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More Than 6,300 Coronavirus Cases Have Been Linked to U.S. Colleges – (The New York Times, July 29) Account Required

Byline: As college students and professors decide whether to head back to class, and as universities weigh how and whether to reopen, the coronavirus is already on campus.

Nonprofit Finances on the Brink – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 28, 2020) Account Required

For years, Playworks was a high-growth darling, with a randomized, controlled study demonstrating effectiveness and $26 million in expansion capital to propel the charity toward its goal of reaching 3.5 million kids and 7,000 schools this year. COVID put an end to that.

Best NonProfit Workplaces Were Already Remote – (The Nonprofit Times, July 27, 2020)

The best nonprofits to work for seemed to have been ahead of the curve and innovative before it was fashionable, or in some cases, necessary.

National Gallery of Art director responds to allegations of harassment and diversity issues at the museum – (The Washington Post, July 17, 2020) Account Required

Kaywin Feldman, who last year became the first woman to lead the National Gallery of Art, said in an interview Friday that she agrees with some changes called for in an online petition seeking racial justice and increased diversity at the museum.

Should Students Be Required to Be Vaccinated? – (Inside Higher Ed, July 10, 2020)

Polls are raising questions about whether all college-aged adults will choose to get a coronavirus vaccine when one is available.

One University Asked Students for Social-Distancing Ideas. Here’s What They Proposed. – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 8, 2020) Account Required

Experts say student buy-in is essential for such policies to work — something the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor took to heart.

Coronavirus Diary: What Keeps a Disaster-Preparedness Leader Awake at Night – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 30, 2020)

Nicolette Louissaint is executive director of Healthcare Ready, a nonprofit that was formed after Hurricane Katrina. The organization’s mission is to help coordinate the efforts of health care companies, governments, and community organizations during disasters.

In the Pandemic, We’re All in This Together. Going It Alone Won’t Work, Grant Makers – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 30, 2020) Account Required

We need to start paving the way for a more equitable future.

College Football Feels Growing Impact of COVID-19 – (Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2020)

Four games set to feature historically black colleges are canceled, and positive tests spread to many major university programs as players return.

Nearly Two Thirds of U.S. Venues Plan Fall 2020 Comeback, Study Shows – (American Theatre, June 18, 2020)

TRG Arts finds that multidisciplinary venues are most likely to try to reopen early, and theatres the least likely.

A Fall Enrollment Disaster? Early Signs Say, Not Everywhere – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2020) Account Required

The sky isn’t falling in college admissions. Not yet, anyway.

Donor Conversations Are Buoying Confidence of Higher-Education Fundraisers – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 17, 2020) Account Required

College fundraisers are entering the 2021 fiscal year with more confidence than when they closed the last one.

Johns Hopkins, CHEA Release Guide for Pandemic – (Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2020)

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and Tuscany Strategy Consulting have collaborated to create a free resource to guide colleges on how to open campuses safely in the future.

In Dire Times, Asking Donors to ‘Unrestrict’ Their Gifts – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 16, 2020)

The big kids in higher ed could follow the lead of Ford and a few other foundations and borrow, too. Princeton ($500 million), Stanford ($750 million), and Yale ($1.5 billion) already are.

How the 2.4% Gain in Giving Last Year Points to What Will Happen in 2020 – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 16, 2020)

Recessions typically trigger a drop in giving, with year-over-year declines seen in the wake of every recession since 1979.

Post-COVID Capacity Building in N.Y.C. Gets Funding – (The NonProfit Times, June 16, 2020)

The New York Community Trust, Robin Hood, and UJA-Federation of New York are funding a $500,000 effort to provide consulting services for hundreds of nonprofits across New York that are struggling from impacts from Covid-19.

A Veteran Auction-House Executive Is Launching a Firm to Serve as a Matchmaker Between Corporations and Museums Looking for Sponsorship – (ArtNet News, June 15, 2020)

It’s not an easy time for either museums or corporations. But Joe Dunning sees an opportunity.

College Towns Fear Covid Will Leave Them as Ghost Towns – (Bloomberg, June 14, 2020) Account Required

Small businesses are counting on the return of students and football fans this fall. With the virus already resurging in some places, that’s no sure bet.

The U.S. death toll has reached 100,000 – (Washington Post, May 27, 2020)

Economy Recovering, but Unemployment Likely to Remain High, Trump Adviser Says – (The Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2020) Account Required

Kevin Hassett notes that businesses are reopening and credit-card data shows consumers are starting to raise spending amid the coronavirus pandemic

Not the Same University – (Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2020)

Missouri Western cuts 30 percent of the faculty, along with programs in history, political science, sociology, economics, music and more.

Not the Same University – (Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2020)

Missouri Western cuts 30 percent of the faculty, along with programs in history, political science, sociology, economics, music and more.

