COVID-19 Resources & Information

Updated May 27, 2020

MNA is doing our part to assist you by providing updates and resources. We continue to work from home, but regular business hours are in effect. The best way to reach the staff is via email. The complete staff list and contact information can be accessed here. For current webinars and events, visit MNA's calendar here.

COVID-19: What MNA is Doing

Messages From the President

  • Click here to view a message from Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO of MNA.
  • Check out this important message from Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), and Kyle Caldwell, president and CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), reaching out with gratitude and support as communities develop response and relief efforts through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paycheck Protection Program Quick Navigator

Free for nonprofits. MNA’s Navigator Tool mirrors the PPP application and provides additional guidance (fact sheet, examples & FAQs) on how to think through and complete the PPP application. Export your responses as a reference to facilitate the completion of your formal application to your lender of choice. View a Reference Guide here and the Paycheck Protection Program Navigator here.

Webinars

 Tele-Town Halls

Note: MNA is expecting a large response for Tele-Town Halls & Webinars. If you experience difficulty registering, please try again at a later time. If you have consistent problems, please contact Mario Gonzales at mgonzales@mnaonline.org.

What MNA Is Doing Internally

We are taking sensible steps to help protect our staff. This means fewer in-person meetings, limiting travel and making it easier for people to take the time they need to care for themselves and their families. We have identified employees for remote work based on their ability to perform their duties by phone or computer. We have moved routine workflow to online systems wherever possible. That means most in-person meetings have been replaced with virtual meetings and conference calls. We are also using communications platforms such as GoToMeetingSlack, and Trello.

MNA is also working with our national and statewide partners to urge Congress to include nonprofits in tax and other relief targeted to small businesses. View letter here.

MNA has co-signed a letter with the Council of Michigan Foundations, the Michigan Association of United Ways and the Michigan Community Service Commission urging foundations to be flexible with grant commitments, to provide unrestricted funding to support nonprofits dealing with increased capacity needs resulting from fundraising events cancellations.

2020 Census Is Live

​Your voice matters now more than ever. If this outbreak has taught us anything, it’s that programs like school lunches, MI Child, and special education need your help to get the most funding possible. There are 3 ways to respond to the 2020 Census from the comfort of your own home - online, by phone or by returning the paper questionnaire. Visit 2020census.gov to learn more & fill out your census online TODAY! You also have the option of completing the questionnaire by phone. To begin, call 844-330-2020, or find the number associated with your preferred language here. Phone lines are open every day from 7 AM to 2 AM. 

COVID-19: Public Policy & Advocacy

Form 990 Due Date Delayed

As reported on April 9, the IRS announced that it is extending to July 15 relief to all taxpayers that have a filing or payment deadline falling on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020. The announcement, Notice 2020-23, identifies the Form 990-T return for unrelated business income taxes (UBIT), the Form 990-PF excise tax payments and return, and Form 990-W estimated UBIT form, among others. Although the news release and Notice don’t say so expressly, the annual Form 990 filing deadline is also delayed by operation of this notice and a pre-pandemic decision.

Advocacy Efforts

  • MNA, along with our partners Michigan Association of United Ways and Council of Michigan Foundations sent a joint letter to members of our Congressional delegation and senators recommending that several key provisions connected to the work of the charitable sector are at the center of future COVID-19 response legislation. We stressed the importance of strengthening charitable giving incentives and appropriations for immediate relief and critical services. We also asked that future legislation:

    • Earmarks emergency grant and loan programs for nonprofits of all sizes. Designating funding exclusively for nonprofits within the PPP and EIDL, the two principal loan programs in the CARES Act, and increasing the current 500-employee cap would help ensure that organizations dedicated to addressing the pandemic are included in relief efforts and not pushed to the back of the line.  
       
    • Provides funding for 2-1-1 to connect people with vital health and economic services. Since the onset of the Coronavirus crisis, the average number of weekly calls to Michigan 2-1-1 has increased more than 700% with COVID-19 related calls representing between 20% and 30% of statewide call volume, well beyond the current capacity of the 2-1-1 system.
       
