Update as of March 16, 2020: In response to COVID-19, many of our Center staff will be working remotely. We will try to maintain a high level of service but appreciate your patience if it takes us some extra time to respond. During this period, email is the best way to reach us, many resources are available on our website, and we’ll post updates on Twitter and Facebook.
The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is aware of challenges posed by the rising number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and, in particular, North Carolina. We are sensitive to the needs of nonprofits whose staff are in the direct line of service in communities across our state, including those who provide a continuum of support from health care to human services. We have gathered resources to help our nonprofit community access reliable and relevant information so we can take precautions and prepare, not panic.
The Center's policy will be to work in-office until a public request is made to work from home, and we will be sensitive to the needs of our working parents whose children may be kept at home due to school closings. We are making provisions to equip staff with the tech support they may need to work from home. In the event that there is a more widespread outbreak, we will continue to pay employees, including those who are not salaried, so as to encourage them to remain at home caring for themselves and their family without worry of losing wages. If we close our office due to staff shortages or public request, we will let our stakeholders know and will make every effort to continue programs and services even if only virtually.
It is my hope that all funders, public and private, will support nonprofits by affirming funding through this period and assuring them that they will continue to support staff even if they are quarantined or recommended to remain out of the office. We cannot allow our employees who serve so many to be unprotected during this time. Let's use common sense and caution in our response.
We hope that all are kept safe and remain healthy as we work together to address this public health challenge.
Jeanne C. Tedrow
President & CEO