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Coronavirus Nonprofit Risk Management Resources – Archives Page


Even in the best of times, nonprofits face a host of risks. But COVID-19 presents special challenges. Beyond handwashing, social distancing, and other competent advice you’ve read that can help prevent the spread of illness, what steps should you take now to protect your staff and the people who depend on your services?

While this page is not a substitute for other competent resources, we hope that this page will provide additional information that may help nonprofits address particular risks involving the sector. We organize the information below according to the basic risk cycle – identify, prioritize, respond, and assess and improve.

News Archives – Items Relating to the Nonprofit Sector and COVID-19

Philanthropy’s Moment: Advocating for and Funding What’s Essential (Philantopic 4/14/20)

By Cutting Their Own Salaries First, Nonprofit CEOs Display Leadership (Nonprofit Quarterly 4/13/20) – Instead of cutting your salary consider deferring it to a date in the future. Figure out your baseline needs, take that as salary, and defer the balance. Or if you have additional backstop resources, defer more

Facing Financial Stress, Nonprofits Lay Off Workers (Chronicle of Philanthropy 4/13/20) [paywall]

Anatomy of a Rollout Disaster: The Paycheck Protection Program (Nonprofit Quarterly 4/10/20) – You are not alone in feeling cut adrift by the federal relief program

To Weather a Crisis, Build a Network of Teams (McKinsey 4/20)

IRS Extends Tax Day for Nonprofits and Foundations (Chronicle of Philanthropy 4/9/20)

CARES Act: New Nonprofit Provisions Pushed for Next Round of Relief Money (Nonprofit Quarterly 4/9/20)

Why All Foundations Should Support the Guardians of the Nonprofit World Now (Chronicle of Philanthropy 4/8/20)

Nonprofits and Funders: Coronavirus Requires Immediate State Advocacy (4/7/20)

Nonprofits Facing Layoffs, Funding Shortfalls as They Try to Keep Serving Needy During a Pandemic (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 4/5/20) – This article could be written about any community in which COVID-19 has spread, but it focuses on Pittsburgh and exemplifies the issues facing nonprofits and nonprofit funders responding to the crisis

This Is Not a Test: Philanthropy and Nonprofits in the 2020 Economic Shutdown (Nonprofit Quarterly 4/3/20)

3 Nonprofit Types Under COVID-19 – and What They Must Come to Terms With (Nonprofit Quarterly 4/3/20)

Leaders Argue That Nonprofits Need Government Aid (Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/31/20) – In a word, yes.

Big Changes for Nonprofits That Rely on Volunteers (Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/31/20) [paywall]

Leading Through the Duration of the COVID-19 Emergency (Strategy+Business 3/31/20)

Global Philanthropic Response to COVID-19 Approaches $3 Billion (PNDblog 3/31/20) – On one hand, this is great. On the other hand, it’s a drop in the bucket.

Unprecedented Layoffs Among Nonprofits Threaten Deep Community Damage (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/30/20)

BoardSource Facebook Live: Responding to COVID-19 Legal Issues 4/1/20 at 12:00 eastern (Nonprofit Law Blog 3/28/20) – Gene Takagi and Anne Wallestad will be live to talk about legal issues surrounding COVID-19

Policy for the COVID-19 Crisis: A New Survey of Top US Economists (University of Chicago IGM Forum 3/28/19) – Remarkable unanimity among more than 40 top US economists about the need for continued social distancing, even if the economy suffers as a result in the near term

In Volunteerism Amid Pandemic, Necessity Mothers Invention (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/27/20)

You’re Not Powerless in the Face of Uncertainty (Harvard Business Review 3/27/20) – The obstacle really is the way

A New Mission for Nonprofits During the Outbreak: Survival (New York Times 3/27/20)

Requests at Food Pantries Skyrocket in U.S. (Futurity 3/27/20)

Coronavirus: Oxfam to Furlough Two-thirds of Staff (Charity Times 3/26/20)

Revenue Cuts Will Hurt Some Nonprofits More Than Others (Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/26/20)

Three Ways We Can (and Must) Help Small Nonprofits Now (Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/26/20)

Applying Past Leadership Lessons to the Coronavirus Pandemic (KcKinsey 3/26/20) – seasoned leaders talk about managing through past crises

Saying “No” to Social Distance: Calling Civil Society to Center Stage (3/25/20) – This is NOT an article suggesting that people should stop social distancing. 

During Pandemic, Young Adults Trust Nonprofits More Than Government or Corporations (Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/25/20) [paywall] – Nonprofits are trusted more than other institutions in this crisis. (Note: Given the misinformation and disinformation that has been floating around at the federal level about COVID-19, nonprofits have a special obligation to get their facts right and enforce norms like social distancing and care for those in need.)

“Office Hours” Webinar Wednesday 3/25/20 at 2 p.m. eastern time (Risk Alternatives 3/24/20) – As announced on the webinar hosted by Nonprofit Quarterly today, Risk Alternatives will host a free webinar on Wednesday to answer practical risk management questions facing nonprofits right now. You can register here (attendance is capped at 100 people).

