- General Information
- Self-Care and Community Care
- Philanthropy and COVID-19
- Equity during COVID-19
In this time of uncertainty, it is important to listen to experts and stay centered in the facts. Our key resources for broad public health information at this time are the CDC and the WHO. Please also look to your individual state's leadership for additional guidance on current regulations for your region.
Self-care and care for our immediate communities helps to sustain us through the work of helping others. During these uncertain times, we hope these resources can be a comfort to you.
Human Resources: Balancing Urgency & Equity during COVID-19 (Nonprofit Quarterly)
Pandemic Panic? These 5 Tips Can Help You Regain Your Calm (NPR Morning Edition)
Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens (Irresistible/Healing Justice Podcast)
Community Care During COVID-19: A Message To and From AAPIs (AAPI FORCE-EF)
Love In The Time of Corona (Kevin John Fong, cultural translator and racial healing practitioner)
These unprecedented times have led many in the social sector to call for a radical shift in the way that philanthropy operates in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Some of the most common themes include:
- Proactively communicating with grantees and asking what their communities need, then working with them to help them provide it.
- Providing additional resources to help both current and future grantees serve their communities, whether through a new response fund or by increasing current funding letters beyond the customary 5% spend.
- Advocating for broader changes to our social safety net, including paid family and sick leave for all workers.
- Standing strong against those practicing and promoting racism in response to COVID-19.
Many funders have also taken action during this time, by dedicating funding to COVID-19 and creating response funds specifically for this crisis. Others have pushed for the sector to continue to bring an equity lens to its work, as societal inequities will affect the impact of this pandemic on different communities.
COVID-19 Calls for Philanthropy to Redefine Urgency (Kururama Masomere, Nonprofit Quarterly): "As a racial justice advocate and woman of color in philanthropy, it is clearer now than ever that our careful, self-paced, and guarded approach to place-based grantmaking, the core function of a foundation’s existence in “normal” times, reveals that we never fully understood a critical truth of what racial equity work really means."
Pandemic Philanthropy: Moving From Relief to Power (Dimple Abichandani, Inside Philanthropy): "This moment calls for a long-term, large-scale philanthropic response to shift who has power in our democracy and our economy."
Philanthropy in the Time of COVID-19 (Carmen Rojas, PhD via Medium): "What are we going to do to shift the balance of power and resources?"
Letter from PSOs Encouraging Increased Giving in this Time of Crisis: "The strength of a funder’s grantees at the end of this crisis will be a much better measure of the significance of a foundation than the size of its endowment."
Building for Justice: Strategic Thinking in a Long-Term Crisis (Equity In The Center & Up With Community)
Hey Philanthropy, your capacity-building partners still need you..and you need us too! (Frontline Solutions)
COVID-19 Pandemic: How Can I Help? (The Center for High Impact Philanthropy)
Why Grantmakers Need to Break Their Restriction Habit—Permanently (Nonprofit Quarterly)
Coronavirus: How Philanthropy Can Respond (Center for Disaster Philanthropy)
Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19 (Transformative Spaces)
Supporting Our Unsung Heroes In A Moment of Crisis (Center for Effective Philanthropy)
A Call To Action: Philanthropy's Commitment During COVID-19 (Pledge signed by over 560 organizations)
Overview of Philanthropy's Response to COVID-19 (Philanthropy CA)
COVID-19 Resource Hub (Council on Foundations)
African-American Response Circle Fund (East Bay Community Foundation in partnership with the Brotherhood of Elders Network)
Coronavirus Resource Center (Native Americans in Philanthropy)
Native American Community Response Fund (Edgar Villanueva)
Response Funds Created by Community Foundations (Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative)
Interactive Map of Local Funds (National Center for Family Philanthropy)
Funding in the Time of COVID-19: Questions to Deepen Racial Equity (Philanthropy News Digest): "Are you articulating and holding yourself accountable to a long-term vision for racial justice?"
COVID-19 and Race (PolicyLink)
Ring the Alarm: COVID-19 Presents Grave Danger to Communities of Color (Colorlines): "From poverty to pandemics, racism increases the odds that we’ll experience society’s downsides."
The COVID-19 Crisis is a Racial Justice Issue & our Response must Prioritize the Power of Black, Indigenous, Latinx & Other People of Color (The Weissberg Blog): "A racially disparate impact necessitates a racially equitable response — one that prioritizes the leadership of Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and other people of color to respond to the immediate needs in their own communities, bolsters resilience in the face of this crisis, and builds power to push for long-lasting systemic change."
The Hardest Hit: Who is Supporting Communities of Color During COVID-19? (Inside Philanthropy)
COVID-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform Our Future (Lori Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity via Nonprofit Quarterly)
Talking About COVID-19: A Call for Racial, Economic, and Health Equity (The Opportunity Agenda)
As coronavirus spreads, the bill for our public health failures is due (Richard E. Besser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Do you have resources you'd like us to add to this page? Please reach out to communic[email protected] - we're looking to continue to add to this list.