Nonprofit Pandemic Resources

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is here to support nonprofits through the COVID-19 pandemic with updates and resources to help you adapt and safeguard your employees, operations, and NC communities. If you know of or have a resource to share, please let us know.

The Center partnered with the North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships in summer 2020 to survey what and how COVID-19 impacts and needs for North Carolina nonprofits had changed since March 2020. The Center distilled key takeaways from the final September 2020 report on survey findings (and complete dataset) and helped compile resources specific to the needs nonprofits expressed in the survey.

See summary of responses from COVID-19 Impact and Support survey

Responses from the Center's original March 2020 survey helped us compile a Summary of Needs Expressed by Nonprofits (as of 3/24/2020) that we used to develop suggestions on state policies to help nonprofits with COVID-19 recovery


Quick Links to Resources


General Information

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) en español

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

World Health Organization (WHO) en español

North Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Nonprofits and Coronavirus (National Council of Nonprofits)


Health & Safety

COVID-19 Vaccine Information (NCDHHS)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information (CDC)

NC 2-1-1  Connect to resources in your local community (English and Spanish services)

Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (CDC)

Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (OSHA)

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employee Resource Guide (Marsh & McLennan Agency)



Moving Forward Together (State of North Carolina)  The State of North Carolina's approach to moving forward from COVID-19

Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (OSHA)

Reopening the Arts (Arts North Carolina)

The New Normal: How Nonprofits Should Update Their Operations to Account for COVID-19 (NC State University)

A Return to Meetings: Develop a COVID Protocol Document (Associations Now)

What Is Your Organization’s Long-Term Remote Work Strategy? (Harvard Business Review)

Re-Opening After COVID-19: What Nonprofits Need to Know about Reasonable Accommodation of Employees with Disabilities (Blue Avocado)

Take 10: Resume and Thrive Strategies (Nonprofit Risk Management Center)

What Nonprofits Need to Know as Staff and Volunteers Return from Remote Work to In-Person Operations (National Council of Nonprofits)

Workplace Re-Entry Toolkit (UST)

Employers Launch Hybrid Work Plans, Identify Early Obstacles (Society for Human Resource Management)

Returning to the Workplace: Strategies and Essential Considerations for Nonprofits (NonprofitHR)

Addressing COVID-Related Fears About Returning to the Workplace

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements – Considerations for Nonprofits (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits)


Government Guidelines & Policies

Nonprofit Policy Update and Public Policy Blog (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits)  Updates on federal and state policy and advocacy

Resources for Nonprofits and Others Responding to COVID-19 (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and NC Office Strategic Partnerships)

American Rescue Plan Provides Relief to Nonprofits (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits)  Key provisions that affect nonprofits

American Rescue Plan Act (National Council of Noprofits)  Analysis of key provisions affecting nonprofits and people they serve

State COVID-19 Relief Legislation (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits)  Key provisions that affect nonprofits in state COVID-19 relief bills

Nonprofit Provisions in the CARES Act (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits)  Key provisions that affect nonprofits in federal stimulus bill

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act CARES Act (National Council of Nonprofits)  Analysis of what's in the bill for nonprofits and other significant provisions

NC Tax Relief (NC Department of Revenue)

Coronavirus Tax Relief (Internal Revenue Service)  Updates, FAQs, and guidance

Tax Fact Sheets (Internal Revenue Service)  Updates and guidance about pandemic tax credits and payments

Paycheck Protection Program Information, Updated FAQs, and Application Forms (U.S. Department of the Treasury)

Unemployment Benefits and Unemployment Benefits Application (NC Division of Employment Security) Guidance for employers and laid off employees

COVID-19 and Public Charge Rule (NC Justice Center)  Video explanations of public charge rule and how it's affected by COVID-19 crises, and information about immigrant access to health care in times of emergency (in English and Spanish)

What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other EEO Laws (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)

Strengthening State and Local Economies in Partnership with Nonprofits (National Council of Nonprofits)


Business Continuity, Communications & Event Management

Small Business Center Network of North Carolina  Provides free counseling on loan requests, business plans, startup questions, marketing, etc. as organizations navigate COVID-19 challenges

Toolkit for Building Organizational Resilience (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits)  Guidance, tools, checklists to help nonprofits plan, rebound, recover from crisis or disaster

No Business Continuity Plan? Take These 4 Steps (Nonprofit Risk Management Center)

Business Impact Analysis Worksheet (Nonprofit Risk Management Center)

Eight Steps for Managing Through Tough Times (Bridgespan)

Mergers, Collaborations, and Strategic Alliances (National Council of Nonprofits)

Governing In a Time of Crisis: 10 Actions for Boards (Propel Nonprofits)

Cashflow Projection and Scenario Planning Tools (Nonprofit Finance Fund)  Video walk-throughs and resources

A Few Practical Realities for Post-Pandemic Events (Associations Now)