What Nonprofits Need and How Foundations Should Respond (Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/24/20) [paywall]

Things are not normal. It’s OK to not be OK (NonprofitAF 3/23/20)

Keeping Critical Nonprofits Alive: Child Care & Community-Based Infrastructure (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/23/20)

20 Articles to Help Leaders Navigate the COVID 19 Crisis (greatleadershipbydan.com 3/23/20) – solid reflections for you and your team

Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hit Home Across the Country; Read Her Full Speech (MSN 3/23/20) – powerful words about our current times

Legal Publishers Roll Out COVID-19 Resources, Toolkits, Alerts, Advice (Some Even Free) (Abovethelaw 3/20/20)

What the World’s Happiest Country Can Teach Us About Surviving the Coronavirus Crisis (Huffpost 3/20/20)

COVID-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform Our Future (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/20/20)

Leadership in a Crisis: Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak and Future Challenges (McKinsey March 2020)

Coronavirus: Charities Could Miss Out on 4.3 Billion Pounds of Income Over the Next 12 Weeks (Charity Times 3/20/20)

How Should Prisons and Jails Prepare for COVID-19? (Urban Wire 3/20/20)

A Growing Group of Foundations Pledge No “Business as Usual” with COVID-19 (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/20/20)

If You Need Coronavirus Supplies, Try Using NowInStock (Lifehacker 3/20/20)

How Social Good Organizations Can Build Commununity at a Social Distance (sgEngage 3/20/20)

Senate Bill Would Create “Universal Deduction” and Expand in Loans for Nonprofits (Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/20/20)

The Certainty of Immediate Harm: Museums in COVID-19 (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/20/20)

A “New New Normal” for Foundation Giving: 3 Acts That Will Make a Difference (Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/20/20)

Survival of Arts Groups Threatened by the Impact of Coronavirus (Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/19/20)

Time for Philanthropy to Double Down in Response to COVID-19 (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/18/20)

Arts Nonprofits and Artists Brace for a Rough Ride through COVID-19 (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/17/20)

Feeding the Country During a Pandemic: Seven Ways Forward (UrbanWire 3/16/20)

COVID-19 Reminds Us That No Nonprofit Is an Island (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/16/20)

Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3/15/20) – CDC now advises now recommends canceling or postponing all events of 50 people or more from March 15 through May 10, 2020

COVID-19 Resources and Updates (Forefront 3/16/20) – resources from Forefront, one of the leading nonprofit support organizations in the US

Nonprofits Prepare for Worst With Wealthy Losing Billions (Bloomberg 3/13/20)

Nonprofits Prepare for Worst With Wealthy Losing Billions (Bloomberg 3/13/20)

Nonprofit HR and Independent Sector Virtual Town Hall on Coronavirus Scheduled for 3/16/20 (Nonprofit HR 3/12/20)

Coronavirus: Sector leaders urge govt to provide emergency measures to support charities (CharityTimes 3/11/20) – UK charities are facing financial impacts

Nonprofits Who Can’t Cancel: The Ones that Serve Those at Greatest Risk of COVID-19 (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/11/20)

Take this seriously. Coronavirus is about to change your life for a while (CNN 3/11/20)

How to Avoid Coronavirus Scams (Lifehacker 3/11/20)

How Do We Adapt if COVID Moves Teaching Online? (Futurity 3/10/20)

COVID-19 Symptoms Pop Up 5 Days After Exposure (Futurity 3/10/20)

Community Healthcare Centers Funding at Risk at Time of Health Peril (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/8/20)

COVID-19 Brings Nonprofits High Unexpected Costs (Nonprofit Quarterly 3/6/20) – Notes particular issues relating to nonprofit fundraising events and meetings

Nonprofit HR Coronavirus Digital Information Portal (Nonprofit HR) – HR advice for dealing with coronavirus

COVID-19: What Nonprofits Need to Know About Coronavirus (Maryland Nonprofits 2/27/20)

Time to Update Your Crisis-Management Plan? (Nonprofit HR)

A Huge Mistake Nonprofits Make in Preparing for COVID-19 (Nonprofit PRO 3/10/20)

As Coronavirus Threat Continues, Experts Tell Nonprofits to Shore Up Reserves (Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/10/20) [behind paywall]

Lessening the Risk of Coronavirus at Nonprofits (The Nonprofit Times 3/9/20)

A few things for nonprofits and foundations to consider in light of the Coronavirus (Nonprofit AF 3/8/20)

Action Alert: How Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) May Impact Nonprofits (Washington Nonprofits 3/4/20)

Coronavirus guidance published for charities (CharityTimes 3/4/20) – Guidance from British National Council for Voluntary Organizations


Stay current with COVID-19

To keep up-to-date with current information on COVID-19 and how nonprofits are affected, go to our Coronavirus Nonprofit Risk Management Resources page.