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August 13, 2020


The application process to receive millions in federal funding for coronavirus relief funneled into Leon County will go live Monday morning (August 17).  At 8 a.m., the Leon County CARES portal will open to applications from people seeking direct assistance or help with their business or human service agency.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act made $51.2 million available to Leon County to help fund all manner of issues surrounding the pandemic that has resulted in economic insecurity and unemployment, affected the health system and put strains on government resources.  Learn more here.   Funding will be made available to individuals, businesses and nonprofits assisting with programs focused on Human Services. 

For more information on the application process, eligibility and other help, call the Leon CARES Call Center at (855) 203-6584 (toll free) between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday or visit


July 25, 2020

Florida Nonprofit Alliance Releases Statewide Nonprofit Sector Study

In March of 2020, Florida Nonprofit Alliance (FNA) partnered with Florida Philanthropic Network and other organizations around the state to understand the impact that COVID-19 was having on nonprofit organizations in Florida. The report, titled The Effects of COVID-19 on Florida Nonprofits, was published April 14, 2020. Now, three months later, COVID-19 is still affecting all aspects of our society, and the number of cases is rising to record numbers across the state. Although there are still many unknowns about what the next few months and years will bring, nonprofit organizations are attempting to plan for the new reality and respond in a way that allows them to continue providing vital services in our communities. More than 1,800 nonprofits gave us updates on how COVID-19 is affecting them and how they are adjusting.  Read the results. 

July 16, 2020

Navigating Remote Internships

The information and links on this page are your guide to assist in designing a remote internship program. Offering this kind of opportunity can be just as effective as a traditional on-site program.  Read more. 


How many nonprofits will shut their doors? Source: Candid

There is no easy way to answer this question. We cannot predict the future. What we can do, however, is offer a set of possible scenarios and comb those scenarios for insight. 

Below, I’ll explain which organizations we looked at, detail our methodology, and offer some observations. In summary, here’s what we found:

  • In our median baseline scenario, we found that 12,042 nonprofits (4%) would close in the absence of a crisis.

  • Across nine “realistic” scenarios, a median of 34,472 nonprofits (11%) go out of business.

  • In this median case, about 22,000 additional nonprofits (7%) close because of the COVID-19 crisis.

  • In our most optimistic scenario, only 8,420 nonprofits (3%) shut their doors.

  • In our most dire scenario, we lose 119,517 nonprofits (38%)

Read the full article. 


July 3, 2020 

PPP has changed.  Read what you need to know about the amended CARES Act.  Source:  Forbes

In a rare display of bipartisanship, on June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) in an attempt to address many concerns expressed by the small business community around the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at providing COVID-19 relief.

On May 27, 2020, the House passed the PPPFA by 417-1 and the Senate approved it by unanimous consent on June 3.  Read more. 

Guide to webinar tools and keeping your webinars engaging.  Source:  TalkWalker

If you haven’t delved into the world of webinar marketing yet, this guide will help you cash in on one of the most powerful marketing tools today.  According to ClickMeeting’s 2020 State of Webinars Report, the average time attendees spend consuming webinar content is 53 minutes. Read more.  


July 2, 2020

Pivoting to virtual events can be daunting.  But this checklist will make it easier.  Source:

Download this checklist to assist you in planning your virtual event. 


June 30, 2020 

What you need to know before applying.   Source NonprofitPro

Once you’ve decided your organization is a fit for emergency federal grants, it is time to get competition-ready. Use these steps to make sure your organization is ready to start the application process when the announcements are released.  Read more. 


June 25, 2020

INIE to reopen on July 6th!  

On July 6th, INIE will reopen its downtown location in the TCC Center for Innovation.  For the safety our our members, guests and staff, all safety precautions and procedures as outlined by local ordinances and Tallahassee Community College (TCC) will be adhered to in the facility.  For a list of the TCC policies and FAQ, please visit their website.  The following restrictions will apply for use of coworking or meeting space: 

1.  FREE CoWorking is available for nonprofit members for up to 20 hours per week.  Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to use of space.  Space is available only with a reservation.  If you want a guaranteed, designated desk in our open coworking space, then we welcome you to explore our lease options.  Please use our online reservation form to secure your coworking desk. 

