COVID-19 Resources for Synagogues, Day Schools, Community Centers & Other Nonprofits

OU Advocacy Responds to COVID-19: Resources and Help for the Jewish Community


The OU Advocacy Center has played – and continues to play – a leading role in crafting provisions in the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act). In conjunction with the White House, the charitable nonprofit sector and congressional leaders, the OU Advocacy Center worked tirelessly to assist in the passing of the CARES Act on March 27, 2020. Below you will find the most up-to-date information regarding the funding, aid and economic relief available with relation to COVID-19. 

Attention Shuls, Jewish Day Schools & Yeshivas:

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May 26, 2020


Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Interim Final Rule: Read here


May 22, 2020


New Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application
Access it here


May 13, 2020


New Guidance: Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQs
Please note question/answer #46: How will SBA review borrowers’ required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request?

Statement:  Orthodox Union Welcomes Inclusion of Bipartisan Measures to Support Charities in New Covid Response Legislation Introduced in House of Representatives
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders introduced the “HEROES Act” — their proposal for the next federal legislative response to the Covid-19 crisis impact on American society. It contains many bipartisan reforms designed to improve the previously enacted CARES Act and provide more support to charitable nonprofits and faith-based organizations throughout the country.
Read more here


 

May 7, 2020


OU Briefing with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Watch here
The OU Advocacy Center, along with the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), organized a video briefing with Dr. Anthony Fauci for rabbis across the United States to discuss considerations for synagogues once they begin to reopen. See the OU/RCA guidelines here; watch the video here

OU Welcomes Bipartisan Letter by Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Angus King (I-Maine) urging Senate leadership not to overlook nonprofits, including houses of worship, in the fourth-phase relief proposal for the coronavirus pandemic. Read the letter here.


May 6, 2020


OU Briefing with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer
The OU Advocacy Center, along with Agudath Israel of America, hosted Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer for a webcast briefing in which the top-ranking senator discussed how the recent coronavirus stimulus packages benefit nonprofits and Jewish institutions. Sen. Schumer also gave assurances that future federal COVID relief aid will extend support to nonprofits employing more than 500 people – a key provision for which OU Advocacy has been pressing in our ongoing conversations with Congress and the White House.
Read more in JTA

Treasury Department Guidance Updated: FAQs
Read the full document here


April 30, 2020


Action Alert
Click here to urge your U.S. Senator to Sign Lankford-King Letter to Provide Greater Aid for Charities Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Take action today to urge your U.S. Senator to support enhanced provisions that will help ensure more nonprofit organizations, including synagogues, schools, community centers and other Jewish institutions, receive greater relief in the next federal legislative package responding to the coronavirus crisis.

NEW guidance for  day schools on receiving “equitable” support from CARES Act K-12 funds
Read the guidance here

Statement
Orthodox Union Welcomes Letter Urging Congressional Leaders to Incorporate Bipartisan Legislation Providing Dramatic Relief for Charities in Next Coronavirus Relief Package (Read the full statement here)


April 27, 2020


U.S. Treasury Department Guidance re Parsonage
The U.S. Treasury Department issued Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQs clarifying that”parsonage”- the housing allowance provided to rabbis and other clergy as part of their compensation – counts toward payroll costs. 

Question: Does the cost of a housing stipend or allowance provided to an employee as part of compensation count toward payroll costs?

Answer: Yes. Payroll costs includes all cash compensation paid to employees, subject to the $100,000 annual compensation per employee limitation.

Read more here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf


April 24, 2020


President signs bill providing extensions and modifications to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) emergency loan and grant program.

This action gives nonprofits, including synagogues, day schools, yeshivas, community centers, federations and other Jewish communal institutions (among other nonprofits) another opportunity to receive federal support designed to counteract the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): $310 billion more for loans

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) emergency loan and grant program:
$60 billion more – $50 billion for Disaster Loans Program Account and $10 billion for EIDL emergency grants


April 23, 2020


U.S. Education Department Guidance on CARES Act Support Rollout of Funding for K-12 Schools, Including Jewish, Other Nonpublic Schools


April 20, 2020


New Guidance That Can Yield Short Term Funds for Your School or Shul
Over Pesach, the IRS issued new guidance provides that an entity that applies for and receives a PPP loan under the CARES Act can defer its deposit of the employer’s share of social security taxes until the date its lender issues a decision to forgive the loan.

This means your institution could defer two or three months of paying its share of FICA taxes until later this year and next, as described here in the new IRS guidance under #4.


April 10, 2020


Faith and Giving Coalition: Selected CARES Act Resources


April 7, 2020


Information Sheet re Paycheck Protection Program Loans Read here
Additional info here


April 3, 2020


FAQ re Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)Read here

SBA press release: SBA Clarifies Eligibility of Faith-Based Organizations to Participate in Paycheck Protection (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Programs Read here


April 2, 2020


Payroll Protection Program loan applications are now available!
Read more here and get application here

Special Guidance for Shuls & Day Schools re PPP Loans: Read here


IMPORTANT NOTE TO THE COMMUNITY:
The OU Advocacy Center (OUA) played a leading role in crafting provisions in the CARES Act (the most recent round of COVID-19 stimulus response legislation). And, working with the White House, Congressional leaders and the charitable nonprofit sector, the OU Advocacy Center successfully worked to get the CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020.

