COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits


Below is a list of helpful COVID-19 Resources from GC Nonprofit News’ publisher, Jane Page-Steiner and editor, Kelli Tarantino. Please feel free to contact us with your suggestions and we’ll be happy to share them.

Week of 5/18/20:

How Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio Can Help Your Organization Navigate COVID-19

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application from Blue and Company CPAs

Week of 5/11/20:

From BoardSource: Rapid Planning in a Time of Rapid Change

GrantStation: COVID-19 Related Funding Opportunities Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Week of 5/4/20:

CARES Act Provides Opportunity for attracting new donors by Blue and Co. Click here to read the article.

Week of 4/27/2020:

TechSoup launched its COVID-19 Response Fund to underwrite technology hardware and tools, training and services from its growing list of resources. The funds particular focus is supporting small organizations that provide social services. In addition to making new products available to nonprofits, TechSoup is hosting virtual workshopson managing the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits. These workshops cover tools, strategies, and resources to help nonprofits manage remote workers. TechSoup’s COVID-19 Forum is an online message board dedicated to nonprofit topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, go to https://www.techsoup.org/

Week of 4/20/2020:

Cincinnati Cares is capturing data, collecting stories and connecting people to take action through safe volunteering or giving to help the Greater Cincinnati nonprofit sector recover from the COVID-19 disaster. On its site at  https://cincinnaticares.org/, Cincinnati Cares added to each organization’s profile a way for nonprofits to share data on how they’ve been impacted by COVID-19, and put the data in context through one or more stories. The public can see these stories and data and take action by making donations, in most cases directly to any organization. To mobilize volunteers without putting them in harm’s way, Cincinnati Cares created a new category for nonprofits to recruit volunteers for online, remote or socially distant-safe volunteering called “COVID-19 Ways to Help Now.” This is important since the more than 1600 ways to help on the Cincinnati Cares website are largely irrelevant today due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ability for the public to easily find a way to donate to organizations that matter most to them is important due to the dramatic impact COVID-19 and its resulting shutdown of commerce has had on nonprofit cash flows and operations. Unlike most donor portals, Cincinnati Cares is charging no transaction fees. Founded in 2017, Cincinnati Cares is Greater Cincinnati’s volunteer ecosystem leader, having moved the region from worst among its peers to first through innovative technology platforms.


Week of 4/13/2020:

Week of 4/6/2020:

FREE Webinar: Navigating Nonprofit Funding During COVID-19, Thursday, April 9 at 4:30pm -COVID-19 is changing the non-profit funding landscape. What should organizations consider as they adjust for 2020 and the future of philanthropy? Join Mike Sipple, President of Centennial and Founder of the Talent Magnet Institute, along with guests Scott Provancher and Annemarie Henkel of Ignite Philanthropy for an informational discussion on how non-profits can best navigate funding efforts during this unprecedented time. REGISTER HERE.

FREE Webinar: Navigating Nonprofit Funding During COVID-19, Thursday, April 9 at 4:30pm -COVID-19 is changing the non-profit funding landscape. What should organizations consider as they adjust for 2020 and the future of philanthropy? Join Mike Sipple, President of Centennial and Founder of the Talent Magnet Institute, along with guests Scott Provancher and Annemarie Henkel of Ignite Philanthropy for an informational discussion on how non-profits can best navigate funding efforts during this unprecedented time. REGISTER HERE

FREE Webinar: “Deciphering the CARES Act for Nonprofits” on Thursday, April 16th at 2:00pm.
Join us for this FREE webinar on the CARES Act and its impact on nonprofits. While there are several components of this new law, the standards as they pertain to nonprofits vary from those of for-profit organizations. VonLehman’s Keith Carlson, Director of M&A Advisory Services, and Bryan Pautsch, Principal, will discuss the details of the law, the various funding relief options, tax credits, and more.  Please register here.
Nonprofits and COVID-19 Webinar -Presented by American Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

Thursday, April 16th from 9:00am -10:00am. Share how you’re doing with others in the AFP Cincinnati chapter and get a pulse check with fellow AFP members Rachel Kirley with Playhouse in the Park, Andrew Polter with University of Cincinnati, Jeff Taylor with UC Health, and Nune Sargsyan with Santa Maria Community Services.  This session will be facilitated by Jane Page-Steiner of Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit News. This meeting has been submitted for 1.0 CFRE credit. Register here.

