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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and Resources for Nonprofits

The Wyoming Nonprofit Network is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on nonprofits and resources available for the sector. We are in frequent communication with Wyoming's nonprofits, state health and safety partners, the National Council of Nonprofits,  and other state nonprofit associations across the country.

Path Forward: Considerations and Resources for Nonprofit Re-Engagement

The re-opening and the return of the workforce will look different for every organization. We will likely have a segment of the workforce that will continue to work remotely. One thing is clear - this is new territory for nearly all of us. The purpose of Path Forward: Considerations and Resources for Nonprofit Re-Engagement is to help employers prepare for the return of their workforce and to help employees prepare to return to the workplace.  We have provided guidance to help ensure that this transition is safe, efficient, effective

COVID-19 and ITS IMPACT ON NONPROFITS

Survey #2
The first survey was instrumental in communicating to local and state leaders about the current and potential impacts of COVID-19 on nonprofits. A second survey for Wyoming nonprofits was conducted in April. The purpose of this survey was to collect updated information as well as additional data on impacts.  April Survey Report

Survey #1
The Wyoming Nonprofit Network completed a survey of nonprofits in Wyoming to better understand the current and potential impact of COVID-19 on the charitable nonprofit sector. The survey was open from Monday, March 16, 2020 to Saturday, March 21, 2020. There were 209 responses. We would like to remind readers the response to COVID-19 dramatically escalated during the week the survey was open. It was clear as the week progressed nonprofits were having to increasingly adapt delivery of services and for some, were starting to suspend services all together.  As events were cancelled and program revenue sources were eliminated, the financial concerns escalated each day the survey was open. March Survey Report


STATE RELIEF BILLS

Gov. Gordon signed a bill on May 20 that created three grant programs to distribute $325 million of Wyoming's $1.25 billion allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Wyoming businesses who have experienced hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Wyoming Business Council (WBC) is spearheading the creation of the Wyoming business relief programs. On May 29th they announced that the WBC board adopted the emergency rules the first of three program. Unfortunately, nonprofits were excluded from this first program. We are currently working with the Wyoming Business Council and the Governor's Office on including nonprofits in programs 2 and 3. Those programs are expected to be rolled out sometime in July.


FEDERAL RELIEF BILLS

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

On March 27, the House unanimously passed and President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus law intended to provide immediate relief for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local governments. Key provisions of sector-wide interest to charitable nonprofit organizations include the following:

Paycheck Protection Program 
On June 12, 2020, the SBA issued a revised PPP Application Form. All PPP applications are due by June 30, 2020. Any interested applicants should work with their lender prior to this date to ensure submission of their application.

On June 17, 2020, SBA, in consultation with the Department of Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, they also published a new EZ version for certain borrowers. Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before 6/5/2020) or an extended 24-week covered period. Go here for more information and links to the applications. In addition, legislation signed June 5th lowered to 60% from 75% the minimum percentage of PPP funds borrowers have to spend on payroll costs to have the loan forgiven. See this article for additional information on this topic.

Emergency Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
Created emergency grants for eligible nonprofits and other applicants with 500 or fewer employees enabling them to receive checks for $10,000 within three days. More information

Charitable Giving Incentive - Creates a new about-the-line dedu ction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total contributions up to $300. 

Employee Retention Payroll Tax Credit - Creates a refundable payroll tax credit of up to $5,000 of each employee on the payroll when certain conditions are met.

Delayed Payment of Payroll Taxes - Allows employers to delay payment of the employer portion payroll taxes in 2020.

Economic Stabilization Fund - Creates a loan and loan guarantee program for industries that have not otherwise received economic relief in the form of loans or loan guarantees. Mid-sized nonprofits and business that have been 500 and 10,000 employees are eligible for loans under this provision. The parameters of this program is still being worked out.

April 7, 2020 - National Council of Nonprofits Webinar on Federal Covid-19 Legislation
Webinar Recording
Slide Deck

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 19th, the President signed into law, H.R., 6201 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The bill includes a complex set of temporary paid leave mandates and employer reimbursement provisions, as well as funding for free coronavirus testing, food nutrition security, and unemployment extension. 

National Council of Nonprofits - What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means to Nonprofits

Department of Labor - Families First Coronavirus Act Fact Sheets and FAQs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs: Employer's Guide


GRANTS and FUNDRAISING

The Wyoming Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to provide resources to nonprofits and other organizations directly supporting vulnerable residents and families in Wyoming. For more information, see their website.

The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has established the Community  Emergency Response Fund. They are accepting requests for funding from Jackson area nonprofits.

The Lander Community Foundation has established the LCF COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund will be used to support organizations in Lander that provide direct assistance to those affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. 

WyoGives, an initiative of the Wyoming Nonprofit Network, is designed to bring the state together as one community to raise money and awareness for Wyoming's nonprofits. This 24-hour day of online giving, which was planned prior to COVID-19, takes place on July 15, 2020. WyoGives.org provides one, easy-to-use platform where individuals can search and donate to nonprofits across the state. The deadline for nonprofits to register is June 24th.  Check out the website, past and upcoming live webinars, and the nonprofit FAQ page

RESOURCES AND TOOLS:


Wyoming Resources:

Wyoming Information Sharing Platform (WISP)
Wyoming related COVID-19 information.

Wyoming COVID-19 Information 

Governor Mark Gordon (Facebook)

Wyoming Public Health Orders and Guidelines

ServeWyoming - Volunteer Opportunities

How to Help - State Partners Flyer

Wyoming Unemployment
The Department of Workforce Services has expanded their call center to assist with unemployment claims. The new number is
888-674-7699 and hours have been expanded to 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday. See May 18, 2020 Press Release for more information.

Human Resources Help for Wyoming Businesses and Nonprofits - See Flyer

Wyoming 2-1-1Statewide helpline and website provides free, confidential, health and human services information and referral.

What to do if you were exposed to someone with COVID-19?  Wyoming Dept of Health
English
Spanish

National and International Resources:

April 16, 2020 - White House Guidelines To States for Reopening - Slide Deck

National Council of Nonprofits
Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19

How We Can Support Each Other and Our Communities During the Coronavirus Crise
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Independent Sector
Information on COVID-19

Nonprofit Finance Fund
COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Interim Guidelines for Businesses and Employers)

World Health Organization

Tools and Technology:

Tips for Setting up Successful, Online Meetings Meetings
From The Align Team

Zoom - Offers a free option and WNN members can save 20% on subscriptions that offer additional features. Members go to benefit page and log-in or email info@wynonprofit.org.

Google Hangouts Premium is free through July 1

Microsoft Teams is available for free for six months

GoToMeeting is offering remote work tools free for three months

FreeConferenceCall.com - Free conference calls 

TechSoup - Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Technology-enabling your nonprofit to succeed in the face of COVID-19
TECH IMPACT and 501 Commons




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