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
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 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)
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.
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.
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 Information Sharing Platform (WISP)
ServeWyoming - Volunteer Opportunities
How to Help - State Partners Flyer
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.
National and International Resources:
April 16, 2020 - White House Guidelines To States for Reopening - Slide Deck
National Council of Nonprofits
Nonprofit Finance Fund
Tools and Technology:
Tips for Setting up Successful, Online Meetings Meetings
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