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Louisville Metro Council COVID-19 Relief Fund (CRF) seeking applications from agencies
The CRF is still seeking applications for funding from local relief organizations facing surging demand (and depleted funds) resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. External Agency Fund recipients and Metro-administered food access or housing (mortgage/rent assistance) programs are eligible. Details and guidelines here; apply here.

CNPE’s Check-In Survey is still open
About 200 nonprofits have already responded to our Check-In Survey, announced on Monday. But we’re keeping the survey open until the close of business tomorrow to capture as many voices as we can. We need to hear from the nonprofits in Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana so we can continue to respond to your needs – and help funders to do so, too. If your organization hasn’t yet taken this survey, please do; it takes only about 7 minutes. We really care about how you are doing right now.

Additional FAQ guidance from the SBA on PPP loans
Three times this week, the Small Business Administration has added questions and answers to its prior FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Program, issued April 23. You can see the updated set of FAQs, current through yesterday, here.

CORRECTION: Nonprofits NOT eligible for the Fed’s Main Street Lending Program
On Tuesday, we reported that nonprofits would be eligible for the Federal Reserve’s newly expanded “Main Street Lending Program” with minimum loan amounts of $500,000 and attractive interest rates. It turns out that the Fed changed course in late April, excluding nonprofits from this lending program. New federal funding programs have been mutating continually for weeks, and it’s hard to get the facts straight every time. We regret the error.

Nonprofits consider when to ‘return’ 
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Nonprofit leaders are weighing conflict­ing guidance from federal, state, and local governments – and diverse advice from global, federal, and state health officials. So just when should nonprofits “return” to a physical work space? We recommend this thoughtful blog piece from BoardSource: “When to ‘Return’: Questions Nonprofit Executives Need to Think About,” published earlier this week.

Upcoming CEO Roundtable webinars

  • On Thursday, May 14, at 2:00 PM, we will dig into pandemic-related HR issues. Jennifer Wheatley and Amy Olds of HR Affiliates will talk about “Getting Back to Business.” They will offer a framework on reopening, consider workplace logistics, address handling employees who can’t/won’t return once recalled, suggest new COVID-related policies and procedures you need, how to handle sickness, and managing the “new normal.” You can register here.
  • On Tuesday, May 19, at 9:00 AM, we’re going to lean in to diversity, equity and inclusion, with COVID-19 and Nonprofits: A Matter of Equity – Perspectives for the Visionary Leader. Diversity speaker and consultant Michele Shelton will provide insight for nonprofit leaders on how to endure current challenges and prepare for the new normal when the pandemic ends. She’ll address the impact of the coronavirus response on (a) socioeconomic inequities; (b) the power and position of nonprofits; (c) the future of donor relations; and (d) advancing your mission. You can register here.
  • Then, on Thursday, May 21, at 9:00 AM, we’ll consider how the pandemic has affected the role of volunteers. In Volunteer Management during COVID-19, staff from Serve Kentucky will help you redesign volunteer programs to achieve your mission while keeping volunteers safe. They will present free resources you can use, including (a) Volunteer Kentucky, a recruitment and management platform, and (b) the Points of Light Service Enterprise method for designing virtual volunteering opportunities. You can register here.

Check “The List”: CNPE continually curates its useful COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources List. You will want to check it for updates.

Join our Facebook Group: Join over 230 other folks on our Nonprofit Community Connection Facebook Group to engage informally with other local nonprofits and the CNPE staff on issues you are either struggling with or have had some success with. Our goal is “learning through crisis to build a better world.” Participants have had some helpful advice this week.

This is a critical time for nonprofits in Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana to stay connected. We can make all these resources possible due to the generosity of our supporters, the volunteers who present webinars, and the income we earn from membership fees. If you are not yet a CNPE member, please join now. If you can donate to CNPE, please do.

Gratitude MandalaCNPE Self-Care Tip of the Day: With so many daily challenges, it can be hard to remember to be grateful for what’s going right. But gratitude can lower the cortisol level in your brain and help you make calmer decisions. Sign up for a daily message about gratitude. We like the “Word for the Day” email messages from Gratefulness.org. You can sign up on their home page.

Hang in there. CNPE has your back. We hope you’re getting the resources you need. Stay well. And take our survey!

My best,

Ann L. Coffey, CEO