COVID-19: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Last updated March 26, 2020

At the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), we understand how the continually developing situation regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been impacting nonprofits and the communities we serve in myriad ways, including cancellation of programs or events, staff and volunteer absences, increased demand for services/support from your clients and communities, and budgetary implications related to all the above.

For over 30 years, MCN’s role has been to support our nonprofit members in achieving their charitable missions. Right now, we realize that much of your work may look different than how it has looked in the past. Despite these changes, our priorities around keeping Minnesota nonprofits and communities safe and healthy remain the same.

With this in mind, we will continue to provide updates as to how our work will be changing in the coming months, as well as resources that may help you navigate the issues you and your nonprofit may currently be facing.
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MCN General Operations

MCN's office will be closed to the public through the end of April and staff will work remotely during this time. Staff members will maintain regular working hours during this time during which time MCN staff will continue to be available via phone and email.

MCN's main phone line will continue to be available during regular working hours (8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. M-F). However, we strongly encourage members to first email inquiries to for the best opportunity for timely response.

As the situation regarding COVID-19 evolves, MCN will continue to share updates and resources through available communications channels, including email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Workshops, Conferences, & Networking Events

Workshops and Networking Roundtables
  • In an effort to provide valuable content to nonprofit professionals across our state and region, while doing our part to help our members stay safe and healthy, MCN in-person workshops statewide in March and April are being moved to a virtual format, rescheduled, or cancelled. The conversion and rescheduling of these events will be completed as quickly as possible, and current registrants will be notified of next steps by MCN staff. MCN will update our events page as soon as details on specific events emerge.
  • All MCN networking events statewide are suspended until further notice.
  • MCN will be developing responsive learning opportunities that address many of the issues resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on nonprofits. Please stay tuned to our event page for more information. 
What else should you know?

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, MCN understands there will be a need to reassess the status of in-person events. MCN is dedicated to making and communicating such decisions in as timely and thoughtful a manner as possible, in an effort to spare event attendees any unnecessary inconvenience.

Public Policy

MCN’s public policy and Minnesota Budget Project teams are monitoring policy responses to this public health situation and its related economic disruption, and advocating for policy responses that support the health and economic security needs of Minnesota nonprofits and their employees, residents, and communities.

Latest updates:
March 26, 2020:
How the COVID-19 economic stimulus bill would affect nonprofits: Congressional and Administration negotiators reached agreement on the Phase 3 COVID-19 economic stimulus bill — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act — early on March 25. We expect the legislation to be signed by the President on Friday, March 27 or very soon thereafter. Overall this is a $2 trillion package.

March 25, 2020:
Unemployment insurance information and updates: Nonprofit members have reached out to the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) regarding unemployment insurance (UI) for nonprofit employers and unemployment compensation benefits (UC) for nonprofit employees. The information, current as of March 25, 2020, is about what is happening in regards to UI at both the state and federal levels so you can understand what benefits and resources your organization may have available at this time. Read the full update here.  

We will continue to update this section in the coming days with up-to-date information and calls to actions. Thank you for your patience.

Across our state and nation, good people are working on solutions to the combat the spread and impact COVID-19. In the meantime, nonprofits and the communities we serve are working together to support one another as we navigate this rapidly changing .

Below is a list of regularly updated resources available provided by MCN, our allies and partners, and various government agencies. If you have a resource you'd like to share for consideration, please email
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Make sure you are subscribed to our grants alert emails and emails for more funding updates and resources. 

Technology and Remote Work 
Event Planning and Cancellation
 Language for canceling conferences, events, and meetings:
General Resources on COVID-19
  • MN Covid Response Coalition. This coalition of more than 50 organizations support local, state, and federal government leaders to take action on important issues including, emergency assistance, health care access, unemployment benefits, support for small businesses and more.
Self Care 
Culturally Specific Resources
Equity and Justice