COVID Resources + Updates

Apr 09, 2020
Hi Nonprofit Friends, 

We're sure you all have seen the latest report from Santa Barbara Public Health regarding anticipated peak periods to take place during the summer months. As expected, it looks like we are in this for the long haul.

We all know that this pandemic will have massive financial, mental and emotional impacts on our community. During these coming weeks and months, it is critical that we continue to share our needs, resources and insights with one another. 

A few requests: 

1. As mentioned above, please continue to share your needs with us on our website (see form below). We are continuing to funnel this crucial data to funders. 

2. We have been sharing upwards of 2 webinars a week and partnering with other organizations to bring you resources and tools. If you have a specific topic you would like us to cover, or have a topic on which you would like to present, please let us know at [email protected].  We just posted the Stimulus/PPP Act webinar recording below - there were over 300 RSVP's.

3. If you have any of your own upcoming digital convenings/webinars, please remember to populate these virtual events on NPRN's Event Calendar to share with other members. 

4. Most importantly, please take care of yourselves.  Be outside and be in nature. Go on a run. Meditate. Of course all with appropriate social distancing! (Our dear friend Ed France is now leading guided meditations on Wednesday mornings - see below.) We've all been working on overdrive in the last few weeks and it's important to remember to be kind to ourselves and take some mental health moments. 

On a final note, a silver lining.  We wanted to give a big shout out to our friends at Santa Barbara Foundation, Ventura County Community Foundation, Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Cal Lutheran University and Visionality. The collaboration and communication - from Santa Barbara County to Ventura County - between all of us during this crisis has been valuable and encouraging.  Thank you!

Thank you for the incredible work you have put in thus far -- please keep pushing with us! We're in this together. 

Much love, 

-Pam, Maile & Dave


We've asked you to share your questions, needs, events, and resources with us. We have now compiled those submissions and will be updating the following page regularly. Please continue to submit your needs/inquires here and we will share them.

Please note that many specific nonprofit needs have been posted anonymously.
If you would like to provide advice/resources to a specific post, please reach out to [email protected] and we will put you in touch with the inquiring party. 

WEBINAR RECORDING: How Nonprofits Can Access Stimulus Funds

Thank you to Clare Briglio and the Economic Development Collaborative for leading yesterday's webinar! If you missed this digital convening, you can watch the recording below to learn more about local, state and federal benefits now available under the CARES Act for nonprofits and employees. 

Cal Nonprofits Community Request - Nonprofits, Covid-19 and Government Contracts

CalNonprofits is currently working to demonstrate to state government where and how nonprofits are struggling to provide important services and to make payroll because their contracts with government are being treated without flexibility and inconsistently from one agency to another. If you have contracts with federal, state, county, or local government agencies, please complete the following questionnaire.

Guided Meditation with Ed France
of Leading from Within
Weekly on Wednesdays | 8:30 AM

Join Ed every Wednesday promptly at 8:30am. Feel free to join as early as 8:15 to get settled in. Ed will be sharing his daily grounding practice of a 20 minute guided meditation, which will end just a few minutes before 9am. Those who join are invited to choose to shift to their day or stay on the call for a 15-30 minute check-in after the meditation if that is of value to them.




The Grant Center has compiled information about new COVID-19-related funding opportunities, as well as updates on local funder guidelines as they each respond to the crisis, here. This document will be updated in real time as we receive more information about funders’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, so check back often. If you need a grant writer at this time, please email [email protected] or [email protected] and we will send you a list of local grant writers.


Ventura County Rapid Responce Fund: A Letter from VCCF President, Vanessa Bechtel

Dear Ventura County Community Foundation Family,

On March 13th, the Ventura County Community Foundation, in coordination with the County of Ventura, Amgen Foundation, Aera Energy, Southeast Ventura County YMCA, Give An Hour, and the Economic Development Collaborative, launched the Ventura County Rapid Response Fund.  The next day, the 805 UndocuFund COVID-19 fund was activated with partner organizations, including Future Leaders of America, CAUSE, MICOP, and the McCune Foundation.

Immediately, VCCF awarded the following grants:

  • $25,000 to the Southeast Ventura County YMCA for their work in launching individual and family assistance grants available to residents meeting eligibility criteria in Ventura County.
  • $25,000 to the Economic Development Collaborative to help support their direct business advising program to help local firms navigate through the economic slowdown and connect businesses with the full range of resources available, including low cost capital.
  • $25,000 to Give An Hour to provide mental health and emotional wellness needs in our community by launching daily online support groups in both English and Spanish.

Within a few days, VCCF awarded additional grants for our community...



Joyce Dudley: Domestic Violence, Child, Elder & Animal Abuse — Those Crimes Have Me Losing Sleep

It is now a perfect storm for what I’m calling in-home abuse.

Families are experiencing every kind of stress possible, alcohol and drugs are closer than human beings, and there are no “outsiders” to witness these horrific crimes and call for help.

What can you as a loved one, neighbor or even stranger do if you are concerned about something you are experiencing, hearing or seeing?

Call 9-1-1...
Posted in COVID-19 Resource.