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- Rachel Carlson, CEO for Guild Education
- Asialee Drews, Grantmaking for Western Union Foundation
- Renny Fagan, President and CEO for Colorado Nonprofit Association
- Christina Frantz, Director of Social Impact for Twilio SendGrid
- Kayla Garcia, Vice President, Resource Development for Mile High United Way
- Sarah Hogan, Principal for Barefoot PR
- Ben Perry, Philanthropic Advisor for The Denver Foundation
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 is paying a 20% bonus above the regular hourly base rate of pay to bargained-for employees for all time worked in the field, office or at home. That bonus will be included in their regular rate of pay for purposes of calculating overtime rates. AT&T helped Khan Academy reach more kids and keep users connected. AT&T also announced three months of free wireless service for frontline nurses and physicians nationwide.
Ball Corporation alongside 3 other companies have sent 50,400 cans of water to the Navajo & Hopi COVID-19 Relief Initiative. Additionally, they are delivering water to the Food Bank of the Rockies. Ball Corporation donated $5 million to combat the impacts of COVID-19 in their communities around the world. Each of their locations in North and South America, Europe and Asia will receive a portion of the total donation amount to invest to meet the unique needs of their local communities as the impacts of the pandemic evolve.
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. Bank of America also let 50,000 mortgage customers to defer payments for months as a result of the pandemic. Bank of America Denver Market donated funds to cover administrative costs to create and manage the Colorado COVID Relief Fund to ensure 100% of donations received go directly to the chosen organizations. Bank of America Denver also stepped up and contributed $25,000 to Mayor Hancock’s small business micro-grant program. Bank of America Denver quickly deployed $970,000 in unrestricted funds to nonprofit partners organizations that had immediate needs and were serving the highest community need and demand. Funds went to organizations that needed to keep their doors open to provide direct services like food, housing, homeless assistance, childcare, emergency funds and basic needs. Breakout of distribution of critical funds:
- 28% Food Insecurity
- 24% Basic Needs
- 20% Housing/Homeless
- 16% Workforce Development
- 4% Arts/Environment
- 8% held in reserve for future needs
Bank of the West and BNP Paribas donated over $55M globally to fight COVID-19. Bank of the West donated nearly 500,000 masks to hospitals in their communities with BNP Paribas donating 100,000 more – BNP Paribas Denver recently donated approximately 4,000 face masks to various hospitals and Urgent Care centers in the community: University of Colorado Hospital Denver Health, Saint Joseph Hospital and Concentra Urgent Care. BNP Paribas and Bank of the West employee donations are being matched 1:1 to charities supporting certain COVID-19 relief efforts and virtual volunteer opportunities have begun.
Benevity released a special 2020 COVID-19 relief report as part of #GivingTuesdayNow from over 500 companies, highlighting how businesses are activating their people and communities during a crisis.
BOK Financial is donating to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. For employees, BOK Financial has extended employee benefits to include miscellaneous paid time off, nontaxable reimbursement for backup childcare expenses and increased pay to frontline staff. BOK Financial made a $100,000 contribution to the Colorado Restaurant Response to re-hire and keep restaurant workers employed, resulting in more than 15,000 meals for food insecure families.
Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver created a report on Phase One: COVID-19 Response Impact that highlights its response over the past 30 days. Its staff pivoted to serve kids and the community in radically different ways, from delivering food to families in need to developing virtual programming to keep kids engaged and learning. They have a partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR), with its staff members providing emergency food distribution support onsite. FBR is distributing more than 1 million meals per week across the Denver area. With the continued support of its community partners, they are able to react quickly to make the best decisions for addressing immediate critical needs, for its kids and families
BP is joining forces with the U.S. government, leading universities and the world’s largest technology companies by providing access to its supercomputer to help researchers halt the spread of COVID-19. BP Foundation commits $2M to WHO’s COVID-19 pandemic response fund. BPX Energy offers discount to healthcare works and first responders providing over $1M in fuel discounts to date.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s main focus has been a firm-wide food drive partnering with local food banks at each of their office locations across the country. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck created a rapid response team of pro bono attorneys to help small businesses and nonprofits with navigating their opportunities under the CARES Act, the application process, and monitoring loans.
