID-19

Greater New Orleans Foundation
This report was developed from an online and phone survey of nonprofits in the region, and includes baseline nonprofit data, insight into the impact of COVID-19 on the organizations, as well as how nonprofits across the 13-parish region are responding and resourced amidst COVID-19. The study found that 43% of nonprofits surveyed are providing services due to COVID-19, but over 70% have experienced financial losses due to COVID-19’s impact on its ability to fundraise.  

COVID-19 Resources

Iowa Council of Foundations 
Iowa Council of Foundations has created a resource page with the latest information and ways to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Resources

Minnesota Council on Foundations
MCF is tracking best practices about how Minnesota’s philanthropic community can respond to the coronavirus. 

COVID-19 Resources

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers
The novel coronavirus and resulting COVID-19 disease is a rapidly unfolding situation in North Carolina and across the globe. The effects of the outbreak are likely to be widespread, and will disproportionately affect the most vulnerable among us. With this in mind, NCNG is compiling information and resources related to the outbreak, as well as philanthropy’s response.

COVID-19 Resources

New Mexico Association of Grantmakers 
The New Mexico Association of Grantmakers has created a resource page for funders to respond to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Response

Philanthropy California
Philanthropy California is housing recommendations for philanthropic responsiveness to the anticipated effects of the Coronavirus on under-resourced and vulnerable communities: how you can help now, access to webinars, guidance for philanthropic communications, and resources for your organization.

Resources on COVID-19

Philanthropy Colorado
Philanthropy Colorado compiled resources on the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak on the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

Disaster and Emergency Relief Resources

Philanthropy Massachusetts
This page serves as an ongoing resource page for funders with ways to respond to natural disasters and other calls for emergency relief.

Philanthropy's Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia has assembled some resources for funders interested in learning more about philanthropic response efforts currently underway.


Philanthropy New York
Philanthropy New York has compiled a list of national and local resources that provide information and address action steps for COVID-19, along with lessons learned from philanthropic responses to past disasters that can be applied today.

COVID-19 Resource Hub

Philanthropy Northwest
Philanthropy Northwest has created a resource hub for finding out what’s happening within the philanthropic sector,  north western region and nationally to address the coronavirus pandemic impacting all of us and our communities.

Ohio Nonprofit COVID-19 Survey Report

Philanthropy Ohio
Philanthropy Ohio has released a new report on the early impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits operations in Ohio. Results are aggregated from the responses of 7,723 nonprofit leaders from every region of the state and diverse in terms of size and programmatic area of service focus, including human services, arts & culture, education and health.

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Philanthropy Southwest
In an effort to keep one another connected and informed during this uncertain time, PSW is aggregating and sharing COVID-19 response resources and updates from foundations across the Southwest and nation.

COVID-19 and Public Health

Philanthropy West Virginia
Philanthropy West Virginia has compiled a list of resources providing recommendations, links and other resources. 

COVID-19 Coronavirus: What Foundations Need to Know

Southeastern Council of Foundations
Southeastern Council of Foundations has compiled a list of resources to help foundations take action to protect their employees and visitors – foundations, like any other workplace, should follow these guidelines and make their employees aware of actions they can take to limit the spread of the virus.


Washington Regional Associaton of Grantmakers
WRAG has compiled a list of resources to help address COVID-19.

Impact on Populations

Open Letter to Philanthropy: The Cure to Viral Racism Is Within Our Hands

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
AAPIP released an open letter addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and how philanthropy can play a critical role in advocating to end the racism and xenophobia against Asian American.communities in the U.S. 

AAPIP Statement on COVID-19

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
AAPIP released a statement addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Influencing Young America to Act

Cause & Social Influence
This report highlights the top actions taken by young Americans for others during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 Resources for EC Funders

Early Childhood Funders Collaborative
Early Childhood Funders Collaborative has created a resource page that provides opportunities and examples of philanthropic responses related to early childhood in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Response

Funders Concerned About Aids
FCCA has compiled a collection of resources from organizations that are tracking and compiling information on the philanthropic response to COVID-19.

