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How is NAO Supporting Nonprofits in Response to COVID-19?

We are talking to and engaging with hundreds of nonprofits every day in Oregon as we navigate this crisis together. We know from connecting with all of you that you are trying to figure out how to keep your nonprofits operational, how to access relief programs and funding, and how to keep your staff and the people you serve safe. With that in mind, NAO is working for you to get timely information and resources. While NAO's in-person programs are suspended, we are offering targeted programming to support you and your nonprofit - see below. Thank you to our funders and sponsors who continue to support NAO in our mission and service to Oregon nonprofits through the Pandemic and beyond. We are stronger together.

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  1. Economic Relief for Nonprofits - CARES Act
  2. Expanded Leave & Unemployment Provisions in the FFRCA
  3. Employer Resources for Managing Employees and Staffing Issues
  4. Funding Sources for Nonprofits
  5. Governance and Leadership Resources
  6. Nonprofit Public Policy and Advocacy Issues
  7. Subsector Information and Resources
  8. Information in Multiple Languages (as available)


3/27/2020 - CARES Act: the House unanimously passed and President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus package intended to provide immediate relief for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local governments. Several provisions of the CARES Act are of particular importance to nonprofits, including: 1. The availability of forgivable small business loans to nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees. 2. Unemployment relief for workers and (partially) for many nonprofits; 3. A (limited) universal charitable deduction for 2020; and 4. A variety of appropriations that will help many communities served by nonprofits.

6/03/2020 - Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act: Paycheck Protection Flexilibilty Act of 2020 Passed. Congress voted to allocate an additional $480 billion in relief funds for small businesses and nonprofits.

12/21/2020 - Consolidated Appropriations Act: Congress approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, a $900 billion COVID-19 Package (includes Important Relief for Nonprofits). 

3/06/2021 - American Rescue Plan Act: Congress approved the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), providing a total of $1.88 trillion in federal investments. This bill will provide urgent and targeted funding to defeat the virus and provide workers and families the resources they need to survive the pandemic while the vaccine is distributed to every American. There are many funding and program expansions or extensions contained in the act that will help nonprofits and the communities and issues they serve. See below for a title-by-title summary that outlines the issues of most interest to nonprofits. 


5/31/21 - The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has officially ended. Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP Loan Forgivenuess

PPP Loan Forgiveness

A borrower can apply for forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. If borrowers do not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period, then PPP loan payments are no longer deferred, and borrowers will begin making loan payments to their PPP lender.

  • Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness - SBA
  • PPP Borrower Resubmissions of Loan Forgiveness Applications Using Form 3508S - SBA (1/15/21)
    Form 3508S may be used by borrowers that received a PPP loan of $150,000 or less.
  • Repeal of EIDL Advance Deduction Requirement - SBA Procedural Notice (1/08/2021)


In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan that provides economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19. The loan program is a 30 year fixed at 2.75% interest rate and does not offer forgiveness as the PPP loan does. 


The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance. An applicant may have received a PPP forgivable loan in 2020, but must choose whether to receive an SOS grant or a PPP loan in 2021.

To be eligible to receive a grant, an entity (to include nonprofits) or individual must be a: live venue operator or promoter, theatrical producer, live performing arts organization operator, relevant museum operators, motion picture theatre operator, or talent representative. Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

  •  Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Eligibility & Application - SBA
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant - FAQ
  •  Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Now Accepting Applications - CLA

Federal Grant Support Services

  • Single Audit Service Providers: Go to NAO Principles & Practices - Financial Oversight to see providers that offer Single Audit services for nonprofits that have received federal grants. They are in NAO's network of business verified affiliate members.


