Those of us at The Alliance recognize the concern and stress brought on by COVID-19, and we understand that all of us are trying to get the best information available so we can understand what it is, what we should do about it – both personally and organizationally, and what we should be prepared to do in our local communities. The information contained in this part of The Alliance website about COVID-19 represents the best collection of data/recommendations we have found. There is information here relevant to philanthropy, nonprofits, and individuals. We hope this is helpful and not overwhelming.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
The best resources for general information on the COVID for individuals and families may be found at:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov
Mississippi State Department of Health at https://www.msdh.ms.gov
The Harvard Business Review urges businesses to consider the
following seven areas as they respond to this crisis:
- Communications: Employees will likely be exposed to conflicting information and feel anxious or confused about the best course of action. Be sure to communicate policies promptly, clearly, and in a balanced manner. Furthermore, communicate contextual information and the reasoning behind policies so that employees can deepen their own understanding and also take initiative in unanticipated situations, such as employee holidays in a restricted location or how to handle contractors.
- Employee needs: Restrictions on travel and congregation will trigger employee needs for access to education, health care, daily provisions and the like. You should anticipate and develop solutions to these and create an information hub where employees can find all the information they need. Many of these needs will be locally specific, requiring a multi-tiered approach to policy making.
- Travel: Make sure that travel policies are clear in terms of where employees can travel to, for what reasons, what authorizations are required and when the policy will be reviewed.
- Remote work: Be clear on your policies — where they apply, how they will work, and when they will be reviewed. Home working is rare in some geographies, like China for example, and the need for additional explanation should be anticipated.
- Supply-chain stabilization: Attempt to stabilize supply chains by using safety stocks, alternative sources, and working with suppliers to solve bottlenecks. Where rapid solutions are not possible, co-develop plans, put in place interim solutions, and communicate plans to all relevant stakeholders.
- Business tracking and forecasting: It’s likely that the crisis will create unpredictable fluctuations. Put in place rapid-reporting cycles so that you can understand how your business is being affected, where mitigation is required, and how quickly operations are recovering. A crisis doesn’t imply immunity from performance management, and sooner or later markets will judge which companies managed the challenge most effectively.
- Being part of the broader solution: As a corporate citizen you should support others in your supply chain, industry, community, and local government. Consider how your business can contribute, be it in health care, communications, food, or some other domain. Focus on the intersection between acute social needs and your specific capabilities — in other words, live your purpose.
The National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Their website is an excellent resource for nonprofits to use in coping with the current crisis. Go to Nonprofits and COVID-19.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers a compilation of articles designed to help philanthropies and nonprofits weather the current storm. Look for a special report “Help for Nonprofits During Coronavirus and Uncertain Economic Times” at https://www.philanthropy.com/.
Webinar: Alternatives to Meeting in Person
A Webinar by Washington Nonprofits is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 to offer alternatives to live events. Join Tom Lang and Tracy Flynn from their learning department as they share thoughts about how to shift your meetings to be virtual if your staff, board and partners are working remotely due to coronavirus. They will share some practical tips for getting started using online videoconferencing apps, planning effective meetings, and facilitating when you are not in the same room together.
To register click here: https://washingtonnonprofits.secure.nonprofitsoapbox.com/2020-03-19-covid
The Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations exists to help philanthropy be a strong and trusted partner in advancing the common good. Building on our 70-year history, we are charting a course for the field where funders display high integrity, earn and maintain the public’s trust and serve as excellent stewards of philanthropic resources. We imagine a world where givers of all kinds are sophisticated and vital players in creating more equitable communities and a better world.
Their website is featuring a Coronavirus Resource Hub with updates from the field, insights from the sector and learning opportunities. Find it here: https://www.cof.org/
Mississippi Today is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) news and media company with a forward-facing mission of civic engagement and public dialog through service journalism, live events and digital outreach.
Their newsroom is dedicated to providing Mississippians with reporting that inspires active interest in their state and equips them to engage in community life.
They’ve collected the resources for you to use and share. There is a timeline of what has happened with COVID-19 in Mississippi so far.
First Five Years Fund Update: Child Care Relief in the Congressional COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package
The First Five Years Fund has developed a page with details about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act – or CARES Act – including the relief that is included for the nation’s child care industry, which has been hit with widespread layoffs and closures as a result of catastrophic drops in enrollment, as well as direct support to states and families who are grappling with the child care realities of this pandemic.