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Iowa COVID-19 Volunteer Needs and Resources

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, 5 hours ago

Iowa COVID-19 Volunteer Needs and Resources

Volunteers are still needed, even during this time of social distancing. Volunteer Iowa launched a COVID-19 Response Initiative on our Get Connected site:  http://volunteeriowa.galaxydigital.com/.

Iowa organizations can post their urgent COVID-19 related needs on the site, and individuals can search for opportunities in their communities.

In addition, Volunteer Iowa also created a webpage filled with resources for Volunteer Iowa partners. Please visit https://volunteeriowa.org/covid-19-resources-volunteer-iowa-programs-and-nonprofits to access those resources.

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Free Webinar: COVID-19 Relief Provisions for Nonprofits by HBE

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, 8 hours ago
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Employee Rights-Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, 9 hours ago
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American Institute of CPA's COVID-19 Guidance Page

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, 11 hours ago
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Feedback from one of our members

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

With all the anxiety and fear surrounding the world these days, I am trying to be mindful of my blessings...and of sharing some love. In that spirit, I wanted to say THANK YOU to you and the entire NAM team for all of the communication and information being shared during this whack-a-doodle time. Not only is the information hella valuable, but there is an added sense of security in knowing that we are accessing much of the same content as our fellow organizations. It is one of the few places where we are finding any sense of security at the moment. 

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Good Healthcare Information on the CARES Act

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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Plan, Don’t Panic: Emergency Preparedness & Remote Working Best Practices

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted us all, with a growing number of cases every day around the country. Below you'll find helpful information and resources to consider, as well as the results of our Pulse Poll from March 16th-19th. Regardless of how your organization’s operations are impacted by this virus, an emergency preparedness plan is always worth the time and effort.

Now may not be the time to completely upend your business as usual. For that reason, the information below gives practical pointers for you to put in place immediately, followed by suggestions to consider once we get used to this ‘new normal’. 

More information is here.

COVID-19 Community Foundation Response Funds in Nebraska and western Iowa

Results of the Pulse Poll are here.

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Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?.

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

National Council of Nonprofits

 

Thank you for registering for Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?.

 

We’re writing this morning to share links to the recording of yesterday’s webinar and a few other resources. We will continue to update these materials and post additional resources as more information becomes available, so we encourage you to bookmark these resources and come back.

Thank you again and be well.

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Best Care EAP COVID-19 Resources

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Cutting Through the Jargon: How the CARES Act Works for Nonprofits

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Monday, March 30, 2020
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Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits? ​

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Monday, March 30, 2020

Register here: https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=184

 

Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills:
What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?

 

In rapid succession over the last two weeks, Congress passed and the President signed two far-reaching pieces of legislation designed to provide relief to the American people and businesses – including nonprofits. Included in the provisions of these bills are major victories for nonprofits, operational relief, and new obligations.

 

On Tuesday, March 31 at 3:30 pm Eastern, the networks of the National Council of Nonprofits are hosting a national presentation to help all in the charitable community understand what various provisions of the two laws mean for nonprofits.

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Initial Analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (S. 748)

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Friday, March 27, 2020
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Great example of stakeholder messaging during Covid-19

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Friday, March 27, 2020

Link here: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Kids-with-Brain-Cancer-Need-You.html?soid=1115455899324&aid=JyPF6rBA1kM

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Dear Friend and Supporter of Team Jack,
 
Schools and businesses are closing, and we are all having to adapt to a "new normal" due to the Covid-19 outbreak. However, during a time that is unprecedented in most of our lifetimes, with schedules and routines halted, there is one thing we know for sure that has not stopped.Kids are still getting diagnosed with brain cancer.On top of that, children with brain cancer are immunocompromised, making them one of the most at-risk groups affected by coronavirus.
 
They still must travel for treatments and sometimes this is long-distance travel. For some of us, we are fortunate enough to alter our lives to adapt to this "new normal" but for kids with brain cancer, their lives can't stop, they must continue to fight, no matter the circumstances.And we must continue to fight for them, but we need your help.
 