    • Bridges the digital divide facing communities. As work, resources and children’s education move online, the internet is increasingly becoming a lifeline to which all households need access. More funding will be needed to ensure that students do not fall behind and that technology can be used to meet health care demands. 

    Read full letter here.

    See MNA comments to the Main Street Lending Program here.

  • MNA is working with our national and statewide partners to urge Congress to include nonprofits in tax and other relief targeted to nonprofits. View letter here.

  • MNA has co-signed a letter with the Council of Michigan Foundations, the Michigan Association of United Ways and the Michigan Community Service Commission urging foundations to be flexible with grant commitments, to provide unrestricted funding to support nonprofits dealing with increased capacity needs resulting from fundraising events cancellations.

  • Rep. Debbie Dingell, who represents the 12th District of Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke with Council of Michigan Foundation (CMF) members about provisions in H.R. 6201 on March 14, 2020. Listen to the full recording to hear Rep. Dingell's insights and analysis, including where gaps may exist in the relief and response efforts around COVID-19 and where philanthropy can play a role. 

  • CMF members also spoke with U.S. Senator Gary Peters on March 27, 2020. As ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, keeping Michiganders safe is one of the senator’s top priorities. Listen to the full recording for an inside perspective on policy emerging from Capitol Hill related to COVID-19.

"Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order Extended Through April 30

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life on March 24. She extended the order on April 9 through April 30. View the extended order here (EO 2020-42).

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

The language that applies to nonprofits is on page 7, section 9 (d):

Workers and volunteers for businesses or operations (including both and religious and secular nonprofit organizations) that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities.

Following is a list of Essential Workers:

  • Health care workers
  • Direct care workers
  • Emergency medical service providers
  • First responders
  • Law enforcement personnel
  • Sanitation workers
  • Child care workers (including any employees acting as child care workers in essential workforce child care centers)
  • Personnel providing correctional services
  • Postal workers
  • Public health employees
  • Key government employees
  • Child protective services workers
  • Child welfare workers
  • Foster care workers, including those from contracted agencies
  • Recipient rights workers
  • Employees of the Executive Office of the governor
  • Cabinet offers and their designees
  • Department of Health and Human Services field office staff
  • Unemployment Insurance Agency employees
  • Others providing critical infrastructure, including employees of
  • Utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Mass transit
  • Groceries or essential supplies, good, or equipment

If you happen to have positions/be in a trade unclear to be included in the list above, here is a more thoroughly detailed list (this is by the Federal/applies across States) issued by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). 

Other Resources:

State of Michigan Launches COVID-19 Volunteer Website

As Michigan’s healthcare system faces tremendous strains due to the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are calling on medical professionals and everyday Michiganders to volunteer their talents and time to save lives. Governor Whitmer and MDHHS launched a new volunteer website where trained medical professionals can register to serve their fellow Michiganders by assisting hospitals in fighting COVID-19. Other state residents also can use the site to find out how they can help in their local communities, give blood, donate money or needed medical supplies, or assist public health officials in tracking infections. This website will serve as a single clearinghouse for Michiganders to join the fight against COVID-19. The state will work with hospitals and health systems that are short-staffed to fill gaps if and when necessary.

President Trump Approves Governor Whitmer’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration  President Trump approved Governor Whitmer’s request for a Major Disaster declaration in Michigan. The declaration means that Michigan is now eligible for participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programming to provide relief for Michiganders impacted by the COVID-19 virus and measures to slow the spread of the virus. While Michigan made a broad request for aid in every Individual Assistance and Public Assistance program from the Individual Assistance category, funding was approved for the Crisis Counseling Program and funding for Emergency Protective Measures from the Public Assistance Category was also approved.     The Crisis Counseling Program is a direct-support program to provide services for those whose mental health has been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. The federal government also granted the governor’s request for emergency protective measures, including funding for transporting and pre-positioning equipment, Emergency Operation Center (EOC)-related costs, medical supplies and personal protective equipment, medical care, and transport, and childcare. The governor’s request for Hazard Mitigation assistance to help provide relief during planning for recovery in the long-term is currently under review.    While the relief package approved by congress on Friday will provide relief in some of the requested areas of individual assistance, including Unemployment Insurance Assistance and Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programming (D-SNAP) under the Stafford Act, FEMA can also provide aid in these areas where they do not overlap with existing programs. Michigan requested assistance for both Disaster Unemployment Assistance and D-SNAP that have not yet been approved.   