Not the Same University – (Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2020)

Missouri Western cuts 30 percent of the faculty, along with programs in history, political science, sociology, economics, music and more.

Canada’s Calgary zoo to return two giant pandas after bamboo supply disruption – (The Guardian, May 14, 2020)

Scarcity of flights due to coronavirus pandemic has caused problems with getting enough bamboo to feed them

English Museums to Stay Closed Until at Least July – (Museums Association, May 13, 2020)

The employee furlough scheme has been extended until October, but employers will have to contribute more from August onwards.

It’s Time for an Emergency Charity Stimulus – (Inside Philanthropy, May 12, 2020) Account Required

Pressure is growing to address a fundamental design flaw in our charity system.

‘If the Students Don’t Come Back, We’re Dead in the Water’: Loss of Sports Spells Trouble Far Beyond Athletic Departments – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 12, 2020)

As college leaders make plans for the fall semester, one part of campus life that hangs in the balance — and holds outsize importance for some students and alumni — is the slate of fall sports.

California State U. System Will Conduct Most Fall Classes Online – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 12, 2020)

With experts forecasting more waves of Covid-19 infections in the summer and fall, the chancellor, Timothy P. White, told California State trustees that it would be irresponsible to bring the system’s nearly 500,000 students back to its 23 campuses in the fall.

Colleges Reopen Admissions for the Year – (Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2020)

It’s not too late to apply to some private colleges that say they are recruiting students who may have originally planned to go far from home.

Pandemic Hits Academic Hospitals Hard – (Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2020)

Like the universities they’re partnered with, academic medical centers are bleeding cash as they weather the pandemic, prepare for and in some cases treat COVID-19 patients.

Georgia Officials Watch Coronavirus Infection Data After Reopening (Quotes Harvard Chan School’s Bill Hanage) – (Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2020)

More Than 1 Million People Have Recovered From COVID-19 Worldwide – (NPR, May 1, 2020)

Hospital CEOs, execs forgo pay amid COVID-19: 30 updates – (Becker’s Hospital Review, May 1, 2020)

Hospital CEOs and executives across the country are taking pay cuts or donating their pay to employee assistance funds to help offset the financial fallout from COVID-19.

BOGO Sale at Your Local Community College – (Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2020)

Community colleges in all parts of the country are offering discounts and deals for the summer. Some experts doubt it’s what students need, but others see it as a win-win for institutions and students if done right.

Voices from the Field: COVID Crisis Reinforces the Hunger Industrial Complex – (NonProfit Quarterly, May 1, 2020)

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, normal wasn’t so great for the working poor in America. Despite a 10-year recovery, 12 percent of the nation remained food insecure in 2018.

Museums in Europe Prepare to Reopen After Two-Month Shutdown – (Museum Association, May 1, 2020)

Strict guidelines will be in place to safeguard public health but some fear costly new measures will exacerbate the sector’s funding woes.

Elite colleges rejected coronavirus aid. How will the Ed Dept reallocate it? – (Education Dive, April 30, 2020)

While federal officials pressured wealthy institutions to turn down their share of CARES funding, they haven’t come up with a way yet to get the money to schools that need it.

Coronavirus antibody tests explained: what are they and do they work? (quotes Chan School’s Michael Mina) – (The Guardian, April 30, 2020)

A terrible price: The deadly racial disparities of COVID-19 in America (quotes Chan School’s David Williams) – (New York Times, April 29, 2020)

The Governor of Texas Told Museums They Can Legally Reopen This Week. Texas Museums Said: No Thanks – (ArtNet News, April 29, 2020

Museum across the state are still planning how they will safely resume operations.

‘Breathtakingly Cruel’ Rule Will Hit Some Nonprofits That Have Laid Off Workers – (Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 28, 2020)

A new rule from the U.S. Labor Department will have a “breathtakingly cruel” impact on some nonprofits that have had to lay off employees, according to one leading nonprofit advocate.

Mass layoffs begin in cities and states amid coronavirus fallout, threatening education, sanitation, health and safety – (The Washington Post, April 28, 2020) Account Required

Millions of municipal workers could find themselves out of a job or without pay, according to local leaders, who say programs would fall into disarray unless Washington intervenes.

A Time for Reform: Philanthropy and the Push for Better State Policymaking – (Inside Philanthropy, April 27, 2020) Account Required

Aggressive state preemption of local laws has grown more common over the past several years, most often involving conservative state legislators overriding policies passed by liberal cities.

Cash crunch from COVID-19 could force 100 hospitals to close – (USA Today, April 25, 2020)

In rural communities across America, more than 800 hospitals faced financial peril before the pandemic took hold.

A Lifeline for Sinking Budgets – (Inside Higher Ed, April 24, 2020)

Stimulus funds will help black colleges whose resources were stretched thin responding to the pandemic.