2.  Meeting space is available for the Board Room, Training Room and Atrium.  Depending on the size of the group, each space can accommodate physical distancing to conduct meetings or training sessions. Our team is prepared to help you with the logistics of keeping your group safe and comfortable.  In order to provide the safest atmosphere for all, we are limiting the number of reservations to one group/organization per day.  You can reserve your meeting space on our website.  As an INIE member, you receive up to 2 hours per month of meeting space rental for FREE during business hours.  Due to COVID19 and the closing of our facilities in March, we are allowing for members to "carry over" the 2 hours from the months of April, May and June to use by the end of 2020.  That's 6 hours of meeting space!

3. Leon County commissioners vote to require face coverings in indoor, public spaces.  Learn more about the ordinance here.

Starting Wednesday, June 24, Leon County will make thousands of free face coverings available for pickup at all County library locations during regular hours, listed below. Individuals may request one covering and may also pick up one covering for each immediate family member.

  • Main Library (200 West Park Avenue)

  • B.L. Perry, JR. Branch Library (2817 South Adams Street)

  • Eastside Branch Library (1583 Pedrick Road)

  • Jane G. Sauls Fort Braden Branch Library (16327 Blountstown Highway)

  • Lake Jackson Branch Library (3840 North Monroe Street)

  • Northeast Branch Library (5513 Thomasville Road)

  • Woodville Branch Library (8000 Old Woodville Road)

All County branch libraries are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The County main library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. These additional masks complement the County’s ongoing efforts to distribute cloth face masks at faith-based organizations in southern Leon County, at the FAMU-Bond COVID-19 testing site at Bragg Memorial Stadium and at FDOH’s mobile testing sites throughout the community.

For additional information on COVID-19, the Florida Department of Health has activated a 24/7 COVID-19 call center at (866) 779-6121. Leon County residents can also call the County Health Department at (850) 404-6300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, the best resource for Florida-specific COVID-19 information remains the following FDOH website:

Also, Free Cloth Face Masks are available from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Available in cartons of 500. Delivery locations must be USPS deliverable addresses. Allow up to 10-15 business days for delivery. Order form >> 

Another resource for cloth masks, is INIE Member, Sustainable Tallahassee.  They have been diligently working with volunteers to sew cloth masks to donate to local health and nonprofit organizations. Additional resources for masks, can be found at

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call 850.201.9766.


June 17, 2020 

How Nonprofits Can Adapt Marketing and Communications During Turbulent Times

What should nonprofits be doing to adapt their marketing and outreach efforts in this new landscape to be effective? Here are some key components to consider by NonProfit PRO.


June 16, 2020

5 Things I Learned as a Nonprofit Leader During COVID-19, Part 1

Click here to view NonProfit PRO's top five lessons learned that we will take with us as we continue to navigate this crisis, and any new crises we may face in the future.


June 16, 2020

The Office of Economic Vitality is committed to helping businesses safely reopen. 

They have created a list that includes companies and organizations that are located in Tallahassee-Leon County and have indicated that they source, manufacture, or distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Learn more 


June 12, 2020

How Changes to the Paycheck Protection Act Can Help Your Nonprofit

For those who received loans from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748 or the CARES Act), and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in particular, there is a new piece of legislation that will help you maximize loan forgiveness.

It’s called the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA).

Here’s what you need to know about the new legislation


June 11, 2020

$1.7 Billion In Cash, Debt Committed to Stabilize Nonprofits

Five foundations have committed to increase their payouts $1.7 billion within the next three years — mostly through issuing debt versus spending from endowments — to help stabilize nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and social injustice. Learn more. 


June 3, 2020 

Online Tools to Support Remote Work for Your Team

TechSoup is committed to equipping your nonprofit with the technology resources you need to meet your mission, serve your community, and support your staff.  For more information on how your nonprofit can received free or reduced pricing on online tech platforms, then visit TechSoup online.


June 2, 2020

Guidelines for Re-Opening Florida Download the PDF


May 28, 2020

Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19: When Trauma, Fear, and Anxiety Become Overwhelming  View the video. 


May 26, 2020 

CARES Act Relief for Not-For-Profit Organizations – Employee Retention Credit  

If your organization was not able to receive money through the Paycheck Protection Program, you may be able to claim an Employee Retention Tax Credit!

The CARES Act supports certain employers that operate a business during 2020 and retain their employees with an employee retention tax credit, despite experiencing economic hardship related to COVID-19. Like other eligible employers, qualifying not-for-profit employers can benefit from this credit. The credit is equal to 50 percent of wages paid to each employee, subject to a maximum per employee tax credit of $5,000. For a tax-exempt organization to qualify as an eligible employer, the organization must be described under 501(c) and exempt from tax under 501(a).  Read more. 