Who is Funding Economic Opportunity for LGBTQ Communities?

Funders for LGBTQ Issues
This resource page highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and shares data on the funding for LGBTQ economic issues over the last few years.

Our Commitment to the Trans Community during COVID-19

Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Funders for LGBTQ Issues and its Grantmakers United for Trans Communities Initiative has signed onto a joint statement reaffirming its commitment trans communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and any potential economic downturn resulting from efforts to contain it.

LGBTQ Funding Resources in the COVID-19 Response

Funders for LGBTQ Issues
This resource page will be frequently updating to share timely information and guidance with funders and movement leaders alike.

COVID-19 Resources for Funders

Funders Together to End Homelessness 
In light of concerns surround COVID-19 and how it's affecting our neighbors and communities, we know it's been top of mind for many funders and partners. Below are general resources for funders as well as resources focused on COVID-19's impact on housing and homelessness.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

Grantmakers Concerned about Immigrants and Refugees 
Donors need to act now to ensure nonprofits can not only help us through the crisis but also be in a position to rebuild our communities in the future.

Statement on Coronavirus Outbreak

Hispanics in Philanthropy
Hispanics in Philanthropy released a statement addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Joint Statement on Collective Care in Response to COVID-19

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans in Philanthropy & The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans in Philanthropy & The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada issued a joint statement in solidarity and recognition of the organizations' deep practices of community care. 

Resource Center

Native Americans in Philanthropy
Native Americans in Philanthropy has relaunched its resource center, which is a collection of resources aimed at Native organizations and individuals to aid in protecting and healing native communities during the COVID-19 crisis.  

Open Letter to Orange County: A Call for Unity & Collective Response

Orange County Grantmakers
Orange County Grantmakers (OCG) and its members join with the National Asian American Community Foundation (NAAC) and Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) in a call for unity and solidarity in response to the increased xenophobia and discrimination faced by the Asian American community in Orange County during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Impact on Issues

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus on the Arts and Culture Sector Survey Results

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts has created a dashboard reporting on the latest results from its survey to capture coronavirus-related economic impact reports from artists, arts organizations, and arts agencies of all types, genres, sizes, and tax statuses.

COVID-19 Coronavirus: How Philanthropy Can Respond

Center for Disaster Philanthropy
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), with generous support from the UPS Foundation, hosted a webinar Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET to explore how philanthropy can respond and what the most likely needs will be at each stage of the pandemic. 

Response to the COVID-19 Concerns

The Disability Rights Fund
The Disability Rights Fund compiled a list of resources responding to COVID-19 to support persons with disabilities.

EOF Network COVID-19 Emergency Response and Planning Survey Results

Economic Opportunity Funders
EOF invited members to complete a brief survey to help target the information we share, make connections between EOF members, and inform programming. The survey asked members to share how they are responding or thinking about responding to COVID-19 and the ensuing economic crisis and the issues and populations they are most concerned about.

COVID-19 Resources

Economic Opportunity Funders
EOF has compiled resources as concern about the spread of the COVID-19 and how philanthropy is determining how best to mobilize to support a coordinated response among funders.

TFN Follow Up Advancing Water Equity in Coronavirus Recovery

The Funders Network 
The Funders Network has compiled resources from its Advancing Water Equity in Coronavirus Recovery webinar recommendations that are intended for funders, but can apply broadly to organizations working in this space.

COVID-19 Resource Library

The Funders Network 
The Funders Network has compiled resources to help in navigating the many implications the pandemic will have on the people and places we care about, while keeping the values of equity, inclusion and justice front and center.

COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Recommendations for Philanthropy to Support Immediate Needs and Long-Term Solutions to End Homelessness

Funders Together to End Homelessness 
Funders Together to End Homelessness has pulled together recommendations for philanthropy to support immediate needs and long-term solutions to end homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future.

