Advocating for Nonprofits During the COVID-19 Crisis

SVCN has actively been advocating with city, county, state, and federal governments for community services and nonprofit support in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has included advocacy to grant flexibility to nonprofit contractors within existing government contracts. We worked with the Behavioral Health Contractors’ Association to submit policy guidance to the County of Santa Clara to minimize disruptions to payments to nonprofit contractors during the pandemic, modeled after similar guidance issued by the City and County of San Francisco. Specifically, we requested the following: Conversion of fee-for-service contracts to cost reimbursement Acceptance of monthly invoices calculate

SVCN Statement Regarding Nonprofits and the Coronavirus

With now almost three dozen known coronavirus cases and the first death of a community member in Santa Clara County, our community is very much coming to terms with the new reality of the local effects of this global pandemic. Over the last few days, nonprofit leaders have made hard but necessary decisions to restrict travel, cancel events, allow or even encourage staff to work remotely, and make and start to implement plans about how to serve our community in a very different immediate future. For human services nonprofits, the path forward on how to best serve vulnerable community members isn’t clear. How do volunteer-staffed organizations continue their critical work when fearful voluntee