Leading and supporting during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Corona disease (COVID-19) Outbreak | World Health Organization

Updated articles regarding WHO responses to COVID-19, links to advice, Q&A, reports, resources, guidance, R&D. Additionally, see their Getting Your Workplace Ready sheet. 

 

Coronavirus Response Toolkit | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. We continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. Additionally, see their Workplace Tips for Employers sheet or their Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond sheet.

 

Coronavirus and Civic Space | International Center for Not-For-Profit Law

The coronavirus is a significant threat to public health; swift and effective government action is necessary. However, we must ensure the response does not also become a significant threat to civic freedoms.

 

COVID-19 Declared a Pandemic | Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Updated hub related to global effect, where to help fund, and articles linking to the overall response to COVID-19 focused on disaster philanthropic giving.

 

Interim Guide for Businesses and Employers | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. Additionally, see their Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist.

AT&T responds to COVID-19 in a variety of ways, from supporting first responders, to helping Khan Academy reach more kids, and their employees.

Bank of America is supporting employees and customers through a variety of ways including a donation of $100 million to support local communities in need.

CenturyLink has suspended its data cap on internet usage for customer to ease burdens on telecommunications.

DaVita is supporting COVID-19 relief in a multiple ways, including collaborating with competitors to serve dialysis patients.

Delta Dental of Colorado and Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation responds to COVID-19 in a variety of ways, from donating to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, to distributing oral healthcare products and supporting employees through options like employee relief fund, subscription to the Calm meditation app and more.

DISH Network has announced it is providing its entire portfolio of 600 Mhz spectrum to T-Mobile at no cost for the next 60 days.

Empower Retirement has announced they’re donating $250,000 to community organizations and relief funds during this time, in addition to doubling associations donations to charitable organizations of their choice.

Fidelity Investments created a resource center to get access to expert insights, common online services, and important updates.

GroundFloor Media | CenterTable started a community support page for their clients to learn best practices to support smaller Colorado nonprofits during this time.

KPMG has responded to COVID-19 with insights from KPMG business leaders to help your business be resilient.

Lockheed Martin is taking a multiple faceted approach to COVID-19 support including, speeding payment to vendors, an initial $66.5M committed to coronavirus relief, plane and vehicle use and continued hiring.

Molson Coors gives on-site workers at their Golden, CO plant a coronavirus pay bump and expanded their leave policies.

The Denver Foundation activated their Critical Needs Fund to focus on critical issues including housing insecurity and lack of access to food and health care services.

The State of Colorado launched the Colorado COVID Relief Fund and Help Colorado Now campaign where you can learn about volunteer opportunities, donate supplies or blood, and contribute to the fund like members, Bank of America, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, FirstBank, Liberty Media, VF Corporation & VF Foundation, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy have.

Twilio SendGrid and 34 other tech companies in Colorado took a stance to stop the spread and collaborated on steps to counter coronavirus.

Twilio SendGrid is committed to doing our part to aid in the crisis. They’re donating a total of $1.5 million to global and local organizations helping with the medical response to COVID-19 and serving low-income, at-risk populations who will be severely impacted by the virus. They’re collaborating with other companies in the technology sector to drive the most impact together, and we’ve taken a pledge with Colorado tech leaders and leaders around the world to work together to #stopthespread and more.

Wells Fargo announces aid for customers and communities including suspending residential foreclosure sales, fee waivers and an acceleration of $175M donations to help the most vulnerable.

Vail Resorts CEO donates $2.5 million to help coronavirus-impacted workers, and communities.

Western Union started the social media campaign, Behind Every Mask there is a Heart to promote kindness in addition to their $1M global matching challenge. And Western Union Foundation announced a USD $1M global matching challenge to help fight COVID-19 (coronavirus) and for relief in China and other affected countries. The combined Western Union and Western Union Foundation match will be up to USD $500,000.

Xcel Energy won’t shut off power or gas to its 3.15 million residential customers for unpaid bills for the foreseeable, a move meant ensure people have the power and gas they need through the COVID-19 epidemic.

