Coronavirus and Massachusetts Nonprofits

Last updated Tuesday, December 22, 2020.

MNN acknowledges the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on Massachusetts nonprofits as employers, conveners, and service providers. Click the links below to be directed to:


Philanthropic and governments across Massachusetts are setting up funds to support organizations and communities that have been impacted by the coronavirus. See below for a list of funds. MNN is updating this list as often as possible.

*To see this list as an interactive Google map, click here. For a complete listing of COVID-19 grants for Massachusetts nonprofits, click here.

Additional philanthropic funds can be found on Philanthropy Massachusetts’s website here.


On November 23, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the award of $650,000 in grant funds to community-based and faith-based organizations to help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 among communities of color in the cities and towns hardest hit by COVID-19.  Through a rapid grant making approach and wide dissemination of the request for proposals, 146 applications were received from around the Commonwealth. Twenty organizations will receive grant awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, for the grant period ending February 28, 2021. The goal of COVID-19 Community Grants is to reduce COVID-19 infections, morbidity, and mortality among Black, Latinx, and other people of color in the hardest-hit cities in the Commonwealth. COVID-19 Community Grants are intended to engage community- and faith-based organizations in the development and delivery of effective messages and to further support hard-hit communities with education, training, and funding to effectively meet their communities’ specific needs. See a list of grantees here.

On November 18, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a $10 million appropriation to community foundations across Massachusetts for immediate COVID-19 relief to be disseminated in their communities. As a part of the Partnership for Recovery, the Community Foundations Grant Program for COVID-19 Relief will support vital services such as food security, housing and utilities support, emergency childcare and transportation, and other unmet needs of the community. Nonprofits are encouraged to reach out to their local community foundation for more information.


  • Reopening Massachusetts plan from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Reopening Advisory Board full report.
  • General business guidance – includes COVID-19 control plan template, compliance attestation poster, and employer and worker posters.
  • “When can my business reopen?” – searchable listing of industries and their respective places in the reopening plan.
  • Purchasing Hygienic or Protective Supplies for the Workplace – details supplies required for employers to reopen and provides a list of vendors.
  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Employers, MA Department of Unemployment Assistance
  • Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Decision trees from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on reopening:
    • Workplaces
    • Youth programs and camps
    • Child care programs
    • Mass transit
    • Schools
    • Restaurants and bars
  • Newburyport High School is 3D printing face shields and ear saver comfort bands. They are donating these items to medical facilities and non-profits who provide health and human services. More information is available on their website here.


  • Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. The Act will give nonprofits more time and flexibility in using PPP loans. Most notably, the Act extends the rehiring deadline and forgiveness period from June 30 to December 31, 2020. It will also reduce the 75 percent payroll ratio requirement to 60 percent. Click here for an analysis.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued interim final guidance on PPP loan forgiveness. Our national partners at the National Council of Nonprofits have conducted a thorough analysis of this guidance. Click here.
  • The application form and instructions for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness are available on the SBA’s website. The application allows borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period,” provides options for including eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week loan period, and explains statutory and regulatory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30. When releasing the application, the SBA acknowledged more loan forgiveness information is needed.
    • AAFCPAs has additional information–including step-by-step loan forgiveness calculation instructions–here.
  • FAQs on the PPP Loan Program were published by the SBA and Treasury Department and are accessible here.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston published these resources for nonprofits, including a list of organizations able to provide technical assistance.
  • TSNE MissionWorks published this step-by-step application guide to help nonprofits prepare an application for a PPP loan. In addition, they are providing up to six hours of 1-on-1 virtual application assistance: sign ups are here.
  • The CARES Act Support Team, supported by the Fish Family Foundation, has put together a free playbook of application resources and assistance for nonprofits: click here.
  • FMA has additional resources and free virtual application workshops for nonprofits interested in applying for the Paycheck Protection Program: click here.
  • PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculator: click here.


