COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits and Charities

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Wednesday, April 1: Government of Canada: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: The federal government will pay up to 75 percent of wages for qualifying companies, including nonprofits and charities, whose revenue has decreased by at least 30%. Eligible employers who suffer a drop in gross revenue of at least 30% in March, April, and May when compared to the same month in 2019 would be eligible to access the subsidy. For nonprofits organizations and registered charities, the government will continue to work with the sector to ensure the definition of revenue is approriate to their circumstances.The number of employees at an organization is not relevant. The maximum subsidy amount is $847 / week per employee. The maximum salary amount of $58,700. The program runs from March 15 to June 6, 2020. 

Sunday, March 29: Trudeau announces new help for charities: new funding for seniors through Canada United Way and for children through Kids Help Phone. Urges Canadians who are able to support charities through a donation or volunteering from home.

AGLC: Changes to how charitable gaming proceeds may be used during the COVID-19 crisis. 

General Updates

Government of Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Charities Directorate: T3010 filing deadline extension. As part of government actions taken in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charities Directorate is extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

ECVO: ECVO notes that the Government of Alberta has created a framework to assess the various needs of Alberta’s non-profits based on what they have heard. Document.

Government of Aberta: Annual returns and AGMs "In keeping with public gathering restrictions, deadlines are suspended for corporations, partnerships, cooperatives and non-profit organizations to hold annual general meetings and file their annual returns. These groups will remain active in Alberta, and will not have their corporations, partnerships, cooperatives or non-profit organizations dissolved due to failing to file annual returns. ECVO received updates from the Government of Alberta in regards to Annual General Meetings during the production of the document noted above." 

Government of Alberta Press Release, March 17 at 3:30 p.m.: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declares State of Emergency and announces $60 million for municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations providing social services support to help their COVID-19 response. Details and application.

Government of Canada: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses: Support for Businesses: Helping Businesses Keep their Workers

Government of Canada: Temporary Wage Subsidy: Full details on how it works. The Temporary Wage Subsidy is  a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). You are an eligible employer if you are a non-profit organization, registered charity. 

Sources of Information 

Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada: Outbreak update

Government of Alberta: COVID-19 coronavirus info for Albertans

Alberta Heath Services: COVID-19 Self-Assessment

World Health Organization:detailed information: plus your COVID-19 questions answered: text via Whatsapp and receive answers.

Advocacy

Alberta Nonprofit Network: COVID-related advocacy and issue gathering for the sector

Alberta Nonprofit Network: letter urging the Government of Alberta to ensure funding security and flexibility for nonprofits

ECVO: Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Pandemic (plus advocacy issues and a comment form at the bottom of the page:  "At this time, what are your organization's most pressing concerns?")

Imagine Canada: COVID-19 and the charitable sector: a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

Imagine Canada: Sector letters to government

Imagine Canada: a form to fill out that automatically sends a letter to your MP and select Ministers to ask for measures to assist the nonprofit sector (scroll to the bottoem of the page)

Muttart Foundation: Call to province to remember charities

Assistance

Canada’s Regional Development Agencies: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization impacted by the sudden shifts in the economy and need pressing assistance, the RDAs could assist you with: Access to federal funding to help you stay in business. Advice and pathfinding services to other federal programs and services available. 

Government of Canada: Applying for EI Sickness Benefits

CBC  How to apply for EI and COVID-19 emergency benefits

Government of Alberta: Emergency Isolation Support: for workers

Employer Resources

Government of Alberta: Vacation pay, leave, or banked overtime

Government of Alberta: Job-protected leave

Government of Canada: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses: Support for Businesses: Helping Businesses Keep their Workers
"To support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs, the government is proposing to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Businesses will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on their employees’ remuneration. Employers benefiting from this measure will include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as non-profit organizations and charities."

Government of Canada: Temporary Wage Subsidy: Full details on how it works. The Temporary Wage Subsidy is  a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). You are an eligible employer if you are a non-profit organization, registered charity. 

Employee Resources

Employment Insurance: Regular benefits

Government of Canada: Applying for EI Sickness Benefits

Government of Canada: Temporary Income Support for Workers and Parents 

Government of Alberta: Job-protected leave

Momentum: Blog: Financial Supports for People Impacted by COVID-19

Fundraising

Imagine Canada: COVID-19 Resources for Canadian Fundraisers 

Vitreo Group: Fundraising in the time of COVID-19

Urgent Needs

Federation of Calgary Communities: COVID-19 urgent charity needs page: sign up form to share your organization's needs with Calgarians who want to help

Volunteers

Volunteer Connector: COVID-19 Volunteering: Volunteer opportunities related to COVID-19 or that volunteers can do at home remotely

