Resources for Non-profit Organizations during the COVID-19 Crisis

When unexpected events – such as the COVID-19 pandemic – up-end your organization’s everyday functioning, there are steps you can take for both work continuity and sustainable financial management. Below are resources for non-profits on working remotely and securing your organization’s financial standing. Take some time now to consider current and impending financial stresses to your organization, and to plan in case of economic recession, operations shut-down, or donor decline.

Impact of COVID-19 on Non-profits

The COVID-19 Effect on Wisconsin’s Nonprofit Sector by the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee looks at how organizations are managing issues including: effect on programs and service delivery, human resources, and finance/revenue.

Moving Forward: Considerations for Nonprofit Re-Engagement by the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers considerations for nonprofits around workplace readiness, human resources, board governance, communications and public relations, and events and donor relations.

Non-profit Sustainability

From Sustainability to Survivability: How Nonprofits Can Manage Uncertainty Amid Crisis. by Steve Zimmerman.

Free Fundraising Resources Library. Network for Good.

Working and Meeting Online

Effective Ways to Start Meetings – Check-in Success by Richard Cohen

Best Practices for Effective Meetings – UW-Madison Office of Strategic Consulting

Online Decision-Making – UW-Madison Office of Strategic Consulting

Leadership for the Virtual Office – UW-Madison Office of Strategic Consulting

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success.- LinkedIn Learning resources on optimizing remote working

Best Practices for Hosting a Digital Event: Zoom blog

Tips for Hosting online Conversations: By Peggy Holman, Journalism That Matters

Options for Video Meetings:

  1. Zoom Basic – Free – Meetings for a limited number of participants for up to 40 minutes.
  2. Zoom Pro – $14.99 per month – Up to 100 participants per meeting. No time limit. (Zoom is available Free for educational use –
  3. Google Meet – Free – Restrictions vary based on whether they are using Google Suite or regular Gmail as a host account.
  4. Cisco WebEx – Free during the Pademic –
  5. Microsoft Teams – Microsoft has tools within their MS Teams platform, both for paid and free users available as part of their response to the pandemic  –
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