This Week’s Sponsor Tip from Photonics:
Rethink your Fundraising Plans. While some nonprofits are suggesting that this isn’t the time to be asking for money, it is still a time for stewardship. Connecting with donors is going to be tricky during this unprecedented time. Exploring new marketing and communications avenues, such as social media campaigns or webinars and digital events, could help you to stay in front of your audience. At Photonics Inc., we work with nonprofit organizations on marketing strategies and deliverables to help problem-solve issues just like this.

Week of 3/30/2020:

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

On Friday, March 27, the President signed and enacted into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The Act builds upon earlier versions of the CARES Act and is intended to be the third round of the federal government support in wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout, succeeding the $8.3 billion in public health support passed previously and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The CARES Act provides support that is more robust to both individuals and businesses, including changes to tax policy.  Please see this summary of what is included in the Act for both individuals and businesses. https://www.blueandco.com/the-coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-cares-act/

Blue and Company answers your Questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic’s effect on your business or personal finances? Please visit our Coronavirus Resources & Information Center: https://www.blueandco.com/covid-19/

Grants Plus is maintaining a growing hub of resources for grant seeking during the COVID-19 crisis, including a listing of emergency grant opportunities and answers to common questions.

VonLehman has launched our COVID-19 Resource Center offering a variety of resources which can be found here.

Crisis Communications During the Coronavirus Outbreak  This webinar explains the fundamentals of Crisis Communications. The webinar, which lasts about 30 minutes, was created specifically for nonprofits to help them during the coronavirus outbreak. It’s presented by Elliot Grossman, President of Ashire Communications, which is based in Greater Cincinnati.  https://bit.ly/2ylkZrT

The Leadership Council for Nonprofits has developed a list of helpful resources on COVID-19 for nonprofits on their website – go to  https://www.leadershipcouncil.us/about/


A) Professional Resources:

COVID-19 Disaster Relief through Employer-Sponsored Section 139 Program and Charitable Organizations

3/24/20 – The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was designated as a disaster under the Stafford Act on March 13, 2020. This action of classifying the pandemic as federal disaster also allows for relief (separate from the relief of the federal and state governments) to disaster victims through several ways.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

3/23/20 – President Trump signed into law H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 18, 2020. Among other things, the new law temporarily requires certain employers to provide expanded paid sick and family leave for employees affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Changes to Unemployment Insurance as a Result of COVID-19

3/19/20 – As policies and regulations continue to evolve in response to the spread of COVID-19, our experts will keep you up-to-date on the latest modifications affecting our clients. With millions of Americans currently out of work due to national prevention orders, the government is amending existing policies to allow for quicker access to unemployment insurance. The following article provides guidance and resources for the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, in respect to unemployment insurance.

Coronavirus: Effective Communication is Key

3/12/20 – Providing your employees with factual information from health officials and assuring employees that their health and safety is paramount, can help to prepare and educate employees without causing panic. With coronavirus still continuing to spread across the world, now is the time to formulate best practices your company and human resources departments should follow to help your employees stay healthy and infection-free.

B) Education Resources 

As students learn at home and are connected remotely to their teachers, our Education Team is working with educators and partners across the region to bring you age and grade-level appropriate resources. You’ll see programming changes on CET, ThinkTV14 and ThinkTV16 to specifically address learning and educational needs. You can sign up for our Education Newsletters (Parent, Caregiver and Student Learning @ Home emails) at CETconnect.org/covid-19-resources-for-kids-and-families/. In addition, our 24/7 PBS Kids channels and app continue to offer our very youngest learners trusted and safe access to educational and entertaining content. Online, PBS LearningMedia also provides a wealth of standards-based educational resources at all grade levels: cet.pbslearningmedia.org/.

C) News

PBS NewsHour will continue to provide ongoing coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic and other current events. Watch daily at 7pm on CET or at pbs.org/newshour. This week on Wednesday, March 25, at 8pm and on Sunday, March 29, at 4pm a PBS NewsHour Special: Confronting Coronaviruswill air on CET and be available online.

When available, daily press conferences by Ohio government officials, including Governor Mike Dewine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will also be broadcast live (normally in mid-afternoon).

D) Arts and Entertainment

When you step away from the news, we remain a source of world-class art, drama, music and more. We bring you the best artists and performers in our region on The Art Show and SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar. We also continue to offer a front-row seat to the best arts in the world on our 24/7 CET Arts channel.

CET is committed to serving you. While most staff are working remotely from home, our stations and channels are fully operational. As a broadcast facility, our stations have been designated essential community services.