Federal and state government policy relief efforts are underway, and MNN is engaged in communication and advocacy at all levels to ensure that nonprofits are included in any appropriations and other relief policies. Read our full initial list of policy recommendations here, and about MNN’s policy response here. 

MNN will be making regular updates to the COVID-19 Policy Response section of its blog here.

Below is a list of state and federal policy developments to date.

Federal Policy Updates

On Monday, December 21, Congress passed a stimulus package to provide additional relief related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Important provisions for nonprofits were included in response to coordinated national nonprofit advocacy. Key nonprofit provisions include:

  • Second draw PPP loans: The bill provides $284 billion for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Nonprofits may qualify for an additional loan of up to $2 million if they 1) employ fewer than 300 people; and 2) experienced a decline in gross receipts of 25% in one of the four quarters in 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019. The bill expands the list of eligible loan expenses to include personal protective equipment, facilities modifications, and other worker protection expenditures, and simplifies the forgiveness application process for loans up to $150,000.
  • Unemployment insurance forgiveness: The bill extends the 50% federal financial forgiveness of unemployment insurance costs for self-insured nonprofits through March 14, 2021. As a reminder, the FY21 state budget extended the payment deadline for these costs owed to the Commonwealth to June 30, 2021.
  • Charitable Giving Incentive: The bill extends the federal $300 above-the-line charitable deduction through 2021, and includes a $600 deduction for couples filing jointly. The bill also extends for one year the previous stimulus law’s increased limits on deductible charitable contributions for individuals who itemize and for corporations.

The Main Street Lending Program

On July 17, the Federal Reserve announced details about two new loan options available to nonprofits. The Main Street Lending Program will seek to support nonprofit organizations that were in good financial standing prior to the pandemic. The Fed had solicited input from nonprofits through a focus group and open public comment period, and made several changes based on input received:
  • The minimum number of employees has been lowered to 10 (previously 50);
  • The total non-donation revenues have been eased to 60% of expenses for the period from 2017 through 2019 (previously 70% of revenues);
  • 2019 operating margin has been adjusted to 2% or more (previously 5%);
  • Current days cash on hand has been decreased to 60 days (previously 90 days); and
  • Current debt repayment capacity—ratio of cash, investments, and other resources to outstanding debt and certain other liabilities—has been adjusted to greater than 55% (previously 65%).
The minimum loan size remains $250,000, and loans are payable over 5 years. While the applications are not yet open, nonprofits are encouraged to inquire with their lenders whether they are participating.
Click here for additional information about these loan options, and click here for answers to Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs).

Congress Passes Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension

On June 5, the President signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. The Act will give nonprofits more time and flexibility in using PPP loans. Most notably, the Act extends the rehiring deadline and forgiveness period from June 30 to December 31, 2020. It will also reduce the 75 percent payroll ratio requirement to 60 percent. Click here for an analysis.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

On Thursday, April 23, the U.S. House passed the $484 billion interim spending bill that replenishes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, H. R. 266, provides $310 billion in additional funding for PPP, including $60 billion earmarked for lending by smaller financial institutions; $60 billion for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program; $75 billion in additional funding for hospitals; and $25 billion for increased testing for COVID-19. The President has expressed support for the bill and is expected to sign it.

Applications for Round 2 of the PPP loan program open Monday, April 27 at 10:30 am; the application process will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that nonprofits prepare their applications as much as possible to be able to submit once the date is announced. 

On March 27, the President signed into law the CARES Act. Below are three significant pieces of this bill that impact nonprofits. For a full analysis on the implications of this Act on nonprofits, read the National Council of Nonprofits’ analysis on the MNN’s COVID-19 Policy Response blog here.

