Not-for-profit organizations have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Shelter-in-place orders have dwindled physical participation in religious and cultural activities while forcing charitable organizations to either suspend or heavily curtail operations. Financial pressures including declines in contributions, investments, and endowment balances will need to be addressed by organizational leadership so that your operations can be managed through these uncertain times. Recent pandemic-related stimulus legislation may provide some much needed resources—and stability—during this time. The following five benefits from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are particularly beneficial for not-for-profit organizations.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,
Paycheck Protection Program,
On March 27, 2020 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the mandatory 403(b) plan document restatement deadline from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. All organizations that sponsor 403(b) retirement plans must restate their plan documents by this new date using either the IRS’s pre-approved document or an individually designed plan document.
Not-for-profit organizations have an opportunity during the restatement period to align their retirement plan procedures with their written plan documents to help ensure that their retirement plans are following best practices. Changes may need to be made to the operations of the plan, the provisions in the plan documents, or both. The following can help organizations with their review process.
403(b) Plan Document Restatement,
Department of Labor,
Internal Revenue Service,
Ensuring the survival of the fund is often the primary goal of any foundation or endowment. Maintaining the principal and spending power of a fund so that benefits available for current recipients are the same for future generations is a challenging task, but when shocks to the global economy and financial markets occur, the challenge may seem impossible. Shocks can come from within the markets, as in the subprime loans of the 2008 financial crisis, or from external factors, such as with the coronavirus pandemic we are experiencing now.
In response to the financial damage related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Among its other provisions, the CARES Act enhanced lending programs and offerings for not-for-profit organizations, which have particularly been affected by the stay-at-home orders and financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus disease.
There are several loan programs available that may benefit your organization. We have compiled some frequently asked questions to help capture information on how your not-for-profit can take advantage of the relief provisions.
Main Street Lending Program,
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funding,
On March 27, President Trump signed into law a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes tax and non-tax provisions to assist individuals and not-for-profit organizations.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act,