As our nonprofits, Central Texas funders, businesses, and government entities are all considering appropriate responses to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we wanted to share updates and resources to help you take steps to safeguard your employees, operations, and communities.
In an effort to take proactive precautions and prioritize safety and health, Mission Capital has established the following guidelines:
⦁ Mission Capital Office – Will be closed to the public and staff began working remotely effective Friday, March 13th and will continue until Monday, April 13th per the City of Austin Stay Home Work Safe Order. We will reassess timelines (based on CDC guidelines and local public health reports).
⦁ Mission Capital Room Reservations – If you have an in-person appointment at our office, have reserved one of our meeting rooms, or are attending a Mission Capital event scheduled during this time period, you will be contacted by a Mission Capital staff person about your event. Please stay tuned as our leadership team works diligently to come up with alternative ways to serve you. We are creatively exploring ways to equip and connect with you in the days ahead.
Mission Capital stands ready to work with you and other community collaborators, as we find our way forward in creative partnership.
Stay Up to date on COVID-19
Austin Public Health (APH)
Council on Foundations Webinar – How can philanthropy best support non-profits in a pandemic?
March 20, 2020 – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has included the entire state of Texas in its Economic Injury Disaster Declaration and granted access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses across the state. Go to U.S. Small Business Administration page to apply for assistance.
Funds for Coronavirus Relief (Candid)
Community Resources for Individuals & Families
COVID-19 Austin Area Response (CoronavirusAustin.org)
COVID-19: Austin Information and Resources -English Version (Office of Austin City Council Member Greg Casar)
COVID-19: Información y Recursos de Austin –Spanish Version (Office of Austin City Council Member Greg Casar)
COVID-19 Resources for Parents in Austin, Houston and San Antonio (Families Empowered)
Accessing Resources During COVID-19 (City of Austin): If interested in adding links email Lara Foss Lara.Foss@austintexas.gov
COVID-19: Community Resources (City of Austin): If interested in adding links email firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV (US Dept of Health & Human Services)
General Information and Resources
2020 Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA) This guide contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.
Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19 (National Council of Nonprofits) Current information and resources that nonprofits can use to prepare and respond
OpenWHO The World Health Organization’s interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies
Coronavirus & COVID-19 Resources (Society for Human Resource Management) Ways to prepare your workforce for the possibility of business closures, working from home, quarantines and other outcomes of a disease outbreak.
COVID-19: Five Things to Know and Do (Nonprofit Risk Management Center) Tips to help your organization hone your crisis management skills to offset an infectious disease crisis
CDC Foundation Has COVID-19 Guidelines for Nonprofits (The NonProfit Times)
Get Your Workplace Ready for Pandemic Flu (CDC) Guidance for workers to help slow the spread of illness and for workplaces to develop new contingency plans or modify existing emergency operations plans that reflect considerations specific to your workplace setting and community
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources for Nonprofits and Funders (Bridgespan) Collection of online resources that offer valuable guidance on navigating the current times—both responding to the pandemic and preparing for the possibility of an economic downturn.
COVID-19 Nonprofit & Philanthrophy Resources (Nonprofit Sourced)
Health and Safety Resources
Protecting Workers During a Pandemic (OSHA) During a pandemic, transmission can be anticipated in the workplace not only from patients to workers in healthcare settings, but also among co-workers and between members of the general public and workers in other types of workplaces.
Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) Information about pandemic planning in the workplace
When May Employers Require Workers to Self-Quarantine? (Society for Human Resource Management) When and where can employers draw the line for workers to stay away from the workplace after travelling
Resources for Dealing with Stress & Anxiety
Mental Health & Coping during COVID-19 (CDC) The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
How do I cope with my Coronavirus Anxiety? (GoodRX) As the situation evolves, many people are experiencing emotions ranging from mild anxiety to serious panic. If you’re feeling anxiety around COVID-19, here are some tips for how to cope with it.
Helping Kids Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic (Mayo Clinic) COVID-19 (coronavirus) has become a source of daily conversation. As a caregiver, you may be wondering how to support your children’s developmental needs and understanding of the coronavirus.
Weathering the Storm: Helping the World Curb Rising Stress and Anxiety with COVID-19 (Headspace) In this time of stress, anxiety and fear, the Headspace app is offering a collection of meditation and mindfulness content for healthcare providers, workers/businesses, teachers and caregivers.
Headspace is providing free subscriptions to US healthcare providers working in public health settings: If you work in healthcare or know someone that does, please visit or share this link with instructions on how to claim your free subscription through the end of 2020.
Equity & COVID-19
Talking About COVID-19: A Call for Racial, Economic, and Health Equity (The Opportunity Agenda)
Prioritize Equity in COVID-19 Response (National League of Cities)
To Fight Coronavirus, Fight Poverty (Other Words)
Love in a Time of Coronavirus (Fakequity)
Public Policy Resources
Public Policy Responses to COVID-19 (Democracy In Color) From city government to Washington, D.C., elected leaders are getting creative and discovering bold solutions are in fact possible, but there is no clearinghouse of these innovations that can inform other leaders and keep the momentum going. This tool was developed to track public policy responses.
