COVID-19: Nonprofit Resources

We believe in the power and resiliency of the nonprofit community. In the midst of this pandemic, nonprofit leaders are facing unprecedented and, in many cases, overwhelming challenges. Community needs are growing and changing, a virtual workforce needs to be managed, and staffing furloughs are occurring. Many leaders feel isolated and desperately in need of accurate, timely information and peer support.

We know that our greatest strength in facing this challenge lies in one other, in our colleagues, and our communities. As nonprofit leaders face tumultuous weeks and months ahead, we know we will be stronger when we work together. We are here to support you for the duration of this crisis and into a bright future — stronger together.

Stronger Together Webinar Series

Stronger Together: Effective Nonprofit Leadership During the Crisis is a timely seminar series focused on supporting and equipping nonprofit leaders in the North Bay during the current public health crisis.

Hosted by the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) and Partnership Resources Group (PRG), Stronger Together is providing timely, expert information and practical strategies coupled with an opportunity for peer-sharing and collaboration. Focus topics will include issues related to human resources, fundraising, business continuity, and communications. 

Recordings will be posted here weekly for the broader community to access.

Funding for the Stronger Together series generously provided by the Ginnie & Peter Haas Jr. Fund,
the Marin Community Foundation, Community Foundation Sonoma County, and Solano Community Foundation

Check our calendar for upcoming Stronger Together webinars:

Philanthropy’s Trends & Tips for your Fundraising

New trends are emerging in philanthropy and during this follow-up webinar we’ll share a few tips for navigating these unprecedented times. Download the slides here.

Board and CEO Partnership During COVID-19 Era

Nonprofit Boards play a vital role in the health and success of every nonprofit organization during a crisis. Hear from our own internal governance expert, Linda Jacobs, as we analyze the relationship and shared responsibilities between organizational leadership and the Board of Directors. Download the slides here.

Planning for Your Organization’s New Normal

What is the new normal in our community and how does this affect our programming moving forward? In our next webinar, join CVNL’s Director of Volunteer Services, Elaine Tokolahi, who will be guiding us through the business continuity planning process. Download the slides here.

Fundraising During a Crisis

CVNL and Partnership Resources Group (PRG) have collaborated to provide timely, expert information and practical strategies on fundraising during a crisis. In the pilot seminar of our Stronger Together Series, we share potential sources of funding and recommendations for how to address your donors, appeals, and events. Download the slides here.

AB5 Legislation & COVID-19

AB-5 went into effect on January 1, 2020. This legislation establishes new guidelines for classifying staff as either contractors or employees.  Learn about the latest updates and how you can implement changes during the pandemic. Download the slides here.

Employment Law Issues and COVID-19

How are you managing HR matters during the COVID-19 pandemic? Whether you are working remotely or still on site, if you have questions about the latest employment laws and are seeking guidance on how to interpret or implement these changes with your staff this is the webinar for you. Download the slides here.


Nonprofit leaders and the individuals and communities we serve have unique expertise and perspective that is vital to informing good public policy. Our firsthand knowledge is needed to ensure that funding and policy decisions strengthen communities and support nonprofits in advancing their missions. Take action today!

Call On Senators to Act Now on Relief for Nonprofits

The House acted last week on COVID-19 legislation to address immediate needs and stimulate the economy. While no one expects the Senate to accept the bill as written due to its $3 trillion price tag and partisan provisions, the HEROES Act contains many bipartisan solutions important to charitable nonprofits and their ability to promote immediate relief and recovery in their communities. 

Contact your U.S. Senators – Democrats and Republicans alike – and tell them that the lives and livelihoods of their constituents are much more important than partisan posturing. Urge them to start with the bipartisan provisions enabling nonprofits to serve our communities, and to build a bill that addresses essential needs and promotes the health of our residents and the economy. 

Yes Nonprofits, You Can Advocate (and Lobby!)  Learn more from the experts at Bolder Advocacy HERE

Additional COVID-19 Resources

We are reviewing the array of resources coming out to support nonprofits in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.  We will be curating and posting that which we find most useful and relevant to the needs we’re hearing about from nonprofits and pointing to other organizations putting out great information. Check back regularly.

How Nonprofit Leaders Can Keep Their Organizations Afloat

In this Covid-19 crises, we need the knowledge, skills, and service of Nonprofits. Just as critical as the government, yet more nimble, they are now an essential tool for societies to address vital needs.

Paycheck Protection Program Toolbox

If you are looking for information to support a small business, you may find our tools useful, but they are designed primarily with the needs of nonprofit organizations in mind.

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs

Nonprofit Finance Fund HERE

A Compass for the Crisis: Nonprofit Decision Making in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bridgespan HERE

Event Cancellations - What You Need To Know

The Chronicle of Philanthropy HERE

3 Nonprofit Types Under COVID-19 and What They Must Come to Terms With

Nonprofit Quarterly HERE

Be the Calm in the Storm: How to Communicate with Staff and Stakeholders During a Crisis

Boardsource HERE

Responding to COVID-19: Managing a PPP Loan Effectively

Nonprofit Quarterly HERE

Voices From the Field: Tangible, Timely Tactics for Nonprofits during Crises

Nonprofit Quarterly HERE

No Excuses: The 2020 Advocacy Requirements for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Quarterly HERE

Guide to Resilient Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis

Stanford Social Innovation Review HERE

How Board Members Can Do the Most Good in the Pandemic

The Chronicle of Philanthropy HERE

How Nonprofits and Boards Can Respond to COVID-19

Boardsource HERE

Answering the Top 5 Covid questions from California Nonprofits

California Association of Nonprofits HERE

The National Council of Nonprofits outlines key steps nonprofits should take along with other resources

National Council of Nonprofits HERE

Scaling Economic Solidarity: The Pandemic, Nonprofits, and Power

Nonprofit Quarterly HERE

Going Forward Best Practices and Considerations for Nonprofit Re-engagement

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits HERE

5 Simple Steps to Participate in Giving Tuesday Now


COVID-19 Resources for California Nonprofits

California Association of Nonprofits HERE

Share Your Story: Success in Responding to COVID-19

Boardsource HERE

How to Adjust Your Nonprofits Communication and Events During the Spread of Coronavirus

MediaCause HERE

Reimagining Your Fundraising: Pivot Your Case to Inspire Generosity Today

CSS Fundraising HERE

More than 600 nonprofits speak up on government contracts

California Association of Nonprofits HERE

Reimagining Strategy in Context of the COVID-19 Crisis: A Triage Tool

Center for Community Investment HERE

Managing Volunteers Effectively During the COVID-19 Pandemic