Resources for Nonprofits
We will be regularly updating this page with free or low-cost resources for nonprofits to help navigate the impacts of COVID-19.
The Puget Sound Energy Foundation is providing grants totaling $400,000 to community-based public charity organizations across PSE’s 16-county, including Island County, working or service areas in Washington State to aid in the response and recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Navigating CARES Act Assistance Programs (Washington Nonprofits)
501 Commons can provide a quick consult to nonprofits trying to assess their financial situation and which federal stimulus loan might help your organization most. They can also provide information and resources that will help you prepare the materials you need for a successful application. Start at their CARES Act Resource Page.
An updated list of special coronavirus response funds throughout the PNW region (Philanthropy Northwest)
Remote Foundation Directory Online Access – Candid is providing temporary, free, public access to FDO-Essential to the Sno-Isle community for the next several weeks, while the pandemic is affecting on-site access to Sno-Isle Libraries. The Essential version provides access to funder profiles that contain all information necessary for thorough research on each foundation.
GrantStation has opened up its listings of COVID-19 related funding to everyone. Listings are updated each business day and listed by their deadline date.
Forgiveness Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – Washington Nonprofits updates this webpage regarding the PPP with general information, changes in regulation regarding loan repayment, and PPP support resources.
Island County in Phase III of “Safe Start” Reopening Plan – On June 19, Island County received approval to move into Phase III of Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” phased approach. With this approval, business services and activities listed in Phase 3 of the Safe Start plan are now permitted, provided appropriate guidelines and safety measures are implemented. See the complete approval letter for additional information. Guidance and safety criteria for reopening can be found on the “Safe Start” webpage.
Island County Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Resources – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. Island County has compiled of some of the possible resources for purchase through private vendors. This list is by no means an endorsement or guarantee of the products received. Island County does not receive any compensation for including names on this list.
Washington Nonprofit’s Safety & Health in Nonprofits online toolkit – The Safety and Health in Nonprofits toolkit puts information customized to nonprofits into the hands of executive directors and board members so they can operationalize safety and health within their organizations. It provides “grab and go” tools to bring into board and staff meetings so you can focus on what you do best.
Going Forward: Best Practices and Considerations for Nonprofit Re-Engagement – This guide was created by North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.
Free Resources for Remote Work
501 Commons has partnered with Tech Impact in Philadelphia to help organizations get the technology in place to support remote work, like file sharing, remote access to computers, collaboration tools, conferencing, etc. Visit their newly launched website preparerespondserve.org. Resources on the website cover technology solutions as well as HR issues raised by remote work such as liability, supervision, and support.
GoToMeeting is providing critical front-line service providers, including eligible healthcare providers, educational institutions, municipalities, and non-profit organizations as well as any current LogMeIn customer with free, organization-wide use of many LogMeIn products for 3 months through the availability of Emergency Remote Work Kits.
Google is providing free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally including:
- Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call
- Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain
- The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive
FreeConferenceCall.com provides HD audio conferencing, screen sharing and video conferencing with up to 1000 participants. Sign up for a free account.
Microsoft is offering a six-month trial for the premium version of Microsoft Teams, and starting March 10, it will allow as many users as possible to join a Team (using its free version), and everyone on the free version of Teams will be allowed to schedule video calls and conferences.
Nonprofit expert Beth Kantor offers her tips for How To Facilitate Effective Virtual Meetings.
TechSoup highlights a variety of resources for remote work, including how to access free computers through its refurbished hardware program. You can also stream their virtual workshop on Managing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits
Wethos has created an Insight Guide on Building a Fully-Remote Team.
Mobilize offers 7 organizing strategies in a time of social distancing.
Equality Labs has created a new resource on digital security and how to protect yourself as your team moves to remote work.
Communities Rise offers free legal assistance to nonprofits. If you are struggling with a business legal matter like landlord/tenant relations due to COVID-19, or have questions about federal stimulus programs, request help here. This great EIDL Application Video for Nonprofits will walk you through how to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
Updated August 11, 2020