coronavirus resources

Chicago Community COVID-19 Resources

On behalf of the AFP Chicago Board of Directors and Staff, we would like to extend our deepest concern and support for our members, friends, colleagues, and customers impacted by the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency.

We understand concerns about COVID-19 are top of mind for our members and the fundraising community. The State of Illinois Corona Virus Response reminds all of us that vaccines are effective tools to protect each one of us from the virus, help safely return to pre-COVID routines and end this pandemic.  After months of ensuring those at greater risk are protected, all residents age 16 and up are eligible to receive vaccination (from ). There are more than 900 vaccination locations throughout the state of Illinois.  You can find them here. While we face these many unforeseen challenges, it is important that we move forward by working together, formulating plans, and learning from each other’s successes (from ).  Below is an evolving collection of resources to consider related to local information to help our members and visitors weather the pandemic. Below is an evolving collection of resources to consider related to local information to help our members and visitors weather the pandemic.


AFP Member Only Webinar Recordings:

  • Harnessing the Power of Storytelling: Advice for 2020 and Beyond
  • Major & Planned Giving Considerations During COVID-19 Response
  • Development and Finance: Current Impacts on an Always-Critical Relationship
  • A Safe Place for the Scary Conversations: How to manage long-term planning during this unprecedented crisis
  • Emergency Fundraising Strategies for Your Organization

Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund Free Webinars


Center for Disaster Philanthropy – Philanthropy and COVID-19 in 2020: Measuring One Year of Giving.  This report assists donors as they consider how to maximize the impact of their disaster-related giving in 2021 and in the years to come.

2021 Update for Nonprofits Applying to the Paycheck Protection Program (April, 2021)

Financial Perspective: 2021 is an Important Year for Charities (January 24, 2021)

What’s in The CARES Act for Nonprofits  

COVID-19 Philanthropy and 4 Big Questions for 2021 (February 3, 2021)

2021 Annual Guide: High Impact Giving in the Age of COVID

The Alford Group: Equity-Centered Philanthropy: Honoring the Past While Celebrating the Future (March 8, 2021)

Campbell & Company COVID-19 Resource Page 

Campbell & Company: Navigating a Fundraising Campaign During Challenging Times

Office Ergonomics: Your How-To Guide

10 Tips to Set up a Temporary Home Office

How to Embrace Remote Work


City of Chicago Coronavirus Resource Center

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago: NAMI Chicago Helpline

Risk Alternatives: Corona Virus Nonprofit Risk Page COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – How to Protect Yourself


Six Things AFP Members Are Doing to Stay Healthy During COVID (January 27, 2021)

Fundraisers Are Adapting, But Not Without a Cost (February 24, 2021)

Screen Fatigue: 5 Non-Digital, COVID-Safe Fundraising Methods (February 25, 2021)

Gratitude With Impact: 5 Ideas for Thanking Donors (March 4, 2021)

2021 Predictions: The Role Nonprofits May Play in the Fight- Part 1 (April 7, 2021)


Reimagining Fundraising in a COVID-19 Landscape: Lessons for Success in 2021 (January 14, 2021)

CCS Survey Reveals Successful Virtual Donor Engagement Results and Positive Signs for Nonprofit Fundraising in 2021 (February 3, 2021)

Asking for Major Gifts in a Virtual World: A Practical Guide to Virtual Solicitation (March 3, 2021)

Moving from Response to Recovery: A Case Study with United Way Worldwide Facing a World Reordering Moment (March 25, 2021)