COVID response resources

COVID Response Resources

The following information offers information and updates from reputable resources. Be sure to check dates for currency and review all information against your specific situation and applicable policies.


General Guidance

Centers for Disease Control Guidance Documents (left-side navigation bar provides drill-down menus by topic)

US Department of Treasury General CARES Guidance.

State of Wisconsin WEDC Relief and Recovery Resources (including reopening guidelines).


General FFCRA & SBA Updates

06/17/2020 SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application information (includes new EZ Forgiveness Application link)

04/24/2020 PPP Insights Memo (Spark LLC)

04/02/2020 FFCRA Clarification Memo (Spark LLC)

03/18/2020 FFCRA Summary Memo (Spark LLC)


Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance

Department of Workforce Development Unemployment Insurance FAQs regarding COVID-19

Federal Stimulus CARES Act Three Types of Benefits in Wisconsin

Unemployment Insurance Calculator


Nonprofit-related Resources:

Helen Bader Institute Guidelines and Considerations for Nonprofit Re-engagement

IFF: Apply through IFF for PPP funding

National Council of Nonprofits: Nonprofits and Coronavirus - information and analyses

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities: Webinars and Online Discussions - requires you to create an account but the resources are free

Center for Nonprofit Management (California): Resource Center - focus on southern California with information of value nationwide

UW Division of Extension Dane County Community Development Collection of Online Resources - links, articles, and references

Nonprofit Leadership Institute Online Community - resources for nonprofit leaders in the Fox Valley Wisconsin area

Candid Collection of Funding Opportunities - resources for nonprofits seeking funding because of the pandemic


Entrepreneurial/Business Resources:

US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship: The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act - extensive guide and direction

McKinsey: COVID-19 Implications for Business - briefs, reports, and analyses

Small Business Administration: Guidance and Loan Resources - some applies to 501(c)(3) organizations as well

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce: Updates and Resources - focus on Madison, Wisconsin region

Prior Educational Sessions & Video Resources

05/20/20, 2PM CT. Virtual Q&A on PPP and Workplace Re-entry recording (featuring Melanie Schmidt, Kate Serpe (Wegner CPAs), Darian Luckett (IFF), Jim McNulty (Oak Bank), Melissa Scholz (Scholz Nonprofit Law), and Mindy Rowland (Spark LLC))

05/19/20, 2PM CT. Conversation on the Future of Philanthropy, Community, and the Nonprofit Sector recording (featuring Melanie Schmidt, Tony Shields, and Salli Martyniak)

05/05/20, 1PM CT. Nonprofit Innovation Webinar recording (presented by Wegner CPAs with Melanie co-facilitating)

04/28/20 Virtual Conversation on Strategy recording (featuring Melanie Schmidt, Susan Detwiler, and Steve Zimmerman)

04/28/20 Leading through COVID-19: Conversation for Nonprofits Excerpt regarding governance and Excerpt regarding strategic leadership (Melanie's virtual conversation with NPlace's Alex Roth)

04/22/20 Virtual Q&A on Preparing Nonprofits for the Next Round of SBA PPP funding recording and chat (featuring Melanie Schmidt, Darian Luckett, Jeff Femrite, and Salli Martyniak)

04/22/20 Conversation on Selling Amidst Uncertainty with Cynthia Beiler recording

04/21/20 Virtual Conversation on Fundraising amidst the COVID-19 pandemic recording (featuring Melanie Schmidt, Marc Pitman, and Sue Kindred)

04/20/20 Virtual Q&A addressing the Paycheck Protection Program, future SBA funding, and workforce issues recording and chat (featuring Melanie Schmidt, Mindy Rowland, and Jim McNulty)

04/14/20 Virtual Q&A addressing technology, financial, and human resources issues recording and chat (featuring Melanie Schmidt, Mindy Rowland, Melissa Scholz, and Alnisa Allgood)

04/07/20 Virtual Q&A addressing financial, workforce, and planning issues recording and chat (featuring Melanie Schmidt, Mindy Rowland, Melissa Scholz, and Melodi Bunting)

03/31/20 Virtual Q&A addressing financial, workforce, and planning issues recording and chat (featuring Melanie Schmidt, Mindy Rowland, Melissa Scholz, Salli Martyniak, and Jim McNulty)

03/24/20 Virtual Q&A recording addressing workforce and planning issues (recording) (featuring Melanie Schmidt, Mindy Rowland, and Melissa Scholz)

Videos: Tips/Techniques for navigating these unusual times

Webinars: Nonprofit Leadership Development series (from 2016)


For Individuals/Teams:

Reading worth your time from Hildy Gottlieb, Creating the Future

Why You Aren't Thinking Clearly, (Part 1) - the brain science of fear

Why You Aren't Thinking Clearly, (Part 2) - ways to calm your brain

Resources for advancing mindfulness from Healthy Minds Innovations

Links to Mindfulness Resources and Events

Healthy Minds Program, free downloadable app - supporting your journey to wellbeing


Timpano Network Affiliates

Consultants who may be of use during these times.

Melodi Bunting, Wegner CPAs (finance, accounting, audit)

Mindy Rowland, SPARK LLC (legal and HR)

Melissa Scholz, Scholz Nonprofit Law (business transactions, compliance, legal)

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