COVID-19 Preparedness

Updated: 03/27/2020

Resources for Nonprofit COVID-19 Preparedness and Response

Resource hub for MACC network members and nonprofit human-serving organizations.

We also know this outbreak is likely to raise some unique operational and service delivery concerns for our MACC network members as nonprofit, human-serving organizations.

Below are some resources, grouped in three focus areas, to help you think through policies you might consider, and what to plan for to ensure your community, staff, and organization are prepared and safe. The three areas are:

  1. Upcoming Webinars/Online Events
  2. General Awareness and Information
  3. Emergency Funding Opportunities
  4. Continuity of Operations and Community Impact
  5. Staff Impact


Upcoming Webinars or Online Events: 

Below is a list of webinars or other online conversations about COVID-19 response. We'll try to keep this updated as frequently as possible.

CALL: MCN Call with the Governor's Office: Human Services

Monday, March 30, 2020, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

The Governor's Office will host a weekly call for MCN members and nonprofits every Monday through April 20. Although each call will focus on a specific sector of nonprofits, we anticipate the information shared will intersect between activity areas. Anyone is welcome to register and join. Questions for the Governor's Office will be gathered ahead of time by MCN's Public Policy and Minnesota Budget Project teams. Register now.


Webinar: Alliance for Strong Families and Communities: COVID-19: Financial Relief/CARES Act Overview for Human Services Organizations
March 30 from 1-2 p.m. CT

This webinar will discuss key provisions in the new CARES Act, which was passed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday, March 25 and is expected to be signed into law within days. The Alliance, in partnership with other national nonprofit organizations and national coalitions, has been advocating for the inclusion of nonprofits in this COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus package. Register.

Webinar: Alliance for Strong Families and Communities: From Sustainability to Survivability: How Nonprofits Can Manage Uncertainty Amid Crisis
March 31 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. CT

Human services community-based organizations continue to operate amid the COVID-19 pandemic, balancing constituent service with social distancing. Yet, many spring fundraisers have been cancelled and fund development plans must be retooled. As organizations look to maintain operations, payrolls, or both while revenue is decreasing, there are steps they can take to increase likelihood of success. Register.


Alliance for Strong Families and Communities: Member Discussion Board

The member discussion, COVID-19 Preparedness and Response, recognizes that community-based human service organizations need specialized support and can benefit from sharing solutions with oneanother regarding potential risks with so much of our work being done in people’s homes, congregate and group settings, and in the community.

Once logged into the Alliance’s online community, the discussion will be in the left-hand sidebar of your dashboard. All staff at Alliance member organizations may access the discussion and online learning community by creating an account. 

General Awareness and Information: 

Subscribe to or bookmark reliable sources so you can stay up to date on outbreak details and find information and recommendations on what actions to take.


Temporary or Emergency Funding Opportunities:

Philanthropy and government funders are making some opportunities avialble for funding or other supports to help nonprofits repsond to and support their communities through this crisis:

Continuity of Operations and Community Impact:

Help Inform your community, provide reliable, accurate information, and ensure that you can continue to provide necessary resources during a time of potential increased demand – and definite stress and disruption.

Staff Impact

Help inform your staff and provide them with the resources and information they need to continue being effective in their day to day roles while managing the disruption of this outbreak.

  • Communicate with employees
    • Check out this great template for an employee guidance memo – thanks to The Family Partnership for sending us a great example!
    • Let employees know that your organization, and leadership team are aware of, monitoring, and planning for impacts related to the outbreak.
    • Provide some clear and simple actions staff can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 like these CDC recommendations
    • Provide some links to helpful, reliable resources for staff who want to learn more about the virus and preparedness (see “General Awareness and Information” above)

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