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 congress.gov.  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
Email: [email protected] 

Hancock Whitney Bank
Ben Graybar
Office 850-792-8829
Email:  [email protected]

Regions Bank
Jenny Burke
Email: [email protected]regions.com


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 www.internetessentials.com.  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: https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/sustainability/physician-cybersecurity














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 [email protected] 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.