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Federal Relief Navigator (Montana Nonprofit Association)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 16, 2020

Need help understanding what federal relief is available for your organization and/or employees? Read through our decision-making navigator which we will update on an ongoing basis with the latest information.

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COVID-19, the Economy and the Nonprofit World

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 16, 2020

The coronavirus is drastically changing our world, our personal lives, the economic markets, and our work.  Chronicle of Philanthropy  editor Stacy Palmer is joined by a panel of nonprofit leaders to discuss how charities, foundations, and donors are responding to the coronavirus emergency and adapting to the new normal.

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Three Ways the CARES Act May Impact Charitable Giving

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 15, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has passed three economic stimulus packages to support our nation (both individuals and organizations) during this period of economic uncertainty. One of these, the $2 trillion-plus CARES Act, does many things, including  providing direct cash payments to Americans, pushing back income tax filing and payment deadlines, and encouraging charitable giving.

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Nebraska arts, humanities organizations eligible to receive federal CARES Act dollars, can apply for grants from state councils

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 14, 2020

For additional information contact: Chris Sommerich, HN Executive Director, chris@humanitiesnebraska.org or Suzanne Wise, NAC Executive Director, Suzanne.Wise@nebraska.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/14/20

As part of the $2 trillion federal CARES Act passed by Congress to provide economic relief to the nation during the coronavirus pandemic, $75 million each was allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to assist the many organizations operating within the cultural sector that preserve history, inspire creative thinking, nurture the arts, foster understanding between citizens, and maintain the nation’s identity as a diverse, free society.

Of that amount, 40% is designated to be divided among the state arts and humanities councils for distribution in their respective states. These councils are well positioned to work with local arts, humanities and cultural organizations that are struggling to retain staff, remain in operation and serve their respective communities due to this crisis.

Currently, the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) and Humanities Nebraska (HN) are in the process of setting up systems for allocating CARES Act funds to arts and humanities organizations of all sizes throughout Nebraska. Both councils intend to grant out 100% of the funds received from NEA and NEH in order to maximize the aid that is provided to cultural organizations in the state. The funding is intended for general operating support, not for specific programs or projects.

Suzanne Wise, executive director of the Nebraska Arts Council noted, “Financial support for arts and humanities organizations is important not only to the organizations themselves, but to Nebraska’s recovery as a whole.” She added. “We and Humanities Nebraska have a long history of collaboration and partnership, and we are happy to work together in this effort as well.”

“We are pleased to assist with the distribution of CARES Act funding to our state and local partners,” stated Christopher Sommerich, executive director of Humanities Nebraska. “With the financial challenges that so many are facing during the coronavirus pandemic, we want to align with our colleagues at the Nebraska Arts Council and do everything we can to preserve and support the cultural infrastructure of Nebraska as a critical component of community vitality.”

Both HN and NAC intend to have grantmaking processes and applications in place by the end of April and will be awarding grants within weeks. When finalized, information about CARES grants will be posted on the NAC website at www.artscouncil.nebraska.gov/grants and on the HN website at humanitiesnebraska.org/grants. The councils are also collaborating on a grant workshop webinar to answer questions from potential applicants.

About the Nebraska Arts Council

The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), a state agency, provides numerous grants, services and special initiatives that help sustain and promote the arts throughout Nebraska. NAC is supported by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nebraska Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts.

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IRS extends more tax deadlines to cover individuals, trusts, estates corporations and others

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 9, 2020

To help taxpayers, the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced today that Notice 2020-23 extends additional key tax deadlines for individuals and businesses.

Last month, the IRS announced that taxpayers generally have until July 15, 2020, to file and pay federal income taxes originally due on April 15. No late-filing penalty, late-payment penalty or interest will be due.

Today’s notice expands this relief to additional returns, tax payments and other actions. As a result, the extensions generally now apply to all taxpayers that have a filing or payment deadline falling on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020. Individuals, trusts, estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers qualify for the extra time. This means that anyone, including Americans who live and work abroad, can now wait until July 15 to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due.

