Dear Sustainability Network Members,

The nonprofit sector is doing what it always does in times of need – pulling together to serve the community’s best interests.  

What we do here is compile some of the best resources we come across specifically for nonprofits and in some cases specifically for ENGOs. We have not taken a line by line review of entries although most come from highly trusted sources. Sustainability Network will continue to deliver our program to help ENGOs through this challenging time but we also want to point you to other resources and tools that will help your nonprofit adapt and respond.

If you come across an online resource that you believe should be included here I would love to hear from you. Reach out paul@sustainabilitynetwork.ca at any time.

Wishing you all the best during these challenging times.

Paul Bubelis, Executive Director

META SITES

Volunteer Canada’s COVID-19 resources for volunteer involving organizations including strategies for volunteer engagement, virtual volunteer management, corporate community engagement and online learning.

Curated by nonprofit thought leader Beth Kanter, author of “The Networked Nonprofit,” this Nonprofit Resources List contains a multitude of Covid-19 related resources for nonprofits.

Covid-19 information resources from Canadian nonprofit umbrella groups including CanadaHelps, Imagine Canada, Ontario Nonprofit Network, Volunteer Canada, Volunteer Toronto and 17 others.Volunteer Canada’s

One of the best US meta-sites we’ve come across is “Coronavirus & Nonprofits: Resources for Responding to COVID-19” which was created by Wired Impact. It complies links to various resources on operations & HR, fundraising & funders, event management, marketing & communications and other areas.

LEGAL

Brian Iler of Iler campbell on “Legal issues to keep in mind as we navigate uncharted waters”.

ADVICE FOR BOARDS

Boardsource on “What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation.”

FINANCIAL

A guide from MaRS on thinking through your financials and creating an action plan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kind Wealth has 5-6 financial professionals who are offering free financial consultations for small nonprofits or the most financially vulnerable. Contact David O’Leary at dave@kindwealth.ca.

TECH PLATFORMS

Nonprofits can apply for a Zoom discount through TechSoup Canada.

GoToMeeting free for three months in addition to Emergency Remote Work Kits.

WORKING REMOTELY – WORKING FROM HOME

3 minutes, 3 simple tips on virtual communication from a key Sustainability Network collaborator Andrew Mussellman of Fluency. Now that the majority of our meetings and client interactions are taking place online, virtual communication is an increasingly important skill. But, how do you convey presence and professionalism when you’re speaking into a computer?

Five remote work tips from Efficiency Canada.

Charity Villages’s “Pro Tips on Working From Home”

Grant Connect Community Edition: Work-From-Home Access. This program is typically accessed in person at licensed libraries, universities, and resource centre computers, but eligible smaller charities can now register for and have free work-from-home access until April 8, 2020. The length of access may be extended depending on how the situation evolves.

Nonprofit work from home policy template and tips from Whole Whale.

The Tamarack Institute’s Guidelines for Working Remotely.

PHILANTHROPY AND FUNDRAISING

From MobileCause comes coronavirus communication templates – customizable, fill-in-the-blank donor messages to help you communicate event and program changes.

A NonProfit Times recorded webinar and slides on Coronavirus And Your Message To Donor with US fundraising experts on mail and digital messaging to donors during the coronavirus pandemic.

CanadaHelps 1 hr video on “Fundraising During Uncertain Times”.

Toronto-based Blue Sky Philanthropy on working with donors in times of crisis.

ViTreo Group on “Fundraising In The Time Of COVID-19” includes funding for individuals, nonprofit leadership, fundraising and donor relations.

Toronto-based fundraising consultant Cathy Mann is offering free fundraising “pep talks” – email cathy@cathymann.ca.

HR

Alberta-based Salopek & Associates on COVID-19 HR-Related FAQs.

A succession planning tool that has been adapted by the consultancy Clarity Transitions into an emergency succession plan more specifically meant to be reactive during the Covid-19 crisis. Includes a formal designation of the CEO’s temporarily acting successors, a template for staff succession or splitting of duties, and a short emergency operations checklist.

CHANGING TO A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

International conference organizers Communiqué Conferencing on changing to a virtual conference.

CanadaHelps on “7 Creative Virtual Fundraising Ideas You Can Use To Replace Your Cancelled Event.”

Hilborn Publishing’s article“Sponsorship During Times of Crisis: Cancelled Events, Postponing and Refunds”.

CRISIS MANAGEMENT & DISASTER RECOVERY

Nonprofit Guide to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery from NPower (35 pages)

Toronto-based Peninsula Employment Services on COVID-19 Crisis management in your workplace – resources plus two free webinars every week.

ADJUSTING POST PAMDEMIC

An Upside Foundation one hour recorded webinar on how start-ups are coping with the changing business environment.