GIA's Podcast Series Coronavirus Response

Grantmakers in the Arts 
In the first episode of the podcast series “Coronavirus Response: Setting the frame,” Deana Haggag, President & CEO of United States Artists; Lauren Hainley, program manager, Disaster Services, Houston Arts Alliance; Tempestt Hazel, Art Program Officer, Field Foundation; and Vu Le, Nonprofit AF, join GIA to discuss how they are designing their rapid response efforts, what kind of equity lens can be utilized for greatest impact, and how to shift from short-term response to long-term recovery.

In the second episode of the podcast series "Coronavirus Response: Into the weeds," Ruby Lopez Harper of Americans for the Arts, Brian McGuigan of Artist Trust, and Trella Walker of Nonprofit Finance Fund discuss funding practices that center equity & reframe recovery toward new relationships.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding: Update and action items

Grantmakers in the Arts 
Grantmakers in the Arts is sharing resources and guidance on COVID-19 virus and encouraging grantmakers to support their grantees in treating their funding flexibly in these difficult and rapidly shifting circumstances.

COVID-19 Education Philanthropy Resources

Grantmakers for Education 
Grantmakers for Education compiled a list of resources to respond to recent COVID-19 circumstances.

COVID-19 Resources

Grantmakers In Health
Grantmakers In Health compiled a list of resources, tools, and updates for funders on the spread and impact of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources For Funders And Grantees

Health Environmental Funders Network
Health Environmental Funders Network compiled a list that includes links to resources from philanthropic, nonprofit organizations to provide helpful information for funders and grantees in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

A Common-Sense, Street-Smart Recovery

Policy Link
This page has resources to build an inclusive economy and equitable nation that works for all in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Call for Nonprofit Tech Support During COVID-19

Technology Association Grantmakers
Technology Association of Grantmakers partnered with NTEN, and NetHope to release a call for philanthropy to support digital infrastructure during COVID-19 and beyond. 

COVID-19 Relief and Recovery: Guiding Principles to Secure Our Water Future

US Water Alliance
This document provides a list of principles to secure our water future and an opportunity to sign on and endorse the principles listed.


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

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

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 

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?

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

The Aidsfonds COVID Response: A Focus on People Living With and Vulnerable to HIV

Funders Concerned About AIDS
In this blog, FCCA interviews Mark Vermeulen where he talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts people living with or vulnerable to HIV, how Aidsfonds has shifted its work, and the lessons he learned during this challenging time. 

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

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.


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

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.


In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Congress drafted legislation aimed at providing aid and relief to the economy, businesses, nonprofits, and the American people.

As of April 3, 2020, Congress has passed three COVID-19 related stimulus packages and is already gearing up for a fourth. These economic measures have been released in phases, with the latest (Phase Three) being enacted last week. Below you will find specific information about each bill, how the bill may impact the sector, and what the Forum is doing to keep members engaged and informed.

If you have any questions regarding these measures, please contact Matthew L. Evans, Forum Director of Public Policy.

COVID-19 Legislation

Phase 1

H.R. 6074: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (Enacted March 6, 2020)
This bill provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

House Appropriations Committee Summary
Congressional Research Service Report

House voted 415-2 to pass on March 4, 2020.
Senate voted 96-1 to pass on March 5, 2020.

Phase 2

H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Enacted March 18, 2020)
This bill responds to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing paid sick leave, tax credits, and free COVID-19 testing; expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits; and increasing Medicaid funding.

House Appropriations Committee Summary
Congressional Research Service Guidance

House voted 363- 40 to pass on March 14, 2020.
Senate voted 90-8 to pass on March 18, 2020.

Phase 3

H.R. 748: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - CARES Act (Enacted March 27, 2020)
This bill responds to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. The bill provides FY2020 supplemental appropriations for federal agencies to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The supplemental appropriations are designated as emergency spending, which is exempt from discretionary spending limits.

Senate Appropriations Committee Summary
Senate Finance Committee Summary
House Appropriations Committee Summary
Congressional Research Service Report

Senate voted 96-0 to pass on March 25, 2020.
House voted by voice vote to pass on March 27, 2020.

Phase 3.5

H.R. 266: Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (Enacted April 24, 2020)
This bill responds to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing additional funding for small business loans, health care providers, and COVID-19 testing.