  • Paycheck Protection Program Loans: Provides funding for special emergency loans of up to $10 million for eligible nonprofits and small businesses, permitting them to cover costs of payroll, operations, and debt service, and provides that the loans be forgiven in whole or in part under certain circumstances. Note: These are in addition to the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), which are available to nonprofits of any size.
    • The CARES Act Support Team, supported by the Fish Family Foundation, has put together a free playbook of application resources and assistance for nonprofits: click here.
    • FMA has additional resources and free virtual application workshops for nonprofits interested in applying for the Paycheck Protection Program: click here.
    • SBA announced interim final rules for loans as part of the Paycheck Protection Program. Click here for the rules.
  • Main Street Business Lending Program: On April 9, the Treasury Department announced the initial details about its progress in implementing Section 4003 of the CARES Act, which called on the Treasury to create a loan program for nonprofit and for-profit employers with between 500 and 10,000 employees. In response, the Treasury said that it is setting up a Main Street Business Lending Program that will apply to employers with up to 10,000 employees or annual revenues of less than $2.5 billion. Notably, the Department is removing the 500-employee floor so that smaller organizations can also apply. It’s setting up two programs: the Main Street New Loan Facility and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility. The Federal Reserve would oversee loans of at least $1 million and a maximum of $25 million (New) or $150 million (Expanded). Loans would have a four-year maturity and would not be forgivable. Details of the program are still in process; nonprofits can provide direct input until April 16 at this website.
    • On Wednesday, April 15, MNN submitted comments to the Federal Reserve urging the Treasury and the Fed to ensure that the forthcoming mid-size loan program extends both eligibility and desirable loan terms to the nonprofit sector. To date, nonprofits with 500 employees or more have not been eligible for the Small Business Administration Loan Programs. See MNN’s comments here.
  • Unemployment and Self Insured Nonprofits: Reimburses self-funded nonprofits for one half of the costs of benefits provided to their laid-off employees. This is explained in a recent blog article.
    • MNN is leading a coalition of associations to advocate for additional state relief/hold harmless for self-insured nonprofits, and a 120-day deferment of payments owed by organizations that self-insure for unemployment. MNN has been working with Senate leaders on S.2618 which proposes the deferment as an initial step. Click here for a letter we sent to the Baker-Polito Administration and legislative leaders.
  • Federal Charitable Giving IncentiveThe CARES Act contains a one-time, above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300 made to certain qualifying charities. All taxpayers would be eligible to take the deduction, even people who use the standard deduction. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year. The new deduction would not apply to non-cash gifts or to gifts contributed to donor advised funds. For those who itemize their deductions, the bill would suspend for 2020 the normal limit on deductions for contributions, ordinarily 50 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) or 60 percent for cash. For corporations, the limit on deductions for contributions, ordinarily 10 percent of AGI, is elevated to 25 percent for 2020. Food donations from corporations would be available to 25 percent, up from the current 15 percent cap.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 24, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the release of initial guidance on the new paid leave law.

  • Guidance for Employees: who is eligible, how to calculate pay, duration of leave, and more
  • Guidance for Employers: who is covered, qualifying reasons for leave, tax credits, and more
  • Questions and Answers: frequently asked questions

On March 19, the President signed into law, H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The bill includes a complex set of temporary paid leave mandates and employer reimbursement provisions, as well as funding for free coronavirus testing, food nutrition security, and unemployment extension. For a full analysis on the implications of this Act on nonprofits, read the National Council of Nonprofit’s analysis on the MNN’s COVID-19 Policy Response blog here.

For more information, read these PowerPoint slides from the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration Federal Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses and nonprofits of any size suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Apply here.

Loan details:

  • Small businesses, including nonprofit organizations, that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
  • Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 18, 2020.

Form 990 Due Date Extension

On April 9, the IRS announced that it will extend relief to all taxpayers and entities that have a filing deadline between April 1-July 15th. For nonprofits, this applies to the IRS Form 990. The 990 is typically due on the 15th day of the 5th month following the end of the organization’s taxable year. For organizations that operate on a fiscal year ending December 31st, that means that the Form 990 is due on May 15th of the following year. Following this announcement, organizations will now have until July 15th to file their 990, without having to request an extension.

Federal Grants Flexibility

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has posted instructions allowing federal agencies to issue exceptions to the grants rules in the OMB Uniform Guidance to remove administrative impediments on services necessary to carry out the emergency response related to COVID-19. The Memo (M-20-11) encourages flexibility in processing renewals of grants, allows looser reimbursement and purchasing standards, and more.