CenturyLink extends their employee benefits for COVID-19 to offer immediate relief and protection for their employees. From 80 hours of emergency PTO, waiving the waiting period for short-term disability benefits, and joining the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, not to terminate service and waive late fees when customers can’t pay their bills during this time.
Charles Schwab donated thousands of N95 masks and nitrile gloves to local health care facilities across the country. Charles Schwab Foundation has committed $1.25 million in philanthropic contributions for a variety of relief efforts. $1 million in direct grants will support food banks and community funds in their 10 main employee centers, the CDC Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Emergency Response Fund. Charles Schwab Foundation launched a special 2:1 employee match program to support more than 1,100 organizations who are responding to a variety of community needs, up to $250,000. Charles Schwab Foundation Leader shared her approach and learnings in responding to COVID-19 with Prosono, who identified the key elements that underpinned Charles Schwab’s response.
CoBank, announced a series of charitable contributions totaling $1.4 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a specific focus on relief efforts in rural America. CoBank will provide dollar-for-dollar matches of charitable contributions by its associates to all charitable organizations responding to COVID-19. CoBank delivered lunches to the Greenwood Village Police Department and UCHealth.
The Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) launched industry employee donation campaigns for Food Bank of the Rockies and have raised more than $10,500 to-date.
COPIC is drawing upon its expertise to provide one-on-one support to its policyholders and guidance on how to navigate the ever-changing regulatory updates related to COVID-19. In addition, COPIC’s team of physicians, attorneys, and other experts have developed a COVID-19 section on its website that provides open access to resources and information for the health care community. The COPIC Medical Foundation secured 85,000 KN95 masks, in partnership with Governor Polis’ Innovation Response Team Task Force, that will be distributed through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to local health departments and then out to hospitals and facilities/clinics.
Danone NA commits $1.5M in funds and product donations to support food backs and rescue organizations during the coronavirus crisis nationwide. Danone NA rolled out enhanced benefits for hourly workers, including pay premium, paid quarantine leave, and support for child care. The company will continue to match eligible employee contributions to charitable organizations across the country, including food banks.
DaVita is giving U.S. teammates an extra $100 each week and providing back-up child care, modified sick leave policies and financial assistance. DaVita is also collaborating with competitors to serve dialysis patients during the pandemic. DaVita has returned its federal relief fund money as it has and will be able to continue to provide care for patients, without the need of federal funding.
Delta Dental of Colorado and its Foundation announced they have collectively committed $30M in the form of billing and premium credits, relief funds and grants to customers, oral health care providers and local community organizations, and partnering to provide access to $7.5M in low-interest loans to oral health care providers in the state. Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation’s active call for applications will provide $2 million in Responsive Community Relief Funding for organizations delivering wraparound services to community members most impacted by COVID-19. 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 is supporting employees through an employee relief fund, subscription to the Calm meditation app and more.
Denver7 created new Facebook Group, Our Colorado | Here to Help to create space to share inspirational stories about people and organizations doing good in our community. The 7Everyday Hero Award is presented to Coloradans who are making a difference in their community and anyone can nominate someone. 7Everyday Hero stories air on Sundays at 10 p.m., Monday mornings between 4:30 and 5 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. and Saturday mornings between 7 and 9 a.m. In Good Company is a segment that focuses on a Colorado-based company, that people can nominate others for. These stories run in weekday morning programs and on the Denver7Streaming app.
Denver Scholarship Foundation created a guide listing resources and support for its older students. Topics include tenant rights, employment, food access, health care, mental health 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. Fidelity steps up during this time to hire 2,000 new positions across US locations.
First Western Trust is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and impacts while supporting their communities, clients and associates. They’re dedicated to providing access to their many tools and guidance to clients during this time.
