Civil Society Response

Non-profits, charities, foundations, etc.

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Available Support

Catalyst Digital Teams available to help charities respond to COVID-19

✉️[email protected].

Catalyst, a UK collaborative bringing a social purpose to the digital revolution, offers support to anchor organisations, infrastructure bodies, federated charities, and networks of nonprofits. They are providing support through Digital Teams made up of a combination of digital, design and data expertise.

One free hour of expert digital advice for charities

Remote support provision by charities

List of Local Resilience Forums. LRFs are multi-agency partnerships made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others. These agencies are known as Category 1 Responders, as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act.

Advice and Training

CoronavirusAdvice for your organisation

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NCVO, a network of 14,000 voluntary-sector organisations, provides an evolving library of useful info emphasising preventive health for stakeholders, contingency planning, and involving volunteers.

Strategy Advice

Catalyst COVID-19 strategy: building a scalable system for a sector-wide digital response. Catalyst is a UK collective of digital, design and data organisations, charities and funders.

Digital Resources for the third and youth sector in Wales

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🔗 support for third sector organisations in Wales
Includes resources for charities, guidance on working with communities, and ethics. From ProMo-Cymru.

ACF Resources

Advice: Foundations and Coronavirus.

Tackling the Outbreak in Slums

How to Tackle Coronavirus in Slums.

Leadership advice

Specifically targeted at CEOs, organiser and communities. Approaching the pandemic with a systems-thinking lens- A clear, cogent and easy-to-digest article from Phoebe Tickell, genetic engineer turned decentralised network evangelist. Member at #Enspiral. Fellow at #NewspeakHouse. Cofounder #FutureFarmLab and #TechForHumanity.

Chayn Chatbot

Building Little Window: how we created a chatbot for Chayn

Understanding Needs

Understanding the needs of people and communities in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic

Coordination Advice

How can philanthropists and foundations meaningfully and effectively coordinate COVID-19 response?


Human Resources COVID-19 updates. Free webinar series, April 2, 9, 16. Weekly series presented by Nonprofit Austin in collaboration with the League for Nonprofit Human Capital (LNHC), featuring Caroline Valentine (of Valentine HR) and Sean Hale. This will include updates on COVID-19, conversation on the nonprofit HR response, and tools for creatively managing difficult decisions.

Free webinars / training for charities and nonprofits #NPCOVID19

Online training/support sessions to help charities impacted by COVID-19
Open Google Sheet with compilation of upcoming training events via webinar, Zoom workshops etc.

Beyond Belt-Tightening. Free webinar, April 2, for nonprofits to identify alternatives to drastic cuts and angel donors.

A list curated by Lightful with free webinars and training for charities and nonprofits all over the world. Running a webinar? Request edit access. Questions? Message [email protected]

Service Delivery

🔗Digital service delivery for charities
Compilation of case studies and links from Ross McCulloch (Third Sector Lab) and SCVO

🔗New service delivery models
Principles, examples and tools from SCVO

Help for voluntary organisations.


🔗Mutual aid group mobilisation

COVID-19 Aid Guide for Aid Organisations

What your charity needs to do to prepare.

Data Sources

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Database, API and web app which provides public information on the activities, locations and finances of the 168,000 charities registered in England and Wales. It's free and open source!

🇬🇧🔗UK Charity Commission
Registered Charities search in England and Wales. 

Datasets covering at-risk groups: including older people, underlying health conditions and benefit claimants for health and disability. groups requiring additional support: including single-person households, households with no cars and prevalence of dementia and economic factors: key workers and vulnerable sectors. 

Households on Universal Credit - Limited Capability for Work Entitlement: This captures those who are receiving Universal Credit due to poor physical or mental health. Universal Credit is increasingly replacing legacy work-limiting illness related benefits including Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit so it provides a more comprehensive measure of those out of work due to poor health and disability.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP), respiratory disease claimants: This measures those who are receiving additional financial help to manage conditions associated with respiratory diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumoconiosis, heart and lung transplants and various lung diseases and diseases of the upper and lower respiratory tract.

