COVID-19 Response Resources

  • COVID Chapter President Update

    March 18, 2020

    Dear AFPDC Colleagues,

    I hope this email finds you healthy and in good spirits. Remember that this is a marathon not a sprint and our nonprofits and beneficiaries need us. 

    As a chapter and community, we are committed to supporting you and your missions during this unprecedented time. I am therefore pleased to share the following updates:

    COVID-19 Resource Page
    AFPDC has created a dedicated page on our website of curated resources for you as fundraisers and nonprofit leaders. We know time is precious and the demands you face have grown exponentially in a matter of days. This central resource page features tip sheets from DC Chapter members as well as links to other sources of fundraising guidance we respect. This page will be updated as we receive additional resources, so check back often.

    Ask a Consultant
    We have also set up a special email inbox for 1:1 advice. If you have questions or concerns that can’t be addressed through other resources, email us at and a member of our Consultants Affinity Group will respond. We are grateful to our member consultants for giving their time and expertise pro bono.

    Upcoming Webinars
    On Friday, 3/20/20, at 10:00am we will hold our first webinar focusing on the implications of COVID-19 on the fundraising and nonprofit landscape. This webinar will feature:
    Todd West, Vice President, CCS—discussing overall fundraising advice during crises.
    Laura Gross, Scott Circle Communications—offering tips on how to handle crisis communications.
    John R. Strout, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP—highlighting legal implications COVID-19 may have on nonprofits.

    Click here to register.

    And since this emergency reaches into every aspect of nonprofit management, we are organizing a few additional webinars. Upcoming webinars will focus on HR issues, board and governance-related implications, and a senior leader-only discussion about short and long-term factors to consider following COVID-19. Details on these will follow in separate communications.

    How Else Can We Support You?
    Between the community discussion board, our chapter’s Facebook page, dedicated email, and resource page, hopefully you feel we’ve compiled a good suite of support for you as you navigate through a new fundraising normal. 

    Now that we are in total distancing and are mostly all remote working, staying connected with each other is more important than ever. If you feel a virtual meeting to ask questions and share advice with each other would be helpful, please reach out to me directly and we will get one scheduled. And, of course, please let me know if there is any other way AFPDC can support your fundraising.

    Thank you for all you are doing to keep our nonprofit sector strong. We are committed to standing with you in these uncertain times. Stay well and safe.

    With gratitude,
    Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE
    President, AFP DC

COVID-19 Resources

Fundraising in a Recession (Network for Good)
Talk to Donors Now (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Fundraising Principles in Challenging Times (CCS Fundraising)

Essential Advice and Resources for Nonprofits
Using Digital Engagement to Reach Donors During the COVID-19 Outbreak
(Campbell & Co.)
Do's and Dont's for Fundraising During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Foundation Fundraising in the Time of COVID-19 (Spark Point Fundraising)

Nonprofit Communications During the Coronavirus Pandemic 
(Leapfrog Group)

Crisis Communications Done Well (WUSTL Chancellor)
Coronavirus Crisis Communications Triage Kit (The Communications Network)
Fundraising During a Crisis  (Impact Communications)

Events Advice (Network for Good) 
Canceling an Event  (Network for Good)
Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers (CMX)
Event Management in the Time of COVID-19 (TaylorMade Experience)

Society for Human Resource Management Coronavirus Resources
Using Videoconferencing for Hiring Duringthe Coronavirus Pandemic (Campbell & Co.)
Unemployment & Workforce Solutions

SHRM - Where to find government resources
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights 

Information Collections
March 20 Webinar - COVID 19 - Navigating Nonprofits and Fundraising during COVID-19
March 20 Webinar PowerPoint Presentation
March 13 President Message on COVID-19

March 11 President Message on COVID-19
COVID-19 Nonprofit & Philanthropy
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Communications Network