FirstBank is supplying $50,000 to Make4Covid, a movement driven by medical professionals, engineers and entrepreneurs, who are using 3-D printing technology to create protective gear and medical equipment for hospitals battling the virus. They also donated $75,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.
Gates Industrial Corp. kicked off a global charitable project that will provide $535M to charities around the world and $100,000 to Colorado.
GroundFloor Media | CenterTable started a community support page for their clients to learn best practices to support smaller Colorado nonprofits during this time.
IMA Financial developed an alert center for coronavirus based off their research, including the impacts of the epidemic on individuals and employers, insurance coverage and recommendations for protecting yourself and your employees. IMA Financial gave $25,000 across their major markets to organizations responding to the crisis, specifically front-line medical providers and first responders plus organizations supporting our most vulnerable populations. They launched #sprinklegoodwill, a social media campaign to encourage innovative volunteering and giving back among IMA associates. IMA Financial is moving forward with their annual day of service (I Make a Difference Day) but doing it virtually. The associates and their families will be making masks and greeting cards for front line responders as well as those in nursing homes, shelters, etc. Their matching gifts program remains active, which includes a dedicated match for disaster response. They are counting this as a disaster.
Janus Henderson Investors made one of the first donations to assist the Denver Public Schools food program. Janus is also offering a global 2:1 employee donation match for donations made to support those impacted by COVID-19.
Kaiser Permanente is removing barriers to COVID-19 care by eliminating out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing, diagnosis and treatment, including hospital stays. Kaiser is providing $1M to increase capacity for preventing and treating cases of COVID-19 within the nation’s homeless population in a collaboration with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
KPMG has responded to COVID-19 with insights from KPMG business leaders to help your business be resilient. KPMG and the KPMG Foundation have pledged over $2M to local and national nonprofits. Including, $400,000 in KPMG U.S. Foundation Community Impact Grants – for the first time, the KPMG U.S. Foundation is providing 800 grants in the amount of $500 each to charitable nonprofit organizations actively supported by KPMG U.S. employees.
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. Local aviators will donate their time and resources to raise money and awareness for Help Colorado Now through a Flyover Fundraising Parade and Aerial Salute to essential workers in Denver Metro on May 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lockheed Martin is providing a generous $500,000 donation challenge match.
Molson Coors donated 154,000 cans of fresh water to truck drivers in North America, in addition to providing frontline workers a bonus and pledging $1 million to support bartenders affected by COVID-19. Molson Coors also gave on-site workers at their Golden, CO plant a coronavirus pay bump and expanded their leave policies. Molson Coors Beverage Company is producing hand sanitizer at its craft brewery locations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Locally, Blue Moon Brewery in RiNo partnered with Ironton Distillery to make hand sanitizer for first responders in the Denver Metro area and essential brewery employees.
Oil and gas leaders and employees, including members, BPX Energy, COGA, QEP Resources and Suncor Energy have stayed true to their roots and continue to provide philanthropic support to local communities. Banding together they are supporting food insecurity, COVID-19 relief funds, and their communities and employees.
Optiv is committed to serving clients and partners during COVID-19, including, tips on cybersecurity while working from home.
PNC Financial Services has expanded their support of coronavirus relief efforts to include $30 million in charitable support towards basic needs and hardship relief programs. At least $100,o0o in grants will be given out in Denver, including $10,000 to the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s Relief Fund.
Prosono partnered with Cherry Creek School District Foundation to provide nearly 4,000 learning kits to students in need to support remote learning.
QEP Resources took quick action to ensure the health and safety of its employees and contractors to contain the outbreak. They reached out to its community stakeholders to understand their needs and align resources and response to make the greatest impact. Including over $80,000 in donations to organizations in their local communities.
Revere Software helped get their clients, including Twilio online for skills-based virtual volunteering.
RevGen has been hosting weekly townhalls for employees to share what’s on their mind, as well as virtual “watercoolers” for teams including a virtual 5K for employees. RevGen is encourage employees to get involved in the community as both individuals and a part of the company supporting local nonprofits including: The Gathering Place, Women’s Bean Project, Spark the Change Colorado, and Mile High United Way.