House Appropriations Committee Summary 

Senate voted by voice vote to pass on April 21, 2020.
House voted 388-5 to pass on April 23, 2020.

What Does It Mean For the Sector?

While Phase 1 was designed to help fight the spread of the virus by providing extra funding to agencies like the CDC and the FDA, Phases 2 and 3 were designed to help stimulate the economy.

Phase 2 - H.R. 6201, The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This bill includes several provisions beneficial to nonprofits:

  1. Two weeks of paid sick leave for nonprofits with 500 employees or less.
    • Up to $511 per day
    • Up to $200 per day for family member impacted by COVID-19
  2. Additional family and medical leave.
    • Up to 12 weeks.
  3. Refundable payroll tax credit.

Phase 3 - H.R. 748: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - CARES Act

This bill includes several provisions beneficial to nonprofits:

  1. Paycheck Protection Program Loans (PPP)
    • Qualified small businesses (500 or fewer employees) are eligible to borrow 250 percent of their average monthly payroll expenses, up to a total of $10 million.
    • Employers that maintain employment between February 15 and June 30 would be eligible to have their loans forgiven.
    • U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program Loan, here.
  2. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
    • For "private nonprofit organizations" with 500 or fewer employees.
    • Applicants may request an advance of up to $10,000 (EIDL Grant), to be paid within three days.
    • Grants will not need to be repaid, even if the application is denied.
  3. Refundable payroll tax credit.
    • Up to $5,000 per employee
    • Nonprofits that choose the payroll tax credit may not apply for the loan program.
    • See IRS Guidance, here.

Bill also includes provisions beneficial to philanthropy:

  1. A temporary universal charitable giving incentive for gifts to $300.
    • GIves all taxpayers an incentive to give.
    • Applies to cash contributions made in 2020.
  2. Suspends limitation on deductions for cash contributions to charities for taxpayers who itemize.
    • Increases the existing annual cap from 60% AGI to 100%.
    • Corporation annual limits are raised from 10% to 25%.
CARES Act Resources


Forum Advocacy Efforts

During the legislative drafting process for Phases Two and Three, the Forum and other national sector leaders joined together to advocate on behalf of all nonprofits.

Congressional Outreach

In March, United Philanthropy Forum joined with national nonprofit and philanthropy-serving organizations in a monumental grassroots effort, relating to proposed COVID-19 economic stimulus package legislation. The Forum has shared letters addressed to Congressional leaders with its members, who shared them across their networks while also reaching out to Members of Congress.

On March 12, 2020, the Forum signed on to a letter to Congressional offices outlining why nonprofits must be included in COVID-19 stimulus package legislation. This letter highlighted practical policy examples and solutions for Members of Congress to think about when drafting legislation. On March 14, 2020, the House voted 363-40 to pass H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill ensures that nonprofits can use a tax credit to offer paid leave for their employees – one of the requests in the letter. 

On March 18, 2020, the Forum signed on to a second letter that asks Congress to provide an infusion of $60 billion in capital to America’s charitable nonprofits to maintain operations, expand the scope to address increasing demands, and stabilize losses from closures throughout the country.

On April 20, 2020, the Forum joined several members of the Charitable Giving Coalition in a letter to Members of Congress, asking that DAFs and Supporting Organizations be treated equally with other public charities in COVID-19 relief legislation.

Calls to Action

Forum staff issued calls to action to our members via two public policy action alerts. These action alerts asked PSOs and their members to reach out to Senators, as they debated the CARES Act.

The first action alert was issued on March 19, 2020, and an updated action alert was issued on March 21, 2020.

Each alert received an overwhelming response from our members. PSOs from across the country activated their networks and sent messages to their elected officials. Their hard work paid off, as both bills included favorable provisions for the sector.

As we look forward to Phase 4 legislation, we encourage members to reach out to us with questions and to be on the lookout for future alerts.

Find out more about these efforts

Forum Member Resources and Contributions

Forum member PSOs from across the country have put together valuable resources that help guide foundations and nonprofits through these large pieces of legislation. Here you will find a collection of those resources from the unique perspectives of various regional or national PSOs.