Executive Order 2020-24 – Temporary Expansions in Unemployment Eligibility and Cost-Sharing
 
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-24, clarifying how the expansion of eligibility for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 will work. 
 The order:  

  • Suspends the requirement for an individual seeking unemployment to request registration and work search waiver from their employer;  
  • Allows anyone with an active unemployment claim to receive up to a six-week benefit extension. 

Expands cost-sharing with employers. Any benefit paid to a claimant that is laid off or placed on a leave of absence will not be charged to the employer’s accounts, but instead will be pooled and assumed by the Nonchargeable Benefits Component of employer accounts. Employers who unlawfully misclassify their workers and have underpaid their unemployment tax do not get the benefit of this enhanced cost-sharing.

can be found here

Unemployment Benefits

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-10 to temporarily expand eligibility for unemployment benefits. This executive order is effective immediately and until Tuesday, April 14 at 11:59 PM. Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits online here or 1-866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can be found here

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-10 expands unemployment benefits to: 

  • Sick Workers: Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off. 
  • Workers Caring for Loved Ones: Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off
  • First responders: Individuals working in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19 and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.

The governor’s order also extends access to benefits for unemployed workers:

  • Increased Weeks: Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks. 
  • Longer Application Time: The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days. 
  • Fewer Requirements: The in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.  
COVID-19: What Nonprofits Need

Paycheck Protection Program - Feedback Needed

It has been reported that Michigan has 25,000 loans approved with a total of $7.3 billion. Over the past two weeks, we have observed a significant amount of interest in this program from nonprofits all over Michigan. MNA is advocating and working on behalf of nonprofits to ensure you have fair access to financial resources. Please take 5 minutes to help us gather important data on your experience with the Paycheck Protection Program.

Share your experience here!

Funding Related to COVID-19

  • Click here to see a list of funding opportunities. 

Leading Nonprofits Through COVID-19

  • MNA's Leading Nonprofits Through COVID-19 LinkedIn Group is a shared space for Michigan nonprofit leaders to connect virtually, provide mutual support, post relevant resources, and generate community-powered solutions. Join here!
COVID-19: HR & Legal
COVID-19: Technology

MNA Tech Resources

To learn more about MNA’s IT services, contact MNA Tech at helpdesk@mnaonline.org.

  • How to Clean Your Technology Properly (March 4), WIRED
  • For remotely accessing your computer at the office, there are several options. Here are a couple of free and low-cost choices:
    • Chrome Remote Desktop – This one is free, but takes some time and navigation to get working properly.
    • Splashtop.com – Not a free option, but lower cost than most of the commercial remote desktop options out there. It requires you to set up an account and install and app on both computers you are working on – i.e. work computer and home computer
  • If you need access to files stored on your computer, then moving them to a cloud-based file storage app would work out great. Options here include:
    • Google Drive – If you have GSuite for email, you already have Google Drive – Once you download and install it, just copy files over. Once they sync, you can access your files from any other computer.
    • OneDrive – If you have Microsoft Office 365 for email, each person on your staff has a OneDrive account that they can log into and store files in. Once files are synced online, they are accessible anywhere.
    • Dropbox – There is a free version of Dropbox that works pretty well. If you work with multiple people, you can quickly set up a free Dropbox account and share the login with staff who can log in and install the app on their computers.