Expanded tax benefits help individuals and businesses give to charity in 2020 & 2021 - IRS Year-end Reminder

  • Nonitemizer charitable deduction extended to $300/$600 through 2021
  • Itemizer deduction limit raised to allow cash donations up to 100% of income (see below)
  • Corporate donations limit raised to 25% of income

Suspension of Charitable Contribution Limitations for 2020 & 2021: Typically, tax law limits charitable deductions to 60% of adjusted gross income (AGI). There is a temporary suspension of the limits on deductible charitable contributions under the CARES Act. For a contribution to qualify, it must be a cash contribution made to a qualifying organization during the 2020 and extended for the 2021 calendar year. Donor Advised Funds and Private Foundations are not qualifying organizations under this rule.

Employee Retention Tax Credit: The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted December 27, 2020, amended and extended the employee retention credit (and the availability of certain advance payments of the tax credits) under section 2301 of the CARES Act. Employers carrying on a trade or business and tax exempt organizations who experience full or partial suspension of the operation of their business in any calendar quarter due to orders from a governmental authority limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings because of COVID-19 will be eligible for a payroll tax credit. 

  • Employee Retention Tax Credit Extended through December 31, 2021 (per American Rescue Plan Act)
  • New law extends COVID tax credit for employers who keep workers on payroll - IRS
  • Changes to the Employee Retention Credit - Clark Nuber
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit Updates - Rules and Administration - JD Supra

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3/18/20 - The federal government enacted the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which provided paid sick leave and additional FMLA protection in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FFCRA’s paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements went into effect on April 1, 2020 and expired on December 31, 2020. 

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021, extended employer tax credits for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave voluntarily provided to employees until March 31, 2021.  The CAA did not extend employees’ entitlement to FFCRA leave beyond Dec. 31, 2020, meaning employers will no longer be legally required to provide such leave.

Frequently Asked Questions on the WHD website, addresses whether workers who did not use their leave entitlement under the FFCRA in 2020 may use such leave after Dec. 31, 2020. 

FFCRA Emergency Leave Updates

Access FREE employer resources from NAO partner organizations including detailed FAQs


The FFRCA includes the Emergency Unemployment Stabilization and Access Act, which allocates $1 billion in emergency state grants to assist with processing and paying unemployment insurance (UI) benefits under some circumstances. Of that amount, $500 million will provide funding for administrative costs, as long as states have met certain requirements to provide eligible workers with access to benefits. The Oregon Employment Department has information that is relevant to employers and individuals seeking to understand business layoff, closures, and unemployment insurance benefits.

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3/23/20 - Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Emergency Order 20-12, “Stay Home Save Lives.” This Emergency Order in conjunction with the operating reality we all find ourselves in has had, and will continue to have significant impacts on the nonprofit sector, how we work, where we work and how we can best keep staff and those we serve safe during a pandemic. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) serves as the lead agency for the public health response.

6/30/21 - Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 21-15, "Rescinding all COVID-19 Restrictions." While the new Executive Order cancels most pandemic-related restrictions, it also reminds Oregon residents that masks are still required in health care settings, airports, airplanes, and public transportation.

Oregon Information & Resources

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Preparing Your Employees & Customers for COVID-19 Vaccines - Quick Start Guide - Health Action Alliance

Workplace Re-entry during COVID

Health and Safety Information

  • Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities - CDC
  • Recommendations Regarding Cloth Face Coverings - CDC
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration - US Department of Labor
  • EEOC Guidance on COVID-19 and ADA & EEO Laws – US EEOC | Summary from MNGD
  • Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace & the Americans with Disabilities Act - EEOC
  • Resources for Wellness During COVID-19 - Emerson Collective

Health Insurance

Virtual Work Resources

Anti-Discrimination Resources

Multnomah County health officials, together with state and federal authorities, are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and working locally to keep our community healthy. Some residents have experienced acts of racism and xenophobia, while some businesses have reported fewer customers because of the myths surrounding COVID-19. Oregon community members are urged to report discrimination incidents that may be motivated by another person’s race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Oregon’s community is responding amazingly to nonprofits’ urgent needs as a result of COVID-19 impacts. Many foundations, corporations, and individual philanthropists have activated special COVID-19-related funds to support nonprofits.

