COVID-19 Nonprofit Support

COVID-19 Nonprofit Support

How to best serve nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic

Please continue to support your nonprofit partners. These best practices have been crowdsourced from funders across the country. Consider:

  • Converting programmatic investments into general operating funds.
  • Increasing current grants or offering a second round to existing grantees.
  • Relaxing requirements on current grants, such as eliminating reports and paperwork.
  • Extending deadlines or deliverables on existing grants.
  • Being open to changing payment schedules.
  • Postponing or canceling site visits, especially for long time grantees.
  • Making bridge loans or rapid response funding available.
  • If significant income is based on a fundraiser such as an auction, conference or other events that have been canceled or likely to be canceled in the next 6 months, consider how to help with lost income and sunk costs.
  • Not holding nonprofit partners accountable for programmatic goals based on in-person gatherings.
  • Checking in and lending your support - but don't overburden them! Partner with other funders to ask once!
  • Last but not least, trust them. They know what needs to be done. 


For additional ways to support nonprofits during the outbreak, contact these nonprofit associations.