COVID-19 Resources & Information

COVID-19 Resources & Information

Updated March 26, 2020

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.

"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).

Links & Resources

State of Michigan Information

Federal Government Information

National Council of Nonprofits Resources

HR + Legal Resources

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.

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