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COVID-19 Resources for Funders

In light of concerns surround COVID-19 and how it's affecting our neighbors and communities, we know it's been top of mind for many funders and partners. Below are general resources for funders as well as resources focused on COVID-19's impact on housing and homelessness.

Last updated April 2, 2020

Funders Together COVID-19 Programming

COVID-19 Relief Package: What Philanthropy Needs to Know and Act On
Friday, April 3, 2:00-3:15pm ET

Funders Together Member Weekly COVID-19 Call
Wednesday, April 8th | 3 - 4pm ET, 12-1pm PT

COVID-19 Focused Upcoming Programming


Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness
National Low Income Housing Coalition | Mondays, 2:30pm ET

COVID-19 Webinar: Protocols for Addressing Sheltered and Unsheltered Homelessness
National Alliance to End Homelessness | Thursday, April 2, 3:30pm ET

Funder Briefing on Supporting Trans Communities during COVID-19 and Beyond
Funders for LGBTQ Issues | Monday, April 6, 2pm ET

COVID-19 Webinar: Serving & Supporting Unsheltered People During COVID-19
National Alliance to End Homelessness | Tuesday, April 7, 3pm ET

COVID-19 & Homelessness: How the pandemic is impacting our most vulnerable neighbors
Community Solutions | Wednesday, April 8, 4pm ET

COVID-19 Webinar: Working with FEMA to Address Homelessness During the Pandemic
National Alliance to End Homelessness | Thursday, April 9, 3pm ET

COVID-19 Webinar: Supporting People Remotely in Housing
National Alliance to End Homelessness | Thursday, April 16, 3pm ET


COVID-19 Aid Package Resources

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

- COVID-19 Aid Package Congressional Updates
How Will States and Localities Divide the Fiscal Relief in the Coronavirus Relief Fund?

Community Solutions: What the CARES Act Mean for the COVID-19 Homelessness Response

Heartland Alliance: COVID-19 Bill: Much-Needed Emergency Funding but Doesn’t Go Far Enough in Helping Families

National Alliance to End Homelessness: What’s in the Coronavirus Bill for Homelessness?

National Health Care for the Homeless Council: Summary of Key Provisions in Congress' COVID-19 Bills

National Low Income Housing Coalition: Congressional Leaders Agree to Coronavirus Response Package with Funding for Homelessness and Housing

Youth Collaboratory: Progress on $2 Trillion Relief & Stimulus Bill for COVID-19 


Homelessness and Housing Focused Resources

**Homelessness and COVID-19 Considerations and Action Steps

**Homelessness and Housing COVID-19 Response Policy Recommendations and Asks

Center for Disease Control: Interim Guidance for Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) among People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness

Eviction Lab: COVID-19 and Changing Eviction Policies Around the Nation

Heartland Alliance: COVID-19 Policy Recommendations

National Alliance to End Homelessness:

- Coronavirus and Homelessness
Estimated Emergency and Observational/Quarantine Bed Need for the US Homeless Population Related to COVID-19 Exposure by County; Projected Hospitalizations, Intensive Care Units and Mortality
COVID-19: What State and Local Leaders Can Do for Homeless Populations

National Health Care for the Homeless Council:

- Coronavirus Resources
COVID-19 & the HCH Community: Needed Policy Responses for a High-Risk Group
Researchers Send Open Letter to the Administration: Follow the Evidence on Homelessness

National Housing Conference: COVID-19 and Housing webinar

National Innovation Services: An Equitable Systems Transformation Framework for COVID-19

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty: Coronavirus

National Low Income Housing Coalition

- Coronavirus and Homelessness/Housing
- Webinar Recording: Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness

Racial Equity Tools: COVID-19 - Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

San Francisco: SF readies $5 million coronavirus cleaning for homeless shelters, SROs

COVID-19 Resources for Philanthropy

Arcus Foundation: Statement from the Board President and CEO of Arcus Foundation Regarding COVID-19

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy: Statement on COVID-19

The California Endowment: Get the Facts: Novel Coronavirus 19 Resources for Partners 

Center for Disaster Philanthropy:

- Overview and Daily Updates
- Approaches for Funders
- Critical Needs List
- COVID-19 Response Fund
- Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Coronavirus: How Philanthropy Can Respond
- Webinar Recording: Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Philanthropy's Role in Recovery
- Pandemics and Infectious Diseases

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Top Foundations Unite to Give Charities More Freedom Over Grants

Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative: Community Foundations Nationwide Launch Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Consumer Health Foundation: COVID-19 will not Affect Everyone the Same

Council on FoundationsCOVID-19 Resource Page

Economic Opportunity Funders: Philanthropy's Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Eisner Foundation: COVID-19: What We're Doing and How You Can Help

Ford Foundation: A Message of Support for Our Grantees

Grantmakers in Health: COVID-19 Resources for Funders

Inside Philanthropy: LGBTQ Funders Scramble to Protect Vulnerable Communities

Lumina Foundation: A Message to Lumina’s Partners About COVID-19

Minnesota Council on Foundations: Coronavirus Webinar Recording

Nellie Mae Education Foundation: Racism is a Virus Too

Northern California Grantmakers: 

- 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Philanthropic Response
- Webinar Recording: How Philanthropy Can Support and Enhance the Government Response to COVID-19

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement: 5 Learnings from Funders as They Respond to COVID-19

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity: COVID-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform Our Future

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation: Supporting Our Grantee Partners in the Era of COVID-19

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Washington Post Op-Ed - As coronavirus spreads, the bill for our public health failures is due

United Philanthropy Forum: Coronavirus Resources

World Health Organization: Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19


Community Plans

Seattle & King County: COVID-19 Response Plan


COVID-19 Response Funds


COVID-19 Response Fund


Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund


Denver Foundation: Critical Needs Fund

Los Angeles

California Community Foundation: COVID-19 LA County Response Fund

United Way of Greater Los Angeles: Pandemic Relief Fund

San Francisco

Tipping Point Community: Tipping Point Emergency Response: COVID-19


COVID-19 Response Fund

Washington, D.C.

Greater Washington Community FoundationCOVID-19 Emergency Response Fund


Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19 Response Fund





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