Peer Communities

COVID-19 charity preparedness group.

Facebook group / skill swap between furloughed fundraisers working in charities in the UK. You get matched with a fundraiser who is also furloughed who has the same skillset as you, then you volunteer for each other's charities!


The Charity Excellence Framework: A free, online toolkit to increase impact and funding
Free online platform to assess entire non-profit in half a day. Includes Coronavirus preparedness assessments, Coronavirus toolkits, largest resource base in charity sector. 

Emergency Funds

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Information for Fundraisers about Coronavirus
Statement from National Institute for Fundraisers.

GUIDE: How to get a forgivable loan for your nonprofit under the CARES act
How to get a forgivable loan for your nonprofit under the CARES Act.

Available Sources

🔗Charity Excellence Framework
Emergency Funders List, major upgrade, now 250+ funders, with links to other funder lists to connect you to 1000+ funders globally. Download as a pdf from website.

🔗UK Community Foundations
Regional distribution of the National Emergencies Trust appeal (the main focus of much crisis fundraising). Find your local funder here

🔗SCVO’s collation of Scottish funding available
For charities in Scotland.

🔗Indigo Trust £2.5m emergency response pledge:

The nonprofit crowdfunding platform has set up a Coronavirus Relief Fund to support immediate response, and in an open letter, announced that it’s also making $1,000 general support grants to any nonprofit to help bridge general support due to impacts on general operations, galas, etc.

🔗Emergency support fund for non-profits in London
New emergency support fund announced to help community and voluntary organisations. Article contains sign-up link.

🔗Steve Morgan Foundation
In North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire. £1 million per week for 12 weeks. Emergency support for charities affected by COVID-19.

🔗Liverpool community support fund
Managed and distributed by The Community Foundation for Merseyside on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.

🔗Arts Council England
Coronavirus crisis plan to compensate out-of-pocket artists and institutions.

🔗Community Foundation NI
Launched a Coronavirus Community Fund for community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (aged 50 and over).

Reassurance from 200 sector funders that they will stand with the sector during this crisis.

NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution.

Temporarily redirected all funds to emergency support for families in the SNAP food program (US).

🔗John Lewis Partnership £1m community support fund
No date of its availability or confirmation of whether or how charities could access it has been published.

Digital Fundraising Tools

Suite of tools for organisational fundraising (running campaigns, etc.).



Charity and fundraisers. Supporting great causes during the Coronavirus crisis.

Discounts and Offers

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🔗Get paid Slack plans for free
Instant messaging platform Slack is offering free packages to not-for-Profits for the next 3 months.

Simulating an epidemic.

Free bundles for emergency frontline service providers. Video conferencing and webinar platform Go To Meeting is offering free emergency kits for frontline services for 3 months.

🔗Zoom discount from Charity Digital
Charity Digital are offering 50% discounts on Zoom video conferencing tool (£52 per year!).

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If you’re building a resource for helping people related to COVID-19, we want to help. Write into for a free Craft license.

🔗Digital Candle
Free 1hr consultation with a digital expert.

Remote Working Guides for Charities

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🔗Charity Coronavirus Toolkit 1
How to respond to the immediate threat: checklist and resources to create a crisis response plan. 

🔗Charity Coronavirus Toolkit 2
How to thrive and survive; sustainability. Uses Charity Sector Data Store data to assess the near future and how to respond; resources and links to people who can help on a no-cost basis. 

🔗The Catalyst Medium Blog
Lots of suggestions for civil society on how to best use digital tools.

🔗How to choose the right video calling tool for your charity

Examples of Civil Initiatives

Buy meals for the NHS staff fighting COVID-19.

Charities offering a well-thought-out, system-level strategy to address #COVID19

TechUK opens industry Coronavirus support hub for councils.

How the public help whilst staying home.

What to do when stuck at home. Museum Asks People To Recreate Paintings With Stuff They Can Find at Home.

Gangs in Brazil enforcing staying at home.