Resources for Nonprofits during COVID-19

Coronavirus Information for Nonprofits

Coronavirus Information for Nonprofits

We are working to bring you resources related to the Coronavirus from both our Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Public Health and from our partners and other trusted resources around the country.

The most important thing to remember is that preparedness is key.

There are still so many questions about this outbreak that our government officials and leading healthcare institutions don’t have answers for yet. Information and facts are evolving and changing as this disease spreads. Thus, we encourage you to prepare, not panic.

“Prepare, Not Panic.”


The Division of Public Health Public Call Center: 1-866-408-1899
Email DPH with questions at [email protected]

The Delaware Office of the Small Business Administration holds Daily Q&A Conference Calls at 3pm EST

Dial-in Line: 202-765-1265
Access Code: 827299626
Questions? Contact John Fleming at [email protected]

Emergency Funding for Nonprofits


Immediate Grants Available to Delaware Nonprofits – Read Full Press Release Here. Grant Apps: OPEN NOW.

Grant Applications being accepted at Delaware Community Foundation from FRIDAY, March 27 at 12pm through MONDAY, March 30 at 12pm.  Funds will be available within a week.*



Nonprofit and Philanthropy Partners Request Massive Support for Nonprofit Sector from State

More than 100 Nonprofits and individual Nonprofit leaders Signed On to Support our Request to the State of Delaware. Read the Full Text of the Letter Here: Joint Philanthropy and Nonprofit Legislative Request_Final 3.27.2020



Longwood Foundation Donates $1 Million to DCF COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund

New Fund Established

DANA, Delaware Community Foundation, United Way and Philanthropy DE are working in partnership to establish a new emergency fund to assist nonprofits with their immediate needs. Please read our press release here: COVID-19 Coordinated Funds PR 3.18.20.

Attention Nonprofits: You will be able to submit applications for funding in the coming days. Once the application process is in place, we will be announcing it publicly. Please stay tuned to our respective websites and social media platforms for more information. 

Are you a nonprofit who has an immediate need?

  • If your nonprofit has an urgent need for items like food or shelter, please call 211 or visit
  • Please complete and submit our Needs Assessment Survey ASAP (by 9am Friday, March 20) – this survey helps inform our funders, government, and the philanthropy community about what is needed and where the most critical needs are. We use this information to help raise the money to meet these current needs.



Please see our DANA Calendar for additional details.

Monday, March 30: 









HR Clinics for EDs & CEOs – Multiple Sessions

  • Monday, March 30 – Multiple times available – Register here
  • Tuesday, March 31 – Multiple times available – Register here
  • Wednesday, April 1 – Multiple times available – Register here

Zoom Video Conferencing

DANA Cash Flow Projection Resource

March 31 (Tuesday) at 11:00 – Register Here
April 1 (Wednesday) at 11:00 – Register Here

DANA has created a cash flow tool to be used with applications for loans and relief funding to the sector.  The model and instructions are available through our website at this link Template Cash Flow Projection. Covid19.DANA and Guidance on DANA Cash Flow tool,  Join instructor, Wil Sherk, for one of two 45-minute webinars.

These sessions will guide participants through the model and explain terminology to those who may not be familiar.  Please have your prior year’s actual financial results and your current year’s budget available as they will be referenced in the webinar.  It is recommended that you review the instructions and model beforehand so that you are familiar with the major components and instructions.  The webinar explain how to complete the tool and highlight implications of the projection.



Video Recordings from Past Sessions:

FREE DANA WEBINAR: Creating a Virtually In-Person Meeting  – Did You Miss This One? Watch the Recording by Clicking Here

Are you planning a virtual board meeting instead of in-person? How about having that meeting Virtually In-Person? With planning and preparation, there are ways for virtual meetings to feel more in-person. Using video technology, board and other team meetings can take place while participants stay in their own homes or offices.

Demonstrating the use of the ZOOM video conference platform, facilitator Susan Detwiler will walk you through how to plan and execute a virtually in-person meeting, including preparing your participants, encouraging participation, accommodating participants without video, sharing your screen, and getting comfortable with the ins- and outs- of the technology.


From our partner, Washington Nonprofits

Coronavirus – What am I supposed to do about my fundraising event? (March 9 – watch the recording here)

COViD-19: What should nonprofits be thinking about? (Monday, March 16 – watch the recording here)

Event Planning & COViD-19: Alternative to Meeting in Person (Thursday, March 19 – watch the recording here)

COVID-19 HR & Best Practices (recorded on Thursday, March 19)

COViD-19: Adapting Our Fundraising Strategy (Thursday, March 26)

Resources for Work-from-Home Nonprofit Professionals

Free or Low-Cost Apps & Software:

Microsoft (via CartoonBrew)

The tech giant is offering a six-month free trial of the paid version of Teams, a software centered on virtual meetings, for businesses not yet registered with the platform. The deal is actually part of a trial for the full Office 365 package. A free version of Teams is also available to educational institutions. Businesses looking to claim the free license are asked to contact their Microsoft partner or sales representative. More information here.

From TechSoup Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work

From Inc. Magazine: 5 Tech Companies Providing Free Remote Working Tools

Document Storage, Sharing, Real-Time Editing:


  • Hightail – FREE option – to send large documents electronically
  • – FREE account, free mailing supplies delivered to your door, free carrier pick up for outgoing packages

Video Conferencing:

  • Zoom – FREE option – DANA Members get 20% off professional account
  • Microsoft Teams – FREE option

Banking, Payment & Financial Services:

Learning How to Work (Or Manage) From Home?:

Educational Resources for “Co-Workers”:

Business Continuity:

Articles about Leadership in a Crisis:

Resources for Board of Directors

Guardians of Mission: Investing as Fiduciaries

Self-Care in a Crisis:

Handling Planned In-Person Events: Should Nonprofits Cancel Their Events?

As nonprofit leaders, it is imperative to take note of advice from our public health officials and learn from strategies employed by other nonprofits across the country when considering the best course of action. The article below explains why event cancellations or revising events to be virtual will make a difference.
Here is a video from our partners at Washington Nonprofits that offers practical advice about fundraising events in light of Coronavirus. Please visit their website to find additional resources as well, including Examples of Messaging Around Coronavirus.

Need to learn how to conduct an online meeting?

Here is a great video tutorial from nonprofit consultant, Beth Kanter.

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health Business Briefing

To preview the FAQ about COVID-19 prepared by DHSS Division of Public Health




The city of Philadelphia has published an excellent planning guide for businesses and nonprofits and their preparedness response.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance on Mass Gatherings and Large Community Events and considerations for preparing in advance. On this same site, there are useful communications flyers and social media shareable images you may want to use in your own messaging.

From our partners at the National Council of Nonprofits, here is a list of additional sources of information about COVID-19 compiled by the Nonprofit Risk Management Center.

National Council’s webpage for COVID-19:

  • World Health Organization’s Free Learning Resource – Link
  • World Health Organization’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public – Link
  • World Health Organization’s Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak – Link 
  • U.S. Travel Association’s Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Link 
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel – Link
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Link 
  • Coronavirus: What You Need to Know About Canceling an Event and Liability Risks – Link
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication – Link 
  • ASHRAE Position Document on Airborne Infectious Diseases – American Society of Refrigerating Engineers – Link*
    • *Provides view thinking about airborne diseases in relation to your HVAC system

Sussex County Community Support Map

These entities in Sussex County are providing community support during the COVID-19 crisis. To add other community support locations, contact Chris Flood at [email protected]