If you would like to add something to this section, please contact Matthew L. Evans, Director of Public Policy.

CARES Act: Breaking Down $2 Trillion Public Health & Economic Relief Package
by Seyron Foo, Southern California Grantmakers

Comprehensive COVID-19 Legislation Guide for the Charitable Sector
by Legal Team, Council on Foundations

Summary of COVID-19 Aid Package: What Philanthropy Needs to Know
by Funders Together to End Homelessness

CMF Letter to Michigan Governor in Support of Nonprofits
by Council of Michigan Foundations

Philanthropy West Virginia Partners with State Government to Promote Charitable Accountability
by Philanthropy West Virginia

Washington, D.C. Deserves Pandemic Relief Funding Equal to States 
by Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

AAPIP Giving Circle COVID-19 Respond Fund

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
This Fund supports AAPI focused Giving Circle efforts to address immediate economic and health concerns including anti-Asian hate (proactive and reactive responses) while also advancing civic engagement to build community power for the longer term.

APEN COVID-19 Emergency Community Stabilization Fund

Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Support working-class Asian immigrant and refugee families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

California Immigrants Resilience Fund

California Immigrants Resilience Fund
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and 12 philanthropic partners launched the California Immigrant Resilience Fund, an effort to provide cash assistance to undocumented Californians and their families who are ineligible for COVID-19 federal relief and state safety-net programs. The Resilience Fund's initial goal is to raise $50 million.

San Diego Black Business Relief Grant Fund

The Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce
The Black Small Business Relief Grant Fund is an effort led by the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce to raise $1 million in funds to support Black-owned small businesses in San Diego County in 60 days. The Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce (CSDBCC) is working to ensure Black businesses and the Black community are resilient in the wake of these tragedies, and they need your support now more than ever. 

OC Community Resilience Fund

Charitable Ventures, Orange County Grantmakers, Orange County Community Foundation, & St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund 
The OC Community Resilience Fund is a collaborative response by Charitable Ventures, Orange County Grantmakers, Orange County Community Foundation, and St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund which is seeking to strengthen and support community-based organizations that serve vulnerable communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NJ Focused Response Funds

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers has compiled a listing of the response funds that are set up to help local communities, residents, non-profits, and businesses throughout New Jersey.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

First Nations Development Institute
First Nations Development Institute is responding to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian community emergency needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic to minimize the risk of Native communities becoming collateral damage.

Coronavirus and COVID-19 Funds

Giving Compass
Find a range of vetted funds addressing immediate and long-term needs related to coronavirus and COVID-19.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Greater Washington Community Foundation
The Greater Washington Community Foundation is raising and deploying critical resources in response to the urgent health and economic needs of disproportionately impacted communities. This rapid response fund is targeted toward addressing immediate needs and reaching vulnerable communities in our region, especially low-wage and gig economy workers, health care providers, people of color, and our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund – Second Round

Hispanics in Philanthropy
HIP’s Migration and Forced Displacement work applies what we have collectively learned to address the root causes and often destabilizing impacts of migration as it is currently experienced by focusing on building power in our communities through strengthened leadership, influence, and equity of migrant populations. Under this framework, the COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund supports current grantee partners and a growing cohort of new allies working to pursue these objectives and who now find themselves significantly impacted by barriers to efficiently and safely continuing to provide services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Essential Fund: A Fund By HIP to Support Latino Essential Workers

Hispanics in Philanthropy
HIP’s Essential Fund will support Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations with close ties to the community, in their efforts to provide much-needed COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts, including resourcing communities with cash, food, and rental assistance, PPE and cleaning/disinfectant supply kits, child care, critical information and other resources needed to help our country flatten the curve, as well as provide workers with the tools and leadership needed to continue providing essential services for our country.