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Iowa Legal Hotline for COVID-19 Assistance

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, April 9, 2020

Iowa Legal Aid, in partnership with the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, has developed a legal hotline for coronavirus/COVID-19 – related legal issues. The Iowa COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline - 1-800-332-0419 – is now live.

The Iowa COVID-19 Legal Hotline is a free service available to Iowans who are experiencing legal issues due to the public health crisis. Iowa Legal Aid is hosting the hotline and working closely with the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, to get all Iowans access to the key legal information and advice they need during this crisis.

The Hotline operates between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Iowans experiencing any type of legal problem related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, such as facing eviction, being denied unemployment benefits, experiencing employment issues, or being a victim of identity theft, can call 1-800-332-0419.  Callers will leave a message and Iowa Legal Aid staff will call them back.  Those who meet Iowa Legal Aid’s guidelines will be connected with an Iowa Legal Aid attorney; those who are outside of Iowa Legal Aid’s guidelines will be connected with volunteer attorneys through the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project. 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.     

Shelley R. Whitcher

Deputy Director – Iowa Legal Aid

 

1-800-432-9229 Ext 1246

532 1st Ave, Ste 300, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

www.IowaLegalAid.org


 

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Did you receive approval for your PPP Loan? Now What?

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, April 9, 2020

 

Did you receive approval for your Paycheck Protection Program Loan? What Now?

 

Once you receive the good news that your loan was approved, you may begin to question, "what are the next steps?" Below are suggestions and considerations to utilize your loan effectively.

 


 

Deposit the funds into a separate checking account dedicated to the PPP Loan proceeds.

  • This will aid in tracking the funds used for the specified purposes.
  • If a copy of the bank activity is requested, you now have a separate account versus having to share all operating bank activity.


 

Maintain a “journal” of the effects COVID has had on your business.

  • Loan certification required an assertion that COVID-19 impacted the business.
  • The diary/journal could be electronic or written.
  • The entries could be weekly or as needed.
  • This log can provide information and specific examples of how your business was affected from employees to customers, vendors and more!


 

Planning ahead will facilitate the maximum opportunity for Loan Forgiveness for the period of eight weeks after the date of your loan.

 

Are your operations currently shut down?

  • If you have staff furloughs, when should you have the employees return?
  • If you are currently paying staff while operations are shut down – what are my options?
  • Modeling various scenarios may aid in your decision-making process.

Maintain adequate records for support of Payroll Costs.

  • Prepare the data for submission related to each payroll including:
    • Wages – please note, commodity wages may receive different treatment.
    • Health Care Costs using a reasonable allocation method.
    • Retirement Plan Employer Contributions
  • Ensure you are not “double-dipping” which would sacrifice loan forgiveness opportunities.
    • If paying employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for Emergency Sick Pay or Emergency FMLA, maintain adequate records as these amounts will be adjustments to your Payroll Costs.
    • You cannot participate in the following CARES act benefits:
      • Employee Retention Credit
      • Delay of Employer Tax Payments
  • Keep a separate file with invoices paid for the following:
    • Rent
    • Utilities
    • Mortgage Interest


 

As we continue to navigate the challenges ahead, please know that we will always keep you informed as quickly as possible. We have created a webpage that will house helpful resources and updates to COVID-19 here:  https://www.lutz.us/lutz-covid-19-updates/

 

LUTZ + COVID-19 RESOURCES

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Coronavirus Updates from NAM Business Partner - The Harry A. Koch Company

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, April 9, 2020

https://www.hakco.com/coronavirus

 Coronavirus

Perhaps no other event in recent memory has served as such a strong reminder that we truly live in a connected global environment. The most significant concern is for the health and well-being of ourselves and our families, and business owners and their employees. However, the potential for quantifiable hits to the bottom line are increasingly becoming apparent and deserves our attention.

