Instagram submissions in response to a call from the United Nations for creative work to stop the spread of coronavirus.

We—along with our friends and clients—have found the following resources to be especially valuable during the novel coronavirus pandemic. If you need accurate, up-to-date public health information, visit the CDC and NIH websites.

Resources for Communications Professionals:

  • This Nonprofit Times article outlines the simple communications steps every organization needs to take to support its staff, provide clear information to those it serves, and connect with partners.
  • This series from Frameworks Institute describes how social change organizations can frame their messaging in the months to come.
  • This crowd-sourced COVID-19 communications triage kit was created by The Communications Network. It is continually updated and has messaging examples and input from a large number of nonprofits, philanthropies and other organizations.
  • In a previous blog post, we laid out a number of best practices for crisis communications.
  • For in-depth reading, we recommend the CDC’s guide to communicating during outbreaks, as well as this new paper that discusses how communicators can incorporate recommendations from social and behavioral science into their work.
  • The Communications Network is hosting an informative series of Virtual Roundtables led by public health experts and those with communications expertise. All roundtables are accessible via live webinar, or as recorded videos.
  • The design firm Ideo is offering support through its Signal Boost initiative, which aims to connect organizations with designers, writers, illustrators and other creatives to help with urgent communications needs.
  • Want to offer your expertise to others? The United Nations and the World Health Organization have issued a Global Call Out to Creatives to help develop and translate public health messages for widespread dissemination.

Resources for Nonprofits, Local Governments, and Philanthropies

  • The CDC has issued public health guidance for all employers to help reduce the impact of COVID-19.
  • The National Council of Nonprofits has published a regularly-updated resource guide to help nonprofit organizations prepare and respond to this pandemic. It describes steps that every nonprofit should take, and also includes information on the impact of recent federal legislation.
  • This extensive resource page for local governments from Engaging Local Government Leaders includes a crowdsourced document with communications strategies, economic assistance ideas, and more—paired with examples from dozens of municipalities across the country.
  • Philanthropy Northwest has compiled a list of COVID-19 response funds that are accepting donations at this time, and also describes best practices for philanthropies during a crisis, with links to other useful resources.
  • “this is the moment that will define us, and those of us who fight on behalf of the communities we serve, and of which we are a part, will remember.”

    An open letter in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, authored by a number of major philanthropic organizations, asks philanthropies to rise to the challenge of this moment by digging into their endowments. Se-ah-dom Edmo, executive director of MRG Foundation, argues in Nonprofit Quarterly that “this is the moment that will define us, and those of us who fight on behalf of the communities we serve, and of which we are a part, will remember.”
  • This new series from the Stanford Social Innovation Review will explore how the social change sector is responding to the challenge of COVID-19. The goal of the series is to help nonprofits, philanthropies, and advocates navigate the systemic, operational, and strategic challenges they now face.

Resources for Our Fellow Portlanders

  • Portland Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office maintains a comprehensive spreadsheet of Emergency Relief Resources that includes information about food access, shelter, education, volunteer opportunities, and more.
  • The Portland Mercury has a list of resources geared towards small businesses in the Portland area, including information on how to apply for loans and grants.
  • Bridgeliner has crowdsourced a list of resources available for Portlanders who need help, or who want to provide help to others.
  • Our sister company, Mac’s List, has published a list of resources for the Portland community, including resources for job-seekers and employers.
  • For kids—Portland publisher A Kids Book About is providing free access to a children’s ebook about COVID-19, written by epidemiologist Malia Jones. To ensure such resources are available to local youth in foster care, please donate urgently needed laptops and tablets to My NeighbOR.


As always, we at Prichard are also available to meet your communications needs. Reach out to Erin Stutesman if you need help in this challenging time: