COVID-19 Resources & Information

August 26, 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.

Webinars

A New Way Forward: Reimagining the Nonprofit Workplace Series

A New Way Forward: Creative Workspace Design on a Budget | July 9, 2020
View the recordingpresentation slides, and resource list.

A New Way Forward: HR Policies, Procedures & Practices for Workspace Re-Entry | July 16, 2020
View the recording and presentation slides.

  • A New Way Forward: Leveraging Technology and Tips for Taking the Workplace Virtual | August 13, 2020
  • View the recording and presentation slides.
  • A New Way Forward: Strategic, Supportive and Equity-Centered Board Best Practices We Need Today | August 20, 2020
  • View the recording and presentation slides.

 Tele-Town Halls

Current Situation

Mask Up Michigan

To further protect workers and the community, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-147 reiterates that businesses who are open to the public must refuse entry and service to individuals who fail to comply with wearing a face covering. The Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) stands at the ready to provide the tools necessary for businesses to protect their workers and remain safely open.

Under the governor’s order, businesses must post signs at all entrances instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face-covering while inside – to assist employers with this requirement, a print-ready poster is available online. LEO and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) have a set of online resources here that provides guidelines, posters for employees and customers, factsheets, educational videos and a reopening checklist to keep workplaces safe. Watch a video here on best practices.

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

​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

Congress Passes Partial UI Fix for Self-Insured Nonprofits

The Senate and House unanimously passed legislation clarifying that self-insured nonprofits do not have to pay 100 percent of their unemployment bill upfront and wait for repayment from the state. The Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act (S.4209) fixes problematic guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor requiring nonprofits to fully reimburse states for the costs of their COVID-19 related unemployment insurance (UI) claims and then seek to be repaid half of the money they just paid. Once the President signs the bill into law, which is expected, reimbursing nonprofits will be charged no more than 50 percent for their COVID-19 related UI claims due to a provision in the CARES Act.


Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program to Go Online Soon

At the Federal Reserve, Chairman Jerome Powell announced the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) created in the CARES Act will go online in a matter of days.  In April, the Fed announced they were creating the MSLP designed to assist smaller to medium-sized businesses that fell through the cracks of other government assistance programs. As part of this lending program, the Fed will buy up to 95 percent of a loan from an issuing bank. The program will be open to companies with up to 15,000 employees or less than $5 billion in revenue last year. Companies will be able to receive up to $25 million in new loans or refinance up to $200 million in existing loans if a company’s total debt is below certain thresholds. Principal and interest payments on the loans would be deferred for one year, and the loans will have a 4-year maturation period. The program will be backed by credit protection from the Treasury Department included in the CARES Act.

House Releases Updated Schedule

The House released an updated schedule on Friday, and House members are not scheduled to return to Washington for votes until June 30th. However, House lawmakers could return to Washington if the Senate passes a COVID-19 relief package. House committees are operating remotely. Additionally, the House is pushing back its June target date for passing appropriations bills until July, and the House Appropriations Committee will begin their markups in late June. Congress is required to pass 12 appropriations bills to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2021 before the September 30th expiration of current funding levels, otherwise, the government could shut down.

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.

 

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

MSU Intern Partnership

We know many of our members have had their workforce impacted recently.  MNA has partnered with Michigan State University to leverage students as interns helping with HR-related needs.

Students in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations (HRLR) at Michigan State University are seeking work experiences with nonprofit organizations in Michigan. The school includes undergraduate students in the Human Capital & Society major and students receiving a masters degree in human resources and labor relations.  Students are interested in both paid internship opportunities and unpaid internships for which they would earn academic credit. Undergraduate students are required to complete an internship or other experiential learning. This internship typically requires at least 10 hours of work per week for one semester or during the summer. The experience should be related to their studies and have educational and practical exposure for the student with a focus on workplace strategies and practices that make organizations more effective and sustainable, and/or employment practices that improve the job quality, wellbeing and outcomes of employees and other organizational stakeholders. You can learn more about this major here.

The following are examples of possible roles, tasks, and projects, listed according to academic level:

Freshman/Sophomores

  • Assist with job postings and processing of job applications
  • Updating employee training materials
  • Assist with employee scheduling, payroll processing, etc.

Juniors/Seniors

  • Review & revision of employee handbook
  • Conduct interviews
  • Analysis of recruitment metrics
  • Address employee conflicts; e.g., scheduling issues
  • Collect organizational and employee data through surveys and interviews

Master Students

  • Conduct research & compile evidence to present solutions for organizational & human resources problems
  • Development of anti-harassment training and/or policy
  • Facilitate organizational or community forums to disseminate information or gather feedback

Many of our students are completing a certification in Working in a Virtual World over the next month, and those students will be well-equipped to assist your organization with related issues.

Contact Stacy Hickox at hickoxs@msu.edu ASAP for summer internships and by August 15 for fall opportunities.  MSU will promote the opportunity to students, and send you the resumes of students who are interested in the opportunity and meet your indicated criteria.  

Links

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

      • State of Michigan COVID-19 Fact Sheet
      • Michigan.gov/Coronavirus
      • 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 at Michigan.gov/UIA  or 1-866-500-0017.
        • A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can be found here.  Additional unemployment resources for employees can be found here and for workers here

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.

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.


Learn more and register here

 

COVID-19: Governmental Assistance Programs

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Loan Disclosure

The SBA and Treasury Announced Release of Paycheck Protection Program Loan Data identifying the names and loan amounts of organizations receiving loans of $150,000 or more. One document, Paycheck Protection Program approved lending through June 30, 2020, identifies more than 130,000 loans to religious, civic, social, and other nonprofits for a total of $13.5 billion. While it has been reported that the data contain many errors, the released information suggests that nonprofits received 2.7 percent of loans, 2.4 percent of dollars loaned, and represent 3.2 percent of all jobs saved.

Applications

In a news release, the government announced revised application forms for loan forgiveness. In addition to updating the original forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that 1) did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR 2) experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

The government explains that the EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. It also points out that both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period.

Resource

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA) Including Interim Final Rules and Revised Forgiveness Application

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