In addition, federal, state, and local public entities have also created funding mechanisms to support eligible nonprofits. Below is a list of potential funding streams that nonprofits can explore. We know this list is not exhaustive; if there are others we should add, please send them to



Tools on Fundraising

NAO Webinar
Ask the Expert: How to Pivot to a Virtual Annual Fundraising Event Successfully – The Dougy Center, Raise Agent
Recording I Slides I Virtual Event Plan Guide

Tools on Crisis Communication

Don’t forget to see if you qualify for the CARES act Federal Loan Opportunities - see details above on Economic Relief thru CARES Act Loans.

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It is never too late to incorporate critical business continuity concepts and tools into our board and leadership structures as we navigate an unplanned crisis of this magnitude. As leaders we must focus on what is most important – our organizational missions and the people we serve through those missions.


NAO Webinar
What All-Volunteer Boards Needs to Do in Response to COVID-19 – Center for Nonprofit Stewardship
Recording I Slides

Business Continuity - NAO Webinars

Building Organizational Resilience in Times of Change  - LeadTeam Consulting
Recording I Slides

Contingency Planning and Emergency Response for Nonprofits Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis – Mercy Corps, CareOregon
Recording I Slides

Merger and Strategic Partnership for Nonprofits - Public Interest Management Group 
Recording I Slides

Rethinking your Strategy: Planning Recovery for COVID-19 Three Part Series - Dialogues In Action 
Session 1: Recording I Slides - The Opportunity Of A Crisis
Session 2: Recording I Slides - Design & Adapt Your Strategy
Session 3: Recording I Slides - Create A New future

Understanding How Money Moves in Disasters - Center for Disaster Philanthropy, GOSW
Recording I Slides

Business Continuity - Response Planning, Preparedness & Toolkits

Financial Resources

Contracts & Insurance

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Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in the development and implementation of public policy to promote an informed, healthy, and strong democratic society. We witness and respond to the impact of public policies on the people we serve, and at this time of pandemic, our voices are more important than ever. Few institutions are closer to the real problems of people than we are. Nonprofits must be a bridge between policy makers and the public to ensure that all voices are heard and needs are met. Engaging in public policy advocacy can raise awareness of your organization’s mission, mobilize your constituents, and create greater understanding of the needs our communities are facing.

NAO Webinars
The Impact of COVID-19 on Oregon Charitable Nonprofits – Jim White, NAO
Recording I Slides

Understanding Trust in Civil Society - A Conversation with Dan Cardinali - Independent Sector
Recording I Slides

Addressing Disparate Impacts: Oregon Workers Relief Fund
While we fight the direct effects of COVID-19, we must recognize how the lack of diversity, equity and inclusiveness in policy making has increased our vulnerability to the health and economic miseries of the pandemic. The Oregon Health Authority is reporting that our Latinx communities are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Without immediate attention and commitment of resources this will continue to impede our efforts to recover and move forward as a nation. We know that funding must be made available for UI ineligible immigrant workers through initiatives like the Oregon Workers Relief Fund. Just as important is much stronger assistance to state, county and municipal budgets that provide both infrastructure and critical funding for this work across the country. As tax revenues evaporate and without significantly greater support, unavoidable cuts in state and local budgets will offset much of the federal relief effort for people and communities in need.

A Call to Action: Philanthropy’s Commitment During COVID-19Council on Foundations
Funders across America are signing a pledge of action given the critical need to act with urgency in the COVID-19 crisis. They are pledging to loosen or eliminate current grant restrictions, make new grants as unrestricted as possible, and reduce grant reporting requirements among other actions so that nonprofit leaders have the maximum flexibility to respond to the crisis.

WORK NOW Act: Funding Nonprofit Work in Communities
Work Opportunities and Resources to Keep Nonprofit Organizations Well Act (WORK NOW Act)
Senators Wyden, Merkley introduce bill to help nonprofits during Pandemic - Press Release (5/15)

Letters Requesting State, Federal and Philanthropic Support for Oregon Nonprofits and Families

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Housing and Human Services

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Health, Safety, and Community Resources

COVID-19 Relief Programs

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