State Policy Updates

Governor Baker Signs FY21 Budget

On Friday, December 11, Governor Baker signed the $45.9 billion FY21 budget, which will cover state finances through June of 2021. The final budget included important unemployment insurance relief for self-insured nonprofit employers. Read more here.

Governor Baker Releases State Reopening Plan

On Monday, May 18, Governor Charlie Baker released the four-phase reopening plan for Massachusetts. The plan, which was developed by the Reopening Advisory Board, provides guidance on the phased reopening of the economy and the gradual easing of social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The four phases of the plan, which are named “Start,” “Cautious,” “Vigilant,” and “New Normal,” will last at least three weeks each. Progression between phases will be determined by state officials and will be based on health metrics such as decrease of new COVID-19 cases, the decrease of hospitalization rates, and the increase of testing capacity. 

State Form PC Filing Deadline Extended 6 Months

Due to the widespread disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General has announced that it is extending by six months the deadline for all nonprofit filings for fiscal year 2019. This extension is in addition to the automatic six-month extension that many charities are granted. Click here for more information on how to submit Form PC.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

On March 19, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation had announced that it was no longer accept applications to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds “due to the availability” of funds. Applications are currently being reviewed. The fund was originally given a $10 million infusion. Check Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation’s website here for updates.

Unemployment Insurance

If your nonprofit is facing difficult decisions regarding its workforce, consult MNN’s document, “Three Steps for Nonprofit Leaders Faced with Difficult Workforce Decisions.”
On December 11, Governor Baker signed the FY21 budget, which included important relief for self-insured nonprofits. The budget included a 6-month deadline extension for nonprofit employers that self-insure for their unemployment costs. Without this deadline extension, nonprofits across the Commonwealth were facing large balloon payments owed for unanticipated COVID-19 layoffs that occurred from March to December of 2020. As a result of the delay – which was written into the budget as Outside Section 81 – self-insured nonprofits will now have through June of 2021 to financially plan and secure the resources necessary to make their unemployment insurance payments.
On May 26, Governor Baker signed into law S.2618, which provides additional unemployment insurance flexibilities to those affected by COVID-19. The law includes a provision that MNN and a coalition of nonprofits advocated for: a 120-day delay in claim payments owed by nonprofits to the Commonwealth’s Unemployment Insurance trust. The law also exempts employers’ experience rating (which determines the amount of quarterly taxes that contributory organizations pay) from being impacted by the surge in COVID-19 related claims. MNN continues to advocate at the federal-level to simplify UI payment for self-insured nonprofits, and is in communication with the Department of Unemployment Assistance to secure additional guidance on the timeline for unemployment insurance billing for self-insured employers.
On April 9, 2020, the Department of Unemployment Assistance announced its implementation of three new public benefit programs that will a) expand unemployment eligibility; b) temporarily increase weekly benefits for all claimants; and c) allow additional categories of people to claim unemployment benefits. This new guidance follows unemployment expansions included in the federal CARES Act. See the updates here.

To assist individuals who cannot work due to the impact of COVID-19, on March 18, 2020, the Baker administration signed into law emergency legislation that allows new claims to be paid more quickly by waiving the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits.

The MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development is also filing emergency regulations that will allow people impacted by COVID-19 to collect unemployment if their workplace is shut down and expects to reopen in four or fewer weeks. The following conditions apply:

  • Workers must remain in contact with their employer during the shutdown.
  • Workers must be available for any work their employer may have for them that they are able to do.
  • An employer may request to extend the period of the covered shut-down to eight weeks, and workers will remain eligible for the longer period under the same conditions described above.
  • If necessary, DUA may extend these time periods for workers and employers.

See more information on unemployment and other employment issues here.


  • Pending federal legislation proposes further relief, including additional money for unemployment benefits, and relief to employers for charges related to unemployment benefits paid due to COVID-19.
  • For assistance with unemployment claims, check the MA Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) COVID-19 website.