Nonprofit Strategy Guide for When the Economy Reopens

"When the economy reopens, life will not go back to the way it was. It’s time to be creative and leverage change to achieve your mission and have even more impact. But we can’t do that by looking over our shoulder at what was and trying to recapture the past."  Read the article. 

 Video Conference Comparison Guide Source:  TechSoup

There are so many options for video conferencing.  Use this guide to determine which platform is best for your organizations. 


May 20, 2020

Continuity Resource Toolkit

This Continuity Resource Toolkit is designed to provide partners at all levels of government, as well as the private and nonprofit sectors, with additional tools, templates and resources to assist in implementing the concepts found within the Continuity Guidance Circular.  View the toolkit. 


May 13, 2020

Latest COVID-19 Legislation Has Some Good Signs for Nonprofits, Fate Uncertain

On May 12, House Democrats unveiled their latest proposal to confront the public health, economic, and societal consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions—HEROES—Act, the roughly $3 trillion bill is perhaps a starting point for negotiations once all parties can be coaxed to the table.  Read more. 


May 8, 2020


Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In these uncertain times, organizations across the nation are grappling with when and how to resume operations while protecting the well-being and safety of their employees and communities. Many organizations will be returning to a new normal and are asking: When is it safe to bring people back? Do we need to modify how we operate? How do we keep our employees, customers and community safe? How do we maintain a safe and sanitary environment?  Read more. 


May 7, 2020

State of Florida Re-Opening
Learn more about the Plan for Florida's Recovery. 


May 6, 2020

LEAN GRANT has revised eligibility requirements. 

The Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) has made modifications to the eligibility requirements for the Local Emergency Assistance for Non-profits (LEAN) grant.  All applications with a pending status will be reevaluated under the new eligibility requirements. The modifications are underlined in the eligibility requirements shown below:

  • Be a non-profit trust, corporation (churches, associations, and foundations do not qualify) based in Leon County, and registered with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations (Division) or hold a tax-exempt status with the United States Internal Revenue Service (Form 990) or show proof that you have filed a corporate tax return and be an established non-profit prior to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, March 18, 2020. Either of the three methods above must be met to qualify as an eligible local non-profit. Churches and religious institutions under a current contract with a government entity to provide human services within Leon County are eligible for purposes of supporting the continued provision of such human services in Leon County. In addition, foundations/associations that provide a human service and/or serve as a cultural, art, and historic organization may also be eligible.

  • Demonstrate a minimum reduction of at least 25% in revenue as a result of COVID-19. (includes anticipated loss or an increased service demand and/or expense increase of 25%) as a result of COVID-19, which can be further explained in the hardship section of the application.

  • Have an active Utility Account with the City of Tallahassee Utilities, Talquin Electric Cooperative, or Progress Energy Florida, or be able to demonstrate that utilities are included in the lease/rental agreement, or document that utilities are an in-kind donation.

  • One application per registered entity with the Division, not per location.

  • Pledge in good-faith to remain in business for at least 45 days following the receipt of Tallahassee-Leon County LEAN program funding.

As a reminder, the deadline to apply for the LEAN grant is Friday, May 15, 2020, or until funds have been expended, whichever comes first. For more information on the eligibility requirements and to apply for the grant program, visit For questions regarding the grant program, contact the OEV at

Non-profit need created by COVID-19 inspires Giving Tuesday in May

View interview on WTXL

Virtual Fundraising Campaign Information  Source:  MobileCause

Many nonprofits are replacing their live fundraising events with virtual events and campaigns. A virtual campaign occurs entirely online, but can still share the elements of an in-person event, including interaction, connection and fun!  Learn more. 

May 5, 2020

Non-profit need created by COVID-19 inspires Giving Tuesday in May  Source:  WTXL

People and organizations across the Big Bend area will participate in Giving Tuesday on May 5 in order to help meet the needs of COVID-19.

We're used to Giving Tuesdays in December but the global movement added another day on May 5 to respond to the global pandemic.

Felina Martin, the executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence, says COVID-19 has put a particular strain on the organizations that usually help uplift our communities.  View the interview. 

April 30, 2020

Preparing for National Giving Tuesday Now! on May 5th.  It doesn't have to be complicated. 

Every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.  We can still show social connection and come together on behalf of our communities even while practicing physical distancing. Click here for ideas to inspire you.

Area Non-Profits Face the Coronavirus Challenge

Many of the Capital City's not-for-profit service organizations face both a declining fiscal situation and a rising demand for services.