Here at The Koch Company, we are receiving questions from our clients about whether or not this situation might have insurance coverage implications. On a high level, this event likely falls outside the scope of coverage. Reviewing this in more detail brings into focus these main coverage areas with the most potential for questions and discussion:

Business Interruption

Alongside the daily updates of infected individuals and new case counts, we also hear news stories of closed businesses, schools, and other public venues. The fundamental purpose of property/business interruption insurance is to pay when there is a direct loss to physical property due to a covered peril. A pandemic disease would not be considered as causing direct damage. There is no damaged roof, burned out building, broken pipes, etc. causing the business interruption.

The scope and magnitude of this economic shut down has become greater and more widespread than what we probably could have imagined just a few short weeks ago. Even with the passage of the CARES Act, the ability of some businesses to recover is still in serious doubt. As a result we are seeing more headlines about lawsuits or legislation that could require insurance carriers to retroactively cover some business interruption losses. While on the surface this seems like a good source of recovery, the implications are tremendous. Solvency for some carriers could be at great risk. While the industry as a whole remains steadfast that these business interruption losses are not covered, predicting legal opinions and legislative actions on this topic are not as certain. Please keep in mind that we stand ready at any time to work with our clients to present a claim to our carriers. We are happy to engage in a review or conversation to answer questions or clarify the process if you would like.

General Liability

Another concern might be whether or not your business or organization could be subject to allegations or claims of spreading the virus via allowing contact with an infected individual or not taking enough precautions to prevent contamination. If such a claim arises, coverage may be difficult to find in general liability policies. First of all, the virus, bacteria, and communicable diseases exclusions in general liability policies will be scrutinized by adjusters. Additionally, the question of whether there is actual legal liability for this type of event may be an issue. Similar to the need for direct physical damage in a property policy, a basic provision of liability policies is that the insured person or organization has some degree of legal liability for the loss.

Workers' Compensation

The coverage with a lot of potential to generate multiple opinions and claims discussions is workers' compensation. It's commonly understood that workers' compensation will pay when an employee becomes ill from an occupational disease. An occupational disease is related to your workplace and caused by, or aggravated by the conditions of your employment.

As case counts continue to rise and more first responders and health care professionals are potentially exposed to COVID-19 the likelihood of claims from these types of occupations is now almost certain. In fact some states are in the process of considering new laws or emergency actions to automatically treat COVID-19 illness as workers' compensation for some classes of workers. These actions will likely make the process easier for some employees to file WC claims for their illness. The impact of this expected uptick in claims could have implications for all employers who purchase workers' compensation insurance. After several years of declining rates and favorable underwriting results, we may see the tide start to turn the other direction. Carriers' bottom lines could take a hit from increased losses at a time when premiums are not growing due to the economic slowdown. Continued vigilance in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace is key. Reach out to your loss control and safety resources for tips and ideas. Don’t forget those that are now working from home.  

Employment Practices Liability

Navigating the rapidly changing landscape of regulations while balancing the need to maintain vital business functions is a challenge. Conflicts and differing opinions are sure to surface. Companies that have previously not dealt with employment practice allegations may find themselves looking to their employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) policy if and when these disagreements turn into formal allegations or legal actions. For more information about EPLI visit Mark Frantz's blog post here.

Health Insurance

From the medical insurance perspective, we are seeing some carriers promoting the use of telemedicine options for initial consultation. The incentives and availability for using telemedicine can vary from carrier to carrier. Please consult with your benefits plan advisor for more specifics about your plan.

Anticipating every situation or scenario is not possible in this short commentary. Nor should the above comments be considered as an absolute statement about how your coverage may or may not respond. We encourage our clients to contact us with questions regarding this still-evolving situation.


Coverage Cancellations and Non-renewals

Insurance carriers are striving to help clients minimize disruption and are making decisions with guidance provided by state regulators. Many of the carriers we work with are communicating that they will place a hold on cancellation and non-renewal notices for insureds that advise they cannot pay their premiums due to events related to coronavirus. Insureds are encouraged to contact their insurance carriers directly, or your agent and account manager at The Koch Co., to request accommodations or discuss premium payment options.