HIP Announces Two Emergency Funds in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Hispanics in Philanthropy
Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) announced two emergency funds to help Latino organizations offset unexpected costs incurred by the rapidly-changing situation concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effects worldwide specifically in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Response and Relief Funds by U.S. Community Foundations and United Ways

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is currently tracking the growth of COVID-19 funds managed by local United Ways and community foundations (those independent public charities that raise and distribute resources within a specific geography, often defined as a county, but usually a state or smaller). The data that is used for the COVID-19 funds map is being collected from organizational websites, Twitter posts, and news releases.

Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund.

Mid-South Philanthropy Network, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Foundation, Shelby County Government & United Way of the Mid-South
Hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Foundation, the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund provides flexible funding to organizations serving people impacted by novel coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic in West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. 

Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus

Minnesota Council on Foundations 
The Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for coronavirus, created to support community needs as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. The MDRF funds both short and long-term needs that arise within communities, due to coronavirus or future disasters that occur within the state of Minnesota. 

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds

National Center for Family Philanthropy
NCFP has produced an interactive map to explore local COVID-19 response and recovery funds.

Native American Community Response Fund

Native Americans in Philanthropy
In these times, Native American families turn to trusted community organizations for support and resources. In turn, we want to generously support Native American nonprofits on the ground who are caring for our most vulnerable – those facing food insecurity, access to housing, and low-income elderly.

Rapid Response: Racism is a Virus Too

Nellie Mae Education Foundation
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created this rapid response fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. The Foundation has allocated resources for the Racism is a Virus Too rapid response grant fund to support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities.

Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative

Philanthropy Delaware
Philanthropy Delaware is a collaborating with its partners: the United Way of Delaware, the Delaware Community Foundation, and the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement to coordinate and align Delaware’s nonprofit community to alleviate the impact of the crisis in Delaware.

COVID-19 Philanthropic Response Funds for Greater Philadelphia

Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia created a response funds page for Greater Philadelphia with information pertaining to relief efforts to support rapid response funding to nonprofits on the frontlines of the crisis.

WA Food Fund

Philanthropy Northwest
Philanthropy Northwest has partnered with one of its key foundations, and the state of Washington to create a statewide food fund to address the severe shortage of food in the state. WA Food Fund is a relief fund that supports food banks and pantries across the state so they can maintain their food supply. 

Emergency Ventilator Response Initiative

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors & Emergency Ventilator Response consortium
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors & Emergency Ventilator Response consortium has begun mass production and delivery of a low-cost, reliable automatic resuscitator to help address the anticipated shortage of ventilators worldwide. The Spiro Wave is a low-cost, reliable alternative to ICU ventilators that is designed for rapid production.

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation: $50 Million for COVID-19 Response

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors & The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is working with The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, who is dedicating $50 million to provide funding for nonprofit organizations that are addressing the health and social needs of New Yorkers as a direct result of COVID-19.

San Diego’s Small Business Relief Grant Fund

San Diego Grantmakers
San Diego Grantmakers is partnering with the City of San Diego on a Small Business Relief Fund to get grant resources to the small businesses largely excluded from Covid19 responses. SDG will manage the grant making process for the fund.  The expansion of this program is a result of the City, the Cal Coast Cares Foundation, SDG and its members rallying together to bring their resources to bear in support of our region's resiliency.

SFF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

San Francisco Foundation
Through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, the San Francisco Foundation will make capacity building grants ($3,000 – $25,000) to nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties addressing the following four issue areas: worker support, preventing homelessness and providing renter protection/housing security, ensuring food security, and addressing racial bias.

COVID-19 Philanthropic Response and Recovery Funds: Food & Agriculture System

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders
This is a working list and funds will continue to be added as members of SAFSF network and others share information. This list is provided as an informational resource; funds listed on this page are not endorsed or vetted by SAFSF.

COVID-19 Response Fund

United Way of Rhode Island
United Way of Rhode Island and The Rhode Island Foundation announced the co-creation of the Rhode Island COVID-19 Response Fund, which has already raised nearly $5 million. The Fund will support local nonprofits with direct service programs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As COVID-19 continues to spread in the country, it has been on top of mind for many philanthropy-serving organizations as the consider how this can affect operations, programming, member services and more. We collected how PSOs are responding with internal policies and external programs and other member services, along with recommended resources and events.

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