In May 2020, Sustainability Network and Environment Funders Canada collaborated on a survey to gather information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the environmental nonprofit sector. One year later, in June 2021, we felt there was merit in circling back in order to gain current perspectives. We gathered information specifically from the environmental sector to inform our strategizing about impacts and supports, and also to feedback trends and observations to survey respondents.

COVID-19 Impact Survey of Canadian Environmental Nonprofits and Charities, One Year On (177 responses) collected in June 2021.

COVID-19 Impact Survey of Canadian Environmental Nonprofits and Charities (248 responses), collected in late May 2020.

Below we compile some of the best COVID-19 related nonprofit management resources we come across.
If you know about NGO-related resources that you think belong here please contact Paul Bubelis (


Updates from Imagine Canada on federal supports for charities and nonprofits.

Soapbox Engage offers online engagement news and strategies for changemakers with a resource on 40+ Virtual Fundraising ideas.


Innoweave and the McConnell Foundation’s Crisis Leadership Resources presents a shortlist of repositories, resources and tools for nonprofit emergency response and leadership.

McConnell/Innoweave’s COVID-19 Crisis Leadership Resources for nonprofit emergency response and leadership including fundraising, crisis governance and management, risk management, managing remote teams, going virtual, and communications.

Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Guide to Resilient Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis.

CanadaHelps’ Charity’s Guide to Canada’s COVID-19 Governmental Supports and Programs outlines the measures undertaken by the Federal and Provincial governments in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the employment supports available to Canada’s charitable sector.

Our good friends and fellow environmental capacity builder Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC) have compiled a set of largely US-based resources to assist environmental organizations. Sections include: Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Financial Management, Fund Development, HR & Management, Leadership and Organization Effectiveness.

Curated by nonprofit thought leader Beth Kanter, author of “The Networked Nonprofit,” this Nonprofit Resources List contains a multitude of Covid-19 related resources for nonprofits.

COVID-19 information resources from Canadian nonprofit umbrella groups including CanadaHelps, Imagine Canada, Ontario Nonprofit Network, Volunteer Canada, Volunteer Toronto and 17 others.

One of the best US meta-sites we’ve come across is Coronavirus & Nonprofits: Resources for Responding to COVID-19 which was created by Wired Impact. It compiles links to various resources on operations & HR, fundraising & funders, event management, marketing & communications and other areas.


Resource Media’s Media Relations and Communications in the Age of Coronavirus answers frequent questions from organizations on how to communicate during the COVID-19 outbreak responsibly. Choosing when to communicate, communicating to your audience, embracing appropriate language, resourcing allies and shifting the narrative.


Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law’s FAQ for Charities & Nonprofit Organizations in the Time of the COVID–19 Crisis.

Brian Iler of Iler campbell on “Legal issues to keep in mind as we navigate uncharted waters”.

Pacific Legal Education & Outreach Society (PLEO) is a BC-based organization working to shift the paradigm in how non-profits experience the law, providing them with accessible tools, education, and information needed to prevent a legal issue before it happens. Find webinars, a legal self assessment tool, pivoting to digital resources, legal templates, and other items covering governance, recordkeeping, human resources, and more on their website.


Boardsource on “What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation.”


Kind Wealth has 5-6 financial professionals who are offering free financial consultations for small nonprofits or the most financially vulnerable. Contact David O’Leary at


Nonprofits can apply for a Zoom discount through TechSoup Canada.

GoToMeeting free for three months in addition to Emergency Remote Work Kits.


Staying productive while working from home, a resource from Public Services, Health & Safety Association.

Working from home: A guide to creating a healthy and productive workspace at home from The Cotswold Company.

Research from Fingerprint for Success on mental health issues affecting the remote, work-from-home workforce.

Maytree’s Five Good Ideas: Home Office Series presents recorded videos that look at how to manage remote work and how to think about remote work as an opportunity.