House passes $484 billion bill with money for small businesses, hospitals and testing to battle coronavirus – (The Washington Post, April 24, 2020)

The president is expected to sign the legislation, but debate has already begun over what comes next.

Crisis Schooling: Educators, Families Balance Learning And Wellbeing Amid Closures (quotes Chan School’s Archana Basu) – (WBUR, April 23, 2020)

Why the number of asymptomatic coronavirus cases matters (quotes Chan School’s Sarah Fortune) -(Boston Globe, April 23, 2020)

How a Rhode Island College Was Forced to Adapt – (The New York Times, April 23, 2020) Account required

Well-run colleges are known for thoughtful planning and execution. The pandemic made the Community College of Rhode Island work in a new way, instantaneously.

House passes $484 billion bill with money for small businesses, hospitals and testing to battle coronavirus – (The Washington Post, April 23, 2020)

The president is expected to sign the legislation, but debate has already begun over what comes next.

Simplified Rules Proposed for Nonprofits With Business Income – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 23, 2020)

Proposed rules released Thursday would simplify the tax-filing process for nonprofits with taxable side businesses.

Did other countries that reopened see an increase in coronavirus infections? Yes (quotes Chan School’s Stephen Kissler) – (Politifact, April 23, 2020)

What’s the best case scenario for the coronavirus pandemic? (features Chan School’s Marc Lipsitch) -(Boston Globe, April 22, 2020)

Young people at lower risk for COVID-19, can still transmit the virus (quotes Chan School’s Bill Hanage) – (UPI, April 22, 2020)

Climate Change Worsens Effects Of Global Outbreaks Like Coronavirus, Expert Says (features Chan School’s Aaron Bernstein) – (WBUR, April 22, 2020)

Air pollution has made the COVID-19 pandemic worse (quotes Chan School’s Aaron Bernstein) – (Popular Science, April 22, 2020)

Special Report: Former Labradoodle breeder tapped to lead U.S. pandemic task force(quotes Chan School’s Ashish Jha) – (Reuters, April 22, 2020)

Op-ed: It’s Too Soon to Reopen States. The Coronavirus Is Not Under Control (quotes Chan School’s Marc Lipsitch and Ashish Jha) – (New York Times, April 22, 2020)

After Trump’s Criticism, Harvard Turns Down Federal Relief Money – (New York Times, April 22, 2020)

Which States Are Doing Enough Testing? This Benchmark Helps Settle The Debate (quotes Chan School’s Bill Hanage) – (NPR, April 22, 2020)

Young Adults Favor Buying Local Over Giving, Volunteering in Pandemic Response – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 22, 2020)

Buying local and donating goods and services were the most common actions young adults said they had taken to help others during the first month of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey.

$484B More in Stimulus Funds Headed for Release: What’s Included, What’s Not – (NonProfit Quarterly, April 22, 2020)

If the House passes this stimulus bill they’ll add an additional $484B freeing up additional funds for paycheck protection loans, hospitals, testing and more.

Top health experts caution against reopening society before coronavirus testing capacity expands (quotes Chan School’s Caroline Buckee and Eric Rubin – (CNN, April 22, 2020)

The earliest known US virus-related fatalities have been confirmed in California as more deaths are investigated – (CNN, April 22, 2020)

Op-ed: Is there coronavirus in your car? Here’s how you can protect yourself. (co-authored by Chan School’s Joe Allen and Jack Spengler) – (USA Today, April 22,

Why the Arboretum remains open – (Harvard Gazette, April 22, 2020)

Asymptomatic coronavirus cases roil best-laid plans for reopening (quotes Chan School’s Bill Hanage) – (Washington Times, April 22, 2020)

Harvard Global Health Institute Director: States That Reopen Without Widespread Coronavirus Testing Face ‘A Big Explosion In Cases’ (features Chan School’s Ashish Jha) – (WGBH, April 21, 2020)

7 Practical Tips for Engaging Art Lovers Through Social Media that We Learned from an Internet Cowboy and the Meme King of London – (ArtNet News, April 21, 2020)

The experts weigh in on how to build a quality museum presence online.

Senate Passes Bill for More Small-Business Stimulus – (The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2020) Account Required

$484 billion bill now goes to the House, where a vote is expected Thursday

Here are the COVID-19 Legal Risks You Need to Know About Now – (The Chronicle of Education, April 21, 2020) Account Required

Small print is getting enormous attention as the novel-coronavirus crisis triggers what promises to be a tsunami of college litigation and insurance claims.

Ed Dept Releases 2nd Round of Coronavirus Aid for Colleges, Clarifies Who Qualifies – (Education Dive, April 21, 2020)

The U.S. Department of Education is making the second round of federal relief available for colleges, a total of $6.2 billion that they can use to cover expenses related to the coronavirus, the agency announced Tuesday.