Volunteer Strathcona: Want to help during the COVID-19 Emergency? Volunteers can sign up for "The COVID-19 Emergency Project" to help those in need during the crisis

Giving

United Way: Local United Way organizations have created partnerships with stakeholders to directly support those affected by the crisis and the community agencies that serve them 
United Way Calgary: COVID-19 Community Response Fund, United Way Alberta Northwest: COVID-19, United Way Capital Region: Local love in a global crisis

Canada Helps: Donate to COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Foundations, Resources for Talking to Funders

Alberta Nonprofit Network: a rich list of resources about how funders can continue to support grantees 

Community Foundations of Canada: Dealing with COVID-19 as a community foundation

Boards

Board Source: How Nonprofits and Board Members Can Respond to COVID-19 (An American resource but still very helpful.) Plus sections on Questions and Answers, and Resources for Nonprofit Leaders

Working Remotely

Tips and Resource for New (and Old) Remote Workers: Ericka Stephens-Rennie

How to Work Remotely in a Time of Coronavirus: David Ainsworth

Tech Soup Canada: COVID-19: How Nonprofits Can Establish Effective Telecommuting Practices 

Tech Soup USA: Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak (information plus recorded webinar)

Business Insider: 5 big tech companies making remote-work tools free during the coronavirus outbreak, including Google and Microsoft

Workplace Preparedness

Public Health Agency of Canada: Being Prepared: Individuals, communities, schools and daycares, workplaces

World Health Organization: Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety: Respiratory viruses and the workplace: OHS information for employers, supervisors and workers

Alberta WCB: COVID-19 Worker Fact Sheet

Alberta WCB: COVID-19 Employer Fact Sheet

Planning for a Coronavirus Pandemic: A Guide for Businesses and Organizations  (An American resource, but very straighforward and helpful)

Human Resource Professional Association: Update on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): contains links to several articles on considerations for employers

Meetings, Gatherings, Events

Blumbergs: Canadian Charity Law: Blog: Corona Virus/COVID-19 charity issues - cancelling events, refunds and the possibility of a charitable donation 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak 

Centre for Disease Control: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019

Sponsorship Collective: Sponsorship during times of crisis: cancelled events, postponing and refunds. Blog and 30-minute video.

Business Continuity

City of Calgary: Business Continuity Template and Reference Guide 

City of Calgary: Business Continuity Handbook: Is your business prepared? 

City of Calgary: Emergency Preparedness for Business

City of Calgary: Maintaining business during an infectious disease outbreak: Business continuity checklist

CIty of Calgary: Is Your Nonprofit Organization Prepared?: A business continuity brochure for nonprofit organizations

Canadian Centre for Organizational Health and Safety: Business Continuity Plan: Infectious Diseases

Government of Alberta: Best Practice Guidelines for Workplace Health and Safety During Pandemic Influenza

NPower: Nonprofit Guide to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

US Department of Health and Human Services: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention: Getting Your Workplace Read for Pandemic Flu: April 2017

COVIDContinuity.com: Business Continuity Plan Template for Not-for-Profit Orgs 

Crisis Communication

Prosper Strategies: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Communication Best Practices for Nonprofits

Vitreo Group: The Provocateur: Covid-19 organizational crisis preparation: Be prepared for disruptions and mistakes: what to do and what not to do 

Blogs, Resource Lists

Alberta Council of Disability Services

Alberta Nonprofit Network: focus on advocacy, issue-gathering for the sector, and resources for talking to funders

Board Source: What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation (an American resources, but helpful.)

Blumbergs: Canadian Charity Law: several blogs for Canadian charities about legal compliance and COVID-19

ECVO: Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Pandemic (plus a comment form at the bottom of the page:  "At this time, what are your organization's most pressing concerns?")

CCVO: COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits?"

McLennan Ross LLP: COVID-19: Blogs and a collection of resources: legal perspective

Ontario Nonprofit Network Blog: Nonprofits on the front lines of COVID-19

Municipal/Town Resources

City of Beaumont: Coronavirus information for Beaumont

City of Calgary's Response to Coronavirus

City of Edmonton: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

City of Grande Prairie: COVID-19 Response

City of Leduc:COVID-19 Information

City of Lethbridge: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

City of Medicine Hat: COVID-19 updates and information

City of Red Deer: COVID-19

City of St. Albert: Coronavirus Resources

Town of Banff: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Town of Beaumont: COVID-19 Information for Beaumont

Town of Blackfalds: Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

Town of Bruderheim: COVID-19 Information

Town Of High River: COVID-19 Information

Town of Cochrane: Practive Response to COVID-19

Town of Okotoks: COVID-19 Updates

Town of Stoney Plain: COVID-19

Lamont County: COVID-19 Response

Sturgeon County: Coronavirus (COVID-19)