Between workplace giving programs, employee assistance funds (EAFs), crowd-fundraising campaigns, and matching gift programs, employers have an arsenal of options for supporting their employees and the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 13, Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 member food banks across the country, announced the establishment of their COVID-19 Response Fund to help food banks across the country as they support communities impacted by the pandemic. Feeding America initially seeded the fund with $2.65 million to enable food banks to secure the resources they need to serve the most vulnerable members of the community during this difficult time.
How You Can Make a Difference While Keeping Your Distance
A month ago, I didn’t know what ‘social distancing’ was. Now, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s become a fact of life that we need to stay six feet away from each other to avoid spreading germs. If you, like so many others across the country, have moved yourself and your workforce entirely remote to accommodate this new way of working, you’re likely also looking for virtual ways to help in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Workplace giving has evolved significantly over the past few years, becoming an expectation among employees across all industries. Nearly 6 in 10 employees stated it was imperative, or very important, to have a workplace culture that is supportive of giving and volunteering.
In a blink of an eye, it seems our world has turned upside down. If you’re like me, you’re working remotely, you’ve read “in an abundance of caution” more times than you can count, you’re managing a child who is climbing the walls without school to occupy her time, and you’re casting about trying to find some tangible way to help yourself, your loved ones, and the broader community in which you live and work—not to mention those hit hardest by the outbreak.
Nonprofits are the backbone of our communities – some more visible than others in their impact and the needs they meet. While COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, is affecting everyone, nonprofits are particularly feeling the pinch as they simultaneously adjust their work environments and policies to ensure the safety and well-being of their staff and volunteers, and demand for their programs and services surges beyond the scale their networks are prepared to handle.