As Covid-19 rips through black communities, African American leaders demand inclusion on response teams (quotes Chan School’s David Williams) – (Mississippi Today, April 21, 2020)

Need to Report Coronavirus Symptoms? There’s an App for That (highlights Chan School research) – (NBC Boston, April 21, 2020)

Columbia construction workers ordered to return to sites as COVID cases peak in NYC (quotes Chan School’s Glorian Sorensen and Jack Dennerlein) – (Columbia Spectator, April 21, 2020)

Helping people get some sleep in anxious times will help underserved communities too (references #FirstRespondersFirst) – (Fortune, April 21, 2020)

Trump administration presses Harvard University to pay back $8.6M in coronavirus stimulus aid – (MassLive, April 21, 2020)

What Happens If U.S. Reopens Too Fast? Documents Show Federal Coronavirus Projectionsm (quotes Chan School’s Bill Hanage) – (NPR, April 21, 2020)

Schools Embrace Virtual Pep Rallies to Boost Spirit During Shutdown – (Education Dive, April 20, 2020)

The purpose behind a virtual spirit week is to provide students with a sense of normalcy during an unusual period of time

43% of Higher-Education Fundraisers Don’t Expect to Meet Goals – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 20, 2020) Account Required

Just 22 percent expect to meet those goals, according to a new survey of 415 advancement professionals at 48 colleges and universities.

Trump Administration, Congressional Leaders Near Deal on Virus Aid That Includes Major Boost for Small Businesses – (Washington Post, April 19, 2020) Account Required

Bill would add funding for hospitals and testing and about $300 billion to restart small-business loan program

Austria Will Allow Museums to Reopen in Mid-May, Making It Among the First European Countries to Ease Restrictions on Art Institutions – (ArtNet News, April 17, 2020)

Meanwhile, museums in China have been gradually reopening their doors as well.

In a Major Shift, a Leading Museum Association Is Relaxing Its Rules on How Institutions Can Use Their Money Amid the Economic Crisis – (ArtNet News, April 16, 2020)

The association will now allow institutions to use previously restricted funds to pay for staff and everyday operations.

Advocates Worry Nonprofits Won’t Qualify for New Lending Program – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 16, 2020)

Nonprofits are concerned that they may not be eligible for help under the new Main Street Lending Program, and they hope the Treasury will announce, perhaps as soon as Friday, another lending program aimed at midsize nonprofits.

Coronavirus: Museums ‘will not survive’ virus lockdown – (BBC, April 15, 2020)

Some of the UK’s attractions and museums will be lost due to the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on their finances, arts bodies have warned.

Small-Business Aid Funds Run Dry as Program Fails to Reach Hardest Hit – (The New York Times, April 15, 2020) Account Required

Lawmakers remain at odds on how to replenish a lending program meant to help companies and workers weather the coronavirus pandemic.

How the New $300 ‘Universal’ Deduction Works – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 15, 2020)

Congress last month sought to jump-start charitable giving by offering rank-and-file taxpayers access to a charitable deduction for up to $300 in donations. The goal was to help groups affected by the coronavirus and the economic crisis.

As Higher Ed Groups Ask for More Coronavirus Aid, $47B is ‘the floor’ – (Education Dive, April 14, 2020)

ACE conservatively estimates the sector will need at least $46.6 billion after losing money on enrollment, auxiliary fees and increased financial aid for students.

COVID – 19 is a Pivotal Moment for Struggling Students. Can Colleges Step Up? – (The Chronicle of Education, April 14, 2020)

Universities have made headway caring for and graduating students from low-income backgrounds. The new coronavirus makes the climb much steeper.

It’s Business as Unusual for Theatres’ Finance Directors – (American Theatre, April 14, 2020)

Finance directors have been working around the clock to lock down funds and plan for an uncertain future.

U.S. Weighs When to Restart Economy as Europe Looks to Ease Lockdowns – (Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2020)

Confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, approach 560,000 in the U.S.

Groups used to serving desperately poor nations now help US – (AP, April 10, 2020)

Nongovernmental organizations that typically operate in countries battered by conflict or natural disaster are shifting their efforts to communities in the United States to help address and manage the coronavirus pandemic.

IRS Extends Tax Day for Nonprofits – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 9, 2020)

Nonprofits facing tax deadlines of April 1 to July 14 now have until July 15.

America is in a Depression. The Challenge Now is to Make it Short-Lived – (The Washington Post, April 9, 2020)

Economists say the U.S. unemployment rate is now 13%, the worst since the Great Depression.

UK universities plead for billions of pounds in support – (The Guardian, April 9, 2020)

Institutions promise to limit student intake and cut spending in return for bailout funding

Moody’s: Higher ed’s recovery from coronavirus impact partly depends on government response – (EducationDive, April 8, 2020)

How state and federal governments respond to the coronavirus pandemic could make it harder for U.S. universities to recover from the economic fallout of the crisis, according to new research from Moody’s Investors Service.