RK Mission Critical (RKMC) is monitoring the global and local impacts of the coronavirus and fully understands the precautions necessary to ensure the curve flattens. They’re taking extreme safety measures for their team and their customers. Due to the national emergency regarding coronavirus, RKMC has assembled an experienced healthcare design and manufacturing team and is prepared to supply modular and mobile medical facility support in the Denver region and nationwide. Together with their strategic partners, RKMC can provide many of the modular and mobile healthcare facility needs, including quarantine or isolation units, triage, exam infusion and treatment buildings, mobile laboratories, patient rooms, and drive-through shelters, and custom fabricated products including devices to assist patient breathing. RK Mission Critical has partner with CU engineering alumnus to build six emergency backup ventilators, that can support 12 patients at a time with different inhale-exhale rhythms.
S&P Global Foundation has completed its initial allocation of USD $2 million and committed an additional $2M to widen its impact globally and support small businesses in this critical time of need, bringing total contributions to USD $4M. S&P Global has delivered over 100,000 masks to local hospitals. S&P Global has taken multiple actions during this time, from daily updates on the market impact of COVID-19 to expanding paid time off policies, providing wider access to mental health services, and extending their employee assistance program. S&P Global Market Intelligence is providing complimentary access to hospitals and State/Local Governments to help track supply chains of ventilators and PPE.
Scream Agency has provided marketing and communications support to local B Corps, they have been volunteering at Food Bank of the Rockies and making calls to the elderly through the Denver Phonebank.
Ship Sunshine’s Cause of the Month for May is Nurses and Teachers. They are also doing giveaways to thank nurses and teachers and have custom boxes for both.
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told employees that he will take a 10% pay cut as airlines continue to suffer major losses in demand because of the spreading COVID-19 coronavirus. Southwest Airlines continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic while remaining committed to supporting its People, Customers, and communities. Southwest donated 18 pallets worth, over 150,000 individual servings, of inflight snacks to Food Bank of the Rockies. The team gave their time and effort to help out in the warehouse on the busiest day Food Bank of the Rockies has seen yet.
TIAA Bank is waiving fees for ATM transactions, wire transfers, insufficient funds and late credit card payments. The bank also is increasing limits on debit and cash withdrawals, and allowing eligible credit card customers to skip a monthly payment without penalty.
The Boettcher Foundation, has supported biomedical research in Colorado since the 1940s, has established a $1 million COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund to fight COVID-19 and potentially curtail future pandemic outbreaks. The Foundation also gave $50,000 to the Help Colorado Now fund.
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 Denver Foundation has also mobilized their critical needs fund to initiate grants to nonprofits addressing gaps and mobilizing resources. To date, they’ve given over $360,000, and their fund holders have given $3.6 million in donor advised grants.
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, BOK Financial, BPX Energy, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, DaVita Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, Empower Retirement, FirstBank, Liberty Media, Lockheed Martin, The Boettcher FoundationThe Denver Foundation, Twilio SendGrid, VF Corporation & The VF Foundation, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy have.
Twilio.org is providing $2M in grants of up to $150,000 each to help NGOs build or scale hotline services that will connect people to critical support and resources. 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 have taken a pledge with Colorado tech leaders and leaders around the world to work together to #stopthespread and more. Twilio is matching employee donations 2:1 for charitable organizations focused on COVID-19 response, including the CDC Foundation, Global Relief International, Give2Asia, and International Medical Corps. They’ve engaged employees with virtual volunteer activities and made it easy to request a dollar-for-dollar donation match to a local nonprofit of their choice. Twilio supports United Way Worldwide’s 211 capabilities with technology during COVID-19.
U.S. Bank announced new programs to support its communities in response and recovery efforts during these unprecedented times. A new $30M commitment to human services organizations and local nonprofits will support COVID-19 recovery efforts in communities across the country. U.S. Bank established a Premium Pay Program to provide frontline employees with a temporary 20% hourly wage increase. U.S. Bank has launched an engaging, interactive and NEW Virtual Volunteerism platform on our intranet site featuring our Volunteer Match partners. To connect with their cadre of employees, they made it easy for employees to find opportunities to give back while inviting them to take advantage of the newly established 2:1 matching gift program through Dec. 31.
