April 7, 2020
Non-profit organizations, along with other sectors in New England, have been thrust into the great unknown amid the extraordinary amount of disruption caused by the global outbreak of COVID-19. To assist in navigating these turbulent times, our team of non-profit services experts have created and compiled several resources to help your organization tackle these challenges while continuing to provide vital services to the people you support.
You can find our full suite of resources, webinars, fact sheets and analysis related to the non-profit industry on our website by clicking here. For this article, though, we just want to direct you to available resources across the New England region, as well as highlight a few extraordinary philanthropic efforts taking place in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Regional Non-Profit Resources:
- Connecticut Council for Philanthropy: CCP has created a one-stop shop to provide local non-profits with the latest updates, resources and expert analysis they need as they’re navigating this public health crisis. You can learn more by clicking here.
- Metro Hartford Alliance: MHA has created a new website to house its resources related to this crisis. Visit preparedhartford.com for the latest.
- The Alliance: Known as the Voice of Community Nonprofits, the Alliance is working to help non-profits respond to the COVID-19 crisis and advocating at all levels of government for resources and for priority to be placed on essential non-profit services. Learn more by clicking here.
- Massachusetts Nonprofit Network: MNN is aggregating a long list of philanthropic funds that have been created to help the non-profit community – and is constantly sharing polls, surveys and up-to-the-minute analysis as this crisis develops. Follow along by clicking here.
- National Council of Nonprofits: If you’re looking for resources on a more national level, NCP is a good place to start. You can find their latest information by clicking here.
- The Rhode Island Foundation: The Rhode Island Foundation is hosting informational sessions and directing interested donors to non-profit organizations who need help. Learn more by clicking here.
- Association of Fundraising Professionals: To assist their members to navigate the ever-changing landscape, AFP has gathered resources to help guide their members in fundraising, donor communications and more, as well as what it means to engage with donors during a time in which in-person interaction is likely non-existent. Learn more by clicking here.
- The Boston Foundation: In partnership with a coalition of local businesses and philanthropic leaders, the Boston Foundation quickly established the COVID-19 Response Fund to “rapidly deploy flexible resources to organizations in Greater Boston” that have been directly impacted by this crisis. Make a donation – or apply for a grant – by clicking here.
- Rhode Island Response Fund: Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Fund was launched with a partnership between the Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island. The fund, in just its first week, raised more than $3 million and is currently accepting grant applications. Learn more – and apply for a grant – by clicking here.
- 4-CT: The Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection, also known as 4-CT, is working with community foundations to fund childcare for first responders, food banks and others. 4-CT has launched the 4-CT Statewide COVID-19 Relief Fund, to be administered by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and it is looking for donations. Those wishing to contribute to 4-CT may do so by clicking here.
- 401Gives: Held on April 1, 401Gives was a day-long fundraising effort hosted by United Way of Rhode Island and supported by countless organizations and businesses across the state. The “event” raised more than $1.3 million to support more than 350 non-profit organizations across Rhode Island. Learn more by clicking here.
If you know of any additional philanthropic efforts happening in your community that you want us to highlight, please feel free to shoot us a note by clicking here.