The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has put the country, including the philanthropic sector, into uncharted territory. To help our members respond during this challenging time, we’ve compiled the following resources to help your organization respond and operate effectively.

  • Staying Connected
  • Rapid Response Funds
  • Resources for Foundations

Staying Connected

SECF members looking to ask questions, share ideas and brainstorm can take advantage of our Listserv platform to quickly reach out to colleagues. Our active lists are provided below – if you are not able to send a message to a list you believe you should be on, contact Director of Research & Data Stephen Sherman at stephen@secf.org. We are currently evaluating our Listserv offerings and plan to launch others in the days ahead – please keep an eye on this space for updates!

While our staff is working remotely, we have taken steps that allow us to remain connected to one another and to all of you. We can still be reached by email and via phone at (404) 524-0911.

Rapid Response Funds

Dozens of community foundations throughout the region have launched rapid response funds to support nonprofits and the people they serve during the outbreak. Many of these funds specifically target nonprofits that support marginalized populations who will be most affected by the health and economic impacts of this crisis. These funds are accepting contributions from individuals, other foundations and corporate giving programs.

Resources for Foundations

Staying Updated: Foundations and Philanthropy’s Response:
National Resources: Blogs, Analysis Opinion, Thought Pieces: Resources for Foundations/Nonprofits as Employers:
  • PrepareRespondServe.org (from Tech Impact & 501 Commons) offers links to technology tools and resources for redeploying staff to work remotely. Watch the recorded webinar on preparing for COVID-19 for additional tips and guidance.
  • Tech Impact/Idealware offers helpful reviews of software and applications for the social sector. See their page devoted to COVID-19 resources here.
  • TechSoup provides a range of technology services for nonprofits, including private foundations. TechSoup’s product catalog offers discounted or donated software and hardware to qualifying organizations, including refurbished PCs and laptops, networking equipment, and productivity software. See TechSoup’s collection of COVID-19 resources here.
  • Tech evangelist Beth Kanter of Beth’s Blog offers techniques and guidance on How To Facilitate Effective Virtual Meetings.
  • Nonprofit HR’s Coronavirus Digital Information Portal includes a town hall presentation template for sharing information with constituents. The page also offers best practices for organizations on preparing for remote work and ensuring a safe workplace for employees.
  • The National Council of Nonprofits provides tips on what to include in a remote work policy, along with links to several examples.
  • The Coronavirus Comms Triage Kit from the Communications Network offers best practices for crisis communications and links to a crowd-sourced collection of best practices, resources, and examples of effective messaging from foundations and nonprofits.


Blog Feed

SECF Members Responding to COVID-19 Coronavirus

3/19/2020 5:06:00 PM

Dozens of SECF members have taken action in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This includes numerous community foundations have have launched rapid relief funds with support from private foundations, as well as other support targeting specific areas, ranging from housing to the arts. ... Read More..

COVID-19 Resource Round-Up

3/19/2020 4:51:00 PM

Your SECF colleagues may have advice to share about steps they are taking in response to the outbreak –  our Member Listservs  (login required) provide an easy way to reach out and learn from each other. Our staff is also available to provide support – call the SECF offices at (404) 524-091... Read More..

COVID-19 Coronavirus: What Foundations Need to Know

3/16/2020 9:35:00 AM

UPDATE (March 16, 2020): New guidance from the CDC released March 15 recommends postponing all gatherings of 50 people or more for at least two months. The SECF staff is working remotely but remains available to support our members. You can reach our team via e-mail or by calling (404) ... Read More..

SECF's Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus

3/12/2020 3:10:00 PM

Like many of you, SECF has been closely monitoring developments related to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. As a membership association, we want to provide you with information on how you and your organizat... Read More..

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