OU Advocacy’s efforts  paved the way for day schools, shuls and other nonprofit charities’ eligibility for the core programs offered in the CARES Act, such as forgivable loans of up to $10 million from the Small Business Administration; deferring the payment of payroll taxes; and refundable tax credit against those payroll taxes if employees are retained on staff. (Read more in Nathan Diament’s  NY Jewish Week op-ed here and listen to his April 3 interview on JM in the AM)

These programs will help, but they are not enough: Some restrictions, for example, may leave our larger schools, federations and social service agencies with little, if any support. That is why the OU Advocacy Center is dedicated to continuing to push for a new federal support package and has been working around the clock to secure greater relief for our community.


To contribute to our efforts so that we may continue our work to help America’s Jewish community and our most vulnerable, please donate here.


Listen to Nathan Diament’s interview on JM in the AM April 3:
How Can Your Nonprofit Get Financial Help During These Difficult Times? Find Out with the OU Advocacy’s Center’s Nathan Diament

Payroll Protection Program loan applications are now available!
Click here to access loan application and guidance information
If you haven’t already: Please be sure to contact your bank or lenders.

Click here for the Orthodox Union resources page to help your school, shul, federation, community center or other Jewish institution apply for financial relief, including:

◊ Paycheck protection loans
◊ Expanded unemployment benefits
◊ Payroll tax payment deferral

Conference calls hosted by OU Advocacy and the Teach Coalition:
April 2: Applying for loans
March 31, 2020: Available assistance and eligibility

To sign up for future conference calls, please write to information@teachcoalition.org

Additional resources:

Press coverage:
Click here
to see OU Advocacy’s work to craft, pass COVID-10 relief aid for shuls, schools and other charities:

OU Advocacy-Authored Resources: Statements, Op-eds, Actions Alerts

March 31, 2020

Op-ed by the Orthodox Union’s Nathan Diament in NY Jewish Week:
Congress Needs to Give More Help to America’s Charities in This Crisis

Last week, Congress passed a $2 trillion package to try to support American citizens and the American economy in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. This was Washington’s third effort on this front and it was focused on stabilizing the economy by providing unprecedented financial support to small and large businesses. Unfortunately, the “CARES Act” fell short in supporting one critical sector — America’s charities.
Read the full piece 

April 23, 2020

Statement: Orthodox Union Welcomes US Education Dept Rollout of Billions of Dollars to Support K-12 Schools; Shall Include Equitable Support for Jewish and Other Nonpublic Schools

Today, the U.S. Department of Education issued its initial guidance and application materials for states to apply for more than $13 billion in federal funds to support K-12 schools in the midst of the Covid19 crisis.  Congress allocated the funds for this purpose by setting up the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (“ESSER”) Fund in the CARES Act.  The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center engaged intensively with Congress as the CARES Act was shaped to ensure that Jewish and other nonpublic schools — which are facing their own financial and operational challenges, alongside public K-12 schools, as a result of the pandemic — would receive support through any such federal relief programs.

Read more

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March 26, 2020

Statement: Orthodox Union Commends Congress for Passing Coronavirus Response Legislation that Includes Support for Charitable Sector Amid Coronavirus Emergency

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America welcomes Congress’s passage of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, which includes significant assistance for the nonprofit charitable sector so that it may continue to serve vulnerable families and communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more

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March 20, 2020

Action Alert: Urge your U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative to Provide Aid to Shuls, Schools & Other Charities Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center is part of a large network of charitable nonprofits fighting to ensure our organizations-including synagogues, schools, community centers and more-are included in the next federal legislative packages responding to the coronavirus crisis. Please take a minute to write to your U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative to ask them to include nonprofit organizations in their future response to the coronavirus.

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March 19, 2020

Statement: Orthodox Union Joins Nonprofit Charities Nationwide in Call for Congress to Provide Financial Support for Charitable Sector Amid Coronavirus Emergency
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of American has joined nonprofits nationwide in issuing a letter to Congress requesting $60 billion to help the nonprofit charitable sector continue to serve vulnerable families and communities in the wake of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more

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March 18, 2020

Letter from Charities to Congress: COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus Package
AMERICA’S CHARITIES REQUEST $60 BILLION INFUSION OF SUPPORT TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic facing the country is having a profound impact on the economy and has greatly expanded the need for charitable organizations to provide additional services in an unprecedented manner. Without dramatic and immediate financial and programmatic backstop from government, America’s charitable nonprofits and the people we serve face a precipitous decline in mission services at a time when our efforts are needed like never before by the most vulnerable in our communities.

Read the letter