OFFICIAL RESOURCES

As we enter the second week of this extraordinary emergency facing our nation, we continue to develop, organize, and expand our recommendations of resources for our clients and other visitors to this site.

In the internet age, we all benefit from having an extraordinary amount of information, particularly from official sites.  Our government – at all levels – is stepping up to the plate to provide comprehensive and rapidly updated information and advice. We’re following developments at the federal (Congress and the executive branch), state (California legislature and executive branch) and local (San Diego County) levels. We may also – to a more limited extent – include links from other jurisdictions.

In particular, we’re following the most critical issues facing nonprofit organizations and businesses including (a) revenue replacement and (b) employer/employee issues. There are developments each day at all levels of government. Some of the topics referenced here will be developed on separate pages.

  Federal 

The important action right now is happening in the U.S. Congress. Beginning in early March, Congress has proceeded in three stages to address the most critical issues requiring legislative action and massive federal assistance. The first, signed into law on March 6, 2020, was the emergency appropriations legislation that’s a prerequisite to any spending approved (or to be approved) in the second and third rounds.

  • H.R. 6704 (Enacted: March 6, 2020) Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
  • H.R. 6201 (Enacted: March 18, 2020) Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • S.B. __   [Currently under consideration in Senate] The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act 

There are current assistance programs at the federal level (that have been updated recently). We’ll have additional information on a separate page; the SBA has announced that COVID-19 losses can be covered under this program. See Disaster Loan Assistance website.

The Internal Revenue Service has guidance on disaster relief. We’ll have additional information on a separate page.

  • IRS Publication 3833 (Rev. 12-2014) Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance Through Charitable Organizations

State of California

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued sweeping executive orders, culminating in the Stay-At-Home order currently in effect statewide.

There are additional executive orders relating to COVID-19 on the Governor’s official site.

There is also a dedicated website for COVID-19 by the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. It includes important links to other agencies that have also created COVID-19-specific sites.

   County of San Diego 

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  City of San Diego

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COMMUNITY RAPID RESPONSE FUNDS

For nonprofits struggling with the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and – particularly – those organizations that provide vital services, there are community-based emergency funds popping up around the nation. These “community rapid response funds” are generally hosted by local community foundations in partnership with local government, health agencies, nonprofits, and businesses. Generally, they solicit and receive funds from the public and plan to make immediate and then rolling grants to local 501(c)(3) organizations.

Below is a linked list to these Funds in California and Arizona, courtesy of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. (See map and links for the entire United States.)

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund is typical. On its website (a section of the San Diego Community Foundation’s site), the Fund sponsors explain they will “receive donations and make emergency grants to nonprofit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences.” Grants will “focus on three critical areas: food security, rental and utility assistance, and income or gap funding.” There’s a new category: “no-interest loans for nonprofit organizations to provide business and community service continuity.” The Fund “expects to move an initial round of grants within the next few weeks with funds released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues through outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs….One hundred percent of donations will go to organizations helping San Diegans impacted by the health crisis. The fund will complement the work of public health officials and help expand nonprofit capacity.”

   California 

  Arizona

OTHER RESOURCES

We’re gathering lots of website links for information on a broad array of topics arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.