 

We're Here for You

 

We have an established business continuity plan in place to remain in operation while maintaining the health and safety of our employees, clients, and the community. We will continue to be available to discuss your specific situation, questions, and concerns.

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Iowa COVID-19 Resources

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The staff at the Iowa Western SBDC, Advance Southwest Iowa and Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce are here to assist you navigate through the COVID-19 crisis by bringing you the most up-to-date local, State and Federal information and resources. All assistance can be offered through one-on-one counseling that can be done via video conferencing or phone.


COVID-19 General Questions – Where Do I Find Answers?
o CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/
o Iowa Department of Human Services - https://dhs.iowa.gov/
o Pottawattamie County Department of Health & Human Services - https://dhs.iowa.gov/node/1955
o Small Business Guide to CARES Act (PDF) - Click Here

Available Programs:
STATE OF IOWA:
Targeted Small Business (TSB) Sole Operator Fund
o Applications Being Accepted Through April 10, 2020
o Must be a TSB or Have TSB Application in Progress with IEDA
o Grants Up to $10,000
o Info and Application at: https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/programDetails?pid=137&ppid=26
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA):
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) - https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19
o Loans are Available to Sustain the Long-Term Health of Your Business
o Loans Amounts up to $2M- 3.75% Interest (Up to 30-Years)
o In addition to the Long-Term Loan, EIDL has an Immediate Emergency (Forgivable) Advance Component
o $10,000 to be Used for Current Payroll and Expenses
o Upon Approval, Funds will be Distributed Within 3-Days
o If you apply for the PPP (See Below), the $10,000 will be Deducted from Eligible Amount
o Deadline to Apply: December 17, 2020
o Info and Application at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
CARES Act Payroll Protection Program (PPP) – https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP--Fact-Sheet.pdf
o Applications Opened April 3, 2020 for Small Business and Sole Proprietors
o Applications Scheduled to Open April 10, 2020 for Independent Contractors/Self-Employed
o Applications Accepted through June 30, 2020
o $349B in Forgivable Loans – 1% Interest – See Fact Sheet for Forgivable Guidelines
o Program Covers Payroll, Benefits, Rent, Mortgage Interest and Utility Costs for a Period of 8-Weeks
o How to Apply? Applications will be Processed through Approved SBA Lenders. Please Contact your Lending Institution or the Small Business Development Center with Questions Relating to Approved SBA Lenders.

 


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Employees – Unemployment Questions?:
o Employees that are forced to quarantine or experience layoffs due to COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment
benefits and employers may be eligible for benefits or waived charges.
o Iowa Workforce Development – https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/COVID-19
o Department of Labor - https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus
Google Commitment:
Providing $340M in Ad Credits
Information Here: Google Commitment
Tips and Preparation Prior to Applying:
Prepare to File - SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):
*Deadline to Apply is December 17, 2020


Make Sure You Have the Following Available for Upload:
• Articles of Incorporation (Each Entity Having 20% of Equity
are Also Required to Apply)
• Personal Financial Statement
• 3-Years Business and Personal Tax Returns
• Current Year-to-Date Profit and Loss Statement (Before
Disaster)
• Monthly Sales Figures


Present & Future Disaster Documentation:
*Create a spreadsheet that documents every aspect of how COVID-
19 has affected your business.
Samples:
• Order Cancellations
• Refunds
• Supply Chain Interruptions
• Closure
• Lost Revenues Due to Foot Traffic
• Reductions in Productivity
• Additional Expenses Related to Disaster


Prepare to File – SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP):
*Deadline to Apply is June 30, 2020
• To Determine Eligibility - Read the PPP Fact Sheet (See Link
Above)
• Complete Application (See Link Above)
• Collect Financial Information Relating to the Following:
o Payroll and Benefits
o Rent
o Mortgage Interest
o Utility Costs
• Contact Your Lending Institution or SBDC for Additional


Information Regarding SBA Approved Lenders
• Submit to Approved Lending Institution with Appropriate


Documentation
Our team understands that navigating the COVID-19 situation can be difficult but just know that we are all in this together
and our organizations are here to assist you. To keep you informed, we plan to update this fact sheet at least once per
week or as new information becomes available. If your business needs assistance in any capacity, please reach out to any
of the following individuals. Thank you and stay safe!


