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Resources and Articles Re: COVID-19 Pandemic

March 16, 2020

As our world continues to grapple with the risks and unknowns of COVID-19, we are taking necessary precautions and deepening our learning about the impact of the virus, especially on the philanthropic community. These articles offer some helpful insights and guidance. As we continue to develop our list of resources, we would love to hear from you about any helpful articles you've come across. Please email any suggestions to Rachel at [email protected].  

Articles are listed alphabetically. We will be updating as new resources are published. 

6 Steps for Grant Makers to Take Now to Ensure Nonprofits Recover From Coronavirus Spread: An opinion piece encouraging donors to act now to ensure organizations can not only help us through the crisis but also be in a position to rebuild our communities in the future. By Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund. Published March 9, 2020 in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

10 Ways to Support Your (Overworked) Team: How to be there for your team. 10 tips for school leaders. By Rachel Levitt Klein Dratch. Published March 16, 2020 by Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools.

All People Are Responsible for One Another: A resource on caring for the sick in times of crisis. Published March 9, 2020 by Repair the World and Amplifier.

An Open Message to Grantees from the Funder Community: An open letter from 19 funders in the Jewish community sharing some of the ways they are approaching their role as philanthropic funders who need and want to help their grantees. Published March 13, 2020 by eJewishPhilanthropy.

Boardsource's Ask-an-Expert Email Service: Boardsource has been working with and supporting nonprofit boards and leaders for 30 years. The expertise we’ve gained informs our members-only Ask-an-Expert email service, which provides you with the opportunity to ask one of our experts questions related to best governance practices via email. Our goal is to get back to you with an answer within two business days. Please note that while we are happy and well positioned to answer questions about the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards, we are unable to address issues related to specific legal or financial issues that your board or organization may be facing.

Cancel Everything: Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus. We must start immediately. By Yascha Mounk. Published March 10, 2020 in The Atlantic.

Candid Overview of Coronavirus: A webpage sharing the philanthropic response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The page updates automatically as data and news are added to our database. The data is derived from news articles and other sources, and funders who directly share their funding data with Candid. We code the data according to our taxonomy. The news section pulls from 300,000 source articles that we regularly scan for relevant information. Check back regularly for updates. Visit this free disaster funding map to track giving to disasters, including coronavirus. 

Center for Disaster Philanthropy COVID-19 Overview and How to Help: This is a constantly updating resource published by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. 

Center for Disaster Philanthropy COVID-19 Response Fund: To support preparedness, containment, response and recovery activities for those affected and for the responders.

Coronavirus and the Jewish Community: Responses from the Field: Webinar on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT, Hosted by Jewish Funders Network. First and foremost, the coronavirus pandemic is a public health crisis. But it is also creating significant economic and logistical challenges for institutions and vulnerable populations within and beyond the Jewish community. In this webinar, we will explore the scope of the problem, how Jewish institutions are responding and what funders can do to help. Speakers include Paul Bernstein, Chief Executive Officer of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools; Rabbi David Rosenn, Executive Director of the Hebrew Free Loan Society; More to Be Announced. 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Guidance from Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools: A variety of articles, webinars, and resources for schools and organizations. This page is updated regularly. 

Coronavirus Implications: Navigating Your School's Student Enrollment and Parent Communications: A crowd-sourced video Q&A exploring leading practices for how to respond to the tough enrollment management challenges facing our schools. By Amy Adler. Published March 18, 2020 by Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools. 

COVID-19 Resource Hub: From the Council on Foundations. Continually Updating. 

Fundraising During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Thoughts from Danielle Keats Berkowitz, a founding partner in the boutique strategic development firm Reach3K, with 25 years of professional experience in the non-profit sector, on how to pivot and readjust your fundraising operations. By Danielle Keats Berkowitz. Published March 15, 2020 by eJewishPhilanthropy. 

Fundraising In the Face of COVID-19: Prizmah hosted a conversation with Prizmah Generations Coach, Amy Schiffman on uncovering strategies to continue building relationships with donors in a crisis environment. Published March 18, 2020 by Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools. 

How Non-Profits Can Take Remote Control of their Fundraising in the Current Climate: Suggestions from Moshe Hecht, a philanthropy futurist, public speaker and chief innovation officer of Charidy, a crowdfunding platform and consulting company that has helped 5000 organizations raise over 900 million dollars on how to use this situation appropriately with all the tools at our disposal to do so. Published March 13, 2020 by eJewishPhilanthropy.

Jewish Funders Network Coronavirus Resources Page: In this unprecedented crisis, JFN is committed to be a resource for funders and for the entire community. It is critical that we know what our fellow funders are doing and that we try, as much as possible, to coordinate responses so as to have a greater impact on the ground. In these times of quarantines and social-distancing, we can’t afford to be isolated from our partners. This page is continually updating. 

Managing the COVID 19 Epidemic - What the Jewish Community Can Learn from Prior Global Crisis and from this Moment in Time: By now many institutions in this nation and elsewhere have already introduced various operational protocols to manage the new realities. The massive shutdowns now underway in every sphere of our society are creating a “replacement culture” where individuals and institutions are being re-wired to operate in this new and uncertain environment. But there are specific learning opportunities that might benefit our organizations and each of us during the Coronavirus Epidemic. By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. Published March 13, 2020 by eJewishPhilanthropy.  

Philanthropy Has a Duty to Respond Quickly to the COVID-19 Outbreak. Here’s How We Can Do It An opinion piece by Lori Bezahler, the CEO of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation saying "philanthropy must adapt quickly to this crisis. Our grantees need us to respond immediately in this time of global health concern, financial strain, and increased uncertainty." By Lori Bezahler. Published March 16, 2020 by Inside Philanthropy. 

Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak: Resources to Help Nonprofits: Whether you are guiding staff about travel or remote work arrangements, wondering what other groups are doing in response to Covid-19, fielding donors’ questions about your nonprofit’s response or the impact on planned events, or worrying that the virus will dampen your fundraising, it’s a lot to handle. To help you cope, here are a few online resources we’ve collected to save you time, help you plan swiftly, and keep you focused on your most pressing priorities. By Margie Fleming Glennon. Published March 12, 2020 in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Virtual Pop-up Giving Circle Facilitation Guide and Participant Workbook: Want to learn if a giving circle is right for you? These guides include tips & tricks for virtual facilitation, and are hosting a training to help you use them. Download the resources and register for the training to gather your community, explore your values, and give together. Published by Amplifier and Slingshot.

Virtual Pop-up Giving Circle Facilitation Training: Webinar hosted on Thursday, March 26 at 12pm EST - As we practice social distancing, many of us are reinterpreting what it means to be and feel connected. At Amplifier, we feel lucky to have the opportunity to offer virtual programs that can not only help communities to feel connected with one another, but to share resources in this time of heightened need. We’ve adapted our Pop-up Giving Circle materials to include tips & tricks for virtual facilitation, and are hosting a training to help you use them. Download the resources and register for the training to gather your community, explore your values, and give together. We'll cover all the basics to help you your first virtual pop up succeed, and we’ll record the training for anyone who can’t make it. Hosted by Amplifier.