There are many ways you can continue to help Team Jack and kids with brain cancer during these difficult times.
First, thank you...
Thank you for doing your part in social distancing which protects the patient population we work so hard to help. We’ve all be asked to self-quarantine to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and the large majority seems to be doing this. We are grateful for the conscious effort made by many to help slow the spread of this virus.
Team Jack is doing their part....
We felt it was necessary to postpone the 4thAnnual Team Jack Trifecta in Plano, TX that was scheduled for March 21, 2020. While abiding by current social distancing restrictions and taking extra precautions to keep us and our families safe, we are doing our best to continue normal operations. We will monitor our upcoming events and be sure we are doing our part.
 
While we understand the difficult times our supporters, donors, friends and family are going through, you can still make an impact on child brain cancer.
Spread Awareness
Part of the mission of the Team Jack Foundation isto work to create national awareness for childhood brain cancer.Here are some things you can do to help us spread awareness all while helping flatten the curve!
  • If you have any Team Jack gear at home,send us a photoof you wearing your gear! We will blast it out on our social media to help raise awareness!
  • Don't have any Team Jack gear? Get 30% off & a free wristband through April 30th!SHOP NOW!
  • Share our posts! Team Jack will continue to bring the latest news about our Foundation and childhood brain cancer research to our social media accounts. Help us by sharing these posts with your friends!
  • Reach out to a friend! We are all craving social interaction now more than ever. Now is a great time to pick up the phone or write a letter to a friend. Share with them what you know about Team Jack and why you support the cause.
How to Help from Home
Throughout the year, we have many individuals who host fundraisers to help us raise money for our cause. Although we must cancel/postpone events during this time, that doesn't mean you can't host a fundraiser virtually!We have many resources to help you! Here are some below:
 
  • Social fundraising:Team Jack has the ability for you to host an online fundraiser and create a page for you on our website to do so.Examples of fundraisers include: run your own race and ask people to support you, online lemonade stands, use Twitch (a gaming app) or other apps and ask people to make donations to our cause.
  • Facebook Fundraising:Did you know you can create fundraisers through Facebook? Just clickhereto start a fundraiser for Team Jack and share with your friends! Dedicate your birthday, anniversary or any other special time to Team Jack and share on Facebook!
  • Give Back while Shopping Online:If you are using platforms like Amazon, shopAmazonSmileand give back to Team Jack with any purchase! Also, check outFat Brain Toysfor awesome things for kids to do at home during this time and round up to support Team Jack at checkout!
 
Got an idea you want to run by us?Contact us!
Share & Communicate
During this unusual time, we are putting extra focus on raising awareness and thanking our donors. An interruption in our normal activities has allowed us to take a moment to realize just how fantastic our support base is.
 
We want to know what motivates you to support Team Jack and kids fighting brain cancer.
 
Send us a Facebook message, anemailor give us acall, we want to hear from you!
 
While we know it is important to make drastic changes to our lives right now, we also know that it is important to continue to fight for kids who are being diagnosed with brain cancer every day. That won't stop and neither will we. In addition to that, researchers are continuing to forge ahead in discovering new treatments for these kids, so we must continue to support them, but we cannot do it without you.
 
Thank you for your support and for helping us make childhood brain cancer a priority.
 
Lastly, to make you smile and leave with a positive note, here is a special note from our friend and brain tumor fighter, Mackenzie...
 
CONTACT US:
PO Box 607 | Atkinson, NE 68713
TeamJackFoundation.org | 855-RUN-JACK
 
FOLLOW US:

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Are you wiling to share your story of the impact of COVID-19 on your nonprofit?

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Friday, March 27, 2020

Media requests are coming in looking for nonprofits who are willing to tell their story of how COVID-19 is impacting them.  See the article in today's NY 

Times,  A New Mission for Nonprofits During the Outbreak: Survival, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/business/nonprofits-survival-ronavirus.html?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=campaign_1108261&cid=pt&source=ams&sourceId=2384499

 

Please contact me directly is your organization can do this. Thanks for considering.

Best, 

Anne

 

Anne Hindery

Chief Executive Officer

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

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Assistance for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Friday, March 27, 2020

Outlook Enrichment Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired
It can be overwhelming to find the resources you need during this challenging time, especially if you have poor or no vision. If you can’t see or can’t see very well, call Outlook Enrichment’s COVID-19 Help Line at 531-365-5059 for assistance from people who understand vision challenges and want to help. This line is staffed 8 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Messages received outside of these times will be answered within 24 hours. These resources can also be found at outlookne.org/covidhelp.