Small Business Development Center Advance Southwest Iowa Corp. Council Bluffs Chamber
Sue Pitts, Regional Center Director
Phone: (712) 325-3350
spitts@iwcc.edu
Michael Mitilier, Assistant Director
Phone: (712) 256-7728
mitilier@iwcc.edu
Paula Hazlewood, Executive Director
Cell: (402) 960-8505
phazlewood@selectgreateromaha.com
Niki Ferguson, Manager, Ent. Devel.
Cell: (402) 720-8799
nferguson@selectgreateromaha.com
Shalimar Mazetis, Manager, Rural Devel.
Cell: (425) 802-7012
smazetis@selectgreateromaha.com
Tom Hanafan, Interim CEO
Phone: (712) 325-1000
thanafan@councilbluffsiowa.com
Kim Buthe, Director of Member Relations
Phone: (712) 325-1000
Cell: 402) 609-8934
kbuthe@councilbluffsiowa.com

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EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDIT

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Tuesday, April 7, 2020

 

EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDIT

 

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19, for a maximum credit of $5,000 per employee.

Does my business qualify to receive the Employee Retention Credit?

The credit is available to all employers regardless of size, including tax-exempt organizations. There are only a few exceptions: State and local governments and their instrumentalities, self-employed individuals and small businesses receiving Small Business Interruption Loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Qualifying employers must fall into one of two categories:

  1. The employer's business is fully or partially suspended by government order due to COVID-19 during the calendar quarter.
  2. The employer's gross receipts are below 50% of the comparable quarter in 2019. Once the employer's gross receipts go above 80% of a comparable quarter in 2019, they no longer qualify after the end of that quarter.

These measures are calculated each calendar quarter.

How is the credit calculated?

The amount of the credit is 50% of qualifying wages (including health plan expenses) paid up to $10,000 in total, so that the maximum credit for qualified wages paid to any employee is $5,000. Wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before Jan. 1, 2021, are eligible for the credit.

How do I know which wages qualify?

Qualifying wages are based on the average number of a business's employees in 2019.

Employers with less than 100 employees: For employers who had an average number of full-time employees in 2019 of 100 or fewer, all employee wages are eligible, regardless of whether the employee is furloughed.  If the employees worked full time and were paid for full time work, the employer still receives the credit.

Employers with more than 100 employees: For employers who had more than 100 employees on average in 2019, qualified wages taken into account for an employee may not exceed what the employee would have been paid for working an equivalent duration during the 30 days immediately preceding the period of economic hardship.

Are any wages not eligible?

Wages do not include amounts taken into account for purposes of the payroll credits, for required paid sick leave or required paid family leave in the Families First Coronavirus, nor for wages taken into account for the employer credit for paid family and medical leave. No credit is available with respect to an employee for any period for which the employer is allowed a Work Opportunity Credit with respect to the employee.

I am an eligible employer. How do I receive my credit?

Employers can be immediately reimbursed for the credit by reducing their required deposits of payroll taxes that have been withheld from employees' wages by the amount of the credit.

Eligible employers will report their total qualified wages and the related health insurance costs for each quarter on their quarterly employment tax returns or Form 941 beginning with the second quarter. If the employer's employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, the employer may receive an advance payment from the IRS by submitting Form 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19.

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Nebraska State Bar Association COVID-19 Page

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Monday, April 6, 2020
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COVID-19 Relief Provisions for Nonprofit Organizations - recording

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Monday, April 6, 2020
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Iowa COVID-19 Volunteer Needs and Resources

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, April 2, 2020

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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Employee Rights-Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, April 2, 2020
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American Institute of CPA's COVID-19 Guidance Page

Posted By Kelly Koepsell, Director of Membership & Operations, Thursday, April 2, 2020
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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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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
 
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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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