Many of the Capital City's not-for-profit service organizations face both a declining fiscal situation and a rising demand for services. During a special, pre-recorded Zoom conversation, we talk about it with Shington Lamy, director of Leon County's Office of Human Services and Community Partnerships, Cristina Paredes, director of the Tallahassee/Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, Berniece Cox, United Way of the Big Bend CEO, Katrina Rolle, president/CEO of the Community Foundation of North Florida and Felina Martin, director of INIE (The Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence.  Listen to the interview. 


April 27, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program: Florida Nonprofits Can Apply Through FCLF

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides potentially forgivable loans for nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees.

The Florida Community Loan Fund (FCLF) is partnering with the Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) with the capacity to bring up to $10 million in PPP loans to Florida nonprofit organizations. This partnership brings together FCLF’s knowledge and experience with lending to Florida nonprofits, and CRF's experience as an SBA-qualified lender.  For more information and assistance, visit the FCLF website. 


Comcast Extends COVID-19 Response Policies to June 30

 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – April 27, 2020 – As shelter in place continues to be the norm and schools remain closed across Florida, Comcast announced today it will extend its commitments for Xfinity customers through June 30 to help ensure students can finish out the school year from home and remain connected to the internet during the COVID-19 crisis. 

 Originally announced on March 13, Comcast made the following commitments that will now be extended into the summer: 

 • No Disconnects and Waiving Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Mobile, or Xfinity Voice service, and we will waive late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams are available to offer flexible payment options or help find other solutions. 

 • Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots in business and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit

 • Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While most of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans to give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.

 • Internet Essentials: Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. We are extending our offer of 60 days of complimentary service for new customers through June 30. Internet Essentials is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. For more information, visit

 For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, visit:


SwellCoin launches Pay It Forward

Our small and local businesses need us now more than ever. Whether purchasing gift cards now for later use, or accessing new ways to connect with area businesses safely, spending money locally will help keep our community and economy healthy and vibrant.

Add your business to let customers know how best to support and connect with you.

Add your nonprofit to participate in the Pay it Forward program.


April 24, 2020

Congress Passes $484B Interim Coronavirus Relief Bill to Support Small Businesses, Hospitals  Source:  Nonprofit Pro

The House recently approved a $484 billion interim stimulus bill to further support small businesses and hospitals. And President Donald Trump signed off on the bill this afternoon. The $350 billion that was set aside to support small businesses and organizations in the original $2 trillion emergency funding package ran out.  Read more. 


April 16, 2020

Blueprint taps $1 million to help ailing nonprofits but worries about future funding  Source:  Tallahassee Democrat

Nonprofit organizations will have a chance to try and tap into $1 million in local funding coming from three infrastructure projects funded by Leon County taxpayers.

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency approved funding for a list of organizations modeled after the short-term success of an economic stimulus for local businesses last month as the impacts of the coronavirus began to surface.  Read more. 

Applications will go live on this page on April 17, 2020, at 12:00 PM ET. The award level for each eligible non-profit application will be $2,500. The application deadline is Friday, May 15, 2020, or until all funds ($1,000,000) have been expended, whichever comes first.  Apply today.  


Community Human Services Partnership (CHS) opens portal to accept applications until 5 pm April 27, 2020

Dear CHSP Applicants:

In an effort to continue to support our human service partners as you respond to and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on your operations, this message provides an updated list of options that are currently available to agencies based on recent action by the City and County Commission:

A. FY20-22 Application deadline is extended to 5:00 pm on Monday, April 27, 2020

a. Application window opens Monday, April 20, 2020

b. All agencies that missed the deadline can complete their open applications.  

c. All agencies that previously submitted their applications may edit their applications; and your signature, including the board signature, are not required again.

d. All eligible agencies that did not previously apply may submit an application

Please sign into the CHSP portal at and complete your application now!  If you do not currently have an agency account, you will need to create one on the portal.  If you have questions, please contact Anita Morrell by email ( or by phone at (850) 891-6561.


April 15, 2020

THANK YOU INIE MEMBERS!  Your responses to the INIE COVID19 Survey are included in this report:  The effects of COVID-19 on Florida Nonprofits.  Report released representing nonprofits across the state of Florida.  Source:  Florida Nonprofit Alliance

Florida Nonprofit Alliance has produced a report assessing the impact of COVID-19 on Florida's nonprofit sector. This report was funded by Wells Fargo.

