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Tonight you will be able to see the biggest “Supermoon” of the year. The moon’s unusual closeness to Earth will make it appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than it appears when it is farthest from Earth. Worth the effort to view it if the sky is clear.

Get a quick $10,000 from the SBA under its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
We have been focused on tracking developments on the SBA’s brand-new Paycheck Protection Program. But the CARES Act also made changes in the SBA’s existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that makes $10,000 in emergency funds (as well as long-term loans at 2.75%) available to small businesses, including nonprofits. Details here.

Special grants if you provide distance learning/telemedicine services in rural America
The CARES Act earmarked $25 million for helping rural Americans get better access to distance learning and telemedicine. The USDA administers this grant program, and nonprofits are eligible. The initial application window closes this Friday, April 10, but you can apply in another round of grants from April 14 to July 13, 2020. Details here.

Three free webinars this week
This week, we have three more free webinars: two CEO Roundtable webinars and a third put on by Mutual of America that we recommend:

  • At noon tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8, Mauri Malka (MSSW, LCSW), Senior Director of Programs at Jewish Family & Career Services will explore how to combat isolation among seniors by Setting Up a Telephone Reassurance Program. She will cover setting up a program, guidelines for training, assessment, measurement, and confidentiality. Register here.
  • At 3:00 PM this Thursday, April 9, we will engage with the Washington-based Center for Disaster Philanthropy on Effective Philanthropy During a Pandemic Crisis. This CEO Roundtable webinar will help both nonprofits and funders understand the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on communities and needs for immediate response and recovery. We will address how to prioritize activities and funds, ideas for best practices for funders, and key areas of need. You can register here.
  • At 9:00 AM on Friday, April 10, Steve Yards, CEBS CRPS, of Mutual of America will walk us through the CARES Act Impact on 401(k) and 403(b) Plans in a WebEx webinar. With our entire economy contracting so quickly and dramatically, employers and employees alike will be scrambling to figure out how to fund and maintain these essential retirement plans. On Friday, just before 9:00, log in here; the meeting access code is 617 484 052; password is WnxAaB2P@23.

Thanks to our volunteer presenters and sponsors who make these free webinars possible.

The President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis on our current economy
It’s easy to get confused by single data points like the unemployment rate and the number of people filing for unemployment. Jim Ballard, President of Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, offers this analysis of our current economy for some perspective:

“Think of our current economic state as a measured temporary shutdown of the U.S. economy. The idea is to remove production and consumption from the economy in a planned, thoughtful way. Unlike the recession of 2008, we are not looking to drive up purchases and production – so don’t buy more stuff, go more places. Think of it as a pause … not your typical recession. Therefore, there may be great temptation to store up funds and amass more cash. While it is important to try to maintain your current standard of living, we have no data to suggest that you need to do more than that.” (Jim Ballard is interviewed by the media frequently. You can follow his interviews here.)

 “The List”: CNPE continually curates its useful COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources List.

The Facebook Group: Join our new 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.

Do Not Disturb sign

CNPE Self-Care Tip of the Day: With all the dings of distraction, you can set your phone on Do Not Disturb. Using this feature for set hours during your day will let you focus when you need to work and unplug when you need to take a break. Here are simple instructions for iPhones and for Android phones.

Hang in there. CNPE has your back. And it’s a good night to get moonstruck.

My best,

Ann L. Coffey, CEO

The CNPE office is closed temporarily to help ensure everyone’s health. Our staff will be working remotely, though, and remain available to help members. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. CNPE Staff Contacts

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