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Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus Response

CNJG is coordinating with our affinity group chairs, partners, and speakers to determine which programs in the near future are feasible to deliver remotely and which events will be postponed. We will update event pages accordingly and alert registrants.

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread, CNJG members have asked what can philanthropy do, either to prepare or to respond. CNJG has gathered a number of articles, resources, and events that philanthropy should know about. Information is rapidly changing and new webinars, articles, and resources are published daily. If you see or hear of helpful information, please let us know, so we can add to this list.

CNJG Member Actions

New Jersey Children’s Foundation Help Purchase Hotspots for Some Newark Students
Grunin Foundation Blog Post
Dodge Foundation Blog Post
Newark Trust for Education COVID19 Resources
Princeton Area Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Blog Post
Russell Berrie Foundation Blog Post
OceanFirst Foundation establishes $250K fund for non-profits affected by COVID-19
Fannie Rippel Foundation Coronavirus grant
United Way of Greater Newark to Set Up Emergency Fund to Assist Residents Affected by the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus
Bank of America Commits $100 million worldwide
Novartis Launches Global $20 Million COVID-19 Response Fund
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Donates $1 Million to CDC Foundation
Nicholson Email to Grantees
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ, William Penn Foundation and others create Philly & Camden and Burlington  Covid-19 Fund
JPMorgan Chase Makes Global $50 Million Philanthropic Investment
Citi Provides $15 Million Globally
Campbell’s Donates $1 Million
Merck Donates 500K PPE Masks
Prudential Donates 150K Face Masks and $1.5 Million to Global and Local Support
Community Foundation of New Jersey and First Lady Tammy Murphy Create the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund
Video: Hear from recognizable native New Jersey voices about the importance of donating to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund
PSEG Donates 50K Masks
Campbell Soup to pay hourly employees premium during outbreak
PKF O’Connor Davies: Grantmaking During Disasters & Tax-favored Financial Assistance to Employees
Community Foundation of South Jersey launches South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund
Provident Bank Foundation Announces Emergency Response Grants

CNJG Response

CNJG created Coronavirus Response webpage and listserve for the COVID-19 Response
Email to Members: NJ Philanthropic Response to COVID-19 (March 13)
Webinar: Newark Philanthropic Response to COVID-19 Webinar 1 (March 13)
Email to Members: Working Remotely Ensuring Service to Members (March 17)
Joint Statement to Keep Equity in Philanthropic Response (March 19)
Webinar: How Philanthropy Can Support COVID-19 Response and Relief in New Jersey (March 20)
CNJG Member Query: COVID-19 Rapid Response Funds
Webinar: Newark Philanthropic Response to COVID-19 Webinar 2 (March 24)
Webinar: COVID-19 Funder Briefing Series: NJ VOAD Responds to the Coronavirus (March 30)


Held March 4 - Minnesota Council on Foundations: Coronavirus Webinar Video or Download Webinar Slides
Held March 12 - Philanthropy NY: Preparing for COVID-19: Philanthropy’s Response in Times of Crisis Webinar Video
Held March 12 - Council on Foundations: Sharing Approaches to COVID-19 Community Response Video or Download Webinar Slides
Held March 26 - Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19: Past Epidemics and Vulnerability - Lessons for Funders Video or Download Webinar Slides
Held March 27 - National Center for Family Philanthropy: Family Philanthropy’s Response to COVID-19 Video

March 30 - CNJG: COVID-19 Funder Briefing Series: NJ VOAD Responds to the Coronavirus
April 14 - National Center for Family Philanthropy: Community Foundation Regional Efforts and Strategies for COVID-19

Philanthropy Serving Organizations / State Associations of Nonprofits Resources

Center for Non-Profits: Coronavirus, Non-Profits, and General Health
National Council of Nonprofits Newsletter: The Public Policy Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak
National Council of Nonprofits: Nonprofit Community Confronts the Coronavirus 
Northern California Grantmakers: Resource Page (includes information about philanthropic communications) 
Council on Foundations: Philanthropy’s Response to Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Page
Center for Disaster Philanthropy: Disaster Philanthropy Playbook
Nonprofit New York’s: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan Template 
Northern California Grantmakers: Guidance for Philanthropic Communications in a Pandemic 
Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia: Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus 
Philanthropy New York: COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Candid: Funding Summary for Global Philanthropic Response
National Center for Family Philanthropy: Map of Local Funds
Washington Nonprofits: Open Letter to Funders
United Philanthropy Forum: CNJG joins Philanthropy Groups in Calling on Funders to Keep Equity at the Forefront of Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus
Exponent Philanthropy: Resources for Lean Funders
Center for Non-Profits: Report from the Rapid Response Survey
National Center for Nonprofits: How the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Bill Would Affect Nonprofits