Key Findings include:

  • 98% of nonprofit organizations that responded have been affected by COVID-19

  • Almost 80% have experienced a negative financial impact because of the virus

  • 73% of nonprofits have had a disruption in their services, and more than 1/3 have experienced an increase in demand

  • More than half have had disruptions to the work of their staff and/or volunteers

  • Organizations are doing the best they can in a rapidly changing world, but they need additional resources, especially funding, to survive and recover

  • Advocacy continues to play a vital role to ensure nonprofits are included in all stimulus and relief packages

  • Nonprofit recovery from COVID-19 will not be immediate once the virus is under control, and recovery will require help, especially financial, from funders

 The full report can be accessed here

For questions, please email Sabeen at


Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency meets today to discuss "additional relief measures".  Are nonprofits included? 

The purpose of this meeting is to present the IA Board a summary report on the COVID-19 Economic Disaster Relief (CEDR) Grant Program and consider additional relief measures for area businesses, specifically the restaurant, hospitality and service industries.

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors (IA Board) will meet via video conference on April 15, 2020 beginning at 1 p.m.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, City Hall, the IA Board’s typical meeting location, is closed to the public. In accordance with Executive Order 20-69 issued by the Governor, those wishing to observe the meeting may do so by watching the live broadcast on Comcast Channel 13 (WCOT-13) or the livestream available from the City’s website: Additionally, Leon County will broadcast the meeting on Comcast channel 16, Prism channels 16 and 1016-HD, the County’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.


The CHSP application portal was reopened and some nonprofits are not happy  Source:  Tallahassee Democrat

The decision to reopen the portal to submit applications for Community Human Service Partnership funding after the deadline for six organizations is drawing ire from other organizations which say the process is tarnished.  Read the article. 


April 14, 2020

CARES Act:  Relief for Nonprofits Webinar 

Special thanks to Kathleen Brothers, CPA and Partner with Carroll and Company for providing details on what nonprofits needs to know about receiving federal relief funds for operations.   Watch the webinar. 


April 13, 2020

Fundraising in the time of COVID19:  A TechSoup Roundup

Well then, how should we fundraise during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here is our roundup of ideas.  Source:  TechSoup



April 9, 2020

County to Hold Virtual Leon County Board of County Commissioners Meeting

Remote Commission meetings will be conducted virtually utilizing video conference technology.  The public can access meetings in real time via live streaming on Comcast channel 16, Prism channels 16 & 1016-HD, the County’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Meeting agendas and minutes will continue to be available through the Leon County website.

Public comment will be accepted via electronic submission. Citizens wishing to provide input for the next scheduled meeting may submit their comments electronically by clicking here.   PLEASE share your thoughts with the commissioners on the need to support the nonprofit sector with relief funds. 


Technology Partners Are Offering Free Support to Nonprofits During Time of Need

Click here to learn more. 


April 8, 2020 

Podcast:  How to Make an Impact as a Social Entrepreneur During COVID19


April 6, 2020

An Open Letter from Nonprofits to the Financial Industry

On April 6, 2020, Independent Sector, called on financial organizations that administer and directly impact the recipients of 7(a) loans to prioritize nonprofits as loan recipients, recognizing them as essential to our nation’s safety net. Nonprofits account for a third of the country’s workforce and are the backbone of our recovery effort. 



#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. It’s a day when we can all come together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.


April 3, 2020

Watch THE COVIDE19 IMPACT NONPROFIT TOWN HALL MEETING with Mayor John Dailey and Nonprofit Panelist












How Nonprofits Can Apply for Loans and Other Emergency Benefits

Nonprofits interested in taking advantage of new emergency loans and other aid programs should get their papers in order, contact their local FDIC-insured bank, and prepare to move quickly, nonprofit policy experts say. The application process for many benefits opens Friday (today!).  Read more. 


April 2, 2020

Mark Payne: Survival of nonprofits through COVID-19 may help prevent ‘crisis after the crisis’

As our society adjusts to the unprecedented, agonizing upheavals brought on by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, many Floridians will find themselves turning to nonprofit organizations to help them through the tough times ahead. What must nonprofits do to ensure that they survive so they can continue meeting public needs?  Read more. 


Podcast:  INIE Executive Director on "Let's Get Local" Podcast to discuss the nonprofit sector











April 1, 2020

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue safer-at-home order beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday

Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would be issuing an order for Floridians to stay at home for the next 30 days and only leave for essential services.  DeSantis made the announcement Wednesday during a press conference in Tallahassee and he said the order will go into effect midnight Thursday.


