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COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits


While the nonprofit sector is not monolithic, and the way that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted organizations may vary, there is no question that we are all adjusting and adapting to this new normal. For many organizations that has required really hard conversations about cash position, revenue, and stakeholder engagement. You’ve cancelled events and decreased services, all while your constituents needs increase.

A recent news segment emboldens us all to act: “The consequences of a crisis are determined, in the end, by the quality of our response to it.” We all have a part to play in this response, to ensure that our nonprofit organizations can meet the needs of our communities now and into the future. We hope this page can help as you navigate various resources to best meet the needs of your organization.

Reimagining Your Organization

With the future still uncertain the question remains: How do we adapt to this new world? Some will view this crisis as an opportunity to reimagine their nonprofit organizations and to make the necessary – yet oftentimes difficult – decisions to strengthen long-term sustainability while learning from implementation.

Reimagining your nonprofit organization involves three core aspects—impact, people and finances—all interconnected and influenced by a fourth: the needs and resources of the community.

Tools & Templates

Nonprofit Board Governance Amid Crisis

While COVID-19 continues to disrupt operations, the pandemic is certainly not the last crisis that nonprofit organizations will confront. Responding to crisis is something all organizations will do, and everyone from program assistants to the board chair play a role in. This video series zeroes in on nonprofit board governance amid crisis by providing quick action steps across five areas:

Emergency Government Funding (CARES Act)

Many nonprofit leaders have been closely waiting for financial relief from the federal government, and it came in the form of the nearly 900 page CARES Act. The resources below aim to cut through the clutter and help you understand how your organization can take advantage of the loan options offered in this law.

General Information

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

What other funding opportunities exist in my community?

Many funding partners, including private, corporate, and community foundations are stepping up to support nonprofits with emergency grants.

Nationwide Efforts

Wisconsin-Specific Efforts

Where can I stay up to date on the latest coronavirus news?

Several nonprofit-focused organizations have ensured their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact are partially or completely free for nonprofits.

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