Communicating through the Coronavirus Crisis | HBR

In fast-moving and uncertain situations, many leaders face questions they may not even have answers to. Even if you’re still trying to understand the extent of the problem, be honest and open to maintain credibility.

 

COVID-19: Best Practices for Public Health Crisis Communications | Twilio SendGrid

Communications play a critical role in how agencies provide public health information, keep constituents up to date on a continually evolving situation, and provide quality care. Digital tools and on-demand infrastructure can help organizations rapidly and cost-effectively scale response, as well as iterate quickly on what’s working best to serve constituents.

A Guide to Managing Your Newly Remote Workers | HBR

While close to a quarter of the U.S. workforce already works from home at least part of the time, the new policies leave many employees — and their managers — working out of the office and separated from each other for the first time.

 

The Conference Board launched a information and resource page specific to human resource professionals, including information on HR policies, employee wellbeing, human capital analytics and more.

 

Coronavirus and Teleworking Employees: Set Guidelines, Priorities | SHRM

“Empower team leaders to create to-do lists and deadlines for employees to make sure projects are progressing at a good pace. Work-from-home policies will be unique from one organization to another, but organizations must create policies that are effective for their teams.”

 

Distance Learning and Remote Working Resources | Colorado Succeeds

Colorado Succeeds has developed a resource list around staying healthy and productive from home with kids. Featuring learning sources for kids and parents, resources for educators and more, including meal distributions.

 

Help Alleviate the Anxieties of Employees Working from Home | SHRM

With untold numbers of employees now working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, employers are being asked to provide emotional support and counseling that can improve employees’ mental and emotional health. Guiding workers through difficulties using new technology can also reduce employees’ stress levels and help them feel more secure about working remotely for the first time.

 

The Remote Working Guide | PluralSight

With many companies preparing for a large-scale shift to remote work, many employers, leaders and technology professionals are asking themselves: How do I work from home effectively?

 

Working from Home with Kids? How to Manage the Impossible | SHRM

Devising clever strategies to get your work done while one kid is hanging on your arm and another is wailing in the next room is the new normal in the age of COVID-19.

Channeling COVID-19 Anxiety into Action through Social Responsibility | Barefoot PR

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted nearly every part of our world, including our daily business operations. While we are navigating uncharted waters, businesses also have an opportunity to channel anxiety into action by activating support for nonprofit and community organizations, creating collective purpose and connecting employees through storytelling.

 

COVID-19 puts America’s Low-Wage Workforce in an Even Worse Position | Brookings Institute

Using their new interactive tool, you can explore the data on low-wage workers across 373 metropolitan areas. Depending on the region, between 30% and 62% of all workers earn low wages, with median hourly wages ranging from $8.40 to $12.65.

 

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (DMCC) has compiled additional resources for Colorado companies and nonprofits in response to COVID-19, including resources for helping your community, if you’re an worker or a business owner and more.

 

Four Ways Businesses Can Respond Now | FSG

In the private sector, leaders are trying to protect their workers, maintain business continuity, and make decisions in the context of significant economic uncertainty. What is the role and responsibility of your business in a time of chaos and crisis? Additionally, see their Seven Things Philanthropy Can Do blog.

 

How to be a Stakeholder-Driven Company in a Pandemic | JUST Capital

Every company – from the 181 that signed the Business Roundtable’s pledge to those espousing purpose and a commitment to workers and communities – should be acting now. What should companies be doing?

 

Prepare Your Supply Chain for Coronavirus | Harvard Business Review

Developing a cogent supply chain response to the coronavirus outbreak is extremely challenging. The best response, of course, is to be ready before such a crisis hits. However, there are measures that can be taken now even if you’re not fully prepared.

 

Staying Safe and Helping Others During COVID-19 | Red Cross

From safety tips to coping with stress, and blood donations.

 

The Coronavirus Checklist: Nine Steps to Protect Your Company | Bloomberg Businessweek

The business world was caught off guard. According to a report, 94% of Fortune 1,000 companies are experiencing supply chain delays—not to mention workplace absences, lower productivity, travel cutbacks, and reduced trade and investment.

