“This is a time when humanity is fundamentally tested; a time when each of us is called to reflect on how we might not only persist, but contribute to the health and well-being of those around us.”
-Nick Tedesco, NCFP President & CEO
A Letter to the Community (March 23, 2020)
During these trying times, NCFP is heartened to see donors harness the power of philanthropy to combat the social, economic, and health implications of COVID-19.
We recognize that it’s challenging to identify trusted information in a time of crisis. Accordingly, NCFP is actively curating funding opportunities and resources, which include an issue brief, Leadership in Difficult Times: Guidance for Donors and Giving Families, and other tools.
Balancing Purpose, Payout, and Permanence: Strategy Guide
This Strategy Guide and the accompanying Discussion Guide were produced in partnership with the Council on Foundations to help you answer one of the most essential questions: How much should we spend?
Issue Brief: Leadership in Difficult Times: Guidance for Donors and Families
This guide offers an initial compilation of lessons and inspirations to help donors and families act in the near-term, as well as a variety of tips for family philanthropy’s long-term response. Included are ideas and resources from giving families, family funders, and philanthropy leadership organizations.
COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds
This list and map of funds were compiled in partnership with Giving Compass. We invite you to browse funds both locally and nationally that were created or activated in response to COVID-19. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your fund for consideration.
NCFP Community Conversation Webinars and Recordings
NCFP Friends of the Family: COVID-19 Grants and Support
Articles and Resources
There are a growing number of helpful resources and perspectives on how philanthropic families and donors can best understand and respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Below are several initial resources that we have found to be most useful. NCFP staff will continue to update this list with more current information as it becomes available; please let us know if you have a resource to suggest.
Read the latest on our blog for other resources and perspectives on COVID-19.
Forms and Policies Regarding COVID-19 Response Grants
Family Foundation Messaging to Grantees
Endowments: Balancing Increasing Grantmaking Needs with Decreasing Returns
Recent strategies and perspectives:
Foundations Can Increase Payout: Here’s How (FSG)
NCFP Passages Issue Briefs with Lessons Learned from Past Financial Crises:
Families Step Up to Meet Economic Crisis (NCFP, 2009)
Giving Until it Hurts: Coping with a Tough Economy (NCFP, 2003)
Equity and Social Justice
Shifting Practices, Sharing Power? How US Philanthropy is Responding to the 2020 Crises (Council on Foundations, Dalberg Advisors, Philanthropy California)
Operations and Self-care
Resources for Grantees
Statements on Philanthropy’s Response to Specific Populations
Joint Statement on Collective Care in Response to COVID-19 (The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans in Philanthropy)
Open Letter to Philanthropy: The Cure to Viral Racism is Within Our Hands (Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy)
Statement on Coronavirus Outbreak (Hispanics in Philanthropy)
Other Resource Centers
Candid: Funding for Coronavirus
Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19 Coronavirus
Council on Foundations: External Resources for Responding to COVID-19
Council of Michigan Foundations: COVID-19 Resource Central
Early Childhood Funders Collaborative: COVID-19 Resources
Foundant Technologies: COVID-19 Response
Forefront: COVID-19 Resources and Updates
Funders for LGBTQ Issues: LGBTQ Funding Resources in the COVID-19 Response
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: PowerOf
Independent Sector: Information on COVID-19
Lansberg Gersick & Associates: COVID-19 and Your Family Enterprise Crisis Response Portal
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: Philanthropy & COVID-19
National Council of Nonprofits: The Nonprofit Community Confronts the Coronavirus
New England International Donors: COVID-19 Articles
Philanthropy California: COVID-19 Response
Philanthropy Ohio: COVID-19 Resources for Funders
Philanthropy New York: COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Philanthropy Northwest: Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Philanthropy Roundtable: Philanthropy & COVID-19
Philanthropy Southwest: COVID-19 Resources
Southeastern Council of Foundations: COVID-19 Resource Hub
Tableau: COVID-19 Data Hub
United Philanthropy Forum: How Philanthropy Can Respond to COVID-19