COVID-19 Resource Page

Orange County Response

Orange County Grantmakers is actively working to support the community as we all address the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As funders, we recognize we have a crucial role to play in responding to this public health challenge. We invite funders, nonprofits and community leaders to use this website as a resource as information develops.

OCG Statements

OCG stands with our nonprofit community during this challenging time. Read our full statement here:

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OCG calls for Unity and Collective Response as xenophobia rises in Orange County

Joint PSO Statements

"Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy's Response to the Coronavirus." The Cure to Racism is in our Hands. 

OCG is tracking OCG member’s responses to ensure alignment and maximum impact of funding for our nonprofits in this time of need. To share your responses, please contact Taryn Palumbo at:


  • Nonprofit Resiliency Webinar. Hosted by OCG on 5.21.2020. View the recording here. 
  • OC Community Resilience Fund Update Meeting. Hosted by OCG on 4.23.2020. View the recording here. 
  • CA Funders Supporting Immigrants During the COVID-19 Crisis. To be held on April 21, 12:00 – 1:30pm. Hosted by GCIR. Register Here. 
  • Funding a Radically Just Response to COVID-19. To be held on April 15, 9 – 10:30am. Hosted by Neighborhood Funders Group. Register Here. 
  • United Philanthropy Forum COVID-19 Legislative Update & Conversation. Register Here. 
  • GCIR April 15 National Webinar on COVID & Immigrants. Register Here. 
  • United Philanthropy Forum: Crisis Communication Strategies and PSO Responses to COVID-19. To be held Tuesday, March 31 12 PST. (Must be a United Philanthropy Forum member) Register Here. 
  • Philanthropy California: Supporting CA’s Communities Through Threat of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. (March 12, 2020) with The CDC Foundation, FSG, CalOES, and Governor Newsom’s Senior Advisor on Social Innovation.
    Access the slides here. Watch here: Click Here.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19 Coronavirus: How Philanthropy Can Respond. (March 5, 2020) 
    Watch here and access the slides: Click Here

Grant & Loans Information

Ideas and Suggestions of Ways to Help Grantees and Nonprofits

  • Change grants to general operating if you can or convert restricted funds to general operating support.
  • If at all possible, do not rescind grants if a grant-funded program is canceled or postponed.
  • Expedite payment on 2020 grants. 
  • Waive final and progress reports if at all possible. 
  • Pre-approve grant extension requests.
  • Keep in mind that many nonprofits have no reserves and will need assistance in recession-related financial planning and resilience.
  • Center your strategies around the awareness of the most vulnerable populations and those at the highest risk of dying from COVID-19.
  • Reach out to your grantees to see if they need an adjustment of reporting dates. 
  • Help fund pro-level Zoom accounts to encourage remote work.
  • Fund laptops: Many do not have enough for all staff to work remotely.
  • Fund QuickBooks Online: Many only have the desktop version of QuickBooks which means they can’t access our finances remotely.
  • Provide Additional general support funding to cover:
      • Additional office cleanings
      • Quarantine supplies for our older members (e.g. non-perishable foods)
      • Cancelled travel reimbursement
  • GCIR’s Recommendations for Funders. Click Here. 
  • San Diego Study: Nonprofit Sector Response to COVID-19. The Immediate Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on San Diego Nonprofits. 3.2020. Click Here
  • “Grantmakers Must Put Equity at the Forefront of the Coronavirus Response” A letter to the editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Click Here.
  • Funding Summary for COVID-19: Candid has released a new page on its website which is tracking the latest funding going to respond to the outbreak, as well as related news and RFPs. The page updates automatically as data and news are added to the database. Click Here
  • Philanthropy CA’s COVID-19 Response Page. This page includes resources for various funds listed by region. Click Here
  • Guidance on reinforcing equity during this challenging time: Click Here
  • COVID-19: Seven Things Philanthropy Can Do. Read the full FSG article here. Click Here
  • Organizational Resilience: An Equity Approach to Crises. An interview from Philanthropy CA. Click Here
  • Philanthropy Has a Duty to Respond Quickley to the COVID-19 Outbreak and Here is How We Can Do it. From Inside Philanthropy. Click Here. 

National/Statewide Resource Sites

  • Early Childhood OC Childcare Resources. Click Here. 
  • OneOC COVID-19 Nonprofit Resource Page. Click Here. 
  • Executive Coaches of Orange County Resource Page for Nonprofits. Click Here. 
  • Philanthropy CA COVID-19 Resource Page. Click Here
  • Council on Foundations COVID-19 Resource Hub: Click Here
  • CA Department of Public Health. Click Here. 
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy has a dedicated page with information on how to help/engage around COVID-19 Coronavirus: Click Here
  • World Health Organization COVID-19 Resource page: Click Here
  • CDC COVID-19 Resource page: Click Here

Public Policy Resources

OCG joined with nonprofits and philanthropic leading countries across the country advocating for nonprofits to be included in the COVID-19 stimulus legislation. Read the full letter here.

Congress has passed the CARES Act, providing support to Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about how it will affect the nonprofit industry:


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