Vail Resorts CEO donates $2.5 million to help coronavirus-impacted workers, and communities. Vail Resorts has donated more than 50,000 pounds of excess food to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in mountain communities.
VF Corporation, The VF Foundation, and the VF family of brands have donated more than $10.3 million in funds, products, and services worldwide. VF Corporation and The VF Foundation, announced that it will contribute an initial $1.5 million to support local communities around the world as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. VF Foundation is partnering with VF Corporation and its brand to initiate a 2:1 community match campaign up to an additional $500,000. VF Corporation has taken several actions during this time, from reducing executive salaries, to continuing retail employees’ pay and benefits, and more. VF Brand, Timberland is calling upon consumers worldwide to join Timberland and its parent company, to support the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund through a global social media and digital campaign. Dickies and VF Corporation will produce 3.4M isolation gowns in support of the US COVID-19 response.VF Corporation keeps paying retail employees despite store closures, ups pay at the distribution center.
Wells Fargo is suspending residential property foreclosure sales, evictions and involuntary auto repossessions, and the Wells Fargo Foundation will increase its charitable donations to $175 million. Wells Fargo has activated assistance for employees via its WE Care Fund, which provides grants to Wells Fargo colleagues who face a catastrophic disaster or financial hardship resulting from an event beyond their control. Wells Fargo Denver made a $150,000 grant to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in Denver to provide respite beds for individuals awaiting COVID-19 tests and for those sick with mild to moderate symptoms. Working with the county, the city of Denver purchased the Western Motor Inn, and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has put in place a master lease to use the site. Wells Fargo Denver will help to provide relief across the state of Colorado with a $250,000 grant to the Colorado COVID Relief fund.
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 knows employees have been laid off so they have committed not to shut off power or gas to its 3.15 million residential customers for unpaid bills for the foreseeable future. Xcel Energy plans to donate the first $1.5M of more than $20M in new corporate giving to COVID-19 relief efforts, including food banks and United Way chapters in its eight-state service territory. Xcel Energy is dedicating $20M in new funding to support short- and long-term corporate giving across the eight states we serve, including support for COVID-19 recovery efforts.
YellowDog has remained open and actively supporting their clients through this time, getting creative and providing services like contact-free pickup or deliver, no rush fees, and created a free coloring book and bullet journal you can download or request a copy to be mailed to you.
Life in the age of COVID-19 is a fluid situation no one has ever seen before. News sources, politicians, scientists, and medical experts are all responding to new information in real time, leaving us as business leaders no choice but to do the same.
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.
Humanity at its Best | Purpose360
Carol Cone’s Podcast, Purpose 360 started episodes called humanity at its best in partnership with Points of Light to highlight the good news and action taking place around COVID-19. Want your story to be featured? Connect with our team today.
7 Leadership Principles for Managing in the Time of Coronavirus | Harvard Business School
Leaders managing their organizations through crisis show seven distinctive capabilities. Call them the seven Cs.
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.
“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.
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.
Here’s How Companies Are Approaching Paid Sick Leave During the Coronavirus Crisis – and What Good Looks Like | JUST CAPITAL
Ahead of the coronavirus crisis upending the United States, 76% of Americans had access to some form of paid sick leave benefit, meaning that around a quarter of the population lacked it during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Workers in low-wage jobs in industries like retail or hospitality were among those without access.
How to Celebrate Diversity at Home During COVID-19 | ON Semiconductor
Now, more than ever, we live in a world with endless opportunities and resources to learn about the cultures and people around us. Take advantage of learning about other cultures and customs, as we all are dealing with a global pandemic putting a different focus on the importance of understanding all cultures and people while taking advantage of opportunities and resources to connect us and learn from one another.