MNA Tech Working From Home Tips

  • If you are working on your personal computer, make sure it is running antivirus software. MNA Tech recommends the free or paid versions of AVG, Webroot, and Avast. If you’re using a laptop from work, make sure it has the organization’s security software installed before you take it home.
  • When accessing the organization’s resources remotely (VPN, Remote Desktop, etc.) only log in when you need to access files and applications, and log out immediately when finished. Only access the organizations network on a known and trusted internet connection.
  • Be extra vigilant through this time and be aware of phishing e-mails especially with those using events such as the coronavirus as a method to reel you in.
  • Make sure your computer is up-to-date with the latest security updates. Not sure if you are up-to-date? Check out these guides for Windows 10 and Mac OS.
  • Remember to back up files appropriately. If you have copies of files on your work from home computer, consider saving them to your organization’s Google Drive, One Drive, or other cloud-based file sharing system. If you’re remoting into the organization’s network over VPN or a secure remote desktop tool, save your work often!
  • Use only a secure remote desktop tool like LogMeIn, TeamViewer, or Splashtop for remotely accessing your desktop at work. Traditional Remote Desktop Protocol – aka RDP – without a VPN, setup through your office firewall is no longer a secure option.
COVID-19: Links & Resources

State of Michigan Information

Federal Government Information

National Council of Nonprofits Resources

Event Cancellation/Rescheduling Examples

  • PEAK 2020 (March 9-11, 2020) - PEAK Grantmaking
  • AFP ICON 2020, (March 29-31, 2020) - Association of Fundraising Professionals

Working Remotely Free Tools
As many nonprofits adapt to remote working, MNA Tech is sharing some recommended free tools to stay connected:

Civil Liberty Considerations

National Service Resources

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is closely monitoring the latest developments related to COVID-19. As Americans prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community, you may have concerns about the potential impact of this new virus on your programs. To help address these concerns, we are providing you with these FAQs.

BoardSource Resources

  • What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now

As the world responds to the threats of COVID-19, many nonprofits and their boards are wrestling with difficult questions and decisions. In these uncertain times, as the situation rapidly changes, the board needs to provide steady and adaptive leadership in partnership with and in support of the CEO. Continue reading here

This service is now open to BoardSource members and non-members.  Ask one of their experts questions related to best governance practices, specifically about meeting and decision-making practices in crisis, the board’s role in crisis communication, and whatever else you’re facing in this moment.

Protecting Your Family

Patients with confirmed infections have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is:

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.     
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.       
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.       
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.       
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.       
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.      
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.     

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available here

Being Productive At Home

Discrimination Online Reporting Center 

  • The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) along with the Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) on Thursday announced the creation of the online reporting center where people can fill out a form — currently available in English, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese and Korean — to report the location and type of discrimination experienced and other details.

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice Resources to Stand Against Racism

Communicating with Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak


COVID313

The COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students is a growing group of more than 20 education-based community organizations that support students and parents during the COVID-19 crisis. Share this public Facebook Group page has launched Metro Detroit Parent and Student COVID-Resource sharing site.

Bystander Intervention To Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment

In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, we at Hollaback! partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt our free bystander intervention training to meet this moment. Unfortunately, anti-Asian and Asian American racism and xenophobia is not a new phenomenon. It has been part of American history for a long time, and we have seen it manifested against different Asian/American and Pacific Islander communities in many ways over the years. As the coronavirus pandemic escalates, we have seen more harassment, discrimination, and even violence directed at these communities. The Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation has been documenting hate crimes and hate incidents since 2017 at www.StandAgainstHatred.org, which is available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Workshop Description
The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

Learn more and register here

 

COVID-19: Governmental Assistance Programs

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Paycheck Protection Program Quick Navigator

Free for nonprofits. MNA’s Navigator Tool mirrors the PPP application and provides additional guidance (fact sheet, examples & FAQs) on how to think through and complete the PPP application. Export your responses as a reference to facilitate the completion of your formal application to your lender of choice. View a Reference Guide here and the Paycheck Protection Program Navigator here.

Next Steps Check List

IF YOU HAVE NOT APPLIED
IF YOU HAVE APPLIED
  • Follow up with your financial institution as soon as possible for an update on your application status.
IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION

Links

Families First Coronavirus Response Act & CARES Act

Miscellaneous Links & Resources



Past Editions of COVID-19 Digests