Relief for Nonprofit Boards

On April 3rd, Governor Baker signed into law emergency provisions that will permit nonprofits to relax their governance practices in light of public meeting limitations presented by COVID-19. The provisions at Section 16 of Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020 will temporarily allow members to meet remotely and vote by proxy.

Hemenway and Barnes has a helpful guide explaining what these emergency provisions mean for remote members meetings and governance: click here.


How might the outbreak affect nonprofits?
As key service providers and organizations in frequent contact with the community, nonprofits may potentially face these and other impacts:

  • increased and sustained staff and volunteer absences;
  • disruption of services to your clients and communities;
  • disruption of supplies or services provided by your partners;
  • cancellation of programs or events (and corresponding reduced revenue);
  • increased demand for services/support from your clients and communities; and
  • budgetary implications related to strains on the economy.

What can nonprofits in Massachusetts do to respond?
Nonprofits should consider rescheduling or canceling programs or events, revisiting their work from home and sick leave policies, and thinking through ways to effectively communicate COVID-related updates with employees and other stakeholders. Nonprofits should also stay informed throughout the duration of the outbreak from reputable sources like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Rescheduling or cancelling programs or events
Effective Sunday, March 15, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has banned gatherings of over 25 people. The order also banned in-house consumption in restaurants and bars, and closed public schools for the next three weeks (until April 5). Nonprofits should familiarize themselves with the full language of the ban here and stay up to date with news reports.

Additional considerations for rescheduling or cancelling programs and events include:

  • Determine a deadline for making a decision about whether or not to cancel a program and event.
  • Determine if the program or event can be hosted virtually (e.g. a webinar or live stream). See below for resources:
    • Resources for virtual events and fundraisers:
      • Free webinar: “What am I supposed to do about my fundraising event?” (from the Washington Nonprofit Institute)
      • Auctria – online fundraising / auction platform
      • CauseVid – nonprofit video email platform, now with a free version for nonprofits
      • Give Lively – free fundraising platform
      • Funraise – online fundraising platform / donor database
      • GiveSmart – online auction / event software
      • “13 innovative fundraising ideas for nonprofits & Charities” (CauseVox)
      • “Web conferencing 101 for nonprofits” (TechSoup)
      • Comcast is opening its Xfinity WiFi Network for free, and is offering unlimited data for free for two months. They are also offering new, low-income Internet Essentials customers with two months of free internet. Learn more.
      • LogMeIn (the parent company of GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar) is now offering its web conferencing software free to eligible entities–including front-line nonprofits, eligible healthcare providers, educational institutions, and municipalities–for the next 3 months. Learn more.
  • Consider when, how, and how often to communicate with program participants or event attendees, sponsors, and partners.
  • Ask donors to convert sponsorships and ticket sales to donations, rather than refunds. See guidance on how to do so from AAFCPAs here.
  • Consider the impact of canceling a program or event on revenue, including whether or not to explore event insurance to mitigate the costs of a major event cancellation (e.g. fundraising events). (See “What you need to know about coronavirus and special event insurance” from Insureon.)
    • Manage contracts with event venues, caterers, and other event stakeholders. (See “Managing Contractual Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis: Force Majeure Clauses and Other Approaches” from Hemenway & Barnes.)
  • Read the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Key planning recommendations for mass gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak.”

Revisit work from home and sick leave policies
Nonprofits may be considering adjustments to or implementations of a work from home policy out of concern for their employees’ health. Nonprofits should:

  • Read the United Way of Massachusetts Bay’s comprehensive listing, “Remote Work Resources for Nonprofits.”
  • Review their policies related to illness and sick leave to ensure that they are consistent with public health recommendations.
  • Prepare for the possibility of increased numbers of employee absences by updating or creating policies that support remote work and create systems for employees to utilize the option.
  • If a nonprofit does not currently have a work from policy and wants to draft one, see a sample remote work policy on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s website here for use as a template.
  • Read the CDC’s “Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus Disease.”
  • Read Littler’s “Coronavirus: Employer Action Items.”