Online COVID-19 Training Resources | #StopTheSpread
The materials are specifically designed to help you stay physically, emotionally and financially safe and informed during this period of uncertainty. Including online training for frontline workers, working at a testing center, what to do if you feel sick and more.
Supporting Culture and Connection While Working Remotely | Emergenetics International
With so many opportunities to connect in person, working 100% remotely during the pandemic has been a challenge. As a member of Team WE (our committee focused on culture and corporate social responsibility), we’ve had to make a shift in the way we build and maintain connections with our employees.
Support Remote Workers with Virtual Learning & Development Opportunities | Emergenetics International
While we hope that we will be able to reconnect in person in the coming months, the fact is that remote working will not go away with the pandemic. 56% of global companies already allow remote work, and 16% of companies exclusively hire remote workers.
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?
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.
Creating & Managing an Employee Assistance Fund | YourCause and BlackBaud
Companies active in the CSR space are generally very familiar with the concept of disaster relief. They create campaigns and devote time, energy, and funds in targeted efforts to help those in need following a disaster. But what can companies do when one of their own employees is the victim of a disaster or sudden financial hardship and is in need of help? A company can set up an Employee Assistance Fund.
President Trump declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a national emergency. This declaration not only frees up resources that the federal government may use to address the crisis but also expands the options that businesses have at their disposal to help employees hit by hardship as a result of the virus. Options for employers include providing assistance to employees directly or doing so indirectly through existing or newly formed public charities or private foundations.
Research indicates that 97% of large companies in America have some type of Employee Assistance Fund (EAF), and not surprisingly, EAFs have become a top priority for corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether employees or their family members fall ill, are furloughed or laid off, or have other related hardships, corporations around the country are looking to quickly leverage their EAFs as they focus a growing portion of their CSR efforts inward.
3 Ways the Coronavirus Outbreak Can Lead to a More Sustainable Future | Sustainable Brands
Witnessing the entire world banding together to face this humanitarian threat gives hope to a more sustainable future. A growing number of companies are already putting people before profit during the crisis. The question is, what will a return to “business as usual” look like? The hope is that surviving coronavirus brings out the best in humanity and changes individuals, companies and systems for the benefit of all.
Coronavirus Pandemic Could Elevate ESG Factors | The Wall Street Journal
Environmental, social and governance investing was growing in popularity before the virus began to circulate, as investors flocked to companies that have taken steps to manage non-financial risks related to matters such as climate change, board diversity or human rights issues in the supply chain.
At each stage of an organization’s sustainability journey, the sustainability manager faces different challenges. We conducted 21 case studies of companies in a range of industries in Australia and India. We interviewed sustainability managers and external experts, and drew on additional data on the companies and their sustainability practices.
How to Pursue Sustainable During COVID-19: A Tactical Guide for Brand Professionals | Sustainable Brands
Consumers worldwide are watching companies closely. This is a crucial time for businesses to take up social responsibility. As COVID impacts the lives of billions, consumers are looking to businesses for support.
Recycling Tips During COVID-19 | Keep America Beautiful
Regulations may be shifting in communities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and CDC guidelines. Many communities have temporarily suspended recycling programs because of worker safety and other limitations. As always — look up what you can recycle locally.
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.
Coronavirus is Putting CSR to the Test | Harvard Business Review
The way large companies respond to this crisis is a defining moment that will be remembered for decades. Research suggests that people only truly believe that their company has a purpose and clear values when they see management making a decision that sacrifices short-term profitability for the sake of adhering to those values.
COVID-19 Will Push More Companies to Embrace Purpose, Says Social Impact Pioneer Carol Cone | Triple Pundit
In the years leading up to the novel coronavirus pandemic, major companies were beginning to embrace purpose on a broader scale. From the Business Roundtable’s updated statement on the purpose of a corporation, to the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Davos Manifesto encouraging a new social contract for the 21st century, it’s clear business leaders were starting to recognize the imperative to prove why they exist beyond making money.
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.