COVID-19: Is Your Event Covered? (Professional Convention Management Association)

Interpreting Force Majeure Clauses (Venable LLP) 

Ensuring Virtual Events Are Accessible for All (RespectAbility)

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CDC)  Plans, resources, tools for communicating before, during, and after public health crisis

Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit (The Communications Network)  Best practices, resources, examples of effective crisis communications from foundations and nonprofits


Equity & Social Justice

COVID-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform Our Future (Nonprofit Quarterly)

Strategy Questions for Paradigm Shifts in an Age of Crises (Up with Community)

It’s Time to Talk About…What Board Commitment to Equity Looks Like in This Moment (BoardSource)

Pushing Back Against Habits of White Supremacy in a Crisis (CompassPoint)

Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racial Justice (The Opportunity Agenda)

Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter for Nonprofits (National Council of Nonprofits)

Ensuring Virtual Events Are Accessible for All (RespectAbility)


Employee Benefits & Human Resources

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources for Employers (Society for Human Resource Management)

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements – Considerations for Nonprofits (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits)

Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines? (Maine Association of Nonprofits)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Workplace: Legal and Regulatory Considerations (HUB International)

COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers (U.S. Department of Labor)

COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act Questions and Answers (U.S. Department of Labor)

COVID-19 Unemployment Issues Affecting Nonprofits (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits)

Are We Covered? Your Nonprofit’s Insurance Policies and COVID-19 Claims (Nonprofit Risk Management Center)

Accommodating Working Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Society for Human Resource Management)

Know Where to Go for Care: A Guide to Navigate Mental Health (Marsh & McLennan Agency)

Virtual Family Assistance Center (American Red Cross)

Addressing COVID-Related Fears About Returning to the Workplace

How to Develop a COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Policy (Harvard Business Review)

Sample Vaccination Policy (North Carolina Center for Nonprofits)

Vaccine Mandates are Legal and Effective (Includes mandatory, non-mandatory and exemption sample policies)(Nonprofit AF)


Financial Resources

Coronavirus Relief Options and FAQs (U.S. Small Business Administration)

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (Application Overview and EIDL Application)  The Small Business Administration in coordination with state governors will provide low-interest (2.75%) loans to nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Relief Options (U.S. Small Business Administration)(en español) Guidance and available loans

Paycheck Protection Program Information/FAQs, including First Draw PPP Loans, Second Draw PPP Loans, and PPP Loan Forgiveness (U.S. Department of the Treasury)

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation)

Key Federal Funding Available for Health Care Providers and Hospitals to Address COVID-19 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

American Rescue Plan Information & Resources (NC Pandemic Recovery Office)

Public Assistance Program (FEMA and NC Division of Emergency Management)  State and local governments and certain private nonprofits are eligible for federal funds to help with the costs of responding to and recovering from disasters. Eligible organizations must register with NCDEM. The FEMA Reimbursement Tutorial Series provides online tutorials about the FEMA reimbursement process and FEMA Grants Portal.

NC Rapid Recovery Loans  Loans through Mountain BizWorks up to $250,000 based on org’s impacts due to COVID-19 and pre-pandemic revenue



Essential Fundraising Advice and Resources for Nonprofits (Bloomerang)

How Nonprofits Can Connect Virtually During Trying Times (Clairification)

Fundraising in Tough Times (Stanford Social Innovation Review)



How to Create an Effective Teleworking Program (Society for Human Resource Management)

Considerations for a Remote Work Policy (Society for Human Resource Management)

Remote Workers and Telecommuting Practices for Nonprofits (National Council of Nonprofits)

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success (LinkedIn)  Free 16-course e-learning series 

Technology Resources for Nonprofits (Apparo)

Tools to Support Remote Work (TechSoup)

Preparing Your IT Infrastructure For a Return to Office Post-Pandemic (Tech Impact)


Free or Low-Cost Resources for Remote Work

DropBox  Discounts for nonprofits on Dropbox Business 

GoToMeeting (LogMeIn)  Nonprofit rates for web and video conferencing

Google for Nonprofits  Products include G-Suite for Nonprofits, Google Ad Grants, YouTube Nonprofit Program, Google Earth and Maps

Jamm  Free platform for voice and video collaboration for teams working remotely (integrates with Slack)

Loom  Video recording and sharing service

Microsoft 365  Nonprofit rates on web-based Office apps and business services including email, file storage and sharing, meetings, and instant messaging

QuickBooks  Accounting and budgeting software at a discount for nonprofits through TechSoup (desktop and online platforms available)

Quip (Salesforce)  Free use of platform for remote teams to work collectively on documents, spreadsheets, and chat (for current Salesforce users only)

Slack  Free platform with chat, call, and file sharing features

Zoom  Online video and web conferencing platform at a discount for nonprofits through TechSoup.


Find additional risk management and planning resources in Information Central.