COVID-19 Policy Responses How state government can support nonprofits before and after COVID-19
The Charitable Sector: COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package (National Council of Nonprofits) Nonprofits nationwide, on behalf of the sector as a whole, sent a letter to legislators requesting a $60 billion infusion of support to help the most vulnerable during this crisis
Business Continuity Resources
Small Business Resilience Toolkit (Facebook) Framework for organizations that may not have the time or resources to create an extensive plan to recover from business interruptions
No Business Continuity Plan? Take These 4 Steps (Nonprofit Risk Management Center) Quick-start framework to activate when your nonprofit is currently facing an interruption to operations
Eight Steps for Managing Through Tough Times (Bridgespan) Steps that can help nonprofits weather economic uncertainty
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan Template (Nonprofit New York) Provides the outline for a thorough and highly detailed action plan that can be used to respond to low, marginal, and critical disasters.
Nonprofit Guide to COVID-19 Planning (Georgia Center for Nonprofits) Nonprofit employers must prepare to address the concerns of their workers and stakeholders, and plan for business disruption.
Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CDC) Plans, resources, and tools for communicating before, during, and after a public health crisis
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Communication Best Practices for Nonprofits (Prosper Strategies)
Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit (The Communications Network) Best practices, resources, and examples of effective crisis communications from foundations and nonprofits
Crisis Planning Checklist (Armanino) Presents key steps that organizations can review to ensure that they are prepared for crisis response and operational continuity.
Employee Benefits and Human Resources
Health, Wellness and Leave Benefits Help Employees with Coronavirus (Society for Human Resource Management) Ensure employees are using their health, wellness, and leave benefits to stay healthy or recover, and be aware that benefit programs may need tweaked if widespread illness becomes common
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Workplace: Legal and Regulatory Considerations (HUB International) Guidance to help employers understand the legal and regulatory considerations associated with responding to illness in the workplace (including but not limited to the Coronavirus)
Coronavirus: Employers Should Plan, Not Panic (Foley & Lardner, LLP) The extent to which the coronavirus will take hold in the U.S. is unknown, but employers should take steps now to plan ahead so they will be able to maintain normal business operations.
Nonprofits Included in COVID-19 Tax Bill (The NonProfit Times) Nonprofits are included in a payroll income tax credit as part of federal legislation that will provide emergency paid sick leave, more funding for food assistance and unemployment benefits, and coronavirus testing.
Event Management Resources
COVID-19: Is Your Event Covered? (Professional Convention Management Association) Make informed decisions regarding meetings and events and communicate appropriately with meeting vendors, attendees, and stakeholders
Interpreting Force Majeure Clauses (Venable LLP) Knowing how to interpret a force majeure clause will help your organization make informed decisions about whether you will be able to cancel your meeting or event without liability
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program The Small Business Administration in coordination with state governors will provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits severely impacted by COVID-19
Coronavirus Tax Relief (Internal Revenue Service) Updates, statements, and guidance for taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by COVID-19
COVID-19 Resources for Employers (Texas Workforce Commission) FAQs & information from on unemployment benefits, precautions for employers and shared work programs.
8 Steps for Successful Fundraising During the Coronavirus Crisis (Amy Eisenstein)
How Nonprofits Can Connect Virtually During Trying Times (Clairification) Virtual ways nonprofits can connect with supporters
Tuesday, March 31st: Raising Money and Staying Sane during a Pandemic and a Financial Crisis
Tuesday, March 31st: When Everyone is Team Digital
Wednesday, April 1st: Share Your Message, Not Germs: Organizing and Advocacy During Social Distancing
Wednesday, April 1st: Political Fundraising During Uncertain Times
How to Create an Effective Teleworking Program (Society for Human Resource Management)
Considerations for a Remote Work Policy (Society for Human Resource Management)
Remote Workers and Telecommuting Practices for Nonprofits (National Council of Nonprofits)
Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success (LinkedIn) Free 16-course e-learning series
Free or Low-Cost Telecommuting Resources
Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak (TechSoup) Resources (most of which are free) that can be implemented relatively quickly and with little to no external IT support
DropBox Free Dropbox Business and HelloSign Enterprise subscriptions for 3 months to nonprofits focused on fighting COVID-19
Emergency Remote Work Kits (LogMeIn) Free, organization-wide use of many LogMeIn products for 3 months
Google Free access to Hangouts Meet, which allows up to 250 participants and live streaming up to 100,000 viewers per domain, and G-suite until July 1, 2020
Loom Video recording and sharing service offering boosts to free service plan, discounted prices on LoomPro, and free access for educational institutions through July 1, 2020
Microsoft 365 Free 6 month trial of Microsoft 365 E1, with web-based Office apps and business services including email, file storage and sharing, meetings, and instant messaging
Quip (Salesforce) Free use of platform for remote teams to work collectively on documents, spreadsheets, and chat (for current Salesforce users only)
Slack Free upgrades to paid plans for teams working on coronavirus pandemic research, response, or mitigation
Webex– Video Conferencing, Online Meetings and Screen Share
Zoom Online video and web conferencing platform at a discount for nonprofits through TechSoup