Government Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 
NJ Department of Health: Up-to-date Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Jersey
World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
U.S. House of Representatives: House passes HR 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act NJ Government recommendations on March 16, 2020
NJ Department of Labor: Information for Employee Benefits
City of Newark Creates $6 million fund for Non-Profits, arts organizations, resident, businesses, and homeowners


Chronicle of Philanthropy: 6 Steps for Grant Makers to Take Now to Ensure Nonprofits Recover From Coronavirus Spread
FSG: COVID-19 – Seven Things Philanthropy Can Do by Lauren Smith, MD, MPH
Washington Post: RWJF CEO Pens Opinion Piece on Coronavirus
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Coronavirus Giving Tops $1 Billion Worldwide Funders Respond to Coronavirus
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Nonprofits Work to Protect Employees and Volunteers as Coronavirus Threat Grows
Nonprofit Times: Lessening the Risk of Coronavirus at Nonprofits
Professional Convention Management Association: Is Your Event (if cancelled) Covered by Insurance?
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Nonprofit Conference Attendees Worry About Coronavirus
Nonprofit Quarterly: Community Healthcare Centers Funding at Risk at Time of Health Peril
ROI-NJ: NJ Insurers Announce Coverage Related to Coronavirus
Nonprofit AF: A few things for nonprofits and foundations to consider in light of the Coronavirus
Nonprofit Quarterly: Nonprofits Who Can’t Cancel: The Ones that Serve Those at Greater Risk of COVID-19
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Coronavirus Is Hard on Nonprofits That Rely on Events
Chronicle of Philanthropy: As Coronavirus Threat Continues, Experts Tell Nonprofits to Shore Up Reserves
Asbury Park Press: Digital Divide in Schools Will Affect Web-Only Lessons
NJ Spotlight: Sick Leave in NJ, What the Law Provides
NJ Spotlight: Experience with Virtual Snow Days Helps NJ School Prepare for COVID-19 Closures NJ schools feed 500K kids for free. What happens if coronavirus closes them?
Daily Beast: Will Coronavirus make America finally care about the homeless
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Coronavirus ‘Rapid Response’ Funds Proliferate as Threat Grows
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: Coronavirus, boom and bust election funding, and an impending recession
Inside Philanthropy: On the Frontlines of a Pandemic, Local Philanthropy Scrambles to Respond Many seniors face coronavirus fears while cut off from activities and social networks
Independent Sector/Chronicle of Philanthropy: A Novel Opportunity to Strengthen Public Trust in the Nonprofit World
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Interview with Regine Webster, CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Exponent Philanthropy: Market Volatility in the Face of COVID-19
Inside Philanthropy: Philanthropy Has a Duty to Respond Quickly to the COVID-19 Outbreak. Here’s How We Can Do It
Bloomberg: Nonprofits Prepare for Worst with Wealthy Losing Billions
Forbes: Philanthropy: COVID19 Doesn’t Need to Slow You Down
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Grantmaker Responses for Nonprofits in Need Vary Widely
Strategy & Action Philanthropy: 5 Things Funders Can Do Right Now to Help Nonprofits During This Crisis
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: Favorite Funder Responses So Far
Trust-based Philanthropy Project: Philanthropy Needs To Trust Nonprofits Now More Than Ever
Bridgespan Group: What Philanthropy Can Do Today to Support Grantees Through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis
NJ Spotlight: A Coronavirus Checklist to Help Keep NJ Residents Informed
NJTV: LIVE UPDATES: Tracking the Coronavirus in New Jersey
Nonprofit Quarterly: A Growing Group of Foundations Pledge ‘No Business as Usual’
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Senate Bill would create ‘Universal Deduction’ & Expand Loans for Nonprofits
CDNet: Tech Tools Offered for Free During Outbreak
Philadelphia Inquirer: Free Wifi from Comcast
New Jersey Council for Humanities: Staying Human During the Pandemic