Podcast:  Discussing the Impact of COVID19 on Different Sectors of Society


Check out Google for Nonprofits

G Suite for Nonprofits offers eligible nonprofits free access to productivity tools like Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Drive, and Hangouts, which can help your team collaborate remotely. 


TechSoup offers additional discounts to nonprofits for "remote work" technology and resources



March 31, 2020

What Nonprofits Should Know About the $2.2 Trillion Federal Covid-19 Aid

Following Congress’s enactment of a historic $2.2 trillion package, here are some of the most urgent types of emergency relief that nonprofits and those they serve can gain access to soon.  Read the full article.

  • Low-interest loans and forgiveness of repayment for nonprofits that don’t lay off workers. 

  • Relief for Americans repaying student loans.

  • Nutrition assistance for vulnerable people. 

  • Flexibility for national-service participants and the nonprofits where they work. 

  • Resources for education providers. 

  • Community finance, development, and human-services resources.

  • Support for skills training to help everyone get a job.


March 30, 2020

INIE to host THE COVID19 IMPACT:  Nonprofit Town Hall Meeting on Friday, April 3rd at 10 am 

Register to participate in a community-wide virtual town hall meeting to address the immediate needs of the sector.  The meeting will include elected officials and sector leaders.  The audience will have the opportunity to participate in a live Q&A.   Participation is limited to 100 people and registration is required.  Register today!


US Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosts Briefing on Emergency Coronavirus Funding for Nonprofit 501(C)3

Emergency coronavirus funding for nonprofits is included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation President Carolyn Cawley and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley discuss how the CARES Act impacts nonprofits, what to expect in the implementation phase, and how it can help nonprofits during the coronavirus crisis.  Watch the briefing.


TECHSOUP offers FREE online tracks ($110 value)

To continue serving your community during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find the need to quickly transition to remote work. To help you, TechSoup created a free track of courses to provide information and tools as you make this transition.


Bipartisan Bill Would Provide $60 Billion to Nonprofits

The legislation, led by Republican Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Democrat Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, would also expand the "universal deduction" created in the stimulus bill cleared by Congress today, which will allow nonitemizers to deduct up to $300 in cash donations to charity for the 2020 tax year only.  Read more. 


March 27, 2020

$75 Million awarded to the National Endowment for Humanities

“Our federal agency will work around the clock to ensure that these vital funds immediately reach large and small cultural organizations, as well as educators, curators, scholars, filmmakers, and other humanists,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede.  Read more. 

Apply for the Florida Humanities Community Project Grant.  Application due April 15, 2020.  This established Florida Humanities Council grant does not coincide with the recent $75 million funds for coronavirus relief.  Visit the National Endowment for Humanities for the latest information for coronavirus relief funds. 


$2 trillion coronavirus stimulus signed to halt economic meltdown

It's done!  Nonprofits land a victory with changes to charitable tax deductions, which will hopefully encourage donors to give.  Read more. 


Florida Nonprofit Alliance writes letter to Governor Ron DeSantis 

Nonprofits are an economic engine to the vitality of any community.  We are over 84,000 strong in the state of Florida.  FNA pleads to governor to act of a stimulus relief for the sector.  Read the letter. 


March 26, 2020

Stimulus Bill Provides Nonprofit Loans, Grants and One-Year Universal Deductions

"The $2 trillion stimulus bill expected to clear congress Friday, expands charitable tax deductions....." and more!  Read more.  


March 26, 2020

INIE Grant Research:  Nonprofit Grants Available now!

Dunkin Joy - The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created unprecedented challenges for health and hunger relief organizations. The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is activating $1.25 million in emergency funding to support organizations on the frontlines of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Emergency grants from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation are meant to provide flexible funding for organizations so they can apply for the support they need.  Apply today.    


Blueprint Tallahassee May Fund Stimulus 

"The Blueprint board passed on a proposal by Mayor John Dailey to spend another $1 million to help individuals out of work and nonprofits. That died because it didn't get enough support from his former colleagues on the County Commission."  Read more. 

Advocate for the Nonprofit Sector!  Please complete the Florida Nonprofit Alliance survey AND INIE COVID19 survey as soon as possible. 


March 24, 2020

Coronavirus Crisis Email Templates

If you do not have a Communications Coordinator on your team, then use this easy "fill-in-" template to communicate with your clients, donors, volunteers and the community.  Special thanks to Mobile Cause for making this template, "Coronavirus CommunicationTemplates", available to the nonprofit sector. 