COVID-19 Tracker: Insights for a Time of Crisis | Porter Novelli
This is the time when many things will be put to the test, including how business responds. In this moment of global need, we will remember those companies that stood tall, acted quickly and with humanity. We will also remember those that did not. For this is a moment when legacies will be made – and when those true colors will bleed to the surface.
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.
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.
During times of crisis, it is essential to remember that any organizational achievement is the collective result of individuals and their combined efforts. We must determine how to prepare, equip and support these individuals to do their jobs differently—and we must make that determination quickly.
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.
When business, as usual, is impossible, it’s the perfect time to ask: What might business possible, business next, business better look like? What might business with purpose accomplish? The challenge for leaders now is to steer colleagues and associates from business panic to brand purpose. Indeed, (re)activating your purpose can provide stability to your people and forward momentum for your business.
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.
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.
“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.”
Business and COVID-19: Supporting the Most Vulnerable | Business Fights Poverty
This business and COVID-19 response framework sets out practical guidance on how businesses can support the most vulnerable in their value chains, communities and beyond.
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:
- #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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Giving for COVID-19 Relief: FAQs | Fidelity Investments
In addition to specific guidance on how to support medical needs, protect vulnerable populations and sustain all nonprofits, here are answers to other common questions we’re hearing from our donors about how to give most effectively during the pandemic.
Giving in the Time of COVID-19 | The DeBoskey Group
The role of philanthropy in responding to this pandemic is critical. Nonprofit organizations, accounting for nearly one in ten jobs in the U.S. private workforce, with more than 12 million total employees, are in crisis.
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.
As companies are beginning to think about the medium- and longer-term phases of their responses to the crisis, we share a framework we’re using ourselves and with clients to help companies think more holistically about their response. You likely have already reflected on many of the individual aspects of this framework; by sharing the elements together we hope to provide a guide for reflecting more comprehensively on the who—the stakeholders companies can serve, and the what—the levers for impact that companies have.
In the wake of the pandemic, we are calling for business to “meet the moment and build the future.” In doing so, resilient business strategies will be fundamentally important to business success as well as economic and social recovery.
Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 | United Nations
We must respond decisively, innovatively and together to suppress the spread of the virus and address the socio-economic devastation that COVID-19 is causing in all regions. The recovery from the COVID-19 crisis must lead to a different economy.
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.
Special Report on Coronavirus and Small Businesses | U.S. Chamber
With high levels of concern about COVID-19 reported in every sector and region of the country, one in four small businesses (24%) report having already temporarily shut down. Among those who haven’t shut down yet, 40% report it is likely they will shut temporarily within the next two weeks. Forty-three percent believe they have less than six months until a permanent shutdown is unavoidable. Nearly half of small businesses (46%) believe it will take the U.S. economy six months to a year to return to normal.
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.
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.
Leading with Purpose: FAQs on Adapting Your Global Pro Bono Practice in the Time of COVID-19 | PYXERA
The move to a virtual life has not only disrupted the day-to-day way we operate, it’s impacted how we design and implement our programs, especially in our Global Pro Bono Practice. We have developed solutions to maintain the integrity of their employee volunteer programs and ensure continued momentum in reaching their own organizational goals for employee engagement, continued social impact, and even directing employee resources towards the COVID-19 Response.
Re-Shaping Volunteerism During COVID-19 | CyberGrants
Regardless of your team’s skill sets and experience, many causes – whose core values and mission align with the interests of your company’s – could use more than just in-person help. Volunteerism is still happening, but it is being reshaped to meet the challenges of today. Is it more complex? Yes. Are team and event related strategies on hold? Yes. Are there volunteers out there ready to contribute? Without question.
Virtual Volunteering is Here in a Big Way | Realized Worth
As entire workforces are confined to their homes, and uncertainty swirls around us, we are presented with an opportunity to explore an otherwise under-utilized element in the corporate citizenship world: virtual volunteering – but not just any virtual volunteering. Meaningful, impact-driven, virtual volunteering that upskills employee volunteer leaders while achieving strategic outcomes for the company and the community.
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.