On this page we compile some of the best COVID-19 related nonprofit management resources we come across.

If you know about NGO-related resources that you think belong here please contact Paul Bubelis (paul@sustainabilitynetwork.ca).


ONN Resource Centre provides almost 50 resources on HR for those navigating operations during the pandemic, and beyond. categories include: health and safety guidelines and protocols; working remotely; mental health supports; risk management; and, resuming operations.

Fund-raising software provider Donorbox assembled a COVID-19 resource centre for nonprofits – free resources on organizational continuity and fundraising, communications, human resources, and more.


Results of a national survey of environmental nonprofits (248 responses) that we conducted with Environment Funders Canada in late May 2020.

Innoweave and the McConnell Foundation’s Crisis Leadership Resources presents a shortlist of repositories, resources and tools for nonprofit emergency response and leadership. 

McConnell/Innoweave’s COVID-19 Crisis Leadership Resources for nonprofit emergency response and leadership including fundraising, crisis governance and management, risk management, managing remote teams, going virtual, and communications.

Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Guide to Resilient Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis.

CanadaHelps’ Charity’s Guide to Canada’s COVID-19 Governmental Supports and Programs outlines the measures undertaken by the Federal and Provincial governments in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the employment supports available to Canada’s charitable sector.

Our good friends and fellow environmental capacity builder Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC) have compiled a set of largely US-based resources to assist environmental organizations. Sections include: Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Financial Management, Fund Development, HR & Management, Leadership and Organization Effectiveness.

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.


Resource Media’s Media Relations and Communications in the Age of Coronavirus answers frequent questions from organizations on how to communicate during the COVID-19 outbreak responsibly. Choosing when to communicate, communicating to your audience, embracing appropriate language, resourcing allies and shifting the narrative.


Blumergs Canadian Charity Law’s FAQ for Charities & Nonprofit Organizations in the Time of the COVID19 Crisis.

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


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


Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB) has launched the Unity GIC, providing organizations a GIC that earns 3% and, in turn, businesses and nonprofits get much-needed loans or loan payment relief to sustain their organizations through these difficult times.

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.


Nonprofits can apply for a Zoom discount through TechSoup Canada.

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


Working from home: A guide to creating a healthy and productive workspace at home from The Cotswold Company.

Maytree’s Five Good Ideas: Home Office Series presents recorded videos that look at how to manage remote work and how to think about remote work as an opportunity.

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.


Volunteer Toronto’s new COVID-19 Learning Library helps non-profits safely engage volunteers during the pandemic. New resources added every week. Pre-recorded webinars, success stories, digital tools, etc.

Volunteer Canada has posted resources related to COVID-19 and volunteering, including guidance on sector governance, volunteer safety considerations and online learning opportunities.


Donor Perfect’s Guide to Fundraising in the New Normal covers strategies, templates, and tools for fundraising success in a post-COVID world.

Blackbaud’s ‘Event Management and Fundraising Resources’ toolkit will help you quickly set up a basic response as well as provide ideas to pivot your peer-to-peer event website and activities to a virtual event.

Imagine Canada’s COVID-19 resources for Canadian fundraisers – a running list that includes information, resources, and guides, as well as virtual learning opportunities, and covers topics such as events, donor acquisition, and fundraising in tough times.

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.


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.


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”.


The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Nonprofit Crisis Management: A Checklist for nonprofit crisis management. A quick and useful tool for nonprofits who wish to assess their organizational strategy, program and service delivery, fiscal stress, revenues, crisis communications, and operations.

The US HHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a checklist for businesses that identifies important, specific activities that organizations big and small can do now.

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.


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