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COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits

Our team compiled this list of informative links to help organizations navigate the challenges created by the pandemic.


April 17, 2020

By Ceil Erickson, Director, Nonprofit Relations

As the COVID-19 pandemic presents our community with unprecedented challenges, Seattle Foundation is working alongside our philanthropists, public partners, and other funder colleagues to respond to emergent and evolving needs. We have compiled this list of resources to help our nonprofit partners as they navigate the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19. We will continue to update this post with additional resources on a rolling basis.

Local Capacity-Building Organizations – Information and Assistance

Communities Rise
Communities Rise is providing resources and education to nonprofits and small businesses, such as coordinating pro bono attorneys who provide one-on-one consultations on COVID-related legal issues, including applications for funding under the CARES Act. The organization is also producing videos to walk nonprofits and small businesses through the application process and is translating its materials and resources into different languages. Communities Rise is managing requests for support through an intake form on its website.

Washington Nonprofits
Washington Nonprofits is playing an advocacy role, collaborating with the National Council of Nonprofits around navigating the CARES Act. It has recorded webinars and informative articles on its website.

501 Commons
501 Commons is helping organizations with the calculations and decisions they need to make in order to apply for Federal grants. Several staff and Executive Service Corps members are supporting organizations applying for funding under the CARES Act. All information and referral services are free.

Other Resources for Nonprofits

Campbell & Company
This fundraising consultancy is offering tips, resources, webinars, and a free 30-minute consultation for nonprofit professionals in need of development or hiring advice as they navigate COVID-19.

The Ostara Group
This group of nonprofit consultants is offering tips, resources, and webinars. Every Friday at 10 a.m. they host Free Fridays: Developing Your Organization's Plan in Response to COVID-19, a one-hour virtual conversation that includes a brief presentation from Ostara consultants as well as time for questions and opportunities for participants to share their challenges and stories.

The Bridgespan Group
This global organization has compiled an extensive list of national COVID-19 resources for nonprofits and funders.

Funding Opportunities for Nonprofits

COVID-19 Response Fund
The COVID-19 Response Fund managed by Seattle Foundation is deploying resources to community-based organizations that are supporting local workers and families most affected by the coronavirus crisis. The first phase of funding awarded $10.175 million in emergency assistance grants to 128 community-based organizations. We are currently developing priorities and processes for phase two funding.

Philanthropy Northwest
Philanthropy Northwest is maintaining a list of funding opportunities for nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest.

Social Justice Fund
Social Justice Fund hosts a fund to support Social Justice Fund grantees that are working to respond to the crisis.

Latino Community Fund
Latino Community Fund hosts a Resiliency Fund to provide immediate assistance to support families who are experiencing health and economic impacts due to COVID-19.

Front and Centered
Front and Centers hosts the Frontline Response Fund to support their grantees as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis throughout Washington state.

WA Dream Coalition (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, Entre Hermanos, and SOMOS Seattle)
The coalition hosts the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Undocumented Individuals.

National CARES Act Information and Application Resources

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The second round of loans recently became available through the SBA Paycheck Protection Program,  an emergency loan program for both nonprofit and for-profit entities with fewer than 500 employees. These loans can be used to pay staff and operating costs for two months, and full loan forgiveness can be secured under certain circumstances.

Communities Rise
Communities Rise created an instructional video that walks you through the Paycheck Protection Program application process. The organization is also offering legal clinics for nonprofits.  

FMA
FMA has created a Paycheck Protection Program Toolbox to help nonprofits and small businesses understand the program and apply.

National Council of Nonprofits
National Council of Nonprofits provides information on loan available through the CARES Act, including eligibility criteria, terms, and application information.

National Finance Fund
National Finance Fund offers a wide range of tools and resources for nonprofits, including a cash flow projection tool and a scenario planner. It also published an advise article titled “What Should Nonprofits Do Right Now” to help organizations think through their next steps.

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