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Cox Communications Connect to Compete program

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Friday, March 27, 2020

I want to share a few things Cox has implemented to help customers (and those who may not even have internet at home) at this time.  This is especially important as more people work from home or may have to remain at home for an extended period. 

 

·         For a limited time, the first month of service for new Connect2Compete (low-cost internet for low-income families with K-12 students) will be free, with a very low price point ongoing for families who qualify

·         Cox has launched a temporary price reduction and speed increase for our Starter internet product to help seniors, college students and low-income families who do not have K-12 students (see bullet #1)

·         Residential customers in the company’s Starter, Straight-Up Internet, and Connect2Compete packages will be automatically upgraded to speeds of 50 Mbps.  More information:  https://newsroom.cox.com/Cox_expands_coronavirus_relief_for_remote_workers_and_students.

·         For these specific tiers, Cox is extending its Cox Complete Care remote desktop support at no charge to residential customers with remote helpdesk and assistance for loading new applications they may need to use during this time, such as online classroom support applications and web conferencing services

 

·         Cox is opening 500+ Cox outdoor municipal WiFi hotspots across the Greater metro areas

·         Cox is eliminating data usage overages for a 60-day period to meet the higher bandwidth demands

·         Cox is supporting the FCC’s Keep America Connected initiative by pledging for the next 60 days to not terminate service to any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; waive any late fees that any residential or small business customer incurs because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and  

 

Any resident who wishes to speak with Cox about any of these options may reach us at 402-933-3000.

 

I also want you to know our highly redundant and resilient network is fully operational, and we believe we are well-prepared to support the growing number of customers who are working and learning from home. Our all-hands-on-deck team of nationwide network professionals are holistically monitoring and managing our network, both physically from our network operations centers and 100 percent virtually, if needed.

 

Lynne

 

Lynne (Sangimino) Reif | Market Vice President

  11505 W. Dodge Rd.  Omaha, NE 68154

o: 402.934.1179  |m: 402.763.7290 | lynne.reif@cox.com

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Self-Insured Nonprofits and Unemployment Insurance

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Friday, March 27, 2020
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SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Friday, March 27, 2020

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NMotion, gener8tor, and LPED Announce Emergency Response Program

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, March 26, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            MEDIA CONTACT

March 26th, 2020 Troy Vosseller

                                                                                                                        608-354-6606

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               troy@gener8tor.com

 

NMotion, gener8tor, and LPED Announce Emergency Response Program

 

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - NMotion, in partnership with gener8tor and the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development announced today a new initiative supporting Nebraska small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the Emergency Response Program, small businesses, startups, freelancers, and nonprofits will have access to a free, week-long webinar series designed to identify and leverage critical resources in order to weather this ongoing public health crisis. 

 

As a part of the program, participants will be provided with daily webinars featuring experts in the following areas:

  • Applying for SBA-eligible programs;
  • Civic, philanthropic and state emergency relief resources;
  • Employment law experts to help navigate the changes required by the new laws;
  • Federal emergency relief programs; and
  • Mental health and wellness resources for small business owners.

In addition to webinars, gener8tor will host dedicated, daily office hours for small businesses to meet digitally with business advisors. The gener8tor team will be working one-on-one with companies to address the various issues small businesses are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

gener8tor will also work with community groups interested in providing pro bono resources to small businesses.

 

Interested businesses may visit gener8tor.com/emergency-response-program/nebraska to register. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 1, and the program will take place the following week (April 6th - April 10th) All Nebraska-based businesses are invited to participate.

“The support of entrepreneurs in our community is more crucial than ever right now. The Emergency Response Program is a powerful tool for us to leverage all of the resources in our network to help small businesses through this challenging and uncertain time,” said Christina Oldfather, Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and Board of Directors for NMotion.   

“We have seen firsthand the impact that entrepreneurs have on a community, and we hope to call on our network of mentors, investors and partners to support small business owners through this new Emergency Response Program,” said Joe Kirgues, gener8tor co-founder.