Fidelity DAF Donors Eclipse $100 Million in Grants, Aim for Another $100 Million – (The Non Profit Times, April 8, 2020)

More than $100 million in grants to more than 4,500 nonprofits have been recommended from donor-advised fund (DAF) accounts in Fidelity Charitable in response to the novel coronavirus since tracking began last month.

Independent Sector Asks Financial Orgs to Prioritize Nonprofits Under Coronavirus Stimulus Package – (NonProfit Pro, April 7, 2020)

During this time of unprecedented need, it’s more crucial than ever for nonprofit organizations to receive the support they need to continue moving their missions forward.

After Losing $19 M., Brooklyn Museum Joins Other Arts Organizations in Applying for Federal Aid – (ArtNews, April 7, 2020)

Last week, Anne Pasternak, the director of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, decided that her institution needed to apply for federal aid to buoy losses resulting from the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Virtual Bingo and Minecraft Graduation: During the Pandemic, College Students Recreate Campus Life at Home – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 7, 2020)

At the tight-knit, 1,100-student college in southeastern Indiana, bingo is so popular that latecomers have to sit on the floor.

Treasury’s Mnuchin Seeks Additional $250 Billion to Replenish Small-Business Coronavirus Program – (The Washington Post, April 7, 2020)

Development comes amid surging demand for loans under rescue bill.

Small Business Aid Program Stretches Agency to Its Limits – (The New York Times, April 7, 2020)

The Small Business Administration is not equipped to handle the demand for emergency loans. It is trying to fix aging systems, but the delays are rattling banks and small businesses.

Museums Struggle for Survival in Pandemic Shutdown – (Nonprofit Quarterly, April 7, 2020)

As income streams have dried up and budgets have turned a glowing red, we are seeing an entire nonprofit sector struggle for survival, balancing immediate threats against future needs.

Museums Across the US are Furloughing and Laying Off Workers- But Hopeful They’ll Get Help From the Federal Government – (Artnet News, April 7, 2020)

The MFA Boston has furloughed more than 300 staff members—about 40% of its workforce—as it anticipates losses of more than $12 million.

Treasury Preparing to Seek More Than $200 Billion to Replenish Small Business Coronavirus Program – (The Washington Post, April 7, 2020)

Development comes amid surging demand for small business loans under coronavirus rescue bill.

Small Nonprofits Struggle to Get Payroll Loans in New Federal Program – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 6, 2020)

Complaints on Friday included overwhelmed bank websites, confusing or restrictive eligibility criteria, and a persistent fear the program will leave small nonprofits high and dry in the rush for funds.

The Uncertain Path of the Coronavirus Pandemic Poses Its Own Risk – (The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2020)

It isn’t just the magnitude of this shock that is unprecedented but the uncertainty surrounding almost every facet of it.

U.S. Employers Cut 701,000 Jobs in March – (The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2020)

Data doesn’t reflect the magnitude of jobs being lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Museums and Equity in Times of Crisis – (American Alliance of Museums, April 2, 2020)

Just weeks ago, many of us in the museum field were in our offices, in the halls of our institutions, outside on our grounds, or observing nature at our zoos or aquariums. Now we are in a new place.

How Are Colleges Contributing to the ‘War Effort’ Against the Coronavirus? – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 2, 2020)

As the coronavirus pandemic has closed campuses, forcing higher education to reinvent itself in a matter of weeks, some colleges are also meeting this unprecedented moment with a renewed sense of purpose about their role in the community.

Emergency Paid Leave: Answers to Your Questions – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 2, 2020)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which took effect on April 1 and applies through the end of this year, guarantees emergency paid leave to eligible employees for reasons related to COVID-19. But some charities may qualify for an exemption, and these benefits are not available to all categories of workers.

How Nonprofits Can Apply for Loans and Other Emergency Benefits – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 2, 2020)

Nonprofits interested in taking advantage of new emergency loans and other aid programs should get their papers in order, contact their local FDIC-insured bank, and prepare to move quickly, nonprofit policy experts say. The application process for many benefits opens Friday.

A Record 6.6 Million Applied for Unemployment in U.S. Last Week – (The Washington Post, April 2, 2020)

Figure is a stunning sign of an economic collapse triggered by coronavirus.

US Representatives Introduce Bill to Provide $60B in Emergency Relief to Nonprofits – (NonProfit Pro, April 1, 2020)

Under CARES Act many nonprofit organizations were eligible to receive a portion of the $350 billion reserved for small business loans, known as the Paycheck Protection Program. But it comes with a caveat: Organizations that have over 500 employees would not be eligible to receive any emergency funding from this bill.

