WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER
The Gianforte Family Foundation wants to support our partners throughout this current crisis. Therefore, we have been pulling (and will continue to pull) together resources for you to use.
On this page you’ll find materials that will help you navigate changes in your organizational operations like: utilizing federal stimulus packages or moving your cancelled event – online. You’ll also find resources that you can use to support those you serve as they navigate COVID-19, like: financial management tools or a newly released video and workbook series on “how to live through a crisis”.
Please share these resources across the state of Montana. We are in this together!
The Montana Nonprofit Association has been regularly and reliably sharing information on the new federal disaster loans. If your organization is still trying to figure out the best way forward we’d encourage you to visit the MNA website and download this handy chart that details loan options.
Additionally, the ECFA has produced a concise yet detailed page for faith-based non-profits. (Please Note: each link contains different content.)
Safe Operating Standards for Non-Profits
Some Gianforte Family Foundation non-profit partners are considered “essential” and are still interfacing with the public. They are making meals, handing out personal care products, and housing homeless populations. All of these partners are actively working to keep staff, volunteers, and clients safe.
We created a Safety Standards .pdf for you with a few helpful resources, including: a protocol for safely delivery essentials to clients and a DIY mask design.
Virtual Fundraising Ideas for Non-Profits
Many non-profits have cancelled or postponed fundraising events. If your non-profit doesn’t have “all boots on the ground” supporting COVID-19 vulnerable populations – have you considered hosting a virtual event? If so, we have a few ideas for you! Here are a couple great articles on: talking to donors about a cancelled event and nurturing donor relationships. Also, remind donors of the 2020 tax year above-the-line charitable deduction: $300 for non-itemizers and higher for itemizers. Read more here, about halfway down the page.
Crown Financial Ministries has created a COVID-19 webpage chocked full of resources and money management tools – most – are free. What do your constituents need? Ideas on starting a crisis budget? Tips on trimming expenses? Fun activities for kids to help teach them about money management? Visit their site and choose the resources that fit the needs of your constituents best and then share them on social media or via an email blast.
Our times are uncertain and uncertainty can cause anxiety, trigger recovery relapse, or aggravate relationships. REBOOT Recovery specializes in working with veterans struggling with PTSD. When COVID-19 hit they created a FREE five-part video series and workbook to help veterans and non-veterans alike cope. Share this series with your constituents or start a weekly video conferencing meeting to discuss the material!
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health produced COVID-19 materials for tribes to distribute. Resources include guidelines for caring for yourself at home, tips for Elders and their caregivers, how to talk to kids about illness, stress management advice, and more…
For those interested there are also social media campaigns available for general use.
The Alpha Youth Series is designed to engage students in conversations about life, faith, and Jesus. The series contains 13 videos is designed to promote vigorous discussion – online or off. During this period of social isolation this series can be easily moved to the Zoom platform!
If your organization serves grown-ups – Alpha also offers a free video series for adults! (Again – think Zoom and community building.)
For the youngest kids you serve. FamilyLife has partnered with Mr. Phil, creator of Veggie Tales, to offer free access (for 6-weeks) to an online video library of bible stories and family devotionals. Simply select the Monthly Plan subscription and enter coupon code: FAMILYLIFE – there is no need to enter a credit card number.
Protecting Against Abuse
On April 6, 2020, the Missoulian reported that “calls to [Montana’s] child abuse and neglect hotline have dropped 44% since Montana public K-12 schools were closed” on March 15th. This isn’t good news. It means at risk children are falling through the “cracks” of quarantine. Does your organization work with families or children? How can you lead in this area to…
- Help reduce family financial or relational stress?
- Provide parenting support?
- Support children (and parents) navigating online education?
- Connect foster parents to support networks?
- Become a safe adult in a child’s life?
- Educate others on ways they can protect at risk children?
Do you know the average age a child is exposed to pornography is at the age of eleven? Shocking isn’t?
Now that our youth, ages 5-24+ years, have moved to online school, the risk of exposure to pornography is skyrocketing. If you or your non-profit works with youth – now – during quarantine is the time to talk about porn. But how? Brain, Heart, World is a powerful film series created for youth ages 14-24+ that discusses the scientifically proven impact pornography makes on a person’s brain, heart (relationships), and the world around them (human trafficking).
Is there a way for your organization to watch this series with youth over Zoom or provide parents a template to discuss pornography with their children? For younger kiddos – check out these age appropriate internet safety videos!
Did you know that marriages across the globe are being negatively impacted by COVID-19? Communio, a ministry focused on strengthening marriages, wants to help change these emerging statistics so they created a series of 5 “Stay-At-Home” Date Night Kits. Let’s work together to strengthen marriages across Montana. Share a kit with your constituents by simply providing them with a link to their website – above.