 

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About gener8tor

gener8tor is a turnkey platform for the creative economy that connects entrepreneurs (startup founders, artists and musicians,) investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships.

 

gener8tor is a nationally ranked, GOLD-tier accelerator in the U.S. as ranked by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project:

http://seedrankings.com

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Latest COVID resources

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, March 26, 2020
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COVID-19 Flash poll results from Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, March 26, 2020

MNN and Philanthropy Massachusetts asked nonprofits about the current and anticipated impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on their programs, services, and operations. Here are the results.

 

Thank you to those who have shared their experiences with and preparations for the COVID-19 outbreak through the Flash Poll. MNN and Philanthropy Massachusetts received over 950 responses to the Flash Poll from nonprofits of all sizes, sub-sectors, and from all regions of the state.

 

Below is a report of the responses organized by question. (Note that some of the questions and responses have been combined.)

 

MNN is working with government officials and nonprofit leaders on the issues nonprofits are facing in the coronavirus crisis.Read more about MNN's policy responsehere.

 

A list of resources, policy updates, and philanthropy/government-led relief efforts to aid nonprofits in responding to COVID-19 can be found on MNN's website here. This list is updated daily. Reach out toFernando Martinezwith any questions.

 

Has your organization been impacted by the spread of the coronavirus, or do you expect it to be impacted?

 

Over 95% of respondents said that they were experiencing or anticipated experiencing impacts as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Estimate the level of severity that any impacts are currently having or are predicted to have on the programs, services, or operations of your organization.

 

52% of respondents characterized the severity of impacts as “high” (defined as “significant disruptions”), 43% characterized the severity as “moderate” (defined as “minor disruptions”), and 5% characterized the severity as "low" (defined as "little to no impact").

 

Which of the following impacts has your organization experienced or does it anticipate experiencing?

 

Respondents selected the specific impacts on their organizations as follows:

· Cancellations of programs or events (e.g. fundraisers) and corresponding losses in revenues: 89%

· Disruptions of services to clients and communities: 67%

· Budgetary implications related to strains on the economy: 60%

· Increased and sustained staff and volunteer absences: 47%

· Disruption of supplies or services provided by partners: 28%

· Increased demand for services/support from clients and communities: 25%

 

Has your organization responded, or does it anticipate responding, to the spread of the coronavirus in any of the following ways?

 

Respondents selected the specific responses of their organizations as follows:

· Rescheduling or canceling programs and events (e.g. fundraisers): 92%

· Staying informed via news and updates from the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health: 91%

· Encouraging proper hand hygiene and reminding employees of proper cough and sneeze etiquette: 89%

· Encouraging employees who feel sick to stay at home: 87%

· Changing in-person events to virtual events using video conferencing software (e.g. Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.): 74%

· Revisiting or instituting updated remote work and sick leave policies and updating employees: 64%

 

Note: Between the poll's launch last Wednesday and its close yesterday, many more nonprofits have closed offices, instituted work-from-home policies, or paused operations. Actual numbers may be higher.

 

Are you experiencing, or do you anticipate, a decrease in revenue and/or an increase in expenses as a result of the COVID-19 crisis?

 

63% of respondents reported that they are experiencing or anticipated experiencing a decrease in their revenue as a result of the the COVID-19 crisis. 14% of respondents reported no change and 23% of respondents reported that they were unsure.

 

31% of respondents reported that they were experiencing or anticipated experiencing an increase in their expenses. 47% of respondents reported no change, and 22% reported that they were unsure.

 

Are there any resources or guidance that MNN and Philanthropy Massachusetts could provide or share on COVID-19 preparation and response?

 

The majority of respondents reported needing resources to weather the COVID-19 crisis in the forms of:

· financial relief;

· information and best practices on how to respond to the crisis; and

· remote work/work from home support, including sample policies and access to affordable software.

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Community Foundation response fund list

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, March 26, 2020
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COVID resources

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, March 26, 2020

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FROM SUSTAINABILITY TO SURVIVABILITY By: Steve Zimmerman

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, March 26, 2020
FROM SUSTAINABILITY TO SURVIVABILITY
By: Steve Zimmerman

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Required Poster-FFCRA

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, March 26, 2020
Required Poster-FFCRA

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