How to Adapt Your Nonprofit’s Sick-Leave Policy During COVID-19 – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 31, 2020)

Many nonprofit leaders are wondering how to adapt their organization’s sick-leave policy to support employees and keep the organization running as smoothly as possible during the coronavirus outbreak. However, experts stress that no human-resource playbook exists for this unprecedented crisis.

Growing Number of States Say They Are Closing Schools for Rest of 2019-2020 Year – (The Washington Post, March 31, 2020)

With infectious-disease experts saying that the spread of the disease will become worse, it is likely that many states will keep students at home, doing distance learning for the rest of the school year.

Museums Scramble to Document the Pandemic, Even as it Unfolds – (The New York Times, March 31, 2020)

With photographs, field interviews and mass surveys, institutions are trying to preserve information about everyday life during the crisis for future study.

As Liberty University Reports First COVID-19 Case, Students and Parents Grapple With Conflicting Information – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 30, 2020)

In a statement released late Sunday, Liberty officials sharply disputed The New York Times’s account, calling it “fake news” that gave a distorted view of what was actually happening on campus. The university broke down the numbers on its website.

Coronavirus May Add Billions to the Nation’s Health Care Bill – (The New York Times, March 30, 2020)

China Created a Fail-Safe System to Track Contagions. It Failed – (The New York Times, March 30, 2020)

China Gets Back to Work While U.S. Extends Coronavirus Shutdowns – (The Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2020)

Coronavirus Slowdown in Seattle Suggests Restrictions Are Working – (The New York Times, March 30, 2020)

President Trump extends social distancing guidance until end of April – (The Washington Post, March 29, 2020)

How widespread is coronavirus in New York? We need to know – (VOX CERP Policy Portal, March 29, 2020)

Applications Open for $75 Million in NYC COVID Relief – (The Nonprofit Times, March 27, 2020)

Applications are now open for loans as part of the $75-million NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, hosted by New York Community Trust and administered by the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF).

A record 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits as the coronavirus slams economy – (The Washington Post, March 26, 2020)

Last week saw the biggest jump in new jobless claims in history, surpassing the record of 695,000 set in 1982.

Big Givers to Chicago’s Nonprofits: We’re Still Here for You – (Crain’s Chicago Business, March 26, 2020)

In a joint letter, the heads of more than 30 local foundations pledge to maintain support for local philanthropic organizations during the COVID-19 crisis.

In a Moment of Crisis, Philanthropy is Showing its Unique Value – (Inside Philanthropy, March 26, 2020) Account Required

While the crisis continues to lay bare problematic systems and layers of social injustice, it also shines a spotlight on the value and courage of philanthropy.

3 ways we can (and must) help small nonprofits now – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 26, 2020)

Well, my friends, the helpers need our help.

U of T launches action fund to support high-impact research in battle against COVID-19 – (University of Toronto, March 25, 2020)

Are You Leading Through the Crisis … or Managing the Response? – (Harvard Business Review, March 25, 2020)

The coronavirus crisis, like every crisis, is unfolding over an arc of time with a beginning, middle, and end. It is useful to think what distinguishes what wasis, and will be.

Congress is poised to pass a coronavirus stimulus deal. Here’s what’s in it for higher ed – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 25, 2020)

Congress is poised to give colleges and students whose semesters were upended by the coronavirus pandemic more than $14 billion in emergency relief, according to the text of a spending deal struck on Tuesday night by the White House and the U.S. Senate.

5 Key Things in the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package – (The New York Times, March 25, 2020)

The largest economic stimulus measure in modern history would authorize direct payments to taxpayers and loans to small businesses, and create a $500 billion corporate bailout fund.

Coronavirus Upends College Giving Days as Institutions Pivot to Raise Money for Students’ Basic Needs – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 25, 2020)

Over the last decade, giving days have become a popular means for charities to recruit new donors. For colleges and universities hoping to engage students and young alumni in lifetime giving, these fundraising drives can be especially valuable.

Nonprofits Included In COVID-19 Tax Bill – (The NonProfit Times, March 19, 2020)

Nonprofits are included in a payroll income tax credit as part of federal legislation that will provide emergency paid sick leave, more funding for food assistance and unemployment benefits, and coronavirus testing.

Canada Rolls Out Fiscal Boost and Tax Deferrals for Coronavirus Relief – (The Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2020)

The measures amount to nearly 4% of GDP and would be targeted at people unable to earn income

Nonprofits seek $60 billion federal aid package – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 18, 2020)

Nonprofits are seeking $60 billion in assistance from the federal government to help them respond to special needs and offset the loss of income that many are suffering.

Rules Eased on Colleges Seeking to Close Their Campuses Amid Outbreak – (The New York Times, March 10, 2020)

The Education Department is offering colleges and universities flexibility on higher education rules as campus closures have begun to cascade.