Volunteer Leon

Whenever a disaster/emergency strikes, as Leon County Emergency Management and disaster response organizations work to respond to and recover from the event, volunteers will be needed to support this effort. If you are interested in assisting by volunteering, please provide us your information. Whenever there is a need for disaster volunteers we will then be able to message you information on the current needs and how to connect with  organizations that are requesting assistance.  Volunteer Leon is monitoring the COVID19 situation, visit their website for additional information. 


March 23, 2020

Leon County Emergency Management Update

Stay connected to updates within the county.   As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, Leon County Emergency Management is committed to actively monitoring the disease and coordinating preparedness efforts with local health officials, healthcare providers, first responders, and other critical emergency response functions.


March 21, 2020

Independent Sector Action Center is a one stop spot to communicate with political leaders. 

This page offers an easy means to write letters to our public officials regarding a series of issues relating to the nonprofit/social sector. In addition to submitting a letter to receive emergency aid for nonprofits amidst COVID19, the site also includes fair tax codes for charitable giving.


March 18, 2020

Charitable Sector Requests COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package

Read more here. 


March 17, 2020

On March 12th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new bill to address the impact of the Coronavirus on people and the economy. The legislation includes:

  • Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured;

  • Paid emergency leave with both 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave;

  • The paid-leave mandate would apply to all employers. Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees would be eligible for reimbursement if they are paying for the leave of workers out of work because of virus responses. Notably, the mechanism for this reimbursement enables nonprofit employers to be treated equitably in receiving the same payments that for-profit businesses would receive, thanks to the nonprofits’ collective advocacy on this issue.

  • Enhanced Unemployment Insurance, a first step that will extend protections to furloughed workers;

  • Strengthened food security initiatives, including SNAP, student meals, seniors nutrition, and food banks; 

  • Clear protections for frontline workers, including health care workers and other workers who are in contact with those who have been exposed or are responsible for cleaning at-risk places; 

  • Increased federal funds for Medicaid, as states face increased costs;

  • $250 million in additional funding for senior meals (Meals on Wheels); and 

  • $1 billion for extending unemployment benefits. 

To follow the progress of this bill, please visit  Special thanks to our partner at the Florida Nonprofit Alliance for this information. 


March 16, 2020

We need 5 minutes of your time.  In order to share with the community, donors and political leaders the impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector, we need to know how your organization is doing in the midst of this epidemic.  Please complete the "Pulse of the Sector" Survey by March 23rd.  Do you have another 3 minutes?  Then please share your feedback to the Florida Nonprofit Alliance survey (Flash Poll: Coronavirus and its Potential Impacts on Florida Nonprofits) by March 21st.
















March 14, 2020

SBA Loans include "non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory".

If a loan is an option for your nonprofit organization, then read more about securing an SBA loan for 2.75% interest rate.  We advise you to check with your local financial institution for assistance or FAMU Small Business Development Center.  Our INIE Business Collaborator financial institutions are also able and willing to assist.  Their contact information is below:
Anita Tuong
Office: (850) 877-4646  | Branch (850)-877-0140

Hancock Whitney Bank
Ben Graybar
Office 850-792-8829

Regions Bank
Jenny Burke


March 13, 2020

How to Raise Revenue in Response to COVID-19 

Health advisories from federal, state and local officials in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease [COVID-19] may require cancellation or postponement of special events and other fundraising activities for an undetermined amount of time. The resulting loss of revenue will impact nonprofit organizations. Here are 10 ways to help your nonprofit maintain relationships with donors and mitigate the impact of any potential loss of revenue.


March 13, 2020 

INIE Opens Online Forum for Members to Collaborate on Organization Needs during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Dear INIE Members, 

The sustainability of your organization during this time is extremely important to us.  In an effort to help facilitate action to address the needs of your organization and those you serve, INIE has opened an online forum within the INIE Website.  Once you login to your member profile, you can access "INIE Community Forum" under the Resources tab (see below example).  We know that the cancellation of fundraising events, reduction in volunteer or staff help and increase in service demands will be challenging.  There is no better time than the present to work together to help one another.  Please visit this page for information as well as use the forum to communicate with one another. 


