LVCF Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic | Resources for Nonprofits
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has temporarily closed its offices and all employees are working from remote locations. The best way to contact Community Foundation staff during this time is via email. Contact information for each staff member can be found on the LVCF staff webpage at: https://www.lehighvalleyfoundation.org/about/staff.
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation is committed to keeping in close and consistent contact with community supporting organizations, businesses, and individuals throughout the Lehigh Valley in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Community Foundation has established the LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund, a sub-fund of the Community Assistance Fund, to reserve resources for anticipated support of community needs. “We are working with UWGLV and other community partners to provide a pathway for support of nonprofits dealing with COVID-19 issues,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO. “We’ve notified our grantees about our decision to relax reporting and visit requirements during this time of crisis. As an example, when appropriate, we’re permitting recipients of multi-year grants to redirect our grants to support operations."
We will continue to monitor guidance form the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. We are regularly updating this page with valuable information and resources for the Lehigh Valley nonprofit community. See below.
See the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley's resource page for nonprofits | Click Here
The Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (Pano) has a great resource page.
Advocate | PANO sent an email last evening asking all members of the PA Congressional delegation to support the following stimulus package for nonprofit charitable organizations:
- $60 Billion in emergency stimulus aimed to help adversely affected charitable organizations.
- Universal charitable tax deductions.
- Extends payroll tax credits to all charities, regardless of size, that provide paid family leave, and sick time pay.
This is consistent with the National Council of Nonprofits advocacy letter at: https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/sites/default/files/documents/letter-to-congress-include-nonprofits-in-coronavirus-package-3-11-2020.pdf. If you have the opportunity to engage in advocacy, you may want to echo these points to present a consistent "ask".
Stay informed through the Council's Resource Hub. We've gathered information from across the sector to provide your organization with a central location to learn, share and discuss approaches to this rapidly-changing environment. Check out the latest on advocacy, lobbying and public policy.
- U.S. Government Action on COVID-19
- Charitable Deduction: Private Foundation Lobbying Activity and the Self-Defense Exception
- Washington Snapshot
- Advocacy Toolkit
- A Guide to Advocacy, Lobbying & Election Related Activity