3 minutes, 3 simple tips on virtual communication from a key Sustainability Network collaborator Andrew Mussellman of Fluency. Now that the majority of our meetings and client interactions are taking place online, virtual communication is an increasingly important skill. But, how do you convey presence and professionalism when you’re speaking into a computer?

Five remote work tips from Efficiency Canada.

Charity Villages’ “Pro Tips on Working From Home”.

Grant Connect Community Edition: Work-From-Home Access. This program is typically accessed in person at licensed libraries, universities, and resource centre computers, but eligible smaller charities can now register for and have free work-from-home access until April 8, 2020. The length of access may be extended depending on how the situation evolves.

Nonprofit work from home policy template and tips from Whole Whale.

The Tamarack Institute’s Guidelines for Working Remotely.


Volunteer Toronto’s new COVID-19 Learning Library helps non-profits safely engage volunteers during the pandemic. New resources added every week. Pre-recorded webinars, success stories, digital tools, etc.

Volunteer Canada has posted resources related to COVID-19 and volunteering, including guidance on sector governance, volunteer safety considerations and online learning opportunities.


Donor Perfect’s Guide to Fundraising in the New Normal covers strategies, templates, and tools for fundraising success in a post-COVID world.

20 Simple Yet Powerful Virtual Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits from Donorbox.

Fund-raising software provider Donorbox assembled a COVID-19 resource centre for nonprofits – free resources on organizational continuity and fundraising, communications, human resources, and more.

Blackbaud’s ‘Event Management and Fundraising Resources’ toolkit will help you quickly set up a basic response as well as provide ideas to pivot your peer-to-peer event website and activities to a virtual event.

Imagine Canada’s COVID-19 resources for Canadian fundraisers – a running list that includes information, resources, and guides, as well as virtual learning opportunities, and covers topics such as events, donor acquisition, and fundraising in tough times.

From MobileCause comes coronavirus communication templates – customizable, fill-in-the-blank donor messages to help you communicate event and program changes.

A NonProfit Times recorded webinar and slides on Coronavirus And Your Message To Donor with US fundraising experts on mail and digital messaging to donors during the coronavirus pandemic.

CanadaHelps 1 hr video on “Fundraising During Uncertain Times”.

ViTreo Group on “Fundraising In The Time Of COVID-19” includes funding for individuals, nonprofit leadership, fundraising and donor relations.

Toronto-based fundraising consultant Cathy Mann is offering free fundraising “pep talks” – email


A sample reopening work plan for organizations from the Ontario Nonprofit Network.

How to develop your COVID-19 workplace safety plan to protect your workers, a resource from the Government of Ontario.

Information on COVID-19 vaccines and workplace health and safety from the Government of Ontario.

Alberta-based Salopek & Associates on COVID-19 HR-Related FAQs.

ONN Resource Centre provides almost 50 resources on HR for those navigating operations during the pandemic, and beyond. categories include: health and safety guidelines and protocols; working remotely; mental health supports; risk management; and, resuming operations.

A succession planning tool that has been adapted by the consultancy Clarity Transitions into an emergency succession plan more specifically meant to be reactive during the COVID-19 crisis. Includes a formal designation of the CEO’s temporarily acting successors, a template for staff succession or splitting of duties, and a short emergency operations checklist.


International conference organizers Communiqué Conferencing on changing to a virtual conference.

CanadaHelps on “7 Creative Virtual Fundraising Ideas You Can Use To Replace Your Cancelled Event.”

Hilborn Publishing’s article “Sponsorship During Times of Crisis: Cancelled Events, Postponing and Refunds”.


The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Nonprofit Crisis Management: A Checklist for nonprofit crisis management. A quick and useful tool for nonprofits who wish to assess their organizational strategy, program and service delivery, fiscal stress, revenues, crisis communications, and operations.

The US HHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a checklist for businesses that identifies important, specific activities that organizations big and small can do now.

Nonprofit Guide to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery from NPower (35 pages).

Toronto-based Peninsula Employment Services on COVID-19 Crisis management in your workplace – resources plus two free webinars every week.