Harvard endowment to go greenhouse gas-neutral by 2050 – (Harvard Gazette, April 21, 2020)

Environmental News: Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary And COVID-19’s Impact On The Climate Crisis (features Chan School’s Ari Bernstein) – (WGBH, April 17, 2020)

When Professors Get Sick – (Inside Higher Education, April 6, 2020)

What to do when professors can’t teach? Some administrators and instructors are making plans for unprecedented illness and even death among faculty members.

During a Pandemic, an Unanticipated Problem: Out of Work Health Workers – (The New York Times, April 3, 2020)

Across the country, plunging revenues from canceled nonemergency medical appointments have forced hospitals to furlough or cut the pay of doctors, nurses and other staff.

Community Funders Begin Planning for a Post-Pandemic World – (Inside Philanthropy, April 1, 2020)

As Americans buckle down for at least another month of social distancing and sheltering in place, more than 200 U.S. community foundations have mobilized more than $315 million for COVID-19 responses so far, according to the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative, with confirmed grants of $40 million.

GivingTuesday Launches Giving Day Supporting Pandemic Response – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 1, 2020)

In response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, GivingTuesday announced what it described as a day of giving, generosity, and unity set to take place May 5.

Coronavirus Has Choked Off Revenues for Private Colleges. How Much Cash Do They Have on Hand? – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 1, 2020)

Some name-brand private institutions — think Ivy League colleges with hulking endowments — have more than enough cash to make payroll or issue room-and-board refunds. But institutions with shallower pockets will have to establish or draw upon credit lines to keep the lights on.

Preparing for a Fall Without In-Person Classes – (Inside Higher Ed, April 1, 2020)

If campuses are still off-limits to students come September, this spring’s version of remote learning won’t suffice. Some colleges are preparing (quietly) to deliver better online learning at scale if needed.

If the Coronavirus Collapses State Budgets, What Will Happen to Public Colleges? – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 26, 2020) Account Required

Across the country, leaders of regional public universities told The Chronicle that they’re bracing for cuts in their next year’s state appropriations, although the situation also remains remarkably uncertain.

Worries About Coronavirus Surge, as Most Americans Expect a Recession-or Worse – (Pew Research Center, March 26, 2020)

Americans are increasingly alarmed by the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, with sharply growing majorities saying the outbreak poses a major threat to the health of the U.S. population and the nation’s economy.

Powell says economy may be in recession, virus will dictate timetable – (The Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2020)

Chairman says the Fed’s job is to make sure businesses of all sizes have a bridge of support so the economy can recover faster

What We Have Learned From Crises and Can Use in Coronavirus Age – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy March 17, 2020)

The Chronicle asked Laura MacDonald, vice chair of the Giving USA Foundation, which publishes the annual “Giving USA” report on fundraising trends, about what fundraisers can learn from past crises — like the 2001 terrorism attack, the Great Recession, the dot-com crash, and even the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal.


We Don’t Know What’s Behind the COVID-19 Racial Disparity. And That’s a Problem – The Atlantic , May 27, 2020)

Three Museum Directors Offer a Behind-the-Scenes Look at How They Are Tackling the Challenge of Reopening Their Institutions Post-Lockdown – (ArtNet News, May 27,2020)

The directors of the Walker Art Center, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and the Toledo Art Museum discuss their approach to reopening.

Continued Confusion Over CARES Act Money – (Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2020)

Education Department caused confusion twice in recent days by saying it won’t enforce guidance on who can receive the CARES Act’s emergency grants.

Welcome to the Socially Distanced Campus – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 26, 2020) Account Required

College leaders are already preparing for the future by considering ideas to prevent the virus’s spread in spaces like classrooms, dining halls, and dormitories.

What donors can learn from nonprofit websites – (Crain’s Chicago Business, May 22, 2020) Account Required

Can you find the donate button? How about info on COVID-19? Here’s how a handful of Chicago-area nonprofits have turned their websites into crucial communication tools.

Talk of football on empty campuses lays bare college sports’ craven system – (The Washington Post, May 14, 2020) Account Required

In many states, it may be too dangerous to have students on campus this fall. Nevertheless, universities are willing to consider staging football practices and games.

BOGO Sale at Your Local Community College – (Inside Higher Ed, April 29, 2020)

Community colleges in all parts of the country are offering discounts and deals for the summer. Some experts doubt it’s what students need, but others see it as a win-win for institutions and students if done right.

Colleges are Urged to Reassess Admissions Policies Because of ‘Extraordinary Hardships’ COVID-19 Poses – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 29, 2020)

Colleges should reassess their standardized-testing policies because of the “extraordinary hardships” the novel coronavirus will pose to the next round of applicants, especially low-income students.

