Nonprofits are critical players in communities responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and the related affects of major disruptions to daily life. Bookmark this page for up-to-date information for nonprofits to address all aspects of the crisis on their own organizations, staff and volunteers, meeting the needs of their communities, and adapting day to day. 

MARYLAND-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE: 

Up-to-date as of March 27, 2020

We take a stand against all forms of hate, racism and xenophobia. Nonprofits have an important role to play in keeping communities free of hatred and violence, and ourselves making equitable decisions in this time of crisis.  COVID-19 is a global pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen.  It is therefore incumbent upon all of us to stand together as a community of neighbors, colleagues, practitioners and leaders. This time calls upon all of us – our members, friends and partners – to be generous, safe and kind.  We’ll get through this…together.  We will be leading a webinar on this topic next week and we invite your thoughts and questions on this. 

WEBINARS

Upcoming Webinars from Maryland Nonprofits

Find our entire calendar of events here.

Recorded Webinars from Maryland Nonprofits

We are recording every webinar and providing the slides here. Bookmark this page so you don’t need to fill this out more than once! 

ADVOCACY ACTIONS AND POLICY ALERTS

Letter to Maryland State Leadership

Together, Maryland Nonprofits, the Maryland Philanthropy Network, and the United Way of Central Maryland have drafted a letter to state leaders on thing they can do to support the nonprofit community during this time. You can read that letter here.

Families First Act Analysis for Nonprofits

The National Council of Nonprofits released an analysis of the Families First Act on March 19 and described the effect it will have on nonprofits. You can read it here

The Department of Labor has also released guidance for employers and employees. 

FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) News (March 24):
The US Department of Labor has published their initial guidance on the Families First Act. Undoubtedly more information will be available soon, but these documents offer clarification on some aspects of the Act. 

Healthcare for the Homeless

This Healthcare for the Homeless Issue Brief discusses needed policy responses for a high-risk group.

National Letter to Congress

This is a letter from nonprofits nationwide asking Congress to include us in any stimulus package they release related to this crisis. 

HEALTH RESOURCES

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control
Mental Health Resources
Other Health Resources

 

BUSINESS FUNCTION RESOURCES

General Business Functions
Remote Work
Standards for Excellence

The Standards for Excellence Institute has made their Administrative Policies Educational Packet, Guide to Remote Work, and Crisis and Disaster Planning Resources free during this time. 

Guidance for Board of Directors
  • One-pager from Maryland Nonprofits on remote gatherings.
  • BoardSource: What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

United States Small Business Administration

Small businesses and nonprofits can now apply for low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help alleviate economic injury resulting from the on-going coronavirus pandemic.

The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the pandemic’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.7 percent. Businesses and nonprofits apply directly to the SBA, which will determine loan terms on a case-by-case basis based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

You can download a list of SBA lenders from the MD District SBA Office 

Find more information and apply.

Greater Washington Community Foundation

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will initially support the ability of our region’s nonprofit system to respond to the immediate health and economic impacts of this crisis. Learn more about the fund.

Maryland Philanthropy Network

Our partners at the Maryland Philanthropy Network have developed their own COVID-19 resource page, which includes responses from philanthropy, funding resources in our state, best practices in disaster grantmaking, and more. 

The Arc Maryland

The Arc Maryland is now accepting applications for a Small Grant Opportunity: Engagement and Comfort during the COVID-19 Pandemic. See the application here. This opportunity is open to community-based organizations that provide supports to people with developmental disabilities. Funds must be used to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families and promote engagement with peers, alleviate anxiety due to social distancing, and/or increase positive shared experiences. Grants shall be awarded for proposals $500 to $2,500. The Arc Maryland and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council will host an informational conference call on Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00 am to answer questions. If you would like to participate in the call, please contact Luc Chausse at lchausse@thearcmd.org. If you are unable to email Mr. Chausse, you may call (443) 851-9351, leave your name, email address and phone number in a message and you will receive an email with call credentials.

Candid

Candid has created a webpage with a summary of funds being distributed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak as well as resources for your organization to find funding. 

 

HOW ARE OTHER NONPROFITS ADAPTING?

In these unprecedented times, many nonprofits are adapting their programs and services in creative ways. If you know of an organization doing great work during this crisis, please let us know.

Business Volunteers Maryland

Business Volunteers Maryland has compiled a website to submit needs and find opportunities to help. 

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland have set up Virtual Badge Workshops, with science experiments and art projects for every day of the week while children are home from school.

House of Ruth Maryland

House of Ruth Maryland remains committed to providing services to victims of intimate partner violence.

House of Ruth Maryland’s 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter will remain open.  Protective and Peace Order protections are also still available through Court Commissioners.  For immediate assistance, contact 410-889-7884 and you can find information on additional services available at www.hruth.org/covid.

 

KSS Solutions

Visit this page to find ways to give and get help in Baltimore. 

Maryland Citizens for the Arts

Maryland Citizens for the Arts has created a page to 1) share ways people can help artists/art organizations during this time and 2) collect resources for artists and art organizations.

Open Works

With medical professionals nationwide in need of personal protection equipment, Open Works identified a way to help when they saw a design online for face shields that can be made using 3D printers. Read more from the Baltimore Sun.

 
St. Francis Neighborhood Center

In addition to food resources, St. Francis Neighborhood Center in Baltimore is providing students out of school with laptops so they can complete their work during this extended closure period. 

Volunteering Untapped

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, more businesses, schools, organizations and other resources are closing and individuals are encouraged to avoid crowded places. The effects of this are hardest felt by some of Baltimore City’s most vulnerable residents. Volunteering Untapped has created a page for organizations to ask for help and for people to find organizations to volunteer at. It also includes resources for the Baltimore COVID-19 Food Security Fund and the American Red Cross. 

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