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Apart from the significant health concerns we are living with (and the new organizational challenges of full-time living, working and parenting at home), many individuals and NGOs find themselves faced with a constantly-evolving, complicated economic situation. These are unprecedented and unnerving times, to say the least, which is why we've compiled this list of resources to share with our community.

Keeping your charity, church, or CSO afloat right now may be difficult and taxing, especially as the work of so many NPOs is focused on helping others, and our abilities to do so have been greatly constrained by COVID-19. We know, too, that the most vulnerable sectors of any society are always the first and worst-hit in any crisis—be it economic, health, or climactic in nature. For those of us that still have work we can do at home (and a paycheck), we recognize we are among the fortunate.

We have compiled a list of funding sources, learning resources, and inspiring ideas that we hope are helpful for nonprofits during the Coronavirus pandemic. It is a living document, so if you have more links to share with us and your colleagues, please do. We all need as much support from one another as we can get right now. 

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES MANAGEMENT DURING COVID-19

  • Could an online bar be your next fundraiser? A creative agency in St. Petersburg created an online bar so that people could go out without leaving their homes. The idea has grown to include 14 other bars for a "street of digital bar-hopping" where each bar is hosted with Whereby video conferencing software, so you can talk to people in individual chatrooms just like on Zoom or Skype.

  • Need a way to connect with supporters who aren't online? Try hosting a long-distance tea party! Send a note and a tea bag to your community through the mail. Thank them for supporting you, and ask them to join you for a long-distance tea party on a given date. You might provide a phone number for joining a conference call, arrange for supporters to call each other, or send a follow-up letter for supporters to open on the given day while drinking their tea. It's a great opportunity for shared reflection and expressing gratitude.

  • Funraise.org has a great list that shares examples of successful nonprofit fundraising campaigns during the COVID-19 crisis.

Financial Support and Grants for Coronavirus Relief

ConnectING with Your NONPROFIT Community ONLINE

  • Be in the virtual mix. Chances are your supporters are meeting online to dance, pray, work and workout. Think about how you can be present and engage in virtual spaces too, with options like Zoom's breakout rooms for splitting up into small groups at large meetings.

  • Join forces with others who are already hosting online events. Is there a way for your organization to be the beneficiary of a church collection, company fundraising drive, or class-by-donation? For example, there might be a local yoga studio giving online classes that would be willing to donate a percent of their proceeds to your nonprofitif so, don't forget to invite everyone from your community on social media!

  • Bring your community together in a virtual support group like Surviving Breast Cancer did:Invitation to virtual Breast Cancer support group-1

FUNDRAISING HELP FOR CHARITIES DURING THE CRISIS 

The world's operational landscape has changed, but this might be the time when you especially need to fundraise to survive the effects of the pandemic. Don’t halt your efforts: below are many tips from experts on how to adapt your fundraising strategies to the new global situation.

SupportING Others and One Another

We need to lean on one another more than ever, and we’re learning new ways to do so virtually and while in quarantine. 

  • Use pod mapping to identify support networks for the most vulnerable people in your community.

  • Find support from other nonprofits on social media through groups like the Facebook COVID-19 charity support group.

  • Call five of your supporters each day with this script for touching base with donors during COVID-19. In isolation, people are talking to one another more these days: getting on the phone, checking in on a video chat or having group calls with friends. 

  • Get creative with ways to show support virtually. Residents across Europe and in South America have held nationwide applause in recognition of their health care workers, as people clap from their windows and honk car horns at a designated time each day.

  • Make sure you have a plan to stay operational if key people in your organization get sick. View these free resources for nonprofit risk management in the face of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

THE NEW REALITY OF Working from home

Staying operational remotely can be difficult, and the new realities of working from home can be organizationally and emotionally challenging, especially when juggling family needs and caring for children cooped up at home.