Updated May 29, 2020 | Ben Hastil
With the Wisconsin Supreme Court having struck down the state’s Safer at Home order, your organization may now be in a situation in which it has to determine for itself when and how to operate (or continue to operate) safely for its employees, clients, and volunteers.
We hope the following resources are helpful to you and your organization in guiding these complex decisions:
- Though no longer enforced, the gating criteria metrics of the state’s Badger Bounce Back plan are still being updated and its phases (see the full plan for details) can be followed as a guideline for whether to reopen and to what extent.
- The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has issued industry-specific “Guidelines for Reopening Your Business Safely,” which include nonprofits (see their “General Guidelines” as well as any other categories relevant to your operations).
- The state Department of Health Services “COVID-19: Businesses, Employers, and Workers” page includes resources to help workers manage the stress and changes that the pandemic has caused as well as resources for employers on operating safely.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued “Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes,” including resources with specific recommendations for community and faith-based organizations, community events, education and child care settings, homeless service providers, and healthcare and retirement home settings, and more.
- The CDC also issued two new resources on May 20th, including a set of health considerations to be used by summer camps, schools, youth sports organizations, institutes of higher education, and restaurants and bars, that are open.
- The Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management, in collaboration with the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, has developed a set of guidelines to aid in navigating the post-pandemic world, Moving Forward: Considerations for Nonprofit Re-engagement, intended as recommendations for nonprofit organizations as they return to the workplace, and re-engage with the communities they serve.
- The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce has launched a PPE Product Marketplace to connect organizations in need of personal protective equipment with manufacturers producing them (also see the webinar below on Project N95, a national clearinghouse for PPE for frontline organizations).
It’s also important to note that your city or county may have issued its own order related to COVID-19 (see Milwaukee’s order, suburban Milwaukee County’s order, Madison and Dane County’s order, and orders for other areas) for your organization to follow.
In addition to the resources above, these upcoming online events (see all of them on our Events Calendar) may be helpful in guiding next steps for your organization’s operations:
We hope these resources and events are helpful as we all determine and monitor the steps we are taking to adjust as we move toward summer.
In the meantime, know that we are committed to continuing to support our nonprofit community and the work they do, and are proud to continue to be connecting skilled candidates with their job, internship, and board opportunities throughout this challenging time.