 

The ROI of Emergency Preparedness | BCG

International aid agencies have long emphasized the need for emergency preparedness to improve the speed and efficacy of disaster response, especially in risk-prone areas. But the payback of such investments has rarely been quantified.

 

Trust and the Coronavirus | Edelman Barometer

To help our clients communicate at this critical moment, we conducted a 10-country study March 6-10 in Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, the U.K. and the U.S. It confirms the role business must play as a source of reliable and timely information.

35 Tech Companies Band Together to Counter Coronavirus Spread | Twilio

“This week, our companies stepped up efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 here in Colorado and beyond,” the statement read. “Reflecting the spirit of collaboration that characterizes our startup community, we all came together as a group, shared best practices, and agreed to take the following decisive actions in the interest of protecting the most vulnerable members of our community.”

 

Help Colorado Now | The State of Colorado in Partnership with Mile High United Way & Spark the Change Colorado

From volunteer opportunities, to supplies you can donate and locations to give blood, the State of Colorado is looking for volunteers for current critical needs, and you can help. The Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund has been launched and is available to donate to, and learn more about.

 

#StopTheSpread | Stop the Spread

A coalition of 1,500 CEOs and leaders (and growing by the hour) is asking our fellow business and civic leaders around America to #LeadBoldly and #StoptheSpread of COVID-19. This movement has grown to over 1,000 CEOs signing the pledge and yours can too. Additionally, they are asking organizations to:

  1. #PayItForward — an initiative to help small businesses with their cash flow. Where companies and individuals immediately pay their small business vendors, rather than waiting the usual 30 to 45 days to pay their accounts payable.
  2. Focus on front line workers — healthcare, pharmacy, manufacturing and retail workers who still need to show up for work. Helping your workers understand what the disease is, how to protect themselves, how to talk with their managers about it and other crucial conversations needed to support and protect our workforce on the front line.
  3. Support your local community — with concrete, innovative investments and programs. 

We’ve all made commitments to practice stakeholder capitalism, and today we’re asking the leading companies and CEOs around the US to walk the talk on that commitment. Have your CEO sign and take the pledge here.

7 Things Philanthropy Can Do | FSG

Community and individual resiliency—the ability to use available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations—can be actively promoted by philanthropy and others in the social sector. Ideally, this work is begun before disaster strikes, but there is much we can do even if our preparedness has not been what it should have been.

 

6 Steps for Grant Makers to take now to Ensure Nonprofits Recover from Coronavirus Spread | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Foundations focused on a broad array of causes need to consider the impact the crisis could have on our communities and the nonprofits that serve them.

 

Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking | New York Regional Association of Grantmakers

The primary purpose of this report is to share knowledge about philanthropic responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that were deemed, by both funders and grant recipients, to be “successful,” and to glean recommended practices that donors can apply to future disasters.

 

Disaster Philanthropy | Council on Foundations

Foundations often play an essential role in disaster relief and recovery. In addition to funding, grant makers can offer support in other ways by leveraging their experience and expertise to help organizations and civic leaders in all 3 stages of the post disaster environment.

 

Disaster Philanthropy Playbook | Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Designed for knowledge-building this playbook covers the common issues faced by communities and post-disaster, including, community planning, civic rebuilding, legal services, housing, addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, working with local, state and federal government, mitigation and preparedness.

 

Disaster Philanthropy Toolkit | Iowa Community Foundations Initiative

The Disaster Philanthropy Toolkit specifically supports community foundations in their roles both preceding and following a disaster and provides guidance to set-up swift, flexible support for communities.

 

How to Help the Most Vulnerable Through the Pandemic | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Any natural disaster or public-health emergency always takes an increased toll on those groups who were marginalized or excluded before the emergency. These groups often have been denied the material resources to buffer them from threats such as an infectious-disease outbreak or a devastating storm.

Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) launched a small business specific information and resource page with information on federal funds, grants and loans, business resources, industry specific information and more.

Helping Your Business Through COVID-19 | Google for Small Business

Google has pull some useful resources to help your business navigate these challenging times. From your Google page, to free digital skills training, to additional resources.

 

Resources and Support for Startups and Small Businesses | Startup Space

As COVID-19 progresses and communities become increasingly concerned with ways to slow and manage the spread of the virus, many startups and small businesses are suffering through a loss of sales, a decrease in supplies, responsibilities associated with employment, and concerns for their own health and safety.

 

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus | U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

 

The Small Business Majority launched a small business specific information and resource page with information on business requirements, funding, and more.

5 Ways to Support Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19 | Barefoot PR

COVID-19 has impacted nearly every part of daily life. As an agency that works with nonprofits and community-serving organizations, we have seen first-hand how this situation is affecting philanthropy and challenging nonprofits to safely and creatively respond. Here are five ways to show your support right now.

 

6 Things Leading Companies are Doing to Support Community Partners During the COVID 19 Crisis | Shanda Vangas

The amount of information being disseminated regarding the impacts of the COVID 19 virus is overwhelming. Businesses of all sizes and across all industries are dealing with challenges on multiple fronts. From taking care of employees and customers, to pivoting to a remote work environment, to managing cash flow and plummeting stock prices, leaders are faced with one tough decision after another.

 

Colorado Nonprofit Association launched a Colorado Nonprofit COVID-19 information and resource page specific to nonprofits, including funding opportunities, nonprofit resources, self care information, crisis communications and more.

Colorado Nonprofit Survey in Response to COVID-19 | Philanthropy Colorado

Philanthropy Colorado surveyed over 700 nonprofit organizations to assess the impact of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Community Support Assistance for Smaller Colorado Nonprofits | GroundFloor Media & CenterTable

We are all facing unprecedented challenges as we grapple with COVID-19. As we continue to watch the events around the coronavirus pandemic unfold, we want to provide information to the community on how to best support Colorado’s smaller nonprofits that may need assistance during this volatile time. This might include distributing food, making a donation or sharing a social media post. Your efforts can go a very long way. 

 

The Top 5 Ways Your Company can Help Nonprofits Right Now Through Pro Bono | Taproot

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most pervasive urgent organizational needs nonprofits are confronting across the sector due to the COVID-19 crisis, and real-life examples of the types of pro bono support that can make a real difference.

B:CIVIC’s Virtual Volunteering List | B:CIVIC & Our Collaborators

We’ve compiled a list of recommended virtual volunteer opportunities to help organizations stay connected to and continue supporting communities around the world. This is a living document and additions are welcome. (Note: This is a Google Sheet, if your company filters block this, please contact staff for support).

 

Engaging Employees When you Can’t Volunteer In-Person | Points of Light

View the webinar from Points of Light featuring strategies and ideas of how to engage employees.

 

Four Ways to Shape Your Volunteering in Uncertain Times | Engaging Volunteers

And as thousands of U.S. citizens are now being asked by their local governments to self-quarantine, numerous companies and individuals want to know how they can lend a helping hand in their communities.

 

Help Colorado Now | The State of Colorado in Partnership with Mile High United Way & Spark the Change Colorado

From volunteer opportunities, to supplies you can donate and locations to give blood, the State of Colorado is looking for volunteers for current critical needs, and you can help. The Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund has been launched and is available to donate to, and learn more about.

 

Volunteers Needed for COVID-19 Relief | Mile High United Way

Nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 are in need of volunteers. At this time, nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness, both large and small, have identified a number of immediate and long-term needs.

How is your organization responding?

As developments related to COVID-19 continue to evolve, we hope you will share the share practices your organization has instituted and encourage dialogue for further information sharing. Please take a moment to share how your organization is managing the impact of this virus. 

If you want to add a resource, or update details for an entry in the guide, please reach out to info@bcivic.org. Please note that the descriptions are summarized from the corresponding event’s website and do not necessarily reflect the views of B:CIVIC.