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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our economy and forced many nonprofit organizations into survival mode. While donors might have less cash to give because they’ve experienced financial stress or are proceeding with caution because they’re afraid they might, in-kind gifts are an easy way for donors to feel like they’re making a difference that won’t hit their bank account.

Business as usual is gone. This global crisis has served as a resounding wake-up call to many organizations. Even those that have never considered doing business differently are now exploring strategic pivots. To avoid cuts in services to clients, reductions in staff, or even dissolution, many organizations are now considering mergers.

On Thursday the House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act. Last week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released guidance on loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In addition, there are several bills on the horizon that include legislation that would benefit nonprofits, including the HEROES Act, RESTART Act, and WORK NOW Act.

Through an online survey, we collected information from Kansas City nonprofits about their experience applying for SBA Loans. 168 nonprofits responded between April 23 and April 27. We’ve compiled the results so that funders, policy makers, and the wider community can understand more about the effectiveness of federal response for the charitable sector.

On Thursday, April 23, Congress passed a bill with $484 billion in additional funding to revitalize the CARES Act. This includes $310 billion in new spending for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and $50 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). “Phase 3.5” of the CARES Act, or the Interim CARES Act, is expected to be signed into law on Friday, April 24.

Confronting our new pandemic reality has demanded a lot from nonprofit professionals. But your offices and branch service centers services have been reduced, and you’ve had five weeks of experience of business with a distributed remote workforce. You’ve learned a lot and could write your own ten tips. As a consultant I work to be a “broker of good ideas,” and this includes what I’ve learned from some of you recently.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) contains several provisions for nonprofit organizations as our sector faces new challenges.

Nonprofit Connect recognizes the coronavirus outbreak is impacting the Kansas City nonprofit community. Through an online survey, we collected information on how organizations are being impacted to learn what resources are needed most. 104 nonprofits responded between March 20 and March 25. We've compiled the results, and pulled out notable comments for organizations, funders, the wider community to understand the lasting effects of this crisis on our charitable sector and the services we provide.

This next stimulus bill from Congress may be enacted as soon as this coming Monday, March 23. The latest draft includes support for charitable organizations, but nonprofits across the nation are asking for more.

We nonprofit professionals are going through a lot. It's a challenging time as we face complex and high-stake questions about how to protect our teams, serve our constituents and withstand the potential impact on our organization's long-term survival. We will get through this.