Nonprofits play an important role in educating and reassuring employees, volunteers, and other stakeholders.

  • Talk with your team. Reassure your team that you care about their health and safety.
  • Make telecommuting options available for as many employees as possible. For businesses in which telecommuting is not an option or for particular duties that cannot be performed remotely, follow poper steps above to limit close contact, and prevent the spread of disease.
  • Urge employees to stay home if sick.
  • Promote good hygiene (washing hands frequently, covering coughs, cleaning frequently-touched surfaces, etc.).
  • Remind employees of your organization’s policies related to illness and sick leave, and be flexible with sick leave benefits for those who are ill or who are recommended to stay home because they are high risk.
  • Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
  • Be mindful that different members of your team may perceive the threat differently or have special concerns based on their life circumstances. For example, persons with elderly family members may be especially concerned, and Asian Americans are likely facing increased racism. Leaders should be prepared to recognize, respond to and prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality regarding the health of specific employees. Speak out if you see this happening. (Seattle & King County Public Health developed a great infographic.)
  • Read the Communications Network’s free “Coronavirus Crisis Communications Triage Kit” for how to communicate about the disease clearly, accurately, and effectively.

As of Friday, March 13, the CDC has issued a Level 3 travel notice (avoid all non-essential travel) for China, Iran, South Korea, and European countries, and a Level 2 notice (older or chronically ill individuals should consider postponing) for Japan. The Trump Administration instituted additional restrictions on travel from China, Iran, and Europe. Nonprofits should:

  • Postpone or cancel business-related travel to countries with travel notices or restrictions and seek alternative means of achieving the purpose of the trip.
  • Continue to monitor the CDC and other health organizations for updates on and exercise reasonable judgment in determining the best course of action for employee work travel. There are no current domestic travel restrictions.
  • Note that employers may not prohibit employees from personal travel. However, they may impose restrictions on employees returning from affected areas or potentially exposed to the virus, such as a two-week work-from-home or leave arrangement.

Stay informed

  • Read, listen to, and watch the news, and regularly check reputable sources such as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and US CDC.
  • Reference the World Health Organization’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public.
  • Read the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease
  • Read the CDC’s Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response
  • Visit OSHA’s information page on COVID-19.
  • Nonprofit Risk Management Center has put out COVID-19: 5 Things to Know & Do
  • Subscribe to MNN’s newsletter or follow our Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn feeds. We’ll continue to share resources and recommendations about how organizations can prepare and respond.

Financial planning

  • COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits. Includes easy-to-use tools to help nonprofits determine cash flows, determine operating expenses, and surpluses/deficits – Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • COVID-19 FAQs for Nonprofits – BerryDunn

Other resources

  • Nonprofit Resources List “#NPCOVID19” – open-sourced Google document containing additional resources, tools, and more to help nonprofits respond to COVID-19.
  • JazzHR, an online hiring platform, is now offering free services for free essential care providers. Learn more.
  • Hemenway and Barnes – how to hold a member meeting when you can’t meet in person
  • Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus Small Business Issues and Solutions Guide
  • Bringfood Initiative – Bringfood is designed to help food pantries (and others) respond to the need for home delivery services brought on by COVID-19.

Resources for individuals needing assistance

  • Mass211 – free hotline available 24/7 that connects Massachusetts residents with assistance programs. Dial “2-1-1”
  • Massachusetts Health Connector – if you need health insurance, you may qualify for coverage through the Health Connector if you’ve lost coverage from a job: an extended enrollment period is available through May 25, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • FoodSource Hotline – free hotline available through Project Bread that provides referrals to food banks and pantries across Massachusetts. Dial “1-800-377-1292”
  • MassLegalHelp – resources from Massachusetts legal aid programs to help residents with legal matters.
  • Nursing Home Abuse Center – Report nursing home abuse
  • The Phoenix – offering live-streamed classes for people looking for addiction recovery services.