COVID-19 Resources & Information

Updated April 3, 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.

Tele-Town Halls

Note: MNA is expecting a large response for Tele-Town Halls. 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

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

Advocacy Efforts

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.

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.

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

View the recording of the National Council of Nonprofits webinar here for the latest analysis and information for charitable 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.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created new workplace obligations for employers and expanded support for individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight days later, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) authorized more than $2 trillion in spending to inject cash into the economy, businesses, and nonprofits. There is a great deal to unpack:

  • Mandated paid sick and family leave and refundable payroll tax credits
  • Generous loan funds for small (< 500 employees) and mid-size (between 500 and 10,000 employees) nonprofit employers; which program is best for your organization?
  • Above-the-line or universal charitable deduction available for 2020
  • Employee retention refundable tax credit
  • Expanded unemployment and enhanced funding for social support programs

Nonprofit Loans Available in the CARES Act - Paycheck Protection Program Loan Guidance

The Small Business Administration has posted new resources providing guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program loans. Included in the new resources is a sample application form that borrowers are likely to get from their financial institutions. It’s not finely tuned to the nonprofit realities, but the form is quick and the instructions do a good job of explaining how to calculate how much you can borrow and how to calculate forgiveness relief.
 
Here is the side-by-side comparison chart of the loans available to nonprofits in the CARES Act. Treasurer Mnuchin said in an interview that banks can begin accepting loan applications on Friday, April 3, 2020.
 
Here are some next steps to prepare:

  1. Call your financial institution to determine if they are an SBA lender. Your best chance at getting support through the process is with your own bank where you have a relationship. If you don’t, check with a bank in the neighborhood of your organization where they might be familiar with your work. Another idea is to check with a bank where you may have your own accounts. Relationships matter. 
  2. Review your finances and determine if the loan makes sense for your situation. It covers operational expenses such as rent or a mortgage as well as payroll for staff.  If you need support, this could be a vehicle for you. 
  3. Consult your board chair and finance committee chair to review. It is helpful to talk through a decision like this with others. Also, getting a loan will most likely need board approval. 
  4. The application can be uploaded virtually and there are services that provide virtual notary services if the bank or program requires signature notarization. 

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 a 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.

Alternate Languages 

The state has translated COVID-19 information into other languages that can be found here.

"Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order

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.

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:

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

Survey

  • MNA is also collecting information to help us understand the challenges facing nonprofits by the outbreak. This data will help us be more responsive as we support your work during these uncertain times. Please answer the quick 3-question survey 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.

Communicating with Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak

A kit has been created for caregivers and families to help alleviate some anxiety and stress parents/guardians are feeling as they strive to comfort frightened children during this time. View here.

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.

 



Past Editions of COVID-19 Digests