Felina Martin, Executive Director

Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE)













March 13, 2020

Comcast Increases Access to and Speeds of Internet Essentials’ Low-Income Internet Service to Support Americans Through the Coronavirus Pandemic
Dana Strong, President, Consumer Services, Comcast Cable
As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, we recognize that our company plays an important role in helping our customers stay connected – to their families, their workplaces, their schools, and the latest information about the virus – through the Internet.
We also know that for millions of low-income Americans who don’t have Internet service at home, this uncertain time is going to be even more difficult to manage.  As schools and businesses close and families are encouraged, or even mandated, to stay home, Internet connectivity becomes even more important.
At Comcast, we’ve been looking for ways to help through our Internet Essentials program, which is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income Americans.  Since 2011, it has connected millions of individuals to the Internet.
A hallmark of this program has been our flexibility in adjusting Internet Essentials to meet the needs of low-income residents in our footprint.  So, effective Monday, March 16th, we are putting in place two substantial program enhancements to help these families deal with this crisis.
 1.  We will make it even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign up by offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
 2.  Also, we are increasing Internet speeds for the Internet Essentials service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers, which will be the speed of the service going forward.  In this way, we will ensure that Internet Essentials customers will be able to use their Internet service for all their increased needs as a result of this health crisis.

 We want to make it as fast and simple as possible to access this service:

 To receive the increased Internet speeds, existing customers will not need to do anything.  The new speeds will be rolled out nationally over the next few days.

  • We’ll send all new customers a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem with a Wi-Fi router.  There will be no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee.

  • To sign up, applicants can simply visit  The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language.  There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 
    1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

 We’re also reaching out to our thousands of governmental and nonprofit partners to help us spread the word. Our hope is that broader access and faster speeds will help all of our Internet Essentials

customers more easily work from home, access educational resources, obtain important government health care alerts, and stay in contact with their families during this difficult time.


March 12, 2020

An Appeal to Congress to Include Nonprofits in Packages for Relief and Stimulus

Nonprofits employ 12.3 million people (the third largest workforce – tied with manufacturing), with payrolls exceeding those of most other U.S. industries, including construction, transportation, and finance. A substantial portion of the nearly $2 trillion nonprofits spend annually is the more than $826 billion they spend on salaries, benefits, and payroll taxes every year. Yet, in multiple disaster relief laws in the past, Congress has ignored this core economic fact and approved employment-related tax credits that left nonprofit employers and employees out of the provisions.  Read the full article.

March 12, 2020 

Department of Homeland Security 

The CISA IOCC has issued an awareness message regarding a malicious website masquerading as a live map for "Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases" by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the Internet to entice unwitting users to visit (see below image).  Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data.  The URL for the malicious site is (corona-virus-map[dot]com).  The American Medical Association has a similar message on its website:















Community Human Services Partnership NOTICE


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that many agencies are in the midst of emergency preparations that may cause a delay in submitting the CHSP application by the current deadline.  The health and safety of our CHSP partners remains a priority during this rapidly changing crisis. Therefore, we are extending the CHSP deadline until 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  

Because we are unsure of the full impact of the COVID-19 in the upcoming weeks, we encourage you to still aim to submit your application soon so that the overall grant review process can proceed as much as possible.   

We appreciate all that you do and look forward to continuing to partner with you to support the community. 


March 11, 2020 

Dear INIE Member, 

we are passionate about serving the needs of your organization through education, collaborative efforts and advocacy.  I am compelled to share information that I receive from various partners and resources that are relative to the nonprofit sector.

The Florida Nonprofit Alliance has compiled valuable information that is pertinent to nonprofits.  The information includes building a crisis management plan, workplace contingency and risk assessment.  Visit their website for details.

In addition, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has the latest and most accurate information regarding the virus.  Please visit their site for information on "How to Prevent the Spread of the Virus" to the latest news updates.

INIE follows the crisis management plans set forth by our major benefactor, Tallahassee Community College.  Therefore, whatever action that the college deems necessary is the direction in which INIE will abide. 

Do you need help with creating a crisis communication plan?  Then, access the following link to the one-page checklist on Coronavirus crisis communication best practices for nonprofits provided by Prosper Strategies.

We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus and keep you informed of any resources available to the sector and/or changes in INIE operations. 

If you have any information that you would like to share with our sector regarding the virus, please feel free to email me at or call 850.201.9766.  Also, follow us on Facebook for additional updates. 

Thank you for your hard work in the community and support of INIE.  

 Felina Martin, Executive Director

Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE)

P.S.  Please take precautions to protect yourself and others using the below methods as recommended by the CDC.  In addition, please see the below info graphic from the Consumer Institute and Consumer Federation of America on how to protect your financial well-being and avoid coronavirus related scams.


Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

  Stay home if you’re sick

 Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

  • Throw used tissues in the trash.

  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

 Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.



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