COVID-19

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
  • Virtual Opportunities

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.

Note: The funds listed on this page are limited to those sponsored or associated with SECF members. For a broader directory of all funds in the Southeast, click on the map below.




Resources for Foundations

Staying Updated: Foundations and Philanthropy’s Response:
National Resources: Regional Resources: Blogs, Analysis Opinion, Thought Pieces: Responding with Equity in Mind: Nonprofit Impact Surveys:
National: Regional:
  • The Florida Nonprofit Alliance (FNA) and Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN) have an active flash poll to learn about the experiences of nonprofits and about the steps that they are taking in response to COVID-19.
  • The Nonprofit Leadership Center in Tampa surveyed leaders of nonprofits serving Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties to share how the COVID-19 crisis has initially impacted their organizations and communities, nonprofit leaders. Key findings are discussed in this blog post.
  • On March 19, 2020 the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida hosted a webinar with more than 150 staff members from nonprofits across Northeast Florida participating in a discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. A summary of the discussion and recording of the call are available here.
  • The Georgia Center for Nonprofits is conducting an ongoing survey of Georgia nonprofits on the impact of COVID-19. GCN held a town hall to discuss findings as of March 18, 2020. Slides from the presentation are available here.
  • The Kentucky Nonprofit Network's survey report analyzes results gathered from 420 nonprofits organizations across Kentucky and southern Indiana as of March 26, 2020. KNN has an active survey here.
  • North Carolina Center for Nonprofits: summary of responses from a survey of North Carolina nonprofits between March 16-23, 2020.
  • Together SC and the South Carolina Community Loan Fund are surveying organizations on the impacts of COVID-19 on South Carolina's nonprofit community..
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.
Resources for Reopening:

Virtual Opportunities

COVID-19: Impact on Care for Persons with Serious Illness
Presented by Grantmakers in Health
May 29 at 1:00pm (ET) / 12:00pm (CT)


Ratcheting Up Rural Response, Recovery and Resilience: Five Good Ideas for Philanthropy Right Now
Presented by Aspen Institute and United Philanthropy Forum
June 2 at 2:00pm (ET) / 1:00pm (CT)


Collective Impact: Where is it now?
Presented by National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers
June 9 at 12:00pm (ET) / 11:00am (CT)


Grantmaking Strategies for Family Funders: Supporting Resiliency and Recovery
Presented by National Center for Family Philanthropy
June 9 at 12:00pm (ET) / 11:00am (CT)


Grantmaking to Support Children and Older Adults
Presented by Center for Disaster Philanthropy
June 9 at 2:00pm (ET)


Grantmaking Strategies for Family Funders: Supporting Resiliency and Recovery
Presented by National Center for Family Philanthropy
June 12 at 12:00pm (ET) / 11:00am (CT))


Refugees, Resilience, and COVID-19: Opportunities for Philanthropic Engagement
Presented by GCIR
June 16 at 3:00pm (ET) / 2:00pm (CT)


State Policymakers Respond to COVID-19
Presented by Grantmakers in Health
June 17 at 1:00pm (ET) / 12:00pm (CT)


When Two Public Health Crises Collide: COVID-19 and Gun Violence
Presented by Grantmakers in Health
June 18 at 3:00pm (ET) / 2:00pm (CT)


Managing a Global Response
Presented by Center for Disaster Philanthropy
June 23 at 2:00pm (ET)


Using an Equity Lens in COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Presented by National Center for Family Philanthropy
June 24 at 2:00pm (ET) / 1:00pm (CT)


How Funders Can Support Bereavement and Grief
Presented by Center for Disaster Philanthropy
July 14 at 2:00pm (ET)

Webinars

Blog Feed

Public Policy Update - June 2020

6/2/2020 3:08:00 PM

Each month, SECF provides members with monthly updates on the latest public policy developments in Washington and state capitols around the region, analyzing their possible impact on the charitable sector. If you would like to see an issue featured in a future Public Policy Update, contact Jaci... Read More..


Responding to COVID-19, and More, in... Nashville, Tennessee

5/21/2020 3:29:00 PM

This post continues a series highlighting the responses of SECF members to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. We will use this series to highlight partnerships, coalitions and innovative examples of giving that help those affected by this crisis. This installment was provided to SECF by ... Read More..


Responding to COVID-19 in... Hartsville, South Carolina

5/14/2020 4:53:00 PM

This post continues a series highlighting the responses of SECF members to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. We will use this series to highlight partnerships, coalitions and innovative examples of giving that help those affected by this crisis. If you are involved in a program you woul... Read More..


Responding to COVID-19 in... Asheville, North Carolina

5/7/2020 3:03:00 PM

This post continues a series highlighting the responses of SECF members to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. We will use this series to highlight partnerships, coalitions and innovative examples of giving that help those affected by this crisis. This installment was provided to SECF by ... Read More..


May 2020 Public Policy Update

5/5/2020 3:42:00 PM

Each month, SECF provides members with monthly updates on the latest public policy developments in Washington and state capitols around the region, analyzing their possible impact on the charitable sector. If you would like to see an issue featured in a future Public Policy Update, contact Jaci... Read More..




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