How College Leaders Are Planning for the Fall – (Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2020) Account Required

Their pivot online salvaged the spring semester. Now they must ready for a near future defined by unknowns

A Necessity, Not a luxury: A Funder Looks to Activate Art’s Power to Heal – (Inside Philanthropy, April 16, 2020) Account Required

On March 20th, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund joined a broad consortium of funders, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in launching the $75 million NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund to support the city’s cultural and social services organizations.

How to Apply for Stimulus Benefits – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 15, 2020)

The Chronicle gathered a panel of experts in a virtual forum to help navigate the complex web of benefits available for your charity.

Facing Financial Stress, Nonprofits Lay Off Workers – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 13, 2020)

Nearly 17 million Americans filed unemployment claims in the last three weeks — an unprecedented number. The government does not track the number of layoffs by nonprofit groups, but it is likely that they are as hard hit by the crisis as others.

How Will the Pandemic Change Higher Education? – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 10, 2020)

Professors, administrators, and staff on what the coronavirus will leave in its wake.

Nonprofit Crisis Management: A Checklist – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 9, 2020)

The onset of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout are seriously disrupting operations at most U.S. nonprofits and stressing many of their stakeholders, including the neediest Americans.

Coronavirus has some students’ college decisions in flux, report finds – (Education Drive, April 9, 2020)

One in five high school students responding to a recent survey said they will likely not attend college next year because of the coronavirus. A slightly smaller share said the situation may cause them to attend a different college than they planned.

Giving From Donor-Advised Funds Surge as Pandemic Spreads – The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 9, 2020)

Fidelity Charitable, the biggest fund in the United States, reported $1.7 billion in outgoing grants in the first quarter of 2020. That’s a 20 percent increase in awards over the first quarter of 2019. Some $89 million of those donations was earmarked for coronavirus pandemic response efforts in March alone.

NEH Announces $22.2 Million for 224 Humanities Projects Nationwide – (ARTForum, April 8, 2020)

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that it is awarding $22.2 million in grants to 224 humanities projects across the United States.

One-Third of Americans Will Give More Amid Coronavirus Outbreak – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 7, 2020)

Close to one-third of Americans plan to give more to charities in 2020, according to a special edition of the Better Business Bureau’s Give.org Donor Trust Report survey, commissioned partly to gauge donor reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now is Not the Time to Stop Fundraising – (NonProfit Pro, April 6, 2020)

It would be worse to go out of business because fundraising was nixed during a time when organizations arguably need it most.

The Hard Choices Presidents Will Have to Make – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2020)

Refund tuition or room and board? Freeze hiring or cut benefits? Here’s what they’re thinking so far.

Facing Challenge with Resilience: How Museums are Responding During COVID-19 – (Institute of Museum and Library Services, April 1, 2020)

At a time when our nation is facing a pandemic and community needs have abruptly changed, museums have quickly adapted to continue serving their communities. Even with their physical locations closed, museums of all kinds are offering free online learning resources, access to their digital collections, virtual tours, and online exhibits—all invaluable opportunities to educate and connect people across the world.

Emergency Funds are Multiplying. Will They Last as Long as the Outbreak? – (Inside Philanthropy, March 19, 2020)

A rare piece of good news after a call to action to ensure the continued operation of nonprofits serving the most vulnerable members of society: Less than a week after the first few COVID-19 response funds were announced, the total number is more than 100 and rising, according to industry tracking sources.

HBR: 5 steps to mastering internal & external crisis communications – (Becker’s Healthcare, March 19, 2020)

When facing a rapidly growing and changing global crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, an organization’s first instinct may be to batten down the hatches and go silent while riding out the uncertainty.

Grantmakers Must Put Equity at the Forefront of the Coronavirus Response – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 19, 2020)

Dispelling the racist misinformation, providing general operating grants, and supporting funds that help those who lack sick leave and have been laid off are among the actions that will ensure the neediest are protected, says a coalition of organizations that connect foundations.

CEO Corner: Talking to Your Donors about COVID-19 (AHP Connect, March 17, 2020)

While it may feel like an inappropriate time to ask your communities for help, in reality, your organizations have never been in greater need, and your donors’ dollars will do more for our communities than ever before.

Experts Urge Charities to Communicate Their Needs Clearly to Their Donors – (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 17, 2020)
As the coronavirus quickly spreads across the country, many donors are unsure how to step in and help.

Philanthropy Has a Duty to Respond Quickly to the COVID-19 Outbreak. Here’s How We Can Do It. – (Inside Philanthropy March 16, 2020)

A foundation president argues that the virus has exposed the failure of funders to think holistically about grantees’ financial needs as functioning organizations and employers—and offers recommendations for what needs to happen now.

How to Lead in a Crisis – (The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 16, 2020)

Scott Cowen offers disaster advice from his time as president of Tulane University during Hurricane Katrina.